May 17, 2019
On two occasions within the past month, the U.S. attorney general has, literally, been a scofflaw.
NBC News reports that, after refusing to appear before the House Judiciary Committee several weeks ago and ignoring a subpoena, AG William Barr ribbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on May 15 about an impending vote to find him in contempt of Congress.
Pelosi—whose role it is to schedule the contempt vote against Barr before the full House—remained unperturbed.
She smiled in reply and indicated that the House sergeant-at-arms was present at the ceremony, should an arrest be necessary, the bystander said. Barr chuckled and walked away.
But this is not the first time he has sneered at the situation. Barr also joked about the contempt resolution at a farewell ceremony for former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week.
“This must be a record, of an attorney general being proposed for contempt within 100 days of taking office,” Barr said with a smile.
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