On Wednesday, the Justice Department fired back at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler for his recommendation that US Attorney General William Barr be held in contempt of Congress regarding his handling of the Mueller report.
“The Attorney General could not comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena without violating the law,” said the DOJ in a statement.
The DOJ continued, “Chairman Nadler’s actions have prematurely terminated the accommodation process, and forced the president to assert executive privilege to preserve the status quo.
“No one, including Chairman Nadler and his Committee, will force the Department of Justice to break the law,” added the DOJ.
DOJ: “Chairman Nadler’s actions have prematurely terminated the accommodation process and forced the President to assert executive privilege to preserve the status quo. No one, including Chairman Nadler and his Committee, will force the Department of Justice to break the law.” pic.twitter.com/nTjVfAANFG
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) May 8, 2019
Social media commentary generally agreed with the Justice Department’s stance, denouncing Nadler and Democrats’ continued attacks on AG Barr.
All Nadler wants is to continue to hinder the elected US president from doing his job for the duration of his term after the Mueller probe did not work out.
— Chris Coetzee (@chriscoetzee24) May 8, 2019
Congress passes law, then holds in contempt the chief law enforcement officer for upholding that law. In what universe does this make sense.
— Lee Harle (@llharle) May 8, 2019
The President doesn’t have to invoke executive privilege, the supena it not legit because of the law.that makes this fake vote a demacrat shit show . Mr Barr should unseal a few inditments and make some prominent arrests.
— John t falvey (@Johntfalvey1) May 8, 2019
@RepJerryNadler either is an ignorant fool OR in full panic mode. Astounding what our @HouseJudiciary floor is displaying to the world. Thanking god we have @realDonaldTrump and AG Barr in @TheJusticeDept I am thinking. #DemocratsAreDestroyingAmerica and act like 🤡
— Theresa (@theresa_gavitt) May 8, 2019
#NuttyNadler is losing it…what do he and his cronies have to hide?
— Katie Davis (@wytchh) May 8, 2019