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Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress on Thursday morning.
"We saw [Barr] commit a crime when he answered your question," Pelosi told Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) during a private caucus meeting Thursday morning, according to Politico.
Pelosi appeared to be referencing Barr's congressional testimony on Wednesday where he indicated he was unaware of concerns from Mueller or members of the special counsel's team about his handling of Mueller's report.
"He lied to Congress. He lied to Congress," Pelosi then stated in a news conference after the meeting. "And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States, and not the attorney general."
Her comments come just a day after an explosive hearing where Barr was grilled by members of Congress on how he handled the Mueller report. Many officials now are calling for Barr to resign due to what they see as a lack of objectivity after questioning done specifically by Sen. Kamala Harris.
The Justice Department quickly issued a rebuke to Pelosi for engaging in what they believe is a "baseless attack" against Barr with these most recent comments.
"Speaker Pelosi's baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible, and false," spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.