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Attorney General Barr A No-Show For House Judiciary Hearing, Nadler Seeking Contempt

An empty chair dominated the room as Republicans and Democrats threw accusations back and forth during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.
Attorney General William Barr was slated to testify before the committee, but stuck to his word after saying Wednesday he would not be appearing. This decision was based on his objection to certain conditions placed around the hearing.
Democrats said they planned on allowing legal counsel beyond the committee members to question Barr, while the attorney general said he would only answer questions from the lawmakers themselves.
Democrat committee chairman Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for not appearing, saying he believed he and his colleagues are right in extending the questioning. Nadler went on to say the Trump administration can’t dictate the terms of the hearing. He said the challenge is bigger than a single witness.
“He’s trying to render Congress inert as a separate and co-equal branch of government,” claimed Nadler. “The challenge we face is is that if we don’t stand up to him together today, we risk forever losing the power to stand up to any president in the future.”
Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., right, accompanied by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, speaks as Attorney General William Barr does not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican ranking member Doug Collins blasted Nadler in return. He said the committee could have had a hearing, but Democrats took the ability away. Collins pointed out he and Nadler approved a motion granting an extra hour of questioning, but the chairman insisted on bringing in extra staff.
“Instead we go back to a circus political stunt…they say, ‘we want it to look like an impeachment hearing,’ because they won’t bring impeachment proceedings,” said Collins. “The reason Bill Barr is not here today is because the Democrats decided they didn’t want him here today.”
Collins claimed Democrats actually didn’t want to hear from Barr, and said they have already seen the Mueller report and don’t like what’s in it.
Nadler echoed statements made Wednesday, saying if Barr continues to stall or fails to negotiate a full unredacted release of the Mueller report then the committee will hold him in contempt.
Barr has reportedly agreed to allow some lawmakers access to a less-redacted version of the report, provided they don’t discuss it with their colleagues and leave their notes with the Department of Justice.

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