Jerry Nadler's New Ultimatum for Barr

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Posted: May 03, 2019 1:40 PM
Jerry Nadler's New Ultimatum for Barr

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A day after holding a hearing on the Robert Mueller Russia investigation without the key witness Attorney General William Barr, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler informed the AG of his new options. He's giving him a counter offer for access to redacted portions of the report. In his letter, Nadler says Barr must comply by Monday at 9 a.m. or they will hold him in contempt.

The chairman goes on to argue, by way of comparison, how the department "produced more than 880,000 pages of sensitive investigative materials pertaining to its investigation of Hillary Clinton, as well as much other material relating to the then-ongoing Russia investigation." 

He adds how Kenneth Starr, in his investigation of President Clinton, produced a 445-page report to Congress as well as "18 boxes of accompanying evidence." 

Barr decided against appearing at Thursday's hearing because he disagreed with Nadler's decision to have staffers ask questions. Nadler claimed the real reason was that the AG was too scared to show his face. Yet, he did show up at Wednesday's six-hour hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he pushed back at Democrats who tried to get him to admit President Trump may not have colluded with Russia, but he did obstruct justice. Barr did not budge.