At a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, Attorney General William Barr cracked jokes about the House Judiciary Committee voting to hold him in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena to deliver special counsel Robert Mueller’s full unredacted report and all underlying evidence.
Barr joked that it must be a record for someone in his position to face contempt proceedings so early in his tenure.
Turning to his outgoing No. 2 official, Barr said, “You like records. This must be a record of attorney general being proposed for contempt within 100 days of taking office.”
The comment drew laughter from the audience, reports The Hill.
Barr was joined by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and current FBI Director Christopher Wray, all of showered Rosenstein with warm words.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said she agreed with Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) when he said the U.S. was facing a “constitutional crisis.”