Klobuchar says she was denied Barr meeting before hearing because of shutdown


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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that the government shutdown didn’t prevent Bill Barr, President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, from meeting with other senators. | Gabriella Demczuk-Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) said Wednesday that she was unable to get a meeting with Attorney General nominee William Barr before his confirmation hearing next week because of the government shutdown.

“I tried (as did Blumenthal) to get meeting w/AG nominee Barr and was told he couldn’t meet until AFTER the hearing,” Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted, referencing Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “The reason given? The shutdown.”

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Klobuchar added that the shutdown didn’t prevent Barr from meeting with other senators. Among the senators Barr met with Wednesday were Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and former Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.)

“This is a 1st for me w/ any nominee as a member of judiciary,” Klobuchar tweeted.

Barr is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 15 and Jan.16. He is already expected to come under scrutiny from Senate Democrats for a memo he wrote last year to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. In the memo, he wrote that Mueller’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump was “fatally misconceived.”

Trump nominated Barr in December to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump resented Sessions after he recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

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