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 BhararaPreet Bharara: Barr's excuse for not testifying to House 'rhymes with snitty' Bharara: 'Donald Trump is not out of legal jeopardy' Bharara: 'Doesn't seem' Mueller's investigation 'ending any time soon' MORE joked Wednesday that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report Pelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept 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 TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE.

Bharara's tweet appeared to reference Barr's description of a letter sent to him by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.