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House Judiciary Committee Convenes Without Attorney General Bill Bar, Adjourns

House Judiciary Committee Convenes Without Attorney General Bill Bar, Adjourns

The hearing, which adjourned after opening statements by the top politicians, was notable for Mr Barr's empty seat.

"We will make one more good faith attempt to negotiate and to get the access to the report that we need, and then if we don't get that, we will proceed to hold the attorney general in contempt", Mr Nadler told reporters on Thursday after a 15-minute committee session held in place of Mr Barr's appearance.

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his handling of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Claire McCaskill, a former Democratic Senator from Missouri who was appearing as a guest on the MSNBC show, shared her perspective.

Barr boycotted a scheduled House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday morning after Democrats on the committee said they would have legal staffers ask him questions about the Mueller report.

"Turns out there is no collusion, there is no obstruction", said Trump.

Clinton said she's met with "most of the candidates" running in 2020 to answer questions and one of her constant warnings has been about foreign interference.

Attorney General Bill Barr released a four-page summary of the 448-page report on March 24, where he said the special counsel's report found Trump had not colluded or obstructed justice. Democrats wanted hand-picked staff members to be designated to ask the questions, while Republicans countered that lawmakers have never ceded such a role to subordinates in the entire history of the committee.

Independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday evening that he had no position on Barr's resignation until he could review Barr's testimony, but said Barr was acting just as King had feared he might when he voted against his confirmation in February.

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GRAHAM: "As to obstruction of justice, Mr. Mueller left it to Mr. Barr to decide after two years, and all this time. Well. To be obstruction of justice, the lie has to be tied to impairing the evidence in a particular proceeding".

Incredibly, that's an interpretation-some might say spin-that's even more generous to Trump than Barr's original framing of the Mueller report, which Mueller has criticized for not fully capturing the "context, nature, and substance" of his investigation.

"There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation", Mueller added.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

In a defiant letter, the White House said Mr Trump had the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes related to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry and called Mr Mueller's report on the matter defective.

Biden also pointed to a letter Mueller wrote to Barr expressing his concerns with how Barr characterized the findings in the report before it was publicly released.

In making his decision that Trump didn't obstruct justice by trying to curtail the Russian Federation probe, Barr said he focused on how the president didn't commit an underlying crime with Russian Federation and how "we now know that he was being falsely accused".

Mueller also laid out a damning pattern of obstructive behaviour by the president and suggested Congress itself should investigate.