Moulton calls for Barr impeachment hearings

Moulton calls for Barr impeachment hearings
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Moulton rolls out plan to promote national service among young Americans Moulton: Trump 'lacks the credibility' to keep US out of war with Iran MORE (D-Mass), a 2020 presidential candidate, on Friday said he thinks that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' MORE should face impeachment hearings after Democrats say he misled Congress about Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's view of his summary of the special counsel investigation's findings.

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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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.

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"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."

 

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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) said of Barr.

"Nobody is above the law; not the president of the United States, and not the attorney general."