Beware the ends of March, a soothsayer might say to William Barr. Barr has finally agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, after being asked to do so a year ago, in the wake of the Mueller Investigation. Jerry Nadler sent a letter to Barr yesterday, saying “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. In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership of the Department of Justice.”

The letter then goes on to cite Rudy Giuliani’s “process” of providing the DOJ information about Trump’s political rivals, the kerfuffle over the Roger Stone sentencing, and the removal of U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu who oversaw the prosecution of Stone, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn. The letter states, “There 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.” Politico:

In addition to Stone and Liu, Democrats have a long list of issues they’re likely to press Barr on, including his involvement in decisions surrounding Trump’s decision to withhold military funds from Ukraine last year, and his handling of a whistleblower complaint about the episode that DOJ determined should be withheld from Congress, overruling an intelligence community inspector general. Those episodes helped spark House Democrats’ push to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of their investigations.

Trump mentioned Barr on his July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, when he urged the country’s government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. DOJ has indicated that Trump did not convey this request to Barr, but he has yet to testify publicly on the matter.

Barr’s March 31 testimony may also come after the release of a book by former national security adviser John Bolton, slated for a mid-March publication. Bolton is expected to reveal details about his conversations with senior administration officials about concerns related to Trump’s handling of Ukraine. Barr denied a New York Times account of Bolton’s book suggesting that Bolton raised concerns directly to Barr that Trump might be doing personal favors for foreign autocrats.

The timing of this is exquisite. Bolton’s book is going to produce lots of juicy tidbits and watching Barr address them should be illuminating — as well as entertaining. If I had to predict one upcoming episode in politics that stands to be a real game changer, at this point, and on these facts, I would say this March 31 appearance of Barr is it.

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Cherl Harrell
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At last, someone associated with Trump, being held to account for their actions! More of this, please. Can the House take any corrective actions against him, if actual crimes are detected?

mae
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They must have hatched their plan to discredit Bolton, and his book.

nan
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Why are they letting him dictate the date and time, what has he up his sheave?

p j evans
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I expect lots of deflection and avoidance.

kaja
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He is stalling, buying time, just to stall again. When and if he actually does show up, he will say nothing and what he does say will be lies. He si not worried. He can get away with anything because he has the protection of the republican mob.

walthp
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Waiting to the end of March is a lifetime in this political environment.

pwhitten
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If I were a betting person, I would lay odds that he will never actually appear.

dana fairfield
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He may appear,but it will be a rerun of the hemming and hawing when Kamala Harris questioned him.

Darrel
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Barr, as the personal lawyer for Trump may be crossing into unknown territory, the Trump circus at his, “Trial”, with complicit Lawyers working for him, should have shot off a barrage of fireworks when Mr. Schiff mentioned that one of those lawyers across the room from him was actually in the room during that fateful call … Moscow Mitch had all his toadies lined up to let Trump off, and here we are … With Barr as the ultimate hammer man, working beside Trump, think of all the happy days ahead, for those two as Trump points a finger at… Read more »
Nancy M Parker
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I expect nothing but his ironclad selfrighteousness. He is an ideologue to the max.