House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler blasts Attorney General William Barr suggesting Democrats would issue a subpoena if he does not show up to testify for a previously scheduled hearing.
The hearing was scheduled for Thursday over the Mueller report, and Nadler has warned if Barr does not show up he could face a subpoena and a possible contempt citation.
Nadler’s remarks come after the Department of Justice notified lawmakers on the panel Barr would not show up for the previously scheduled hearing.
According to reports, the DOJ was not okay with allowing congressional staffers to grill Barr, which Nadler was reportedly pushing.
Nadler spoke to reporters Wednesday saying Barr was “terrified of having to face a skilled attorney.”
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He went on to say he was trying to “blackmail” the House panel, and he will have no other option than to comply with a congressional subpoena in the near future.
The DOJ also refused the grant a request from Democrats to gain access to the full, unredacted Mueller report.
Nadler has clarified he will push for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill on May 15.