WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS) — Attorney General William Barr informed House Democrats he would not show up at today’s Judiciary Committee hearing and he was true to his word.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing, but the witness didn’t show up.
Attorney General William Barr was scheduled to testify about his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report this morning, but he backed out when Democrats added an extra hour of questioning by staff attorneys.
Republicans point to the five hours of testimony in the Senate Wednesday as proof the Attorney General is willing to answer Congress’ questions.
“Instead, we go back to a circus, political stunt. They want it to look like an impeachment hearing because they won’t bring impeachment proceedings,” said Rep. Doug Collins/(R-GA) Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee.
The Justice Department called the committee’s request for staff lawyers “inappropriate” and “unnecessary” and so far it has also not complied with a subpoena to turn over the full, un-redacted Mueller report.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler says he is willing to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress.
If he does not provide this committee with the information it demands and the respect it deserves, Mr. Barr’s moment of accountability will come soon enough.
-Jerry Nadler, Committee Chairman
That will set up a battle that will likely be settled in the courts.