Senate Democrats are expected to question Attorney General William Barr in a hearing set for Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. ET, as he faces lawmakers’ questions for the first time since releasing Mueller’s Russia report amid democrats accusations he sought to present the investigation’s findings in President Trump’s favor.
Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to last more than three hours. The hearing will provide the AG an opportunity to explain the department’s actions, including a press conference held before the release of the Mueller report, and also for him to confront head-on the partisan allegations that he’s sacrificed his integrity to become president Trump’s protector.
Barr is also separately invited to appear on Thursday before the Democratic-led House Judiciary panel, but the Justice Department said he would not testify if the committee insisted on having its lawyers question the attorney general, instead of members of Congress.
DOJ officials said they were “blindsided” by Democrats announcing over the weekend that lawyers would be the ones asking Barr questions. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd went to Capitol Hill Monday to try and work things out, but the issue has apparently remained unresolved.
House Democrats will have a vote on how to proceed on the matter on Wednesday, The DOJ said they consider the idea of staffers questioning a sitting Cabinet member “off the table.”
Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., however, said he would not compromise and that staff would question Attorney General William Barr — and has threatened to arrest White House officials who did not comply with subpoenas
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