Impeaching Attorney General Barr ‘waste of time’, Nadler says

Attorney General Barr attends roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington
U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on “America’s seniors” hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. Attorney General William Barr deserves to be impeached over the firing of a federal prosecutor whose office had investigated President Donald Trump’s lawyer — but the effort would be a “waste of time,” Manhattan/Brooklyn Congressman Jerry Nadler said on Sunday.

Nadler, the Judiciary chairman who helped lead a House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into Trump last year, told CNN’s “State of the Union” the Republican-led Senate would block any such effort.

“I think he deserves impeachment. He certainly deserves impeachment. But again, that’s a waste of time because the Republicans in the Senate won’t look at that and we have, we have other ways of getting at this,” Nadler said.

Nadler said his panel would investigate Trump’s firing of prosecutor Geoffrey Berman on Saturday after Barr announced Berman’s resignation Friday — which the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York disputed. 

Berman had not shied from taking on figures in Trump’s orbit and has been investigating his private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Nadler said he has asked Berman to testify in the Judiciary Committee’s investigation of political interference at the Justice Department.

The panel is holding a hearing on Wednesday with whistleblowers from the department. Nadler did not know if Berman would be there that day, “but I’m sure he will testify.”