Attorney General William Barr will not testify before the House Judiciary Committee as planned on Thursday.
Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York said he would likely issue a subpoena to Barr if he does not appear.
NBC News national affairs analyst John Heilemann offered his take during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace:
I will say I watched a lot of today and throughout the day I kept thinking about [former] Sen. Bob Kerrey who once said Bill Clinton was an unusually good liar. Bill Barr is a unusually bad liar. He lied a lot today and he lied in ways that were large and he lied in ways that were small. I think lie is the only right word.
Former U.S Attorney Preet Bharara was more diplomatic on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper”:
I’m not going to sit here on cable television and accuse the attorney general of perjury, but he’s clearly not being straight. It’s clearly not being transparent. And it’s odd, also, because you know, he must have thought, maybe, it’s not going to come out, that this letter was sent.
And essentially, that report and the language used by Rep. [Charlie] Crist (D-FL) mirrors and tracks almost exactly the language that Bob Mueller used in the letter that was already in the hands of Bill Barr when he said ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.
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