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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters during a press conference Thursday that Attorney General Bill Barr did not tell the truth during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee — and "that's a crime."

"What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That's a crime. ... He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States, and not the attorney general."

The big picture: Politico reported earlier Thursday that Pelosi's accusation is a reference to Barr's response to Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) during a hearing last month. Barr told Crist that he was not aware of concerns expressed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team about his characterization of the Mueller report, though it was later revealed that Mueller had sent Barr a letter on March 27 expressing his frustration.

  • The Justice Department responded to Pelosi in a statement: "The baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false."

Go deeper: House Democrats give Barr one more chance to turn over full Mueller report

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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The Axios subject-matter experts brief you on the incoming administration's plans and team.

Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.