The House Judiciary team is reportedly in direct talks with the House Judiciary Committee to negotiate whether he will testify before Congress.
Prior to speaking with Mueller’s team, the committee was dealing with the Justice Department, according to NBC and ABC news.
A hearing has not been finalized and a date has not been set.
A source familiar says House Judiciary has begun discussions directly w/ Mueller’s team about coming to testify before the cmte but nothing has been finalized at this point + no date has been set. Previously the Cmte had been in discussions w/ DOJ regarding Mueller’s testimony
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) May 2, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee is now in direct contact w/ Robert Mueller’s team about a potential hearing w/ special counsel, per a source familiar w/ conversations. Previously, they were dealing with DOJ.
Dems want May 15 hearing, but nothing has been finalized.
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) May 2, 2019
BREAKING: The House Judiciary Committee is now directly in talks with Mueller's team about potential testimony pic.twitter.com/MDHJSs8YvV
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 2, 2019
Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was slated to reappear Thursday. However, Barr canceled his Thursday testimony after he was interrogated by Democratic lawmakers on a myriad of issues pertaining to special counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats on the Senate committee also publicly disclosed a letter Wednesday that Mueller wrote to Barr following the March letter the attorney general sent Congress.
Barr’s memo detailed his principal conclusion about Mueller’s report. In summary, Barr said he and the deputy attorney general concluded that Trump’s actions did not constitute obstruction of justice.
In the letter released Wednesday, Mueller rebuked the attorney general’s characterization of his investigation, accusing Barr of creating “public confusion about critical aspects of the results.”
“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,” Mr. Mueller wrote in the letter addressed to Barr.
“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation,” Mr. Mueller wrote. “This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”
House Democrats Seeking to Restrict Attorney General Bill Barr From Any Travel Outside DC
House Democrats are seeking to ground Attorney General William Barr in Washington, D.C, by cutting off the
Democrats revealed the measure as a set of 12 goodies they intend to provide to the party’s liberal base in budget proceedings for fiscal year 2021. The DOJ budget allocation prevents the use of any federal funding “from supporting Attorney General travel outside the National Capital Region.”
Democrats are citing Barr’s investigation of federal corruption and FBI misconduct targeting the Trump campaign, fabricating claims of a wide-ranging Russian plot in order to use federal power to monitor and spy upon the candidate. Barr has made fact-finding trips to Italy in order to get to the bottom of DOJ misconduct in the matter, which apparently arouses the ire of Democrats.
House Democrats are also seeking to compel the Attorney General to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
“While these provisions are intended to force Attorney General Barr to respond to congressional oversight, it would also limit his ability to travel abroad playing detective on Trump conspiracy theories,” said Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander to the Washington Examiner.
It’s somewhat doubtful such a nakedly partisan measure will ultimately make it through the budget process, as a de facto restriction of the Attorney General to Washington D.C. would prevent oversight over the Department of Justice, one of the most important and largest departments of the federal government.
Perhaps Democrats will be inclined to up the ante when they don’t get what they want, and they’ll pass a new provision requiring Barr sit quietly in a small closet until his tenure as Attorney General is over.
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