House panel chairman says Barr must testify Thursday

Former U.S. Attorney general Michael Mukasey

House Democrats have been careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's report, despite calls to do so by high-profile lawmakers and 2020 presidential contenders.

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.

Barr, who previously volunteered to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 and the House Judiciary Committee on May 2, is reportedly concerned about the "format" of the latter Committee's planned hearing. She added: "He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report".

Barr testifies on the Justice Department's budget proposal before a House Appropriations subcommittee April 9 on Capitol Hill.

Barr is likely to defend himself by noting how he released the report on his own even though he didn't have to under the special counsel regulations, and that doing so fulfilled a pledge he made at his confirmation hearing to be as transparent as the law allowed.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Attorney General William Barr will be "obstructing Congress" if he chooses not to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. The FBI did obtain a secret surveillance warrant in 2016 to eavesdrop on the communications of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. It's unclear what will happen regarding Barr's testimony or whether he will attend the Thursday hearing, which is slated to take place a day after he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, led 11 other senators who penned a letter to DOJ's Inspector General Michael Horowitz and director of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson, urging them to probe Barr's conduct while handling Mueller's investigation and report. The White House has asserted it will fight the McGahn subpoena. 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. And the Ways & Means Committee is pursuing Trump's tax returns. In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh previous year, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. "They should be able to do the basic job that their voters elected them to do, which is to conduct oversight of the executive branch".

The top Republican on the House Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, sharply criticized the plan.

"The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress".

Nadler said he would not negotiate on the hearing's format. He invited Democrat leaders to view the less-redacted report in person. "It's a rational response to not want them questioning the attorney general", Williams said.

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