House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Milley moved to limit Trump military strike abilities after Jan. 6, Woodward book claims: report Former US attorney enters race for governor in Pennsylvania MORE would be “obstructing Congress” if he fails to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this week, according to The Associated Press.
Barr is set to testify Thursday about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s findings, but has clashed with committee leadership on whether he will respond to a round of questioning from staffers.
In response, Pelosi said Barr cannot “tell the committee how to conduct its interviews,” according to the AP.
“The attorney general of the United States is not the president’s personal lawyer, and he should act as the attorney general of the United States and honor his responsibilities,” she said.
On Sunday, Barr warned House Democrats that he might not appear before the panel if they did not change the proposed format for the hearing.
“The Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress. Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning," Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Sunday. "He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report."
Mueller’s report was released in redacted form April 19, but House Democrats have subpoenaed the Justice Department for the full, unredacted version and contributing evidence. Democrats have accused Barr of misrepresenting the findings of the Mueller report in his summary of the report to lawmakers, and in remarks at a press conference ahead of the report's release.
Pelosi's comments echoed those of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerAngelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators House panel advances immigration language for reconciliation bill Hillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules MORE (D-N.Y.), who said Sunday, "The witness is not going to tell the committee how to conduct its hearing, period."
Nadler also threatened to subpoena Barr and "use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena" if the attorney general refuses to show.