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Politics Attorney General William Barr to testify before House Judiciary Committee

23:00  12 february  2020
23:00  12 february  2020 Source:   politico.com

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WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr refused on Wednesday to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about special counsel Robert His refusal is the latest and most confrontational step by the Trump administration to challenge Democrats who control the House of Representatives

US Attorney General Bill Barr rejected allegations in a Senate hearing Wednesday that he had whitewashed the Mueller Russian interference "Unfortunately, even after the Attorney General volunteered to testify , Chairman Nadler placed conditions on the House Judiciary Committee

Attorney General William Barr has accepted an invitation to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next month, ending a year-long standoff that began when the panel first demanded his testimony in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

a man wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Attorney General William Barr.© Susan Walsh/AP Photo Attorney General William Barr.

The arrangement comes as Democrats have demanded answers about Barr's apparent intervention in the sentencing of President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, who was convicted last year on charges that he lied to congressional investigators and threatened a witness.

Hours after Trump railed against Justice Department prosecutors for recommending a seven- to nine-year sentence for Stone, DOJ rebuked its own team and issued a revised recommendation calling for a lighter sentence. The four prosecutors assigned to Stone’s case abruptly withdrew on Tuesday.

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Attorney General William P. Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the

Attorney General William Barr will no longer testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as Democrats voted to allow staffers to This comes as Barr threatened to cancel his testimony before the committee Thursday over disagreements with Democrats regarding the format

On Wednesday morning, Trump hailed Barr for "taking charge" of the matter, confirming suggestions that it was the attorney general himself who intervened.

Barr's appearance before the committee will bring him face to face with some of Trump's fiercest political adversaries, including Chairman Jerry Nadler, who subpoenaed the Justice Department last year to obtain Mueller's underlying evidence and has gone to court to overrule Barr's refusal to share the grand jury evidence Mueller collected.

Democrats have a long list of issues they're likely to press Barr on, including his involvement in decisions surrounding Trump's decision to withhold military funds from Ukraine last year, and his handling of a whistleblower complaint about the episode that DOJ determined should be withheld from Congress, overruling an intelligence community inspector general.

George H.W. Bush's Deputy AG Says Bill Barr is 'Un-American' .
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called Barr's involvement in cases against Roger Stone and Michael Flynn only the "tip of the iceberg.""The reason I say he's un-American...is that the central tenet of our legal system and our justice system is that no person is above the law," Ayer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday. "Bill Barr's vision is that there is one man—one person—who needs to be above the law, and that is the president.

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