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Barr Standoff Escalates Confrontation Between White House And Congress


Added 05-04-19 07:07:02am EST - “Attorney General William Barr's refusal to appear before a House committee is forcing Democrats to rethink their oversight strategy for the Trump administration.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Barr Standoff Escalates Confrontation Between White House And Congress”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, laughs with Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., right, after Cohen arrived with a bucket of fried chicken and a prop chicken because Attorney General William Barr did not appear before the committee as requested. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, laughs with Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., right, after Cohen arrived with a bucket of fried chicken and a prop chicken because Attorney General William Barr did not appear before the committee as requested.

Attorney General William Barr's refusal to appear before the House Judiciary Committee did accomplish one thing, according to Rep. Jaime Raskin, D-Md.

"They have succeeded in building a near unanimous sense in the Democratic Caucus that the executive branch of government is in defiance of the Constitution and the rule of law," said Raskin, a former constitutional law professor who sits on both the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

Barr, already under steady attack from Democrats in both the House and Senate, declined to appear Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee because he did not want to be questioned by committee lawyers, only members. Democrats refused to accommodate Barr because Raskin said there's a bigger constitutional principle at stake. "He doesn't dictate to us how we conduct hearings in Congress," he said.

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