No holds Barr as Democrats grill attorney general

Political Theater, Episode 69

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., both candidates for the 2020 presidential race, got their chance to question Attorney General William Barr about the Mueller report. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress got its first crack at questioning Attorney General William Barr about his conclusions on the Mueller Report on May 1 in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room. As if that didn’t create enough drama, three of the members of the committee are running for president and looking to stand out. Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, all Democrats in the 2020 presidential race, got their chance to grill Barr, but they weren’t alone in pushing the envelope. CQ Roll Call Senior Senate Reporter Niels Lesniewski sat through all of it, all while working on 4 stories. We talk about the hearing, as well as words like “abjure” and “snitty” and whether the word “spying” is pejorative, on the latest Political Theater podcast. 

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