House Judiciary Democrats Announce AG Barr to Testify Before Committee
Washington, February 12, 2020
Tags: Government Oversight
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter signed by 23 Judiciary Committee Democratic Members confirming Attorney General William Barr will testify before the Committee on March 31st to address numerous concerns regarding his leadership of the Department of Justice and the President's improper influence over the Department and our criminal justice system.
Full text of the letter confirming Attorney General Barr's testimony can be found below and here:
February 12, 2020
The Honorable William Barr
Dear Mr. Attorney General:
We are writing to confirm your agreement to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31, 2020.
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. Our Republican colleagues have warned the Department of the same. We have been consistent—and bipartisan—in this message for years.
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. These include:
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.
We look forward to your testimony.
See, e.g.,Letter from Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., et al., to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mar. 17, 2017 (“Given the Trump Administration’s wide-ranging and ongoing conflict-of-interest troubles . . . we wonder if the wiser course of action would have been to allow these [U.S. attorneys] to stay on and act as an independent voice on matters that might directly impact President Trump.”); Letter from Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Nov. 13, 2018 (“I write with growing concern over President Trump’s repeated attacks on the integrity of the Department of Justice and the FBI—including, but not limited to, his decision to fire former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his frequent statements about ongoing criminal investigations, and his personal attacks on senior Department officials.”); Letter from Chairman Jerrold Nadler, et al., to Attorney General William Barr, Mar. 25, 2019 (“Each of our committees is currently engaged in oversight activities that go directly to the President’s conduct, his open attempts to obstruct federal investigators . . . and other alleged instances of misconduct.”).