Attorney General William “Bill” Barr has quit being pushed around by Democrats — and the sooner the Dems realize that, the easier their lives will be.
When Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, decided to change the rules ahead of Barr’s scheduled Thursday testimony, the Justice Department informed the committee that Barr might not show.
Don’t Change the Rules
When Robert Mueller’s report was released, Democrats threw a hissy fit. First, they demanded to see the special counsel’s unredacted report, then they filed subpoenas to obtain it.
Of course, they never mentioned the fact that Barr had actually offered to let party leadership see a less redacted version of the report.
Then came the accusations that Barr was a Trump lackey.
All of this preceded Barr’s scheduled appearance before Congress on the Mueller report — but thanks to Nadler’s move, the AG may not be there.
Indeed, Nadler and the Judiciary Committee decided to allow lawyers to question Barr in the hearing, which they said could be moved to a closed session if committee members want to discuss redacted portions of the report.
Barr immediately balked at this, and is now threatening to be a no-show.
We Got Your Back
Republican leadership has already stood up for Barr, claiming the rules change so late in the game is just an abuse of power.
A spokesperson said that Barr has done everything the Democrats have asked and more. There simply is no reason at this point for Barr to be in a closed session with the House Judiciary Committee.
This all comes down to the fact that Barr did not give the Democrats the conclusion they were hoping for, so in their eyes, he is no longer believable.
They are attacking this man’s reputation and credibility for that reason.
Now, they are learning Barr is nothing like former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in that he will not cater to their every demand.
Sessions was more worried about what people think — Barr is just interested in justice and the truth.
And that’s the way it should be.