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Flashback: Here’s what Comey said about the Trump memos during his 2017 testimony
DOJ watchdog says Comey violated FBI policies, but won't be prosecuted

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election on June 8, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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Pelosi says Barr is ‘off the rails,’ raises concerns about DHS upheaval
‘This administration is just in a downward spiral of indecency,’ speaker says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stands off to the side as other leaders speaks at the House Democrats' 2019 Issues Conference opening press conference at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va., on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LEESBURG, Va. — Attorney General William Barr is “going off the rails,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday after the head of the Justice Department told Senate appropriators that U.S. intelligence agencies spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

Barr later walked back those comments,  saying, “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I am saying I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all.” 

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Democrats balk at Barr’s apparent Mueller report redactions
Attorney general expects to send redacted report to Congress by mid-April, willing to testify in early May

Attorney General William P. Barr expects to release a redacted version of the Mueller report by mid-April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Attorney General William Barr prepares to hand Congress a scrubbed version of the Mueller report “by mid-April or sooner,” he wrote lawmakers Friday, House Democrats, who want to see the special counsel’s findings in their full and unredacted form, appear to be facing an uphill climb.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler blasted Barr on Friday for “expending valuable time and resources trying to keep certain portions of this report from Congress” instead of acquiescing to Democratic demands not to redact anything from the report except information that would compromise U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

Democrats accuse Barr of bias in handling Mueller report, but what about Rosenstein?
Most are holding fire on Rosenstein but want to know how he and Barr decided against obstruction within 48 hours

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has so far largely escaped Democratic criticism his boss Attorney General William P. Barr has faced for their conclusion that the special counsel investigation did not yield enough evidence to prosecute President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats have been quick to suggest bias in Attorney General William P. Barr’s assessment that the special counsel investigation lacked enough evidence to prosecute President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. But most of them are holding their fire when it comes to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who joined Barr in that conclusion.

“We cannot make a judgement on the basis of an interpretation by a man who was hired for his job because he believes the president is above the law, and he wrote a 19-page memo to demonstrate that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her caucus during its weekly meeting Tuesday, according to an aide present.

Grassley Refers Avenatti, Kavanaugh Accuser Client for Criminal Investigation
Judiciary chairman asks DOJ to look at three potential violations: conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation related to accusations they made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is referring attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation related to their accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.

Swetnick was among the women who came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Specifically, she said she observed Kavanaugh and his friends drinking to excess at parties in high school and lining up outside bedrooms to gang rape females. 

Rosenstein Impeachment Resolution Was Always Leading to Contempt
House Republicans willing to initiate contempt proceedings in September absent DOJ compliance

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talks with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, off camera, March 06, 2018. The two Freedom Caucus leaders filed a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an effort to spur compliance with congressional document requests. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House could vote to hold Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress if by September the Department of Justice has still not turned over outstanding documents Republican lawmakers requested. 

“I think the very first order of business would probably be moving the House to a contempt vote,” House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows said of what would happen if the DOJ has still not turned over remaining documents by September.