Attorney General William Barr poked fun at Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking if she brought her “handcuffs” after some of her Democratic colleagues called for the attorney general’s arrest, The Hill reported Wednesday.
While at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service Wednesday morning, Barr — who also served as attorney general under late President George H.W. Bush — approached Pelosi and shook her hand while the crowd was awaiting the arrival of President Donald Trump.
It was during the handshake that Barr reportedly quipped “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” according to a bystander to The Hill.
The bystander continued on to say that Pelosi noted that the House Sergeant-at-Arms was at the event “should an arrest be necessary,” which Barr reportedly chuckled at before walking away.
“The Speaker, not missing a beat, smiled and indicated to the attorney general that the House sergeant-at-arms was present at the ceremony should an arrest be necessary. The attorney general chuckled and walked away.”
Today at a law enforcement ceremony at Capitol:
AG Barr approached Pelosi, shook her hand: "Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?"
Pelosi smiled and, per a bystander, told Barr the House Sergeant at Arms was there should an arrest be needed. Barr laughed; walked away
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) May 15, 2019
As IJR News previously reported, last week the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress after he refused to show up to a House Judiciary hearing that had a provision in place to allow staffers to ask the attorney general questions during it, prompting a full House vote on the issue.
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Friday that lawmakers may consolidate different committee’s contempt citations into a single legislative package for the House to vote on.
On Tuesday Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to look into the origins of the FISA warrant used to investigate allegations that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to win the presidency.
Additionally, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to deliver a report on a similar subject as soon as May.