An exchange between Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and attorney general nominee William Barr takes on new significance after a bombshell report revealed President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress.
A new report reveals special counsel Robert Mueller has significant evidence that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to mislead congressional investigators about his negotiations to build a Trump Tower Moscow.
Congressional Democrats and legal experts have said that would amount to obstruction of justice and subornation of perjury, and Klobuchar asked Barr to comment directly about such actions during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing.
“A president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction,” Klobuchar said. “Is that right?”
“Yes,” Barr testified.
“You also said that a president — or any person — convincing a witness to change testimony would be obstruction,” Klobuchar asked. “Is that right?”
“Yes,” Barr said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, also asked Barr whether it would be a crime if “the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely.”
“Yes,” Barr said. “Under an obstruction statute, yes.”
Klobuchar: "A president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction. Is that right?"
Klobuchar: "You also said that a president — or any person — convincing a witness to change testimony would be obstruction. Is that right?"
Barr: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/cn8WDKLUjI
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 18, 2019
BUSTED: Videos document NYPD mowing down protesters with police cruisers
New York Police Department cruisers drove through a crowd of protesters -- and it was all captured on video.
Video shows protesters blocking a NYPD SUV with a barricade.
A second cruiser then comes up to the right of the first car -- and then the both violently accelerate through the pedestrians.
Video of the Brooklyn event was captured from both the street level and above.
60 million Americans live in states where the US military is monitoring protests: report
The United States military is monitoring anti-police violence protests in multiple states according to a new report.
Defense Department documents obtained by The Nation show the Pentagon is monitoring protests in at least seven states.
"In addition to Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," reporter Ken Klippenstein revealed. "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."
Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast
Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.
On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.