The U.S. Attorney General William Barr refused to testify in the House of Representatives on Mueller’s report concerning Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential elections in 2016, The Washington Post reported.
“Attorney General William P. Barr told a House panel on Wednesday that he will not testify about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, raising the prospect that Democrats will hold the nation’s top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress,” the news agency reports.
Barr has to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 2.
“But Barr balked at the committee’s plan to have a committee counsel question him alongside lawmakers, a snub that angered Democrats,” the message reads.
“When push comes to shove, the administration cannot dictate the terms of our hearing in our hearing room. I hope and expect that the attorney general will think overnight and will be there as well,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman of the committee, told reporters.
He said the group would gather as planned and expressed hope that Barr will have second thoughts and will come.
“Nadler said he would give Barr a “day or two” to turn over the full, unredacted Mueller report in accordance with the committee’s subpoena — information that was due Wednesday morning. But the chairman warned that “if good-faith negotiations don’t result in a pledge of compliance. . . the next step is seeking a contempt citation against the attorney general.”