Pelosi throws cold water on impeaching Barr

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tamped down the possibility that House Democrats could pursue impeachment of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrGOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' Barr recommended Trump not give Stone clemency: report Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence 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 TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE's.

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

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"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 RossOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget 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 StoneMueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' GOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence 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.

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"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 NadlerNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November 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 CohenPelosi throws cold water on impeaching Barr Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized Congress must act on police reform, don't let opponents divert the conversation MORE (Tenn.) and Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell wins Democratic primary New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries 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.