House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak

House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak
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The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it had postponed an upcoming oversight hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrACLU calls for special prosecutor to investigate removal of protesters in front of White House First federal prisoner in 17 years executed hours after Supreme Court decision Supreme Court clears way for federal executions MORE due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet, Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE (D-N.Y.) explained that "overwhelming" health concerns necessitated the hearing to be pushed to a later date.

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The committee was set to grill Barr on allegations that the White House, particularly President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to interfere with the sentencing recommendations for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRobert Mueller casts a Stone — but he can't erase larger concerns READ: Trump order commuting Roger Stone's prison sentence Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE, a top political ally of the president who informally advised the 2016 Trump campaign.

Democrats on the panel, as well as across the House and Senate, have accused the president and Barr of politicizing the DOJ after it requested "far less" time for Stone's sentence than was recommended only a day earlier by career prosecutors on the case.

“This situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMJ Hegar wins Democratic battle to challenge John Cornyn Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE (D-N.Y.) said in February.

The House and Senate have begun operating under altered protocols amid the coronavirus epidemic, which has sickened more than 377,000 people worldwide and tens of thousands in the U.S.