Jerry Nadler: We're Investigating Trump and Barr for ‘Subverting Justice'
'The outrageous decision to drop the prosecution of Michael Flynn'
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) declared his committee would be holding discussions with prosecutors about President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr “subverting justice.”
Wednesday on MSNBC, Nadler was asked about his thoughts on the release of Paul Manafort from prison.
“Well, it’s highly suspicious. It seems to be another step in the politicization of the Justice Department with the president’s friends," Rep. Nadler said.
"People the president supports are treated one way, and everybody else is treated the other way."
Nadler then weighed in on the Department of Justice's decision to drop former Trump security adviser Michale Flynn's case:
"The outrageous decision to drop the prosecution of Michael Flynn after he stood up in court and swore under oath that he was, in fact, guilty."
"This is unprecedented, and we have a real problem with the Justice Department being subverted and politicized to be the personal agent of the president instead of the Department of Justice of the United States,” the New York Democrat continued.
Nadler then discussed AG Bill Barr saying he expects to see him in front of their committee on June 9.
“He had agreed to come in and testify before the committee on March 31, as you pointed out, and that was put off. We’ve been in communication with them," Nadler said.
"And now that the District of Columbia has expanded the stay-at-home order until June 8, we expect to see Barr in front of our committee on June 9, the very next day.”
“Well, he hasn’t agreed to it yet, but we will do what we have to do, whether that’s a subpoena or that’s deciding the Department of Justice doesn’t really need all the appropriations it’s getting, whether the Attorney General doesn’t need its appropriations.
"We cannot have a situation where the attorney general just thumbs his nose.”
Nadler went on to address the notion that the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons are rewarding 'Trump loyalists.'
“Clearly, that is clearly the case. And you see this in exactly what you pointed out, Manafort, on the one hand, Cohen, on the other hand, Flynn, the attempt to reduce the sentence of Roger Stone," Nadler argued.
"That’s why we have to have Barr in front of us on the 9th to get to the bottom, that they are subverting the Department of Justice into a personal agent of the president and subverting justice."
"And that’s completely contrary to the interests of justice in the United States.
"We cannot have a Department of Justice that is not impartial and that serves the personal interests of the president and not the interests of justice.”
Nadler accused Trump and Barr of making sure people like Roger Stone tries to get a lighter sentence.
Nadler also argued it was unfair Flynn was not prosecuted even though he pleaded guilty, but failed to mention released documents revealed the FBI trapped the former three-star general.
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