Politics House Judiciary chairman planning to subpoena attorney general, source says

05:15  23 june  2020
05:15  23 june  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Prosecutor in Roger Stone Case Will Testify About Barr’s Intervention

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Washington (CNN) House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte plans to issue a subpoena to the Justice Goodlatte may issue a subpoena as soon as this week, the sources said . Nadler said House Republicans appeared to be trying to hold Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in

House Democrats authorize court to enforce subpoenas . The vote comes a day after House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced his deal with the Justice Department to Nadler said he wanted to go to court "as soon as possible" to try to force McGahn to testify, although the timing would

Jerrold Nadler wearing a suit and tie: nadler sotu 6/21 vpx © CNN nadler sotu 6/21 vpx

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is planning to subpoena Attorney General William Barr, a House Democratic source told CNN.

The ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, said in a letter obtained by CNN that the New York Democrat's staff indicated he could subpoena Barr for a hearing in July.

The planned subpoena comes after a weekend of drama over the job status of Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor who led the Manhattan US attorney's office, which has pursued President Donald Trump and his allies. Berman said he would exit his post Saturday, ending a standoff after Trump and Barr fired him.

Nadler: House Judiciary Committee will open investigation into Berman firing

  Nadler: House Judiciary Committee will open investigation into Berman firing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Saturday that the committee will immediately open an investigation into the Trump administration's decision to fire Manhattan U.S. attorney Geoff Berman. © Greg Nash Nadler: House Judiciary Committee will open investigation into Berman firing "The House Judiciary Committee will immediately open an investigation into this incident, as part of our broader investigation into Barr's unacceptable politicization of the Department of Justice," Nadler said in a statement.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a letter Wednesday that Trump was asserting executive But Trump has said he will defy subpoenas because the multiple House inquiries amount to Inside Trump administration's mysterious plan to secure a 2020 census citizenship question.

Attorney General William Barr may pull out of this week's House Judiciary Committee hearing because of a dispute with the Democratic chairman Asked what he would do if Barr doesn't comply, Nadler said : "Then we will have to subpoena him, and we will have to use whatever means we can

Berman's departure came a day after he had refused Barr's request that he resign. In a curt letter to Berman on Saturday, Barr told him Trump had agreed to remove him and conceded that Berman's deputy would succeed him.

Nadler told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday that he thinks impeaching Barr over the move would be a "waste of time" and instead would look at withholding $50 million from the Department of Justice in an effort to punish the attorney general.

"I don't think calls for his impeachment are premature any more than calls for the President's impeachment were premature, but they are a waste of time at this point," Nadler told Tapper of Barr, whom he criticized for removing Berman.

"We've seen a pattern of ... Barr corruptly impeding all these investigations, so this is just more of the same," Nadler said.

Nadler also called the Republican-led Senate "corrupt" over its decision earlier this year to acquit Trump on on two articles of impeachment, and he stressed there was nothing to be gained from pursuing Barr's impeachment because it would likely end in the same not-guilty vote.

"We're instead going to do what we have to do without that, and including barring $50 million from his own personal budget," Nadler said.

Nadler's committee has invited Berman to testify, and the chairman told Tapper that he is confident the former US attorney will do so, though he wouldn't say when that may happen.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off the idea that House Democrats would try to impeach Attorney General Bill Barr over accusations that he politicized the Justice Department. © Provided by FOX News Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. While some Democrats, including House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., have threatened Barr, with impeachment, Pelosi suggested the way to do away with Barr was through the ballot box. "A 131 days from now, we will have the solution to many problems, one of them being Barr," Pelosi said during a Washington Post Live event.

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