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William Barr Threatens to Skip Next Week’s House Hearing

A much-anticipated hearing is expected to take place on Thursday within the House Judiciary Committee and William Barr is the subject of that hearing.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 18: U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference on the release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Members of Congress are expected to receive copies of the report later this morning with the report being released publicly soon after. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Now, according to a Judiciary Committee source, Attorney General Barr has threatened to not show up, after disagreeing with Chairman Nadler’s proposed format of the hearing.

According to sources, Jerry Nadler has requested that all members of the panel, Democrat and Republican, have five minutes a piece to question Barr. After this first round of questioning, Nadler has proposed that the committee counsels have an additional 30 minutes to follow up with questions based off of Barr’s answers in the first round. Nadler has also requested a closed session so that the full, unredacted Mueller report can be discussed.

Barr has reportedly rejected the last two proposed stipulations of the hearing, which were made by Nadler. He has refused to participate in the closed session related to the full report and is in opposition to the committee counsels having an additional 30 minutes each to question him.

While it is not exactly ordinary to have the committee counsels have a round of questioning like Nadler has offered, this planned hearing in itself is anything but ordinary, and Democrats feel they have plenty of room to argue that such additional questioning is well warranted as a part of their oversight duties.

Whether or not the committee and the DOJ will come to some sort of agreement before Thursday is yet to be seen. We have reached out to the DOJ for comment but have yet to hear back.



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