Two Democratic senators say William Barr avoided meeting with them because of the shutdown

January 10, 2019

Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal said President Trump’s pick for attorney general William Barr avoided meeting with them on Wednesday.

“I tried (as did Blumenthal) to get meeting [with]AG nominee Barr and was told he couldn’t meet until AFTER the hearing. The reason given? The shutdown,” Ms. Klobuchar tweeted Wednesday.

Mr. Barr ventured onto Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, the new Judiciary Committee chairman.

Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Blumenthal, who are both on the Judiciary Committee, are enthralled that they were unable to get a meeting with the nominee.

“Unprecedented unacceptable, AG nominee Barr defies norms degrades his stature by ducking individual Senate meetings,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote on Twitter. “They help us him prepare for hearings. DOJ pathetic excuses only deepen the embarrassment.”

They both mocked the reasons given as to why Mr. Barr did not meet with them, but both Democratic senators said those excuses weren’t enough.

“No credible reasons. What are their motives?” Mr. Blumenthal wrote.

“Last time I checked, AG nominee Barr was not a furloughed worker,” Ms. Klobuchar wrote. “Why was shutdown given as reason for him not meeting [with] me before hearing like every other nominee has done [with] judiciary Senators? I even met [with] head of patents once. Will serve coffee.”

Mr. Barr is slated to return to Capitol Hill in front of the entire Judiciary Committee on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16. It is likely he will be grilled by Democrats on critical statements he made about the Muller investigation, including a memo he wrote arguing that the obstruction of justice probe was baseless.

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