Nadler Calls Impeaching Barr a 'Waste of Time,' Blames GOP Senate Majority

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Attorney General Bill Barr deserves impeachment, but such a move is futile due to the Republican majority in the Senate that the congressman described as "corrupt."

Nadler said Sunday morning that Barr deserves impeachment over a string of corruption allegations that came to a head Friday with the sudden firing of U.S. federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman. The New York Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper that Berman is just part of an ongoing Trump administration purge of anyone who could pose a threat to the president's re-election.

Nadler responded to calls for Barr's resignation by labeling it a "waste of time," because Republicans hold a Senate majority and are in the president's pocket.

The House lawmaker said he has no interest in hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton this week, despite his tell-all book being set for release Tuesday. But Nadler said he does believe Berman will agree to his invitation to testify about allegations of Justice Department corruption.

Nadler went on to accuse Barr of impeding several ongoing criminal investigations, including one concerning President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, but noted that impeachment is not possible with a GOP-led Senate.

"I don't think calls for [Barr's] impeachment are premature any more than calls for the president's impeachment were premature. But they are a waste of time at this point because we know we have a corrupt Republican majority in the Senate which will not consider an impeachment no matter what the evidence and no matter for the facts," Nadler said Sunday.

"This is just more of the same," Nadler said of the Trump administration's firing of Berman, who led the investigation into several allies of President Donald Trump, including his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Berman also took on the Southern District of New York's prosecution of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide last year in federal custody.

Newsweek reached out to both Nadler's New York office and the Justice Department for any additional remarks Sunday morning.

Speaking with The New York Times last week, Nadler said Barr's role in Berman's firing "smacks of corruption and incompetence." He has asked several Justice Department whistleblowers to testify before the House on Wednesday. He said the Judiciary Committee is investigating Berman's firing as part of a larger probe into DOJ political interference.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren led calls Saturday for Barr to resign, saying the attorney general had engaged in "a naked abuse of power." And while Nadler agreed with her sentiment, he again said impeachment is useless because every Republican senator is "corrupt against the interests of the country."

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Bill Barr and President Trump both deserve impeachment, but such a move is futile because every Republican in the U.S. senate is "corrupt." CHIP SOMODEVILLA / Staff/Getty Images