Nadler hits back at Barr: 'The witness is not going to tell the committee' how to run its hearing

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back Sunday at Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Justin Amash confirms collusion witch hunt was all about politics MORE after the attorney general warned he may not appear at a scheduled committee hearing this week.

"The witness is not going to tell the committee how to conduct its hearing, period," Nadler said Sunday, according to CNN.

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Nadler also threatened to issue a subpoena if President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's attorney general refuses to attend the hearing.

"Then we will have to subpoena him, and we will have to use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena," Nadler said. 

Barr previously told House Democrats that they need to change the proposed format for the hearing, scheduled for Thursday, before he agrees to attend.

In addition to five minutes of questioning for each member of the committee, Nadler has proposed a round that would allow for each side to question Barr for 30 minutes, a source said earlier Sunday. That round of questioning would allow the committee counsels for both parties to question Barr.

Nadler also proposed having the committee enter a closed session to discuss redacted sections of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, the source added.

Barr has rejected those additional rounds of questioning, though it's possible he and Democrats could come to an agreement before Thursday. 

A Department of Justice spokeswoman said in a statement to The Hill that "members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning."

"The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress. Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning. He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report," said Kerri Kupec, the spokeswoman.

Updated April 28 at 2:21 p.m.