House panel chairman says Barr must testify Thursday
May 01 2019
The Justice Department's spokeswoman Kerri Kupec made a statement on April 28 that "the Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress". Honor the request of Congress.
Mr Barr is also scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, but the Republican-led committee is expected to have more traditional rounds of member questioning.
Barr wants only lawmakers to do the questioning and, according to a source close to the committee, has said he will not come in to testify based on how things now stand.
But Democrats say the new format is necessary to ensure that witnesses answer the questions posed.
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.
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"He is supposed to show up on Thursday and we will take whatever action we have to take if he doesn't", he added.
"The witness is not going to tell the committee how to conduct its hearing, period", Nadler told CNN on Sunday, adding that if Barr does not appear on Thursday, his committee "will have to subpoena him, and we will have to use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena".
Steube, R-Fla., made the comments on "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner" on Tuesday, the day before Barr is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, his first appearance before Congress since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report.
After the letter's release, Barr raised eyebrows anew when he told a congressional committee that he believed the Trump campaign had been spied on, a common talking point of the president and his supporters.
The Speaker has insisted the door is neither open nor closed to impeachment, which would be unlikely to remove Trump from office.
Nadler has subpoenaed the unredacted Mueller report and the Justice Department faces a deadline that expires on Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) to provide the full document.
Democrats have grown frustrated by what they see as stonewalling from the administration, and that irritation is fueling calls from rank-and-file members to start impeachment proceedings.
In response, the Justice Department has said they will make the full report, minus grand jury material, available to a limited group of members - an offer that Democrats have so far refused.
"Yet the only thing, apparently, that will satisfy Democrats, who refuse to read the less-redacted report, is to have staff pinch hit when a Cabinet official appears before us", spokesperson Jessica Andrews said.