FoxNews.com reports that
The House Judiciary Committee has been informed that Attorney General Bill Barr will not testify at a planned hearing Thursday, an aide to the panel told Fox News — even as the Democrats who lead the committee vowed to hold the hearing anyway, and threatened a possible contempt citation against Barr.
The prospect of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, gaveling a hearing with an empty chair came hours after Barr endured withering questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the day.
Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said Wednesday afternoon that Democrats “plan on subpoenaing” Barr “if he decides not to show up.”
“He can run but he can’t hide,” Jeffries said.
A key sticking point was that Nadler wants to have House Judiciary Committee staff — rather than members of Congress — question Barr on his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But DOJ officials said members should conduct the inquiry, and it was unclear why Democrats did not propose having staffers simply provide questions to members during the hearing.
In remarks to reporters Wednesday afternoon, Nadler said Democrats had “worked around the clock” to address Barr’s concerns, and slammed what he called Barr’s “lack of candor.”
“He’s trying to blackmail the committee into not following the most effective means of eliciting the information we need,” Nadler said. “He is terrified of having to face a skilled attorney.”
Nadler also said the DOJ had denied House Democrats’ request for the full and unredacted Mueller report, and said compliance with congressional subpoenas is “not optional.”
Although Barr has not yet been subpoenaed to testify, Nadler said contempt citations could be possible down the road not only if the full Mueller report is not released, but also if Barr does not comply with a possible future subpoena. The move would not be unprecedented: Republicans in the House held Obama Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012, after he refused to provide information on the failed gun-running sting known as “Fast and Furious.”
Republicans insisted Democrats had deliberately derailed the hearing.
“It’s a shame Members of the House Judiciary Committee won’t get the opportunity to hear from Attorney General Barr this Thursday, because Chairman Nadler chose to torpedo our hearing,” House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said in a statement. “The attorney general gave clear, informative testimony in the Senate Wednesday, as he offered to do more than a month ago in the House tomorrow.”
Collins added: “By rejecting the chance to question Attorney General Barr or read the materials he’s provided, Democrats are trying to prolong an investigation the special counsel completed. Ultimately, though, they’re ignoring the will of the majority of Americans who want Congress to move on and secure our border and continue to strengthen our economy.”
“We’re not torpedoeing this hearing,” Nadler countered, responding to Collins’ remarks. He added that Barr has a “nerve” to challenge the panel’s ability to conduct its own hearing.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham focused on the larger context.
“Well, to all my friends on the other side: We gave Mueller two years to do his job,” Graham said. “He had 19 lawyers. He had $25 million, he interviewed 500 people, he issued 2,000 subpoenas. He had plenty of opportunity without interference. The president gave him a million and a half documents. Everybody around the president and on the president’s campaign testified voluntarily, and here’s what we know: There was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians at all. Mueller could not decide — chose not to press forward on obstruction. I always thought the obstruction argument was absurd. It is over, and the reason they are mad at Barr and me is because they didn’t get the outcome they want. My friends on the other side want an outcome, and they don’t care how they get it.”
Graham added: “To give Mueller the space to do his job is not enough. When Mueller gives an answer they don’t like, they destroy Bill Barr. Bill Barr’s a fine man, he will sleep well tonight. His critics are the problem, not him. “
DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec, meanwhile, called Nadler’s demands “inappropriate” and said Barr remains open to speaking to members directly.
So, why does Rep. Nadler have such a burr in his saddle about President Trump?
Well, there are a couple of reasons.
According to Breitbart.com in an article posted on April 9th,
“Congressman Jerry Nadler fought me for years on a very large development I built on the West Side of Manhattan,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “He wanted a Rail Yard built underneath the development or even better, to stop the job. He didn’t get either & the development became VERY successful. Nevertheless, I got along very well with Jerry during the zoning and building process.”
The battle between Trump and Nadler took place in the 1980s over a development project on Manhattan’s West Side, according to the Washington Post‘s Josh Dawsey.
Trump acknowledged that his relationship with Nadler changed significantly when be became president, but signaled optimism that their relationship could be a positive one.
“Then I changed course (slightly), became President, and now I am dealing with Congressman Nadler again,” Trump wrote. “Some things never end, but hopefully it will all go well for everyone. Only time will tell!”
But Nadler has demonstrated he has little interest in working with the president.
In 2018, the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway overheard Nadler promising to go “all-in” to investigate Trump and his connections with Russia after Democrats won a House majority in the midterm elections.
The second reason is one shared by every Democrat Politician in Washington, D.C.
They want to demean and destroy President Trump, his Administration, including AG Barr, his staff, his friends, and his entire family.
Because he defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election and he is succeeding in keeping his Campaign Promises, including bringing back America’s Economy, ruining the Democrats’ chances of turning America into a Marxist Nation.
And, now that the Mueller Report has turned out to be a bunch of “sound and fury, signifying nothing” the Democrats and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media, have been shown to be nothing but a bunch of bald-faced liars.
Make no mistake, the Democrat Hierarchy including the Democrats on Capitol Hill are very aware that Attorney General Barr is an experienced veteran in his position. He is a very through and extremely competent lawyer and when he says that he is going to get to the bottom of the origins of the Russia Collusion Fairy Tale, you can take it to the bank.
Barr has really got ol’ Jerry’s knickers in a twist…not just his , but the entire Democrat Hierarchy, including Obama Hillary, Comey, and the other members of the Deep State Cabal who tried to take down candidate and then President Donald J. Trump.
Nadler and the House Dems voting to allow their staff to question the top Law Enforcement Officer in America, was an insult perpetrated in the name of pettiness and mean-spirited arrogance designed to insult AG Barr and President Trump.
That vote had nothing to do with “justice”. Injustice, yes. Justice, no.
However, there was another reason that Nadler and the Dems wanted their staff lawyers to ask the questions: they saw how bad Attorney General Barr made the Democrat Senators look in their committee meeting yesterday.
Believe you me, Nadler and the rest of the House Dems on his committee wanted no part of that.
However, their plan didn’t work.
By refusing to fall for it, AG Barr made them look stupid, anyway.
Until He Comes,