However it’s nonetheless attainable they may attain a deal by Thursday, that means Barr may finally present.
The Division of Justice didn’t instantly remark.
The Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York, needs to permit all members of his panel at Thursday’s listening to to have one spherical of questioning of 5 minutes every, in line with the supply. He additionally needs to permit for a subsequent spherical of questioning of 30 minutes for both sides, permitting each events’ committee counsels to additionally have interaction in questioning throughout their respective turns.
Nadler is also proposing that the committee ought to go into closed session to debate the sections of the report which can be redacted.
However Barr has rejected these proposals for extra rounds of questioning, in line with the supply. The Justice Division has knowledgeable Nadler’s workplace that Barr would not need the committee counsels to be allowed to query him, the supply stated, prompting the lawyer normal to threaten to not present up subsequent week if Nadler follows this format, the supply stated. He additionally has objected to holding a closed session to debate the complete report.
It is uncommon — however not unprecedented — to permit committee counsels to query witnesses. However doing so would permit the subject-matter specialists to comply with up on questions the lawmakers might have missed from earlier rounds. Barr has proposed permitting a small group of lawmakers to assessment a less-redacted report, however Home Democrats have issued a subpoena for the complete report.
Barr is scheduled to testify earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and the Home Judiciary Committee on Thursday. And he is nonetheless anticipated to attend the Senate listening to.
Whereas Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, has backed Barr’s dealing with of the Mueller report, the quarrel over the testimony is the most recent in a sequence of escalating disputes between Nadler and Barr over the particular counsel investigation.
Nadler has issued a subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report and the particular counsel’s underlying proof, and is ready to go to court docket to acquire the paperwork if Barr won’t comply. Barr has supplied to permit choose congressional leaders to view a less-redacted model of the Mueller report, with solely grand jury materials blacked out, however Democrats have rejected that proposal.
However the dispute between Barr and Democrats runs deeper than the report. Democrats have slammed Barr’s dealing with of the top of the Mueller investigation, accusing him of releasing a letter that mischaracterized Mueller’s findings on each collusion and obstruction and elevating suspicions over his determination to not prosecute Trump after Mueller didn’t attain a conclusion on Trump. Barr’s determination to carry a press convention the morning earlier than the report was launched was seen by Democrats as a blatant try to spin the report in protection of the President.
Barr’s scheduled testimony comes forward of Home Democratic plans for Mueller to additionally seem subsequent month to debate the report and investigation. If Barr doesn’t seem earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee, it isn’t clear how that may have an effect on the panel’s plans for Mueller’s testimony. Graham has stated he doesn’t need to hear from Mueller himself as a result of it could be an excessive amount of of a circus.