Moulton calls for Barr impeachment hearings
Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass), a 2020 presidential candidate, on Friday said he thinks that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ MORE should face impeachment hearings after Democrats say he misled Congress about Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s view of his summary of the special counsel investigation’s findings.
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He clarified that he didn’t think it was the right time to hold a vote on impeachment, for Barr or for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, but that he thought hearings were appropriate.
In an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Moulton said that he was “absolutely” for holding impeachment hearings regarding Barr’s statements to Congress about his summary of the Mueller report.
“I’m absolutely for holding impeachment hearings,” Moulton, who entered the presidential race last month, said. “And I voted for that with regards to the president last year.”
“I don’t think the time is right to vote on impeachment,” Moulton continued, explaining that he wanted to debate the issue in Congress. “Don’t tell me when you have over 30 people indicted by the Mueller investigation, the [Trump] campaign chairman in prison right now, that we shouldn’t be debating this as Congress. That’s our job.”
Rep. @sethmoulton says he wants impeachment hearings to be held for Attorney General William Barr.
“Don’t tell me when you have over 30 people indicted by the Mueller investigation … that we shouldn’t be debating this as Congress. That’s our job.” https://t.co/G6IFnpKTTz pic.twitter.com/h7pxUdPH3F
— New Day (@NewDay) May 3, 2019
A number of House and Senate Democrats have called for Barr’s resignation following a report in The Washington Post this week that Mueller sent a letter to Barr accusing him of mischaracterizing the results of his report in his official summary to Congress.
News of the letter sent waves throughout Washington, with Republicans rushing to defend the attorney general.
“He lied to Congress; he lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) said of Barr.
“Nobody is above the law; not the president of the United States, and not the attorney general.”