‘Unfortunately, ludicrous demands from the chairman made it impossible for the attorney general to join us here today….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Attorney General William Barr is right not to appear before Congress because of how he was treated by Democrats on the panel.
The committee subpoenaed Barr and asked him to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but Barr refused.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Barr’s decision shouldn’t be a surprise given the Democrats’ “unprecedented” demands.
“Unfortunately, ludicrous demands from the chairman made it impossible for the attorney general to join us here today,” Collins said during the hearing on Thursday, referencing Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s, D-N.Y., push to have staff lawyers question Barr, which Collins called “disturbing.”
“Over the 206-year history of this committee, staff have never questioned witnesses in such a hearing. Never. Not once. So, to say Chairman Nadler’s demands are unprecedented would be an understatement,” Collins said.
Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, a day after the revelation that Mueller had criticized the attorney general’s summary of his report.
“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. 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 said in a statement.
Collins said Democrats treated Barr “like trash,” according to The Hill, to make it seem like he was considering impeachment proceedings.
But because Democratic leadership has refused to pursue impeachment, Nadler has instead “slandered” the Trump administration’s reputation “without ceasing,” including Barr’s.
“As a result of Chairman Nadler’s desperate tactics, we’ve lost another chance for closure,” Collins said. “Nadler has stolen from all members and the Americans they represent the opportunity to exercise our oversight duties by questioning and hearing from the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.”