The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday featuring an empty chair for Attorney General William Barr after he informed the panel he wouldn't show up for the session on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report.
Republicans see this in the same manner that President Donald Trump: this is a "witch hunt" and that Lieu's rhetoric is irresponsible if not unsafe rhetoric.
If that negotiation fails, Nadler said he would move to hold Barr in contempt.
The Attorney-General was asked to reappear in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday (local time), but has reportedly said he will not testify again.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., placed a prop chicken on the witness desk for Attorney General William Barr after he does not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2019.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec responded, "Speaker Pelosi's baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible, and false".
At a hearing on April 9, Florida Rep. Charlie Crist asked Barr about reports that members of Mueller's team believed he had failed to adequately portray their findings in a four-page memo that was released before the full report. That was when the attorney general said he was not aware of any concerns raised by special counsel Robert Mueller's team over Barr's now-notorious four-page summary of Mueller's 448-page report detailing a almost two-year-long investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump's alleged obstruction of justice.
Barr has so misrepresented what Special Counsel Robert Mueller said in his 400-page report, that Mueller took the unusual step of telling Barr that his assessment was incomplete. The House panel is considering holding Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to show.
Right from the start, Graham made clear that he did not see the hearing as an opportunity to clear up the remaining confusion about key differences between Barr's initial statements on the Mueller report and the details in the Mueller report itself.
While a contempt vote would make a strong statement, it is unlikely to force the Justice Department to hand over the report. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr's treacherous behavior. Sen.
The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would not comply with a subpoena issued by Nadler's committee seeking an unredacted copy of Mueller's report and evidence gathered in the 22-month investigation.
Democrats contend that Mr Barr misrepresented the contents of the Mueller report in a March 24 summary and during a subsequent news conference. He opposed the subsequent release of the summaries of the report, as suggested in Mueller's letter, because he thought it better that the public get the entire report at once.
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".
The report detailed extensive contacts between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow and the campaign's expectation that it would benefit from Russia's actions, which included hacking and propaganda to boost Trump and harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.