House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has announced a series of actions to counter what he claims is Attorney General William Barr’s continued defiance of Congress and improper politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Nadler has introduced legislation to slash the budget of the Attorney General’s personal office at DOJ by $50 million.
From Nadler’s statement:
“The Attorney General’s behavior is unacceptable. He continues to undermine his career staff in a flailing effort to erase the findings of the Mueller investigation. He refuses to answer questions about actions taken by the Department during the coronavirus epidemic. He told the Committee that he could not find the time to testify because of that epidemic—but took the time to tour the peaceful protests at Lafayette Park just minutes before riot police fired tear gas into the crowd. Mr. Barr has thoroughly corrupted the integrity of the criminal justice system, he has shown contempt for Congress, and the Committee has an obligation to hold him to account.”
Yahoo reports the Democrat who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee said on Tuesday he will introduce legislation this week to cut $50 million in funding from Attorney General William Barr’s personal office.
New York Representative Jerrold Nadler said he would move to reduce funding for Barr’s personal office as a response to what he called “continued defiance of Congress and improper politicization of the Department of Justice.”
Nadler said he was making this move and others in the wake of Barr’s refusal to appear before his committee.
Passing such a cut would require approval of both the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate.
“We do not take these actions lightly or with any sense of joy. We have both a duty and a moral obligation to protect the rule of law in our country, and we intend to do just that,” Nadler said.
He complained that although Barr “could not find the time to testify” before his committee because of the coronavirus pandemic, the attorney general “took the time to tour the peaceful protests at Lafayette Park just minutes before riot police fired tear gas into the crowd.”