Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute

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Tuesday on Fox News Channel, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, called out Democrats for their "harassment" of Attorney General William Barr. Lindsey Graham of SC, who is expected to focus on concerns that the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation were tainted by law enforcement bias against Trump.

Barr is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday, but the Department of Justice (DOJ) has voiced objections over the format of the hearing.

Attorney General Barr wasn't asked to testify before the committee-he offered. "He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report", Kupec said.

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Barr is likely to defend himself by noting how he released the report on his own even though he didn't have to under the special counsel regulations, and that doing so fulfilled a pledge he made at his confirmation hearing to be as transparent as the law allowed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Barr is involved in a "staggering public effort" by the Trump administration to put a positive face on Mueller's findings. He also equivocated on a question of whether Mueller's investigation was a witch hunt, saying someone who feels wrongly accused would reasonably view an investigation that way.

A person familiar with Barr's thinking has said that Barr, a former CIA employee, did not mean spying in a necessarily inappropriate way and was simply referring to intelligence collection activities.

Then came Barr's April 18 press conference to announce the release of the Mueller report later that morning. McGahn was a vital witness for Mueller in the report, which recounted the president's outrage over the Mueller investigation and his efforts to curtail it.

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On Wednesday, Barr is also set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the Republican-led committee is expected to have normal rounds of member questioning.

"Typically the way we handle these hearings, for better or worse, on Capitol Hill is that the senators and the representatives on both sides alternate for five to seven minutes apiece". In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh past year, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The report effectively left it up to Congress whether to pursue obstruction of justice claims against Trump. "They should be able to do the basic job that their voters elected them to do, which is to conduct oversight of the executive branch".

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The nation's top cop is being subjected to harassment, according to a key White House figure. "For the American people", added the leading Democrat. "I think it's outrageous, the way they want to play the system". Barr said he was conducting a review of the origins and alleged misconduct at the beginning of the counterintelligence investigation.

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