House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday, June 25, said the House won’t impeach Attorney General William Barr over accusations that he has politicized the Department of Justice before the November election.
Pelosi’s comments come after some Democrats have expressed interest in pursuing impeachment proceedings against Barr following a Wednesday hearing during which DOJ officials accused Barr of intervening in some cases, including those involving President Trump’s associates.
“Anyone who saw that testimony will know that Barr is a mess and a disgrace to the Department of Justice. I’ve been talking about that for a while, and last year, around this time, we had a motion on the floor to hold him in civil and criminal contempt,” Pelosi said, reported the Business Insider.
“So he is contemptible, there is no question about that. But at this point, let’s solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day,” she added.
Barr has drawn the ire from Democrats after the DOJ dropped its case against the president’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and recommend a lighter sentence for his former political adviser Roger Stone. Most recently, Barr was criticized for firing Geoffrey Berman, the now-former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who had ignored allegations related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his family’s dealings in Ukraine and investigated instead President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) threaten to subpoena Barr, which would have called on Barr to appear on July 2. A Justice Department spokeswoman said Wednesday that Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on July 28.
Speaking of the November election, Pelosi said that she believes President Trump would accept the election results if he loses but warned that the president may refuse to leave office.
“I think that he would respect the results of an election. And even if he didn’t, then the henchmen around him would understand that he would have to respect the results of the election,” Pelosi said.
“I believe that he would understand the office that he holds requires him to step aside. Having said that, be prepared for everything. Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst,” she added.