GOP Leader Gets Fact-Checked In Real Time During Barr Hearing

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Attorney General William Barr’s arrogant attitude toward the Democrats as they questioned him in the Senate Judiciary Committee was offensive. Take him intentionally throwing around the word “spy.” The intelligence committee, which works for him, never uses the word “spy” and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called the AG on it. The senator knows this was a lie and so does the Barr, but the AG flippantly commented “Well, I use it.” The senator was not the only one fact-checking Barr.

MSNBC does not typically interrupt live testimony on such an important hearing as this, but the network has changed. Hosts Brian William and Nicole Wallace fact-checked one of the most fervent Donald Trump supporters and the committee chair Linsey Graham (R-SC) in real time. MSNBC tweeted:

‘Senate Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Graham says Special Counsel Mueller found “no collusion, no coordination, no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”’

Graham claimed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report said “no collusion” between the commander-in-chief’s 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow. Seconds later, Williams spoke as he muted Graham:

‘We’re reluctant to do this, we rarely do, but what the chairman of the Judiciary Committee just said, that Mueller found there was no collusion, that is not correct. The report says collusion is not a thing they considered. It doesn’t exist in federal code.’

Nicole Wallace added:

‘And what’s stunning is that Lindsey Graham is offering answers to questions that aren’t on the table today. The question on the table today, after the reporting (from The Washington Post) last night, is why did Barr mischaracterize what was in the Mueller report?’

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