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“Did you bring your handcuffs?” Washington Theater

"Did you bring your handcuffs?" Washington Theater

The US Attorney General is now in a stand off with the Congress as those led by House Speaking Nancy Pelosi are going on record that they are demand the full copy of the Mueller Report on Russian report. Mr Barr when meeting Nancy Pelosi asked “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” These comments are from several sources in the US press. Barr, who was accused by Pelosi of committing a crime by lying to Congress, asking this question as he was shacking her hand.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress on May 8, and Pelosi has threatened to jail Trump and administration officials, including Barr in the basement of the Capitol if they do not cooperate with the legislative branch`s efforts to conduct oversight on the executive branch of government.

In our view the mechanics of the US system – the President, Congress and the Judicial systems – are working but the verbal attacks against the President and the inability for the Democrats and Republicans to get along is now damaging progress. There are no brave leaders reaching across the aisle to make things happen for the good of the Republic. The Democrats want to force the Justice Department to turn more information over but it looks like Barr is not going to cooperate.

The vitriol that has been lobbed back and forth in Washington has reached and all-time high and with the US 2020 elections now part of the daily discourse, it will likely get worse in the next 12 months. This is political theater at its best.

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