“The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted Wednesday.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, had threatened Barr with a subpoena and is investigating Barr as calls to impeach him have grown. Nadler, however, stressed there was nothing to be gained from pursuing Barr’s impeachment because it would likely end in the same non-guilty vote the GOP-controlled Senate gave to President Donald Trump earlier this year during his impeachment trial.
The hearing is being billed as the panel’s annual oversight hearing with the attorney general, but congressional Democrats have been fuming in recent weeks about a number of Barr-related episodes, including a drama weekend where he and Trump fired Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor who. led the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, which has pursued Trump and his allies.
Lawmakers will also likely question Barr on the Flynn and Roger Stone cases. The attorney general has come under fire for dropping the criminal prosecution of Trump’s former national security adviser, after Flynn admitted his guilt under oath, and for overriding his prosecutors’ recommendations for a harsh sentence for Stone, a longtime political adviser and friend of Trump.
One of the prosecutors in the Stone case testified before the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, accusing Barr and DOJ leaders of pressuring the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to recommend a lighter sentence for Stone because of Stone’s relationship with the president.
This story has been updated with additional background.