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 KlobucharWebb: The modern age of dissent versus riot Bottom line Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D-Minn.), on Friday hammered Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump shifting after threat to deploy troops: report The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen GOP senators dodge on treatment of White House protesters 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE reviewed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? 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 RosensteinWatch live: Rod Rosenstein testifies before Senate on Russia probe Rosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs DOJ asks Supreme Court to block Democrats' access to Mueller documents MORE later told Congress that they would not bring any obstruction charges after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence.