Attorney General William Barr is supposed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding the Mueller report. There has been some speculation that he may refuse to testify. However, Rep. Jared Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the committee, has said that if Barr refuses to testify, he will subpoena him.
On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Barr will be “obstructing Congress” if he chooses not to appear before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi says the AG or any other witnesses can’t “tell the committee how to conduct its interviews. The AG of the US is not the president’s personal lawyer, and he should act as the AG of the US and honor his responsibilities.” https://t.co/qrENg0cg9P
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According to The Associated Press:
‘Barr is scheduled to testify Thursday about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but is resisting the committee’s push to have staffers conduct a round of questioning.
‘Pelosi says the attorney general or any other witnesses can’t “tell the committee how to conduct its interviews.”’
‘The attorney general of the United States is not the president’s personal lawyer, and he should act as the attorney general of the United States and honor his responsibilities.’
On April 19, a redacted version of the Mueller report was released to the public. Democrats have subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full report.
Democrats have been carefully weighing their options in light of the Mueller report and have been slow to begin impeachment proceedings. However, as Congress resumes the Democratic agenda for the House Oversight and Investigations committee appears to be the groundwork that would be needed to launch an impeachment inquiry.
According to The AP:
‘The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. The Oversight Committee has reached an agreement with the White House for testimony this week on security clearances. The Intelligence Committee is probing Trump’s financial dealings. And the Ways & Means Committee is pursuing Trump’s tax returns.’
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on the House Judiciary Committee said:
‘I’ll be focusing on Part One of the report about Russia and why they are not helping me to get that Secure Elections Act done when the report is so thorough when it comes to Russian invasion of our democracy.
‘Secondly, I’ll be harkening back to some of my obstruction questions that I asked him during the hearing because he actually said some things were obstruction.’
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said:
‘There are some really obvious questions about how he announced the report.’
He added that it when it came to the question of whether Trump obstructed justice:
‘there was no analysis that could justify his statement. His conclusion after reading that report was laughable.’
According to POLITICO:
‘Senate Republicans, while friendlier to Barr, are expected to ask the attorney general about mismanagement at the Justice Department. The Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), sent a letter earlier this month asking for additional information from an inspector general report on the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Graham has also said that he will investigate whether officials at the FBI and the Justice Department tried to influence the 2016 election to prevent Trump from getting elected.’
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