William Barr Defies Congress, Says He Won’t Show Up At This Week Hearing Before The Judiciary Committee
President Donald Trump’s Attorney General William Barr has warned House Democrats that he will not appear as scheduled this week in front of the Judiciary Committee.
According to CNN, Barr has told Democrats that he doesn’t want to face additional questions from lawmakers and won’t show up unless they change the proposed format for the hearing.
Lawmakers are expected to grill Barr on the Mueller report, which was made public earlier this month.
Barr held a press conference immediately ahead of the report’s release and has been accused of misrepresenting its findings.
Mueller’s report did not conclude that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia ahead of the 2016 election, but the report notes that the campaign believed it would benefit from Russia’s interference and that Russia believed it would benefit from a Trump presidency.
Mueller also outlined several instances in which the president potentially obstructed justice.
In addition to five minutes of questioning for each member of the committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the committee, has proposed an additional round that would allow for each side to question Barr for 30 minutes, a source said. That round of questioning also would allow the committee counsels for both parties to question Barr.
Nadler also has proposed having the committee enter a closed session to discuss redacted sections of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the source added.
Barr has rejected the questioning, but it’s possible he and Democrats could reach a deal before Thursday, when the hearing is scheduled.
The Department of Justice did not immediately return a Political Dig request for comment.