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William Barr a no-show as Democrats vow retribution

William Barr a no-show as Democrats vow retribution

Those moves are likely to prompt a vote on holding Barr in contempt, and possibly the issuance of subpoenas - bringing House Democrats and the Trump administration closer to a prolonged battle in court. And Barr himself was not opposed to the idea when it came up in Wednesday's hearing.

Earlier this year, Barr was confirmed by the Senate 54-45, with multiple Democrats voting in his favor, and in 1991, Barr was unanimously confirmed as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush by a Democrat-controlled Senate by voice vote.

Democrat committee chairman Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for not appearing, saying he believed he and his colleagues are right in extending the questioning.

Republican ranking member Doug Collins blasted Nadler in return.

With Barr looking perplexed, Harris said, "Seems you'd remember something like that". "He's the people lawyer", Biden said of Barr.

ME 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree and other Democrats are calling for Barr to resign after his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Nadler also said he hopes to have Mueller testify before the committee on May 15.

In her tweet, Pelosi was referring to Barr's response to questions from Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. In his own March 24 letter to Congress describing the "principal conclusions" of Mueller's report, Barr indicated that, while the special counsel did find at least some evidence suggesting Trump tried to obstruct the investigation, the evidence did not amount to a criminal offense.

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As the hearing was getting underway, Mr Trump tweeted his familiar "NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION". Several Democrats have called on him to resign. Trump has vowed to fight "all of the subpoenas" as multiple committees have sought to speak with administration officials or obtain documents relevant to his policies and finances.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress in a closed-door meeting and then on Twitter. "That's a crime", the California congresswoman told reporters at her weekly press conference.

A House judiciary committee hearing went on Thursday without U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who declined to appear and take questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election - prompting lawmakers to trade barbs.

Also weighing in on the matter of who would ask questions was Trump. "Do you know what they are referencing with that?"

An empty chair dominated the room as Republicans and Democrats threw accusations back and forth during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY, who said he would convene his committee as scheduled, told reporters Wednesday night that Barr is "going to have to answer for apparently testifying untruthfully in the Senate and the House" and that "he is terrified" of being questioned by staff attorneys who work for the panel.

Nadler said the Justice Department missed a deadline contained in a subpoena to hand over the full report and the panel may issue a contempt citation.

"Under a constitution of separated powers, (Justice Department officials) should not be in the business of creating "road maps" for the objective of transmitting them to (Congressional) committees", Flood wrote.