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Jonathan Turley warns Dems about Barr bullying: ‘You are heading into a world of hurt’

Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley warned members of the House Judiciary Committee that they are “heading into a world of hurt” in their battle with Attorney General William Barr.

The George Washington University law professor confronted lawmakers as he appeared before the Committee Wednesday to be questioned on President Donald Trump’s assertion of executive privilege and congressional oversight.

“I believe that the contempt action by this committee was unfounded,” Turley said in response to a question about his recent op-ed addressing House Democrats and their “weakest possible contempt claim” against Barr. He warned them that moving ahead with their attacks against the attorney general could cause lasting damage to themselves.

Rep. Steve Chabot asked Turley about his views in light of the current hearing which he slammed for “wasting this committee’s valuable time.”

Turley doubled down on his criticism of the contempt charge against Barr, who is a personal friend, and said he believed “that if it goes to a federal court, this is another area where I think this committee could lose.”

“You are heading into a world of hurt if you go to the D.C. Circuit,” Turley said, warning that it is “not a hospitable place.”

“I’d encourage you not to,” he added.

House Democrats under Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler voted recently to hold the attorney general in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear and to hand over a small, unredacted portion of Robert Mueller’s report.

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