Attorney General Bill Barr Threatens To Skip House Hearing | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Attorney General Bill Barr Threatens To Skip House Hearing | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC


for HR+/HER2- MBC.>>>WELCOME BACK, I’M STEPHANIE>>>WELCOME BACK, I’M STEPHANIE RUHLE, MORE NOW ON THE ATTORNEY RUHLE, MORE NOW ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S THREAT TO CANCEL HIS GENERAL’S THREAT TO CANCEL HIS APPEARANCE BEFORE THE HOUSE APPEARANCE BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ALL BECAUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ALL BECAUSE HE AND THE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN HE AND THE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN DISAGREE OVER WHO SHOULD BE DISAGREE OVER WHO SHOULD BE ASKING THE QUESTIONS. ASKING THE QUESTIONS. JOINING ME NOW, FORMER U.S. JOINING ME NOW, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY AND UNIVERSITY OF ATTORNEY AND UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LAW PROFESSOR JOYCE ALABAMA LAW PROFESSOR JOYCE VANCE AND FORMER JUSTICE VANCE AND FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AND AN DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AND AN MSNBC ANALYST MAT TWITTER — MSNBC ANALYST MAT TWITTER — EXCUSE ME MATT MILLER, AND “NEW EXCUSE ME MATT MILLER, AND “NEW YORK TIMES” POLITICAL REPORTER YORK TIMES” POLITICAL REPORTER KEN VOGEL. KEN VOGEL. QUICK SIDE NOTE, I OBJECT TO SAY QUICK SIDE NOTE, I OBJECT TO SAY GOOD MORNING TO YOUR GOOD MORNING TO YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO I LEARNED OVER MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO I LEARNED OVER THE WEEKEND IS ONE OF OUR THE WEEKEND IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST FANS. BIGGEST FANS. MATT, TO YOU FIRST, YOU CALLED MATT, TO YOU FIRST, YOU CALLED IT WEAK FOR BARR TO REFUSE TO IT WEAK FOR BARR TO REFUSE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM COUNSEL. ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM COUNSEL. WHY WOULD THAT BE A RED LINE FOR WHY WOULD THAT BE A RED LINE FOR HIM? HIM? I THINK BACK TO JUST A FEW I THINK BACK TO JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, CHRISTINE BLASEY MONTHS AGO, CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD, A PRIVATE CITIZEN, WAS FORD, A PRIVATE CITIZEN, WAS WILLING TO SIT AND TAKE WILLING TO SIT AND TAKE QUESTIONS FROM AN ATTORNEY. QUESTIONS FROM AN ATTORNEY.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT AND OF>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT AND OF COURSE EVERYONE IN THE COURSE EVERYONE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THOUGHT THAT REPUBLICAN PARTY THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA THEN. WAS A GREAT IDEA THEN. KUDOS TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY KUDOS TO THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR ADDRESSING WHAT’S COMMITTEE FOR ADDRESSING WHAT’S LONG BEEN A GLARING STRUCTURAL LONG BEEN A GLARING STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS WITH CONGRESS. WEAKNESS WITH CONGRESS. WE’VE ALL WATCHED THE WE’VE ALL WATCHED THE COMMITTEES, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, COMMITTEES, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WITH SOME NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS WITH SOME NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS DON’T ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, DON’T ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, NOT PREPARED TO ASK FOLLOW-UP NOT PREPARED TO ASK FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS. THEY’VE TRIED TO ADDRESS THAT BY THEY’VE TRIED TO ADDRESS THAT BY HAVING STAFF ASK QUESTIONS, HAVING STAFF ASK QUESTIONS, ACCRUING TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH ACCRUING TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH PARTIES WHEN IT COMES TO FUTURE PARTIES WHEN IT COMES TO FUTURE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S A HIGHLY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED ATTORNEY, THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED ATTORNEY, THIS IS HIS SECOND TIME AS ATTORNEY HIS SECOND TIME AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE GENERAL, HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE OFF THE OF LEGAL COUNSEL, ONE OF OFF THE OF LEGAL COUNSEL, ONE OF THE MOST WEIGHTY OFFICES INSIDE THE MOST WEIGHTY OFFICES INSIDE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, HE WAS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, HE WAS THE GENERAL COUNSEL OF A MAJOR THE GENERAL COUNSEL OF A MAJOR CORPORATION FOR OVER TEN YEARS. CORPORATION FOR OVER TEN YEARS. HE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO COME UP HE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO COME UP AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM ANYONE, ESPECIALLY IF HE’S PROUD ANYONE, ESPECIALLY IF HE’S PROUD OF HIS ACTIONS OVER THE LAST FEW OF HIS ACTIONS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS. WEEKS. FOR HIM TO DODGE IT, IT IS THE FOR HIM TO DODGE IT, IT IS THE COMMITTEES THEMSELVES THAT SET COMMITTEES THEMSELVES THAT SET THE RULES FOR HOW THEY WILL THE RULES FOR HOW THEY WILL QUESTION WITNESSES. QUESTION WITNESSES. NOT THE WITNESSES. NOT THE WITNESSES. AND SO I THINK THE ATTORNEY AND SO I THINK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NEEDS TO BE THERE ON GENERAL NEEDS TO BE THERE ON THURSDAY, HE NEEDS TO ASK THURSDAY, HE NEEDS TO ASK QUESTIONS FROM WHOEVER ASKS QUESTIONS FROM WHOEVER ASKS THEM. THEM. IF HE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO IF HE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING HIDE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. TO WORRY ABOUT.>>JOYCE, GIVE ME A HISTORY>>JOYCE, GIVE ME A HISTORY LESSON HERE. LESSON HERE. I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT CHRISTINE I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD WAS PRECEDENT, BLASEY FORD WAS PRECEDENT, HAVING COMMITTEE COUNSEL ASK HAVING COMMITTEE COUNSEL ASK QUESTIONS BUT REPUBLICANS SAY QUESTIONS BUT REPUBLICANS SAY THERE IS NONE. THERE IS NONE.>>YOU KNOW, I THINK SHE IS THE>>YOU KNOW, I THINK SHE IS THE PRECEDENT. PRECEDENT. AND THIS IS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, AND THIS IS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, AS YOU POINTED OUT, STEPHANIE, AS YOU POINTED OUT, STEPHANIE, WHO SAT FOR THIS GRILLING BY WHO SAT FOR THIS GRILLING BY COUNSEL, NOT SIMPLY QUESTIONING COUNSEL, NOT SIMPLY QUESTIONING BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS. BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS. SHE DID IT IN A FORTHRIGHT SHE DID IT IN A FORTHRIGHT FASHION. FASHION. I THINK IT’S DIFFICULT TO I THINK IT’S DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE ATTORNEY UNDERSTAND HOW THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES CAN GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES CAN TESTIFY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TESTIFY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH ANY LESS HONESTY AND WITH ANY LESS HONESTY AND FORTHRIGHTNESS AND LESS TO HIDE FORTHRIGHTNESS AND LESS TO HIDE THAN A PRIVATE CITIZEN CAN. THAN A PRIVATE CITIZEN CAN. IT’S — YOU KNOW, WE LOOK A IT’S — YOU KNOW, WE LOOK A LITTLE BIT FURTHER BACK WE LITTLE BIT FURTHER BACK WE REMEMBER THE SPECTACLE OF REMEMBER THE SPECTACLE OF HILLARY CLINTON FOR 11 HOURS HILLARY CLINTON FOR 11 HOURS ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT BENGHAZI. BENGHAZI. BUT APPARENTLY THE CURRENT BUT APPARENTLY THE CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL CAN’T FACE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAN’T FACE CONGRESS, CAN’T FACE A SERIES OF CONGRESS, CAN’T FACE A SERIES OF QUESTIONS FOR EVEN 30 MINUTES. QUESTIONS FOR EVEN 30 MINUTES.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. KEN, LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT KEN, LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT’S ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN WHAT’S ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. HERE. IF BARR REFUSES TO APPEAR IF BARR REFUSES TO APPEAR DOESN’T THIS FIT BASICALLY THE DOESN’T THIS FIT BASICALLY THE PATTERN WE’VE SEEN FROM PATTERN WE’VE SEEN FROM ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THAT ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THAT ARE BASICALLY REFUSING TO ARE BASICALLY REFUSING TO COOPERATE WITH CONGRESS, “NEW COOPERATE WITH CONGRESS, “NEW YORK TIMES” ED LORD SAYS IT’S YORK TIMES” ED LORD SAYS IT’S “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION EFFECTIVELY DECLARING LAWMAKERS EFFECTIVELY DECLARING LAWMAKERS POWERLESS OVER HIM.” POWERLESS OVER HIM.” . . THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE BLOWS THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE BLOWS THEIR SNEEZE WITH– NOSE WITH TH THEIR SNEEZE WITH– NOSE WITH TH SUBPOENAS. SUBPOENAS.>>WE’VE SEEN A CLASH SETUP>>WE’VE SEEN A CLASH SETUP HERE. HERE. WE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN DEMOCRATS TOOK THE HOUSE TO WHEN DEMOCRATS TOOK THE HOUSE TO SOME EXTENT. SOME EXTENT. WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW AGGRESSIVE WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW AGGRESSIVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS GOING TO BE IN TRYING TO STIFF GOING TO BE IN TRYING TO STIFF ARM CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. ARM CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. WE SEE SORT OF THE FIRST — THIS WE SEE SORT OF THE FIRST — THIS IS REALLY THE FIRST FLASH POINT IS REALLY THE FIRST FLASH POINT WHERE WE’LL GET SOME SORT OF WHERE WE’LL GET SOME SORT OF CLARITY INTO HOW FAFR THE TRUMP CLARITY INTO HOW FAFR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS WILLING TO GO. ADMINISTRATION IS WILLING TO GO. IT’S TELLING, JEFF BENNETT IN IT’S TELLING, JEFF BENNETT IN YOUR PRIOR SEGMENT ALLUDED TO YOUR PRIOR SEGMENT ALLUDED TO THIS, THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF THIS, THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF CAPITOL HILL AND I THINK FOR US CAPITOL HILL AND I THINK FOR US AND MOST VIEWERS SITTING AT HOME AND MOST VIEWERS SITTING AT HOME WATCHING INTEREST — WATCHING INTEREST — CONGRESSIONAL — WHY WOULDN’T CONGRESSIONAL — WHY WOULDN’T THEY FOLLOW UP A VERY GOOD THEY FOLLOW UP A VERY GOOD QUESTION FROM A PRIOR MEMBER OF QUESTION FROM A PRIOR MEMBER OF CONGRESS? CONGRESS? THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ARE THE THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ARE THE ONES WHO DO THE HEAVY LIFTING ON ONES WHO DO THE HEAVY LIFTING ON THIS AND THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR THIS AND THERE IS PRECEDENT FOR THEM ASKING QUESTIONS OF THEM ASKING QUESTIONS OF WITNESSES, MAYBE NOT OF CABINET WITNESSES, MAYBE NOT OF CABINET SECRETARIES BUT CERTAINLY OF SECRETARIES BUT CERTAINLY OF OTHER WITNESSES. OTHER WITNESSES. WE SAW THIS IN THE INTELLIGENCE WE SAW THIS IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATIONS OF COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATIONS OF RUSSIA, THE ENCLOSED TESTIMONY. RUSSIA, THE ENCLOSED TESTIMONY. THERE WERE STAFF PARTICIPATING THERE WERE STAFF PARTICIPATING IN THE QUESTIONS AND THEY DID A IN THE QUESTIONS AND THEY DID A VERY GOOD JOB WHEN YOU READ THE VERY GOOD JOB WHEN YOU READ THE TRANSCRIPTS, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN TRANSCRIPTS, MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO APPEAR AT TIMES TO BE MORE JUST APPEAR AT TIMES TO BE MORE JUST USING THE TESTIMONY, USING THE USING THE TESTIMONY, USING THE HEARINGS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEARINGS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GRAND STAND. GRAND STAND.>>OKAY, MATT, THEN IF SUBPOENAS>>OKAY, MATT, THEN IF SUBPOENAS ARE THE WAY JERRY NADLER HAS TO ARE THE WAY JERRY NADLER HAS TO GO DOESN’T THAT AGAIN PLAY TO GO DOESN’T THAT AGAIN PLAY TO TRUMP’S HAND WHERE HE’S GOING TO TRUMP’S HAND WHERE HE’S GOING TO RUN THE CLOCK? RUN THE CLOCK? SUBPOENAS DON’T MEAN YOU SHOW UP SUBPOENAS DON’T MEAN YOU SHOW UP TOMORROW. TOMORROW.>>YEAH, IT CERTAINLY DOES.>>YEAH, IT CERTAINLY DOES. THAT’S THE ADVANTAGE OF THE THAT’S THE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. IF YOU’RE WILLING TO BE IF YOU’RE WILLING TO BE COMPLETELY SHAMELESS, IF YOU’RE COMPLETELY SHAMELESS, IF YOU’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE POLITICAL NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF STONE WALLING, CONSEQUENCES OF STONE WALLING, WHICH IS THE INCENTIVE, IN WHICH IS THE INCENTIVE, IN ADDITION TO JUST RESPECT FOR — ADDITION TO JUST RESPECT FOR –>>WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL>>WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES? CONSEQUENCES?>>THAT’S THE POINT, IF YOU’RE>>THAT’S THE POINT, IF YOU’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THEM, LOOKING NOT WORRIED ABOUT THEM, LOOKING LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE YOU CAN RUN THIS OUT FOREVER AND YOU CAN RUN THIS OUT FOREVER AND THEY CLEARLY AREN’T WORRIED THEY CLEARLY AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT. THEY’VE MADE THE CALCULATION THEY’VE MADE THE CALCULATION THAT THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES THAT THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF STONE WALLING ARE LESS THAN OF STONE WALLING ARE LESS THAN THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF SHOWING UP AND HAVING TO ANSWER SHOWING UP AND HAVING TO ANSWER DIFFICULT QUESTIONS OR TURNING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS OR TURNING OVER DOCUMENTS THAT MIGHT EXPOSE OVER DOCUMENTS THAT MIGHT EXPOSE WRONGDOING. WRONGDOING. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN IS CERTAINLY WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN IS CERTAINLY THEY CAN RUN THE CLOCK. THEY CAN RUN THE CLOCK. HOW LONG? HOW LONG? I THINK CONGRESS — THE I THINK CONGRESS — THE ADMINISTRATION IS RUNNING A ADMINISTRATION IS RUNNING A LITTLE RISK BY STONE WALLING ON LITTLE RISK BY STONE WALLING ON EVERY FRONT THAT THE COURTS ARE EVERY FRONT THAT THE COURTS ARE GOING TO GET FED UP AND WHEN THE GOING TO GET FED UP AND WHEN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE GOES TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE GOES TO COURT AND OTHER COMMITTEES GO TO COURT AND OTHER COMMITTEES GO TO COURT WHEN THE HOUSE GOES TO COURT WHEN THE HOUSE GOES TO COURT TO ENFORCE SUBPOENAS, THE COURT TO ENFORCE SUBPOENAS, THE COURTS SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE’RE COURTS SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE’RE NOT GOING TO DRAG THIS OUT THE NOT GOING TO DRAG THIS OUT THE WAY WE USUALLY DO. WAY WE USUALLY DO. WE’RE GOING TO FORCE YOU TO WE’RE GOING TO FORCE YOU TO START COMPLYING IMMEDIATELY. START COMPLYING IMMEDIATELY. THAT’S THE RISK, I THINK, THE THAT’S THE RISK, I THINK, THE ADMINISTRATION IS RUNNING. ADMINISTRATION IS RUNNING. AND YOU MAY SEE KIND OF A AND YOU MAY SEE KIND OF A SHORTENED TIME FRAME AND COURTS SHORTENED TIME FRAME AND COURTS STEPPING IN AND SIDING WITH THE STEPPING IN AND SIDING WITH THE HOUSE. HOUSE.>>JOYCE, DO YOU AGREE WITH>>JOYCE, DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT? THAT? I MEAN, THIS THING COULD MAKE I MEAN, THIS THING COULD MAKE ITS WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT. ITS WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT. WOULD THAT BE AN ADVANTAGE OR A WOULD THAT BE AN ADVANTAGE OR A DISADVANTAGE FOR THE PRESIDENT? DISADVANTAGE FOR THE PRESIDENT? I’M PRETTY SURE HE’S KEEN ON I’M PRETTY SURE HE’S KEEN ON WHO’S SITTING ON THAT COURT. WHO’S SITTING ON THAT COURT.>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT’S KEEN ON>>WELL, THE PRESIDENT’S KEEN ON WHO’S SITTING ON THE COURT. WHO’S SITTING ON THE COURT. BUT FEDERAL JUDGES ACROSS THE BUT FEDERAL JUDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SHOWN REMARKABLE COUNTRY HAVE SHOWN REMARKABLE INDEPENDENCE. INDEPENDENCE. AND IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER WHO AND IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER WHO APPOINTED THE JUDGE, JUDGES WHO APPOINTED THE JUDGE, JUDGES WHO BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, WHO SORT OF BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, WHO SORT OF SOAKED UP THAT 12th GRADE CIVICS SOAKED UP THAT 12th GRADE CIVICS LESSON ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT LESSON ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AND CHECKS AND BALANCES STILL CHECKS AND BALANCES STILL BELIEVE IN THAT, REGARDLESS OF BELIEVE IN THAT, REGARDLESS OF WHO’S PRESIDENT. WHO’S PRESIDENT. AND I THINK MATT MAKES A GREAT AND I THINK MATT MAKES A GREAT POINT ABOUT TIMING AS THE POINT ABOUT TIMING AS THE ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO RUN THE ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO RUN THE CLOCK PAST THE 2020 ELECTION. CLOCK PAST THE 2020 ELECTION. IT MAY JUST BE THAT THEY’RE IT MAY JUST BE THAT THEY’RE TARGETING THEMSELVES FOR SOME OF TARGETING THEMSELVES FOR SOME OF THE MOST DAMAGING INFORMATION TO THE MOST DAMAGING INFORMATION TO BECOME PUBLIC DURING THE HOME BECOME PUBLIC DURING THE HOME RUN SPACE IN THAT ELECTION, IN RUN SPACE IN THAT ELECTION, IN THAT CAMPAIGN AND IT COULD BE THAT CAMPAIGN AND IT COULD BE THAT WE’RE SEEING A SUMMER OF THAT WE’RE SEEING A SUMMER OF 2020 WHERE INFORMATION BEGINS TO 2020 WHERE INFORMATION BEGINS TO BECOME PUBLIC AND TRUMP HAS TO BECOME PUBLIC AND TRUMP HAS TO TAKE THOSE HITS THAT HE’S TRIED TAKE THOSE HITS THAT HE’S TRIED TO AVOID. TO AVOID.>>I NEED TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT.>>I NEED TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT. AND, KEN, SPEAK TO YOU ON AND, KEN, SPEAK TO YOU ON ANOTHER STORY. ANOTHER STORY. ONE I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF. ONE I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF. A RUSSIAN COMPANY HAD BEEN UNDER A RUSSIAN COMPANY HAD BEEN UNDER SANCTION UNTIL EARLIER THIS SANCTION UNTIL EARLIER THIS YEAR. YEAR. SUDDENLY INVESTING ABOUT $200 SUDDENLY INVESTING ABOUT $200 MILLION IN KENTUCKY, HOME OF MILLION IN KENTUCKY, HOME OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL. McCONNELL. HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. ON HERE. AGAIN, THIS RUSSIAN OLIGARCH WHO AGAIN, THIS RUSSIAN OLIGARCH WHO PAUL MANAFORT WAS IN THE HOLE PAUL MANAFORT WAS IN THE HOLE $19 MILLION TO WHEN HE JOINED $19 MILLION TO WHEN HE JOINED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AND DECEMBER 23rd, JUST BEFORE DECEMBER 23rd, JUST BEFORE EVERYBODY WENT ON VACATION, EVERYBODY WENT ON VACATION, STEVE MNUCHIN SNUCK OUT UNDER STEVE MNUCHIN SNUCK OUT UNDER THE WIRE TO GET SANCTIONS LIFTED THE WIRE TO GET SANCTIONS LIFTED UNDER HIM AND HIS BUSINESSES. UNDER HIM AND HIS BUSINESSES.>>THIS IS THE DEAL, THIS>>THIS IS THE DEAL, THIS POTENTIAL INVESTMENT IN POTENTIAL INVESTMENT IN KENTKY, THAT WOULD NOT HAVE KENTKY, THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAS SANCTIONS BEEN BEEN POSSIBLE HAS SANCTIONS BEEN IN PLACE. IN PLACE. THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ALLOWS THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ALLOWS FOR THIS POTENTIAL INVESTMENT TO FOR THIS POTENTIAL INVESTMENT TO BE MADE. BE MADE. AND IT CERTAINLY DOES, YOU KNOW, AND IT CERTAINLY DOES, YOU KNOW, RAISE AT LEAST OPTICS ISSUES RAISE AT LEAST OPTICS ISSUES GIVEN THAT MITCH McCONNELL WAS GIVEN THAT MITCH McCONNELL WAS THE ONE WHO REALLY LED THE FIGHT THE ONE WHO REALLY LED THE FIGHT IN THE SENATE TO PREVENT IN THE SENATE TO PREVENT CONGRESS FROM BLOCKING THE CONGRESS FROM BLOCKING THE LIFTING OF THE SANCTIONS. LIFTING OF THE SANCTIONS. THERE IS SOME CONGRESSIONAL THERE IS SOME CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF SANCTIONS OF THIS — REVIEW OF SANCTIONS OF THIS — OF THIS TYPE OF SANCTIONS. OF THIS TYPE OF SANCTIONS. AND THAT THERE WAS A SURPRISING AND THAT THERE WAS A SURPRISING AMOUNT OF REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR AMOUNT OF REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR BLOCKING THE LIFTING OF THE BLOCKING THE LIFTING OF THE SANCTIONS. SANCTIONS. BUT MITCH McCONNELL STEPPED IN BUT MITCH McCONNELL STEPPED IN AND MANAGED TO RALLY JUST ENOUGH AND MANAGED TO RALLY JUST ENOUGH REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION THAT THE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION THAT THE SANCTIONS WERE LIFTED AND SO THE SANCTIONS WERE LIFTED AND SO THE QUESTION THAT SOME DEMOCRATS ARE QUESTION THAT SOME DEMOCRATS ARE RAISING IS, IS THIS A PAYOFF FOR RAISING IS, IS THIS A PAYOFF FOR MITCH McCONNELL, FOR THE TRUMP MITCH McCONNELL, FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION LIFTING THESE ADMINISTRATION LIFTING THESE SANCTIONS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO SANCTIONS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO INJECT $200 MILLION INTO A INJECT $200 MILLION INTO A PROJECT THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS. PROJECT THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS. THE COMPANY SAID NOT AT ALL, WE THE COMPANY SAID NOT AT ALL, WE DIDN’T TALK TO MITCH McCONNELL DIDN’T TALK TO MITCH McCONNELL OR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ABOUT THIS BUT WE’RE GOING TO ABOUT THIS BUT WE’RE GOING TO SEE CONGRESSIONAL SCRUTINY OF

100 thoughts on “Attorney General Bill Barr Threatens To Skip House Hearing | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

  1. Republicans always grill Democrats at 10 to 12 hours strait at a time, yet claim they lack the stamina to hang more than an hour? Why does America put up with Republicans? They bring us nothing, but try to take everything.

  2. Last year congressman Devin Nunes issued subpoenas to several officials and most of them including DAG Rod ignored them. Now the same thing is happening all over again.

  3. congress need to apply the rule of law and put people in prison for obstructing investigations and don't take this people crap.

  4. Trump and his WH is showing us how weak and broken the system is if the wrong person gains Presidential power. Will we learn from this even after Trump has left the WH?

  5. I think contempt of court is a perfect look for Bill Barr. I’d be happy to let him sit in jail and rethink his position.

  6. why is he threatening not to testify before the house judiciary committee, and also does he have to legally

  7. BSNBC….speaking of asking intelligent questions, they should try it.
    First, congress is investigating a closed DOJ case. Their media sound byte is that muller turned his investigation over to them. Muller does not have the authority to do that, AG Barr controls the investigation, he closed it….and with input from muller, rosenstein and other lawyers who were not named.
    Second, We know Barr is working on the genesis of the Russia Hoax and the House democraps know it. They are not concerned with the muller report, they are worried about roadblocking the rest of the investigation. Barr should not appear, it's a waste of his time, he should get the indictments happening and start prosecuting the Hoax Cabal.

  8. White supremacist Christian terrorist cult groups HATE oversight committees. The Nazis, the KKK, the Confederates, and the Republican PARTY, all share the same prejudiced, white supremacist, Christian terrorist, ideologies while blaming the democrats for statring the KKK, when it was NOT the Democrats who started the KKK, however LYING, prejudiced, white supremacist, Christian terrorists DID start the KKK.

  9. This will show that dukkklips and his flunkies are above the law if they dont start jailing them for contempt. Ive heard of people going to jail for years over civil disobedience.

  10. the U.S. Attorney General may be impeached by Congress for treason, bribery or high crimes and misdemeanours.[3], high crimes and misdemeanours cover allegations of misconduct by officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct, refusal to obey a lawful order, chronic intoxication, and tax evasion,

  11. Exactly right, AG Barr is experienced, wise, and smart enough to see through such a setup by Dems. Like Pres. Trump, he knows about perjury traps and other games being planned to push their agenda of dishonesty, and to cast aspersions on the AG also. Not wanting Barr's disclosure, Dems. want to create a sideshow of lies.

  12. Pretty bad when the Fake Attorney General Bill Barr is softer than Hillary Clinton. Hillary sat and answered every stupid Republican question about Benghazi and Emails to no end.
    Republicans want to question EVERYBODY but answer not a question themselves. Disgusting.

  13. This coward Barr is an unindicted co-conspirator in Trump's attempt to destroy American democracy. The entire enabling GOP should be tried for treason.

  14. Hello people hello world this is Mississippi Boy again I don't know why the Democrats are playing with these Republicans and this so-called white supremacist that is in Washington DC they need to lock him up unlock all Republicans up and some Democrats because they have broken the law they have to see the people and betrayed the country treasonous Hang Em High

  15. time for these democrats to stop tip toeing and run these treasonous trump cronies over with a bullet train. leave no stone un-turned and no noose untied… so tired of this corrupt government… There needs to be a political 'cleaning'… if there is overwhelming evidence of crimes, there needs to be some extreme measures taken… government officials doing wrong are no longer scared of any oversight, accountability, and least of all the public, for whom they represent.

  16. There is no way Congress can force the President or any from his Admin to go over what is already in the public. The President can tie this up in the courts for the next 18 months. He and the Republican Senate can work and leave the House holding the bag of not being able to Govern. So lets get ready to rumble.

    He will not talk to any. Everything that is to be known is known. Now lets get to the Facts . For 2 years you all cried that the Russians were to blame for President Trump. Now when he wins reelection who will you blame? Even Jo can not win the EC Votes needed. The Socialists will take maybe 8 States CA NY NJ I can just maybe see the Dems getting 120 EC Votes. The rest will go to President Trump. The American People know you have been dead set to destroy this Great American President. Will you ever admit that it is your Socialist Ideology that America Objects to?

  17. Voters think Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is unlikely to help congressional Democrats impeach President Trump, but they expect reporters to try to hurt the president with it if they can.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters say the findings in the Mueller report are unlikely to lead to Trump’s impeachment, with 33% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and say the report is likely to help impeach the president, but that includes only 14% who feel it’s Very Likely

  18. OMG You Dems are so crazy. This is the dumbest interview I have seen. Barr isn't hiding. He just doesnt want to waste his time answer questions from low level personal. He wants face to face with congress themselves.

  19. AG Barr is a man of integrity and definitely more than capable to answer lawyers questions. Congressman Nadler is a drama queen.
    Is he and committee intimidated by AG Barr?
    Christina Blazo wasn't honest before Congress. She knew she had their favor and against Justice Kavanaugh. She collected thousands of dollars from her go fund me account. Well paid ? Research for the unbiased facts if interested.

  20. MSNBC, now here is a fair and balanced platform, lol. I wonder how many guests they interviewed before they found these?

  21. LIBERALS FOR 2 YEARS THE MSM ARE BEING TELLING YOU WHEN THE MULLER REPORT COME OUT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACH ,WELL THE REPORT IS OUT AND FIND NO COLLUSION. NO OBSTRUCTION AND NO FURTHER INDICTMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED SO PLEASE FOR YOUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH STOP LISTENING TO FAKE NEWS.

  22. Christine set her own rules to testifying and then wasn't believable at all. She did it for the money so stop acting like she is a saint. You are sickening in your brown nosing monologue

  23. Since it is a felony to lie to Congress, instead of both sides posturing, why don't the members of the committee ask the questions that the Congressional lawyers would ask the AG? No, they want to politicize and grandstand and cater to their own platforms. No wonder nothing ever gets done

  24. I don't know how this guy ever made it big as a stand-up comedian. 🤔

    Just kidding, I know hes not a comedian, he is actually an old cartoon character, Droopy Dog

  25. And I honestly don't think that Barr would ever play Monopoly at Nadler's house, either. We can't have the game rules change to benefit the corrupt, now can we?
    WWG1WGA

  26. This is a new America. The fight continues. And some dude thinks chaos makes America great again! HMMMMMMM

  27. Exactly, when agencies defy Congress it makes me loose faith in those agencies and by extension in the power of Congress.
    Does law still rule in this new world order?

  28. For Christs sake you lost. No Nads Nadler lost. Schitt lost. You MSNBC dildoes lost. You have not won one single battle since the election. You creamed your unisex khaki pants over Mueller and he came out with no collusion. Thne you jump right to obstruction and tax records. Russia was your big fish. Barr and Trump are going nowhere. You lost.

  29. It's a red line because he's not dumb. You Baby killers are trying to set him up. Your fake Russian crap didn't work now your trying to play it off like is some kind of conspiracy. You are trying to get him fired because Obama's cover up is being discovered

  30. Dems again trying to can rules they know they all ready look bad so they refuse to question him the want to use non elected people to do dirty work because of new evidence against members of obama doj they need to try to separate themselves from this quickly its bad when you lost bill maher on this issue

  31. Nothing to hide. Bill barr is at the senate answering questions tomorrow. The house needs to act sane, they wil not get redacted info testimony. If they want answers they need to ask questions. Not staff lawyers in a private setting. Nope, bill barr wants it in public only.

  32. Yes not if their side during investigations answered anything or showed up for repr commotte when caught!!!! Refuse to come when subpoena and bring evidence like the were the courts and not just a house or committee. He was laready drilled on their job and they are just badgering AG attorney general above them means they are trying to get slip up so they can falsely say he is colluding with Trump. This is unacceptable

  33. Barr is corruption at the highest. Justice department is a joke.Barr needs to speak to the House.This fat old man needs to talk.

  34. Can anyone help me? I need to know where in the Muller report is the concrete evidence that MSNBC had been telling us about with great confidence over the last two years? They said it was out there but now I have access to the report but I can’t find it but it simply must be there because they wouldn’t have lied or exaggerated, would they? Teza from Sydney Australia

  35. Ahhh the LAW states that they must question him NOT their lawyers…guess he knows the laws better than them..lol

  36. I really don’t know which is worse, CNN or MS NBC. You cannot believe anything that comes out of these so-called new stations.

  37. So if you were President and you got word about an investigation on you, that was based on false and misleading information, The Steele dossier, would you do your Constitutional Duty as President to end the investigation as your right and duty that may affect your ability to lead the country? Trump had that choice, yet allowed the investigation to go forward to which there was nothing found. So this shows Trumps fine work at allowing the process to go forward when in fact he could have shut it down. And he could have shut it down without obstruction. The fact remains, lawyers and the media are more interested in making money than stating the truth. They keep the story alive to collect salaries, legal fees, and advertisers paying for media. Now that's the truth of the matter. The reason why the air above DC is bumpy…. too much hot air.

  38. Let him cancel it, they'll just subpeona you fat boy and then by law you WILL show up and testify!

  39. Again what a bunch of losers in these comments keep pushing your agenda but the real people know what's coming….

  40. MSNBC fake news stacking the specialist to fit the narative they want to push. Do much proof in this particular snippet.

  41. What I can't believe is all the lying and criminalities people are willing to commit for Trump and to protect his criminalities too!!!😳😳😳

  42. Are you serious? Give me a break! Talk about not testifying?? You people are dancing the cha cha and will continue to in the coming mo.. Grandstanding isn't a right!

  43. Way to go AG Barr! ENOUGH is ENOUGH! THE HOUSE Dems are in VIOLATION. There is NO evidence of any crime yet they continue to try and make one up. Thank GOD we have President TRUMP as our LEADER and who is protecting the rule of law. ALL Democrats are obstructionist, and violators of the rule of law and have been for decades. THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! MAGA TRUMP 2020🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👍❤️👍👍

  44. Problem is, They wanted "more time" to ask questions. But MOST of the time was used to attack Barr and make political statements. The Dems have no morals.

  45. AG Barr volunteered to appear in congress & the Democrats who are seeking for the White House got their moments of free self advertising never worked.

  46. He should skip it. The House Democrats are a collection of lunatics. And what did people think Sen. Chuck Schumer warned, "These people have six ways to Sunday to get back at you"?

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