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Nadler in car accident ahead of Barr hearing

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Democrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win MORE (D-N.Y.) was in a minor car accident Tuesday morning, his spokesperson confirmed to The Hill, delaying Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day Redeeming justice: the next attorney general MORE’s congressional testimony by about 45 minutes.

Nadler was on his way to the hearing — the first time Barr will appear before the committee — when the accident happened. He was not driving the vehicle, according to CNNThe hearing, which was initially scheduled for 10 a.m., will now take place at 10:45 a.m.

Democrats are seeking to press Barr on the politicization of the Department of Justice, particularly after the firing of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was leading several investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s associates, including his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiEx-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia Trump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE.

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Barr is expected to blast Democrats for seeking to "discredit" him because of that decision and the fact that he chose to investigate the origins of the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

He will likely be asked about his handling of two high-profile cases involving Trump's inner circle: Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Mueller prosecutor says next attorney general should investigate Trump MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Democrats are also expected to bring up the instances where federal law enforcement have been deployed at recent protests, such as the clearing of peaceful protesters outside the White House so that Trump could stage a photo-op in front of a historic church, among other instances. 

Barr is expected to argue in support of law enforcement, targeting Democrats who have joined protesters in calling for police department funds to be diverted to community programs using the slogan "defund the police."

Olivia Beavers contributed.