Rep. Swalwell: Attorney General Barr's 'Credibility Was Destroyed' at Senate Hearing
Says AG now refuses invitation from House Dems.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said on "The Story" that Attorney General William Barr "destroyed" his credibility at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.
Swalwell, who is running for president, called on Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday to prove he has "nothing to hide," arguing Barr "played a home game" before the GOP-led Senate.
Barr did not show up to the House hearing Thursday morning, even as Democrats threatened a possible contempt citation. Barr objected to Chairman Jerrold Nadler's (D-N.Y.) plan to allow committee staffers, rather than members of Congress, to question Barr on his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Defending Democrats' harsh criticism of Barr throughout the day, Swalwell pointed out that Barr made a decision on possible obstruction of justice by President Trump without looking at "the underlying evidence."
"That's maddening. The person making the final sign-off makes a decision without reviewing the evidence," he said.
The hearing came on the heels of The Washington Post reporting that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr on March 27, complaining that the attorney general's four-page memo to Congress "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the findings.
Swalwell said Barr should have no issue with legal staffers on the House Judiciary Committee asking him questions.
"What does it say about our attorney general if he can't take questions from another lawyer? That should bother you too," he said.
Watch the full interview above.