Preet Bharara: Barr's excuse for not testifying to House 'rhymes with snitty'

Preet Bharara: Barr's excuse for not testifying to House 'rhymes with snitty'
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaRep. Collins says Democrats are 'in love with terrorists,' 'mourn Soleimani' George Conway: 'Garbage' White House defense 'virtually guarantees' Trump impeachment Epstein death sparks questions for federal government MORE joked Wednesday that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE's "excuse" for not testifying before the House Judiciary Committee rhymes with "snitty."

"Bill Barr’s excuse for not testifying in the House tomorrow rhymes with 'snitty,'" tweeted Bharara, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York before being fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE.

Bharara's tweet appeared to reference Barr's description of a letter sent to him by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE in March. Barr said while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Mueller's letter to him voicing frustrations with Barr's summary of the special counsel’s principal conclusions was "a bit snitty."

"And I think it was probably written by one of his staff people," he told the panel.

Mueller expressed in a March 27 letter to Barr that his initial memo "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions," according to a letter released by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. 

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Barr has been the subject of increased scrutiny from Democrats over his handling of Mueller's report on his investigation into Russia's election interference and whether Trump obstructed justice. 

The attorney general was expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a second round of questioning from lawmakers on Thursday, but the Justice Department said Barr would not appear for the hearing because of the "unprecedented and unnecessary" conditions imposed by the committee's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). 

A Justice Department spokesperson said Nadler's insistence on having committee counsels question Barr after members grilled him was "inappropriate."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said Democrats would subpoena Barr if he failed to show up for the hearing.