Nadler’s demands push AG too far, Barr reportedly warns House Dems he might not show for hearing

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An attempt by House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler to coerce America’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Bill Barr, to testify to Congress for an extended period of time way beyond the normal length of a congressional hearing does not appear to be working.

As it stands, Barr had been scheduled to testify to Congress this upcoming Wednesday about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The testimony was supposed to have involved each member of the House Judiciary Committee spending roughly five minutes peppering him with questions.

Those plans fell by the wayside when Nadler demanded that he submit to an additional hour of public questioning wherein each party’s counsel would be permitted 30 minutes to ask questions. He also demanded the AG sit for a closed hearing to talk about the redacted portions of Mueller’s report.

According to an insider source who spoke with CNN, the attorney general has responded by warning Democrats that he’ll be a no-show unless they cut the crap and return the hearing to normal.

“The Justice Department has informed Nadler’s office that Barr doesn’t want the committee counsels to be allowed to question him, the source said, prompting the attorney general to threaten to not show up next week if Nadler follows this format,” CNN reported Sunday.

“He also has objected to holding a closed session to discuss the full report.”

The House Judiciary Committee chair has not responded well to this threat.

He reportedly told CNN that he won’t allow Barr to “dictate the format of the Judiciary Committee,” adding, “The witness is not going to tell the committee how to conduct its hearing, period.”

When asked what he’ll do if the AG tells him to pound sand, he replied, “Then we will have to subpoena him, and we will have to use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena.”

Nadler, whom some have described as a “sore loser” over his unwillingness to accept Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s conclusion that President Donald Trump never obstructed justice, has already issued a subpoena for Mueller’s full unredacted report.

“Congress requires the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence,” the impatient legislator said in a statement at the start of the month, weeks before even the redacted version was ready to be publicly released.

When the redacted report was finally released on April 18, Nadler doubled down on his complaints:

It’s unclear what it’ll take to satisfy his obsessive itch. Much like House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, who was mocked last week by comedian Bill Maher for “stalking” the president, Nadler remains convinced that Trump is guilty of something. What something? *shrugs*

As a result, the House Judiciary Committee chair has been subpoenaing people left and right. He’s even reportedly called for the special counsel himself to testify sometime soon.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Congressional Democrats’ fixation with the Mueller report appears to belie the desires of the American people. A poll by The Washington Post and ABC News published last week revealed that a 57 percent majority of Americans oppose impeaching the president.

Other polls have revealed similar results:

The WaPo/ABC poll also found that 58 percent of Americans don’t think differently of the president because of Mueller’s findings. A smaller 46 percent claim that the special counsel’s findings won’t affect how they vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

This data is relevant because the only valid reasons to continue digging deeper into Mueller’s report are to either impeach the president or make him look bad. But as the polling data shows, the American people as a whole aren’t that interested in either pathway.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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