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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBrooklyn man accused of lying about hoarding medical supplies, coughing at officers Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on States should plan now for November voting options MORE due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet, Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to interfere with the sentencing recommendations for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJoe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing 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.