House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Attorney General William Barr of criminally lying to Congress about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and Mueller’s letter relating to how Barr has characterized its findings.
"What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America is not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime," the Speaker told reporters.
Asked again about the accusation, Pelosi said: "He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law."
Asked whether Barr should go to jail, the speaker said: "There’s a process involved here."
SPAKER NANCY PELOSI: The connecting of the dots between Mitch McConnell, the Republican agenda and Congress, such as it is, the special interest agenda fuelled by special dark interest money, that's what that hearing was about. It wasn't about technicalities, it wasn't about who wrote the letter and how he characterized the later. That was interesting, but what is deadly serious is that the attorney general of the United States was not telling the truth to the Congress. That's a crime.
QUESTION: What kind of consequences are you considering for members of the administration that don't comply with Congressional subpoenas?
PELOSI: I have great confidence in our committees. We have six committees. Five of them have subpoenas. So far we don't have one from the Foreign Affairs Committee, but five of the six committees of jurisdiction have the potential for subpoenas. They haven't issued the subpoenas. As you probably know, in the article of impeachment for President Nixon, article three was that he ignored the subpoenas of Congress. He did not honor the subpoenas of Congress. This is very very serious. And in terms of the close of Mr. Nadler's his statement, he said: "History will judge us on how we face this challenge. We will be held accountable one way or another. And if he [Barr] does not provide this committee with the information they demand and the respect they deserve, Mr. Barr's moment of accountability will come soon enough."
PELOSI: The committees are trying to make accommodations for receiving the unredacted Mueller report. Let them work their will.
QUESTION: Did the attorney general commit a crime?
PELOSI: He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law, not the president of the United States and not the attorney general. Being attorney general does not give you a bath to go say whatever you want and that is the fact because you are the attorney general.
QUESTION: Should he go to jail for it?
PELOSI: There is a process. I will say it again, the committee will act upon how we will proceed.
QUESTION: Last week you said you want your caucus to focus on the investigation. Do you think that the time has come to move that deadline?
PELOSI: No, I think the statements being made by the president have given a blanket statement that he will not honor any subpoena is an obstruction of justice. I think many of the statements the administration have made have been obstruction of justice. We are in a very, very, very challenging place. Because we have a Republican party in the Congress who are complicit in the special interest agenda of the NRA, the fossil fuel industry, the special interests writ large, and so they are not going to say anything. That is why I say sometimes that impeachment is the easy way out for some of these people because they know it will end at the Senate's edge. .