House Judiciary Votes To Allow Extra Time For Staff Lawyers To Question Barr Thursday

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (L) looks at his watch prior to a news conference on women’s rights April 30, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. ... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (L) looks at his watch prior to a news conference on women’s rights April 30, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Activists and Congressional Democrats joined Rep. Maloney in the news conference to call for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 1, 2019 1:12 p.m.

The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to allow for an hour of extra questioning of Attorney General Bill Barr split between staff lawyers from either side of the aisle — a format the Justice Department has protested.

Axios first reported on Wednesday’s committee vote on Thursday’s hearing format.

The inclusion of staff lawyers to question Barr has rankled the Justice Department.

“Our position is the attorney general agreed to appear before Congress,” a Justice Department official told The Washington Post and CNN on Sunday. “Therefore, members are the ones who do the questioning.”

Nadler wasn’t having it. He threatened to subpoena the attorney general to appear if Barr doesn’t show up and cooperate with the hearing format.

A notice for Wednesday’s format vote said the additional time could be used by “either Members or Committee staff.”

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