Barr refusing to appear before House Judiciary Committee in fight over questioning: report
Attorney General William Barr during a House hearing. (Screenshot/YouTube)

According to a report from CNN, Attorney General Bill Barr has told Democratic leaders he will not show up for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday because he objects to the format for questioning him.

According to CNN, "Barr has warned Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee he won't show up to this week's highly anticipated hearing if they stick to the format the chairman has proposed for the questioning, according to a committee source with knowledge of the matter."

The report adds, "Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York, wants to allow all members of his panel at Thursday's hearing to have one round of questioning of five minutes each, according to the source. He also wants to allow for a subsequent round of questioning of 30 minutes for each side, allowing both parties' committee counsels to also engage in questioning during their respective turns," before stating, "Barr has rejected those proposals for additional rounds of questioning, according to the source. 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, the source said. He also has objected to holding a closed session to discuss the full report."

According to the report, Democrats have not responded to Barr's demands.

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