U.S. House panel chairman Nadler says Barr must testify Thursday

U.S. House panel chairman Nadler says Barr must testify Thursday

Yet the only thing, apparently, that will satisfy Democrats, who refuse to read the less-redacted report, is to have staff pinch hit when a cabinet-level official appears before us.

Prior to the release of the full report, Barr testified before Congress and faced harsh criticism over his comments about the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Democrats have criticized Barr for drawing his own conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice.

Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to highlight the partisan schism around Mueller's report and the Justice Department's handling of it. "He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report", Kupec said.

As the tussle between U.S. Attorney General William Barr and House Democrats continues, at least one former U.S. Attorney is saying that there's an element to the "standoff" no one is talking about enough - if at all.

A redacted version of Mueller's report was released to the public April 19. That was a stark turnabout from his confirmation hearing, when he said he didn't believe Mueller would ever be on a witch hunt. Barr has to come. And I think people are mad at Bob Mueller and his investigators for not getting the president in an interview, for shutting down the investigation before those who felt they should produce the goods got it. Democrats on the panel want to have committee staff question Barr.

The White House is meanwhile continuing to push back against congressional investigations into Mr Trump. That panel's Democratic chairman, Rep, Jerrold Nadler of NY, said witnesses could too easily filibuster when questioned by lawmakers limited by five-minute time limits.

Graham maintained if Democrats in the House continue to pursue this "it's because they've gone insane when it comes to Trump". In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a year ago, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"And it's not up to anybody from the executive branch to tell the legislative branch how to conduct our business", Nadler said.

"What the House is doing is way over the top".

"The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress", said a spokesperson for the DOJ.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the House Judiciary Committee chairman, was adamant following the discussion that "there is no middle ground" in the panel's standoff with Barr over the terms of his hearing.

The Justice Department's stance appears consistent with the Trump administration's broader strategy of "undermining Congress as an institution", said Elliot Williams, who previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the department's legislative affairs office in the Obama administration and as a lawyer on a Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee. "I think Congress needs to calm down a little bit on this".

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