Pelosi says the House won't impeach AG Barr: 'Let's solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day'
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi ruled out charges against Attorney General William Barr ahead of the November election.
"In a hundred and thirty days, we will have the solution to many problems, one of which is Barr," Pelosi said in a live Washington Post interview Thursday.
Barr has been criticized for a number of efforts to allegedly politicize the Department of Justice.
Barr's decisions as Attorney General were the subject of a hearing by the House Justice Committee on Wednesday.
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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that the House of Representatives would not indict Attorney General Bill Barr before the fall presidential election.
At a Washington Post virtual event, Pelosi ruled out official impeachment proceedings against Barr, which is due to testify before the House of Representatives in July.
"In one hundred and thirty-one days we will have the solution to many problems, one of which is Barr," she said, referring to the November 3 presidential election.
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Barr was criticized during his tenure by Democrats who say he does his job more like Trump's personal lawyer than the United States lawyer.
Barr was recently criticized for his sudden release from Geoffrey Berman, now a former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, who has been investigating several of Trump's colleagues.
On Wednesday, two Department of Justice whistleblowers testified before the House Justice Committee, describing them as inappropriate political interference by senior DOJ officials, including Barr.
One of the whistleblowers, deputy U.S. attorney Aaron Zelinsky, worked on the prosecution of Trump ally Roger Stone. He testified that his superiors, including the District of Columbia attorney-at-law, overruled Stone's law enforcement team's recommendation and, at Barr's behest, recommended a lower sentence.
The other cartel lawyer, John Elias, testified that Barr had used his power to instruct the cartel department to aggressively pursue mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis industry because he "didn't like the nature of their underlying business."
"Anyone who has seen this testimony will know that Barr is a mess and a disgrace to the Department of Justice. I have been talking about it for a while, and at that time last year, we had a movement on the ground that we are holding had to be scorned by civil and criminal law, "said Pelosi.
"So he's contemptuous, there's no question about it. But now we want to solve our problems by going to the poll and voting on election day."
Spokesman Pelosi ruled out the charge against Attorney General Bill Barr: "Let's solve our problems by going to the polls."
8:50 p.m. - June 25, 2020
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