Attorney General Barr a no-show for House Judiciary hearing, Nadler seeking contempt

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

Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary panel's top Republican, said Barr was willing to testify under a traditional format of questions from members but Nadler and the Democrats were intent on "orchestrating a circus political stunt". The same Democrats who acted apoplectic when Barr took a couple of weeks to go through redactions in the 400-page report want Trump's AG to sift through the underlying evidence of a two-year, $35 million investigation and make his own recommendations ... when, a year from now? Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY said that if the attorney general doesn't provide the committee "with the information it demands and the respect that it deserves, Mr. Barr's moment of accountability will come soon enough".

The House Judiciary Committee played to an empty chair on Thursday with a hearing where its witness, Attorney General William Barr, did not appear. "And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime".

Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Barr's "moment of accountability will come soon enough" if he doesn't give the committee with the "respect it deserves".

Barr said he objected to the format of the hearing after Democrats made a decision to let staff attorneys conduct a round of questioning after lawmakers were done.

The Justice Department said Nadler, a Democrat from NY, was trying to place "unprecedented and unnecessary" conditions on the attorney general.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pelosi's allegations.

Mr Barr entered the hearing on the defensive following reports hours earlier that Mr Mueller had complained to him in a letter and over the phone about the way his findings were being portrayed. During that hearing, Barr said he was not aware of any concerns special counsel Robert Mueller had about his four-page summary of Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's interactions with Russian Federation. "Not the president of United States and not the attorney general".

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Barr had apparently masterminded the most inept cover-up in history, first by accurately laying out the outcome of the special counsel's investigation.

House Democrats had been planning to follow up in Thursday's hearing.

Flood also counters claims by Democrats that the Mueller report could be a road map to impeaching Trump. He declined to attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, and Democrats have threatened to charge him with contempt of Congress for refusing to appear at the hearing.

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.

Trump's "blanket statement that he's not going to honor any subpoena is obstruction of justice", Pelosi said. "In that call, Mueller said he was concerned that media coverage of the obstruction investigation was misguided and creating public misunderstandings about the office's work, according to Justice Department officials". It did find that Trump and his campaign did not engage in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow.

Barr has practiced law at the highest levels, including serving as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Verizon and its predecessor company for over a decade. Yet Mueller never secured an interview with Trump, who agreed only to answer limited written questions on selected topics.

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