Many Democrats in Congress have spent their time since the Mueller report’s release criticizing Attorney General William Barr for his summary of the investigation’s findings and for clearing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice — and the president wants them to drop it.
Speaking with Fox News Thursday night, President Trump made it clear he’s shutting down the Democrats’ attempts to drag out the special counsel’s investigation into alleged collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia.
“Well they shouldn’t be looking anymore,” he said following Barr’s contentious Senate hearing and his subsequent no-show at the House’s counterpart this week. “It’s done.”
The president then called on Congress to look into how “this mess” started in the first place, as Republicans have argued former President Barack Obama’s administration began the Russia investigation in response to the now-infamous Steele dossier.
“I think what they should be focusing on is, how did this mess start?” he countered. “Because I think it’s corrupt as hell.”
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President Trump says he’s shutting down Democrats’ crusade to find collusion after party leaders slam Attorney General Barr for being a no-show at a House hearing. | @ToddPiro pic.twitter.com/Z15bcGFoVB
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) May 3, 2019
President Trump doubled down on his call for Congress to move on in a series of tweets he fired off on Thursday night, telling Democrats and Republicans to “come together” to better the country.
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…at every turn in attempts to gain access. But now Republicans and Democrats must come together for the good of the American people. No more costly & time consuming investigations. Lets do Immigration (Border), Infrastructure, much lower drug prices & much more – and do it now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
The president’s message followed a heated week of attempts to question Barr. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Democrats were “ranting and raving like lunatics,” as Trump put it. As IJR Red reported, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went so far as to say Barr was “slandered.”
Following a decision to allow congressional staff and lawyers question Barr during Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, the attorney general opted to skip the event, which caused Democrats, many of whom were already calling on him to resign, to threaten to hold him in contempt of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for example, accused Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress. However, she appeared to feel differently about holding attorneys general in contempt when Obama’s AG Eric Holder was in the hot seat, as IJR Red pointed out.