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Nadler says calls to impeach Barr 'waste of time' because of 'corrupt' GOP-controlled Senate

Nadler says calls to impeach Barr 'waste of time' because of 'corrupt' GOP-controlled Senate
© Greg Nash

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSenate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that calls to impeach Attorney General William BarrBill BarrLieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Senate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo MORE are a “waste of time,” since the “corrupt” Republican-controlled Senate would not consider an impeachment trial. 

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPolice investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide Mississippi governor: Biden goal of 70 percent of US vaccinated by July 4 is 'arbitrary' Energy secretary: Adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid MORE asked Nadler if he thinks Democratic lawmakers' calls for Barr’s impeachment in the wake of the firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman are premature. 

“No, I don't think calls for his impeachment are premature any more than calls for the president's impeachment were premature,” Nadler said. 

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“But they are a waste of time at this point, because we know that we have a corrupt Republican majority in the Senate which will not consider an impeachment no matter what the evidence and no matter what the facts,” he added. “We’re instead going to do what we have to do without that.” 

Tapper asked Nadler if he is calling every Senate Republican who voted to acquit Trump “corrupt.” 

“I think in the sense of being corrupt against the interest of the country, yes,” Nadler added. 

Nadler has also said he will be calling Barr to testify before the committee. He did not confirm if Berman will testify next week, but said he is “sure he will testify.” 

Nadler said Saturday the Judiciary Committee will be opening an investigation into Berman’s firing. 

The Department of Justice on Friday announced it was replacing Berman and that Berman was stepping down from his post in New York.