Attorney General Bill Barr has been at odds with the Democratic party after they deemed his four-page summary of the Mueller report as less than satisfactory. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been one of his loudest critics. On May 8th, Pelosi and the Democrats voted to hold Barr in contempt.
The two have not seen each other since the public bashing Pelosi dished towards Barr at that time. On Wednesday, the two met and shook hands at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service held on the Capitol Hill.
According to Fox News, reporters near the two heard Barr ask Pelosi: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” The quick-witted quip was an obvious dig at Pelosi and the Democrats who wanted to have him arrested earlier in the month.
Pelosi issued a quip of her own in return, according to ABC News reporters who were near the verbal altercation. Pelosi reportedly told Barr that the House Sergeant at Arms was present in the event an arrested was needed.
The two have been at odds ever since Pelosi accused Barr of intentionally misleading Congress in an effort to conceal any information that may be detrimental to the president’s administration.
Following a May 2nd hearing, Pelosi tweeted: “Attorney General Barr’s decision to mislead the public in his testimony to Congress was not a technicality — it was a crime.” In turn, The House Judiciary Committee voted last week on whether or not to charge Barr in contempt.
“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,” Pelosi said. “And I’m not for that.”
Pelosi has not held back on her opinion of Barr, stating to reporters last week. “He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime,” Pelosi said. “Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States. Not the attorney general.”
On Thursday, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives read the entire 448-page redacted Mueller report to the public in an effort to be more transparent and to allow the American public to come to their own conclusions on the report’s findings.