Attorney General William Barr reportedly teased House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday over Democrats’ calls to have him jailed, greeting her with a handshake while asking, “Madam Speaker, did you bring handcuffs?”
What are the details?
According to the Washington Examiner, the attorney general approached Pelosi at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to inquire about whether his arrest was imminent.
Apparently, Pelosi joked right back. An unnamed bystander who claimed to have witnessed the exchange said, “The speaker, not missing a beat, smiled and indicated to the attorney general that the House Sergeant at Arms was present at the ceremony should an arrest be necessary. The attorney general chuckled and walked away.”
If true, Barr appears unfazed by last week’s move by the House Judiciary Committee to hold him in contempt of Congress for not complying with the panel’s subpoenas regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The speaker has not yet scheduled a floor vote on the matter.
Pelosi declared two weeks ago that Barr was “not telling the truth” to Congress and accused him of committing a crime. But she’s stopped short of joining other Democrats in calling for the attorney general to be thrown behind bars.
Last week, the speaker pushed back against the prospect when asked, Fox News reported, when she said, “We do have a jail in the basement of the Capitol, but if we were arresting all of the people in the administration, we would have an overcrowded jail situation. And I’m not for that.”