He's Clearly Not Losing Any Sleep Over This: AG Barr Jokes About Dem Contempt Threats

Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russia report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr cracked a joke about the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee voting yesterday to hold him in contempt.

The attorney general made the comment during his remarks at a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department. Turning to his outgoing No. 2 official, Barr said, “You like records. This must be a record of attorney general being proposed for contempt within 100 days of taking office.”

The comment drew laughs from the audience.

Barr was joined by other top law enforcement officials in the Trump administration, including former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and current FBI Director Christopher Wray, all of whom offered warm words for Rosenstein.


As of right now, it is uncertain if the contempt vote will be sent to the House floor. The last attorney general who was found in contempt of Congress was Eric Holder for obstructing the investigation into the Fast and Furious investigation. But, Attorney General Barr clearly isn’t losing any sleep over House Democrats’ grandstanding, even though the fight isn’t over. Democrats are still hoping to keep the issue of the Mueller report alive, even though it’s basically a dead issue now… at least to American voters. Nothing Democrats have done in the past couple weeks seems to be affecting his poll numbers… well, at least not how they want them to.

Cheers to Attorney General Barr, who has been a primary target of the Democrats the past couple weeks, for having a sense of humor.


Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis



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