BIG NEWS: Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel [READ LETTER]
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Attorney General William Barr has agreed to give testimony before the House Judiciary Committee next month amid growing questions over the administration’s alleged interference in the criminal case of a close ally of President Trump.
Democrats on the panel released a letter Wednesday confirming Barr’s March 31 appearance, saying they are concerned the agency has become politicized under his watch.
The article goes on to state the following:
“In the interest of transparency, we wish to be candid about one set of concerns we plan to address at the hearing. Since President Trump took office, we have repeatedly warned you and your predecessors that the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes is both dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable to the House Judiciary Committee,” they wrote.
“In your tenure as Attorney General, you have engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the President that raises significant concerns for this Committee. In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership of the Department of Justice,” the Democrats wrote.
“These are not the only issues that our Committee intends to discuss with you when you appear, but they are enough to require our immediate attention.”
The hearing comes as Democrats question whether President Donald J. Trump is influencing the Department of Justice (DOJ). The recent scrutiny was prompted by the trial of Trump associate Roger Stone.
Department prosecutors had suggested that a federal court sentence Stone to serve seven to nine years on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress — charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Then, a day later, the DOJ asked the court to sentence Stone for “far less” time after Trump criticized the first sentencing guidance.
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) February 12, 2020
BREAKING: AG Barr just agreed to testify in front of the House Judiciary in March. That’s great progress, but Barr needed to testify yesterday. This is a national emergency. A Constitutional crisis. Let’s act like it.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 12, 2020
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