The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify on 28 July before the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating him for the “unprecedented politicization” of the Justice Department. It will be the first time Mr Barr,
Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify on 28 July before the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating him for the “unprecedented politicization” of the Justice Department.
It will be the first time Mr Barr, who assumed office last February after being picked by Donald Trump, has appeared before the panel tasked with overseeing his actions.
Mr Barr’s spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, announced the agreement for the attorney general to testify before the Judiciary panel next month at the same time on Wednesday that the panel was interviewing three current and former DOJ officials who have accused Mr Barr of bending the department to political pressures to help the friends of the president.
“I was privileged to serve in the Department of Justice under two Republican and one Democratic [presidents], and I am here because I believe that William Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law and to public trust in it,” former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Over the last 16 months, House Democrats and former Justice Department officials from both parties have excoriated Mr Barr for his department’s actions surrounding the report of special counsel Robert Mueller; the criminal cases against Trump associates Roger Stone and Michael Flynn; and protests in Washington, DC, after the death of George Floyd.
Some Democratic members have even flirted with impeaching Mr Barr, though House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler dismissed such calls as a “waste of time” because “corrupt” Republicans in the Senate would prevent his removal from office.