Pelosi throws cold water on impeaching Barr

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tamped down the possibility that House Democrats could pursue impeachment of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Trump campaign, RNC announce 0 million post-election fundraising haul Michigan voter fraud hearing goes viral for alleged flatulence, unruly witness MORE over accusations that he has politicized the Department of Justice.

Some Democrats have expressed interest in pursuing impeachment proceedings against Barr after the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday during which Justice Department officials alleged that the agency had taken in political considerations when handling cases against allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's.

But Pelosi suggested that any referendum on Barr should be done at the ballot box in November.


"A hundred and thirty-one days from now, we will have the solution to many problems, one of them being Barr," Pelosi said during a Washington Post Live event.

"Anyone who saw that testimony will know that Barr is a mess. He's a disgrace to the Department of Justice," Pelosi said.

The House voted last year to hold Barr, as well as Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossConservative justices seem prepared to let Trump proceed with immigrant census plan for now Supreme Court to hear arguments on Trump administration's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census Central Asia is changing: the Biden administration should pay close attention MORE, in contempt for defying subpoenas related to documents on efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Barr has drawn further ire from House Democrats since then, most recently over the Justice Department's moves to dismiss the criminal case against Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and recommend a lighter sentence for his former political adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBiden, Harris pledge to keep politics out of DOJ Flynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 MORE. They also strongly object to the firing of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, who had been investigating people with ties to Trump.

But Pelosi indicated that she thinks the best path forward is for voters to kick Trump out of office in 4 1/2 months.


"So he is contemptible, there's no question about that. But at this point, let's solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day, 131 days from now," Pelosi said.

Her comments came a day after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-N.Y.) expressed openness to impeaching Barr, after initially dismissing the idea days earlier.

"We're looking into that, we may very well," Nadler said on Wednesday. "I think the weight of the evidence and of what's happened leads to that conclusion."

Nadler had previously said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he thought pursuing impeachment proceedings against Barr would be a "waste of time" given that Republicans still control the Senate.

Two other Democrats, Reps. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDe Blasio mum on whether he'll block sale of Mets to controversial investor Two ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE (Tenn.) and Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellTalk of self-pardon for Trump heats up House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Press: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up MORE (N.J.), have called for Barr's impeachment.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Wednesday that Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late July, where he is likely to be repeatedly pressed on the allegations that the agency has been politicized during his tenure.