Nadler wrote that the three developments over the past week “raise grave questions about your leadership” at the Justice Departments.
“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,” Nadler wrote. “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.”
The attorney general attending a hearing for the Judiciary Committee, which provides oversight of the Justice Department, is typical each year, as Cabinet officials across the federal government march to Capitol Hill after the budget is released.
But Barr has not testified before the committee since he was confirmed at attorney general last year. Barr has been in a prolonged standoff with the committee, and even boycotted a hearing last spring about former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report after committee Democrats insisted on allowing staff attorneys to question him.
The committee voted to approve holding Barr in contempt, although the panel eventually struck an agreement to view documents related to the Mueller investigation from the Justice Department.