Klobuchar on Barr: 'He has shown a complete disrespect for the law'

Klobuchar on Barr: 'He has shown a complete disrespect for the law'
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharJuan Williams: Warren on the rise Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Minn.), on Friday hammered Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings MORE over his handling of congressional oversight probes, saying he has shown a “disrespect for the law."

“He has shown a complete disrespect for the law, in terms of not showing up at the House, in terms of how he answered our questions,” Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and questioned Barr last week, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Klobuchar, who is one of more than 20 Democratic hopefuls running for the White House, cited her question during last week’s hearing in which she asked Barr if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE reviewed President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s tax returns as part of his probe into Russia's election interference, to which Barr responded, “I don’t know” and directed her to ask Mueller himself.

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Barr is at the center of an intensifying feud between House Democrats and the White House over a slew of congressional oversight investigations.

Most recently, the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress after negotiations with the Justice Department broke down and the attorney general declined to appear for testimony in front of the panel. As part of the ongoing fight with the panel, the White House also declared executive privilege over the Mueller report.

“Unfortunately, rather than allowing negotiations to continue, Chairman Nadler short-circuited these efforts by proceeding with a politically motivated and unnecessary contempt vote, which he refused to postpone to allow additional time to explore discussion and compromise,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. 

Barr has emerged as a top target for Democrats over his handling of the Mueller report, which some say he has sought to whitewash

Mueller found insufficient evidence to suggest that any Trump associates conspired with Moscow during its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, but declined to make a prosecutorial judgement on whether Trump had obstructed any subsequent probes, highlighting 10 “episodes” of possible obstructive acts and specifically citing Justice Department guidelines saying a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Barr and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE later told Congress that they would not bring any obstruction charges after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence.