This is good news, but since we’re dealing with William Barr, here, of course there is a shady aspect to it. Yes, he’ll testify but not for five weeks. The damnation of Aaron Zelinsky’s testimony before Congress that states in no uncertain terms that the Department of Justice was pressured to treat Roger Stone in a special manner because of his relationship to Donald Trump, has finally forced Barr’s hand. That, plus the threat of a subpoena. New Civil Rights Movement:
The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th.
— Kerri Kupec DOJ (@KerriKupecDOJ) June 24, 2020
Isn’t it interesting how this is phrased, “accepted an invitation” like Congress has asked him to join them for tea. Very casual wording, considering the issue is obstruction of justice and he’s got a Greek chorus crying for his impeachment or resignation.
Barr is facing growing calls for his impeachment or for him to resign over what many – including two DOJ whistleblowers testifying before the House Wednesday – are calling his extreme politicization of the Justice Dept.
This will be the first time Barr has appeared before Congress to testify in more than a year. Barr was supposed to appear before the House on March 31 but did not. On June 1 he told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler that “he would not appear at a hearing that the committee wanted to hold on June 9,” Roll Call reported.
This is explosive. Even for the Trump administration, this is extraordinary.
Short of assassinating opponents or using the military to quell public protests, I can't think of a form of corruption worse than a nation's leader influencing the administration of justice to protect friends and prosecute enemies. America is on the brink of total destruction. https://t.co/w0GiZ4WS9A
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 23, 2020
More on the Stone prosecution. This is a disgrace. Barr must go. He is not acting as the Attorney General of the United States. He is Trump’s Roy Cohn. https://t.co/G2Mz7Fis1h
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) June 23, 2020
That is spot on. Barr has been acting as Trump’s Roy Cohn, his “killer,” and not as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Trump used to ask, “where are my killers?” and he sure as hell didn’t have any in Jeff Sessions or Matthew Whitaker. But he got one in Barr.
It would be interesting to know why the five week delay. What, pray tell, could be more pressing on Barr’s calendar, or any attorney general’s for that matter, than charges of politicization of the DOJ and obstruction of justice? I guess we’ll find out.