"Attorney General Barr's decision to mislead the public in his testimony to Congress was not a technicality - it was a crime", the speaker wrote in a tweet Thursday. Barr was also grilled about his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on April 9, when Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., asked Barr if he knew that members of Mueller's team were "frustrated" by Barr's four-page summary of the special counsel's report, which was broadly favorable to President Trump.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said as the session opened Thursday that Barr has "a choice" whether to stand up to President Donald Trump, who has pledged to fight congressional oversight. He opposed the subsequent release of the summaries of the report, as suggested in Mueller's letter, because he thought it better that the public get the entire report at once.
The House judiciary committee chairman, Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from NY, said he would continue to negotiate with the justice department for "one or two more days" to comply with the subpoena before initiating the process to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.
"Nobody is above the law". At one point, when he couldn't answer Senator Amy Klobuchar's question about whether Mueller reviewed President Trump's taxes, Barr said, "You could ask Bob Mueller when he comes here".
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the staff questioning was "unprecedented and unnecessary".
The ranking Republican on the committee Doug Collins, Georgia Republican, placed the blame on Mr. Barr's absence squarely on the Democrats.
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After his distressing performance Wednesday, Barr refused to attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, citing disagreements about the hearing format. "He has even failed to show up today".
"I think that if he felt that he shouldn't go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision then he shouldn't have investigated".
"The Attorney-General remains happy to engage directly with members", the statement said.
Nadler has threatened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the full report.
The mainstream media has been repeating calls by Democratic lawmakers for Attorney General William Barr to resign, yet they are ignoring Barr's long career of being esteemed in high regard by both parties - having been confirmed twice as attorney general on bipartisan votes. "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests", the Mueller report says. Trump has vowed to battle "all of the subpoenas" as multiple committees have sought to speak with administration officials or obtain documents relevant to his policies and finances.
Trump criticized Democrats for demanding too much of Barr, telling Fox Business Network's Trish Regan Wednesday night that "they want to treat him differently than they have anybody else". Flood also aimed to draw a distinction between cooperating in a criminal investigation and a congressional investigation led by the House Democrats. "I believe he's been very transparent in all of this", McCarthy said.
"A day after Mueller sent his letter to Barr, the two men spoke by phone for about 15 minutes, according to law enforcement officials", the Post reports.