The Justice Department on Monday denied a motion by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to testify senior officials on a number of issues, citing a recent appearance by Attorney General William Barr that the letter was an attempt by committee members to testify “Radiance” called for complaints. “
The letter, signed by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd, states that committee members spent most of Barr’s appearance on July 28 at a prudential hearing to scold and insult the country’s chief prosecutor . The letter even pointed out how an article in the New York Times described the hearing.
“Democrats after Democrats asked Mr. Barr questions only to cut him off when he tried to answer, replacing his own answers,”
Boyd’s letter was in response to Nadler’s request that Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Michael Carvajal, and Director of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Donald Washington, appear before his subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. One of the meetings was scheduled for September 24th.
Nadler’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News asking for comment.
The July 28 hearing with Barr was viewed by Trump supporters as an all-encompassing democratic attack on the attorney general, whom many accuse him of having an overly close relationship with Trump.
Much of the testimony focused on George Floyd’s death in police custody and the subsequent protests that took place in the United States
Nadler later accused Barr of using federal forces to provide Trump with footage for campaign ads. When Barr tried to respond and say that he was not using federal law enforcement to support Trump’s campaign, Nadler spoke about him.
At another point in the hearing, Barr complained that only one political party appeared to stand up for federal property and condemn mobs.
“What makes me concerned about the country is the first time I remember the leaders of one of our two major political parties, the Democratic Party, failing to come out condemning mob violence and attacking federal courts,” Barr said. “Why can’t we just say the violence against federal courts has to stop? Can we hear this?”
The department’s letter said Barr was before the committee to discuss issues that will be revisited in upcoming hearings.
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“Although the division is currently unable to provide witnesses for these hearings, the committee should continue to have a particular interest in receiving information from the division and the committee should commit to doing so in an appropriate and productive way to do the department would like to work with you to plan more prudential hearings in the future, ”the letter reads.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Jake Gibson and the Associated Press contributed to this report