Jerry Nadler is no stranger to Yo-Yoing.
He’s also no stranger to partisan political investigations.
The perfect storm for his latest stance on Attorney General William Barr.
Calls to impeach the AG by liberals were deemed pointless by Nadler, just a week ago. Now his tune has changed, according to CNN:
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Wednesday that his committee “may very well” pursue impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, who’s now set to testify before the committee in late July.
Nadler, a New York Democrat who had threatened Barr with a subpoena, is investigating the attorney general. In response to growing calls to impeach Barr, Nadler said over the weekend that pursuing impeachment would be a “waste of time” because of the Republican-led Senate.
“We’re looking into that, we may very well,” Nadler said Wednesday when asked if he was considering impeachment of Barr, following a hearing where two Department of Justice prosecutors accused Barr of politicizing investigations and the sentencing of Roger Stone — a friend of President Donald Trump. Asked why his view had changed, Nadler said: “I think the weight of the evidence and of what’s happened leads to that conclusion.”
The announcement that Barr would testify came after a win for the Justice Department in court Wednesday for a dismissal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case, and as the House Judiciary hearing with Justice Department employees testifying against Barr was beginning.
“The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted Wednesday.
Barr’s upcoming hearing is being billed as the panel’s annual oversight hearing with the attorney general, but congressional Democrats have been fuming in recent weeks about a number of episodes involving Barr, including a weekend of drama where he and Trump fired Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor who led the Manhattan US attorney’s office, which has pursued Trump and his allies.
Democrats are also calling for new investigations into the DOJ’s role in the forceful clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square ahead of Trump’s photo-op outside St. John’s Church earlier this month. Barr, who was present for the photo-op, had defended the actions of law enforcement officers in clearing the protesters, claiming the Park Police simply wanted a larger security perimeter around the White House.”
Politicizing the DOJ?
Like FBI "insurance policies?" Or secret tarmac meetings with Bill Clinton? Or maybe they mean declining to prosecute Hillary Clinton for illegal handling of classified information?
Just days before flip-flopping, Nadler saw no gain in impeaching William Barr:
The Hill also reported on his initial reluctance on pursuing this latest witch hunt:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that calls to impeach Attorney General William Barr are a “waste of time,” since the “corrupt” Republican-controlled Senate would not consider an impeachment trial.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Nadler if he thinks Democratic lawmakers' calls for Barr’s impeachment in the wake of the firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman are premature.
“No, I don't think calls for his impeachment are premature any more than calls for the president's impeachment were premature,” Nadler said."
So what's changed?
Probably the chorus of angry liberal voices who want to purge American society of anything Trump:
Accusations of political interference.
Accusations of stifling civil liberties, such as rioting...i mean, protesting.
These are nothing new, just tried and true plays out of the leftist book to undo the Trump administration.
Yet, with each new charge, no compelling evidence is offered, no smoking guns.
If the House does move to impeach William Barr, it is just another episode in the TDS soap opera which has been playing in Washington for nearly 4 years.