Democrats Enraged After U.S. Attorney General Barr Boycotts Judiciary Hearing

US Attorney-General William Barr dismisses 'snitty' complaints over handling of Mueller's report on Donald Trump

The Senate hearing on Wednesday was contentious, punctuated by tense exchanges between Barr and some senators.

The Attorney-General's chair remained conspicuously empty at the House hearing which started at 9 a.m.as planned and adjourned shortly after opening remarks were made by House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, characterized it as Nadler's fault for Barr refusing to attend.

Barr did not show up to the House hearing Thursday morning, even as Democrats threatened a possible contempt citation.

"The Attorney-General remains happy to engage directly with members", the statement said. Mr. Mueller worked for Mr. Barr, and that was the proper time to offer suggestions or disagree.

At Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee session, Barr spent hours defending his handling of Mueller's report against complaints from Democrats and the special counsel himself. "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests", the Mueller report says.

Even though current Justice Department guidelines say a sitting president can not be charged, Flood wrote that Mueller needed to "either ask the grand jury to return an indictment or decline to charge the case". Trump has vowed to battle "all of the subpoenas" as multiple committees have sought to speak with administration officials or obtain documents relevant to his policies and finances. Flood also aimed to draw a distinction between cooperating in a criminal investigation and a congressional investigation led by the House Democrats.

Still, Graham's mischaracterization of both the report's findings and the legal process used to arrive at them is a telling indication that GOP leadership remains loyal to Trump's cult of personality.

Also weighing in on the matter of who would ask questions was Trump.

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Gillibrand likewise said in a tweet that Barr "needs to resign", arguing that "we can't trust him to tell the truth".

Pelosi said Trump's "blanket statement that he's not going to honour any subpoenas is obstruction of justice".

Barr's decision not to show up dramatically heightens tensions with the panel.

Pelosi also said the administration's refusal to respect subpoenas by a House committee is "very, very serious" and noted that ignoring congressional subpoenas was one of the articles of impeachment against former President Richard Nixon. That could potentially lead to fines or imprisonment for the top USA law enforcement official. But even if the USA attorney declines to prosecute, Democrats could pursue other avenues in court or even issue fines against witnesses who fail to appear.

The day after Attorney General William Barr's long and contentious appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of lying. That could open a lengthy court fight.

The Justice Department on Wednesday called the conditions "unnecessary" and staff questions inappropriate.

"He has failed the men and women of the Department of Justice by placing the needs of the president over the fair administration of justice", Nadler said.

"They want it to look like an impeachment hearing because they won't bring impeachment proceedings", Collins said.

Mr Barr said he didn't believe a piecemeal release of information was beneficial, and besides, it wasn't Mr Mueller's call to make.

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