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House Judiciary Moves To Subpoena Bill Barr



Axios reported Monday afternoon that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is “preparing to subpoena Attorney General Bill Barr for his testimony on July 2.”

Citing Daniel Schwarz, a spokesman for Nadler, Axios writes that the committee is seeking Barr’s testimony and intends to subpoena him if he does not agree to testify next week.

The expected subpoena comes after the firing of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who had been investigating President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

As noted by the report, Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Barr “deserves impeachment,” but that doing so is “a waste of time” because Senate Republicans are “corrupt” and will not vote to convict.

During the interview, Naddler added that the committee will do what it can to address Barr’s alleged politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and that it plans to hear from two whistleblowers at a hearing this week.

Nadler has repeatedly called on Barr to testify before the committee about the DOJ’s handling of several criminal cases involving former advisers to President Donald Trump, including Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.

House Judiciary Democrats have “indicated” to the committee’s Republican members and staff that Nadler plans to issue a subpoena shortly, according to the committee’s ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Jordan (R-Ohio) made reference to the subpoena plans in a letter sent Nadler. Jordan told Nadler that if he insists on issuing a subpoena for Barr’s testimony he will “respectfully object and request an in-person business meeting.”

Read the letter here, via Axios.