Attorney General William Barr will reportedly no longer testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as Democrats voted to allow staffers to question Barr.
“Barr has been in a dispute with the committee over its plans to have a counsel question the top law enforcement official alongside lawmakers on the panel at Thursday’s hearing,” reported The Washington Post.
The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to allow staff lawyers to question Barr, adding an extra hour to his testimony time before the committee. This comes as Barr threatened to cancel his testimony before the committee Thursday over disagreements with Democrats regarding the format for the hearing.
He wanted the traditional five-minute rounds of lawmakers asking him questions instead of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s proposal of allowing committee staffers to question Barr about their concerns.
Nadler, a New York Democrat, issued a subpoena to Barr on April 19 asking for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report.
In a letter to Barr, Nadler said he had until Wednesday to deliver the full report, adding he “cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark.” Barr has already pledged to give a version of the report where the only redactions will be grand jury info, which is illegal to share, but Nadler still issued the subpoena.
Both Democrats and Republicans have called for Mueller’s report to be made public in full. Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan also said anything related to Mueller’s probe should be released to the public.
Democrats and cable news pundits have said the Mueller report is a cover-up.
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