“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” she said at a morning press conference.
“He lied to Congress. 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.”
NBC News’ Kasie Hunt asked Pelosi if she thinks Barr should go to jail.
“There’s a process involved here, and as I said, I’ll say it again, the committee will act upon how we will proceed,” she said.
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.@Kasie: Did AG Barr commit a crime?
Speaker Pelosi: "He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime."@Kasie: Should he go to jail?
Pelosi: "There's a process involved here … The committee will act upon how we will proceed." pic.twitter.com/kQnfEdL1iD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 2, 2019
Pelosi was referring to a testimony Barr gave last month before the Mueller report was released but after Barr penned a letter to Congress that summarized the findings of the report.
At the testimony, Barr was asked if special counsel Robert Mueller had any objections to Barr’s summary and conclusions. Barr said he was not aware.
But Tuesday night, hours before the attorney general was slated to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post revealed that Mueller had an issue with Mueller’s summary and sent a letter to the attorney general expressing his concerns.
Barr then bailed on his scheduled appearance in front of the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, citing an issue with questioning procedures. This frustrated House members who were eager to press the attorney general on his earlier statement, among other issues.
“How sad is it for us to see the top law enforcement officer in the country misrepresenting, withholding the truth from the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi added Thursday.