Just hours after Attorney General William Barr let us know that he intends to gladly cater to Donald Trump’s every whim and politicize the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a way of carrying out vengeance and revenge for the president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelsoi (D-CA) weighed in on the matter, and what she had to say should serve as a warning to the out of control AG/lapdog.
Specifically, Pelosi posted this on Twitter:
By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation. Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 12, 2020
As Speaker of the House, Pelosi can authorize any investigation she likes, and it certainly sounds like she’s about to have the four prosecutors in the Stone case appear before Congress, probably the House Judiciary Committee, which is led by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who was one of the House managers for Trump’s impeachment trial and is well-versed in matters related to the DOJ.
In the next few weeks, expect publicized hearings on the Stone sentencing fiasco, and expect Barr to be subpoenaed for his testimony, too. If he refuses, he can be held in contempt of Congress, which would be his second contempt citation. A refusal to comply could also wind up with Barr being impeached, and even though the GOP-controlled Senate probably wouldn’t convict the attorney general, some incredibly embarrassing details would likely be laid out for all to see, which cannot be good for the White House in an election year.
There’s also one other power Pelosi and House Democrats have over Barr and the DOJ: The power of the purse.
If she wants, Pelosi can withhold all or some of the Justice Department’s funding and demand they cooperate with investigations or face a complete lack of the resources they need to perform their duties. That would certainly wake Barr and Trump up.
Once again, Nancy Pelosi has proven that when it comes to the Washington political chess game, she is indeed a grand master of the highest order.