CNN, Fox, MSNBC air split-screens of Nadler and empty chair for Barr

Cable news outlets opted Thursday to show an empty chair where Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide MORE would have sat for the morning's House Judiciary Committee hearing.
 
CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all featured split-screens of Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' DOJ files brief arguing against House impeachment probe MORE (D-N.Y.) and the empty chair that Democrats had set aside for Barr despite the announcement Wednesday night that he would not appear.
 
Barr refused to appear at the hearing after Democrats insisted that staff attorneys be allowed to ask the attorney general questions. The Justice Department said Democrats put "unprecedented" conditions on his testimony.
Democrats hammered Barr on Thursday for not showing up to the hearing, which was slated to be held a day after the attorney general appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a four-hour grilling over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's report.
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The House hearing Thursday began without Barr, allowing for the empty chair split-screen to be presented to viewers. 
 

“That is the reason. The reason Bill Barr is not here today is because the Democrats decided they didn’t want him here today. That’s the reason he’s not here,” Collins said. “Not hearing from him is a travesty to this committee today.”