Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the hoax is over and the real investigations are set to begin, Nancy Pelosi finally melted down.
According to The Federalist Papers, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi castigated Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for comments he made during congressional hearings this week about the federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Let me just say, I’m very, very dismayed and disappointed that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails yesterday and today,” Pelosi told reporters at a Democratic Party retreat in Virginia.
“He is attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”
When he spoke to a group of Senators on Wednesday Barr said that there was illegal spying against President Donald Trump’s campaign.
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he told Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“You’re not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?” she asked him, not expecting the answer that Barr gave her next.
“I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated,” he said.
“I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicted, but I need to explore that,” he said to the Democrat senator.
He appeared before the House and told them that it was time to investigate the investigators, which could lead to criminal charges.
“Justice has submitted almost $30 billion dollars of taxpayer dollars to use, and I want to remind my colleagues that that is what the purpose of the Attorney General being here today is, to talk about that $30 billion of taxpayer dollars that’s going to be used,” Rep. Robert Aderholt said during the hearing.
Rep. Robert Aderholt: "Are you investigating who leaked the existence of the FISA order against Carter Page?"
AG Barr: "I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation, it will be conducted." pic.twitter.com/r0fUnnaaUA
— The Hill (@thehill) April 10, 2019
“And unfortunately, I see so many of the questions here this morning have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory regarding the Mueller report,” he said.
“So I hope we can focus on the questions of having the Attorney General, giving him his time this morning to be here, to answer these questions, regarding the budget,” he said.
When it came time for him to ask the attorney general questions; he asked what was going to be done about it.
“Now that President trump has been exonerated of Russian collusion, is the Justice Department investigating how it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for a FISA order on a U.S. citizen?” he asked.
“The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation. I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told,” Barr said.
“So hopefully we’ll have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the issue of the FISA warrants,” he said before hitting them with a bombshell.
“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” he said.
WATCH Pelosi’s response…
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 10, 2019