Attorney General William Barr insisted that it was “not a crime” to direct an aide to lie for him — and social media users were outraged.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, asked whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice by asking White House counsel Don McGahn to change his account of efforts to remove special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Well, that’s not a crime,” Barr said.
“So you can, in this situation, instruct someone to lie?” Feinstein asked.
You directed McGahn twice at home to fire MUELLER. Then you directed McGahn to create a false record. BARRs personal opinion is presidents cant obstruct which is not the LAW! BARR is a liar!
— sugarplum (@dsfrance92011) May 1, 2019
Barr is there to protect the Republican goal of one party minority rule. He is a slightly less ethical McGahn. That’s it. He can’t be corrupted or co-opted by Trump bc he was corrupt on day one.
— joanna (@Knitlife) May 1, 2019
This was one of the most stunning moments in today’s hearing. The fact that Senator Feinstein didn’t have a crystal clear rebuttal to Barr’s blatantly false statement was unbelievable 🤦🏾♀️ https://t.co/cMesSTJrNJ
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) May 1, 2019
Barr is going with the Rudy Defense… a crime is not a crime. 🙄
— Brittany Artus (@brittany_artus) May 1, 2019
A breathtaking moment that will speak for the Trump era. https://t.co/6id9SEkKKv
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) May 1, 2019
Attorney General William Barr said that it’s “not a crime” for President Trump to ask an aide to perjure himself.
Except it is: 18 U.S. Code § 1622. Subornation of perjury
— pesach ‘pace’ lattin (@pacelattin) May 1, 2019
This is the low bar this administration sets for a President; anything short of a criminal act is ok. If Trump isn’t held accountable, this could well become the standard going forward, which would diminish us. https://t.co/uD1ZaBIcW8
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 1, 2019
According to Barr:
Trump ordering McGahn to fire Mueller is not obstruction
Trump also ordering McGahn to change his testimony is not a crime
Removing a counsel for “conflict” is not the same as firing
Damn, wasn’t Orwell spinning in his grave or what? #BarrLied
— April Thompson (@dishgirl4) May 1, 2019
Barr is in a legal & political death spiral & he’s taking Trump down with him as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee!
Fienstein: The Mueller Report says that Trump told WH counsel McGahn to lie to cover up for him.
Barr: “Well, that’s not a crime.” https://t.co/GVpReVoMX7
— dσxxεd Ъuт หσт σuт (@twmentality1) May 1, 2019
— Press🌀n(ward)🇺🇸 (@n_wardupward) May 1, 2019