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House Judiciary chairman hints at subpoenaing Barr

House Judiciary chairman hints at subpoenaing Barr
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers Britney Spears to discuss conservatorship in court MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday the committee is considering issuing a subpoena to get Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE to testify before Congress over the decision to drop the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Barr was scheduled to testify in front of the Judiciary Committee on March 30, but it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Now that the District of Columbia has extended the stay at home order until June 8, we expect to see Barr in front of our committee on June 9, the very next day,” Nadler said in an interview with MSNBC

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Nadler said Barr has yet to agree to testify before the committee, adding that committee members are prepared “to do whatever we have to do,” including potentially issuing a subpoena. 

“We cannot have a situation where the attorney general just thumbs his nose and the administration holds Congress in contempt,” he said. 

His comments came as Democrats have condemned Barr for moving to drop the case against Flynn for charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia in 2017. 

Nadler said Barr is “subverting the Department of Justice into a personal agent of the president.” 

Barr has defended the Justice Department's decision on the Flynn case, telling CBS News in an interview after the decision that he was following his “duty under the law.” He said he was “not at all” influenced by President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE regarding the case.