The Spectrum: Ohio senators split on Barr testimony


WASHINGTON (WCMH) — It was a contentious week on Capitol Hill with Attorney General William Barr testifying just minutes after the Justice Department released a letter from Special Counsel Robert Mueller voicing concerns about Barr’s handling of the Russia investigation.

In the letter, Mueller said Barr’s four-page summary of the 400-page report and the conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.”

Barr defended his position that there was no crime committed as he faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. When asked about the letter from Mueller just days after he released his summary of the report, Barr claimed that Mueller wanted more of the report released.

“I’m not trying to capture everything,” Barr said. “I’m just trying to state the verdict.”

After appearing before the Senate committee, Barr refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee the next day.

Ohio’s two senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, have two very different takes on where the Russia investigation should go.

Brown is one of several Democrats in Congress now demanding Barr’s resignation. He told NBC4 he believes Barr has proven that he is willing to lie to the American people to protect the president.

“This attorney general seems to think he is the PR flack for the president,” Brown said. “He lied to Congress. He took an oath to tell the truth. He is sworn in as the Attorney General of the United States of America. He lied to Congress, he lied to the American people, he should resign, period.”

Portman, like most congressional Republicans, said the focus shouldn’t be on the attorney general or the president, but rather on what Russia will do to interfere in the 2020 election and how to stop it.

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