Showdown looms between Congress and attorney general over Mueller report

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It was a week of mounting tension in Washington between the Trump administration and Democrats in congress attorney general William Barr refused to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary committee in his place. An empty chair chairman Jerrold Nadler says if bar does not hand over the unredacted Muller report and its underlying evidence. The attorney general will be held in contempt of congress history will judge us for how we face this challenge. We will all be held accountable. In one way or the other. And if he does not provide this committee with the information at demands and the respect it deserves is the bars moment of accountability will come soon enough. The Justice department objected to Democrats demand that bar take questions from staff attorneys who worked for members of congress. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy defended bars absence, one time has staff question the cabinet level of oil. And that was during the impeachment hearing that same day speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi accused of committing a crime or from ABC's Mona Kosar Abdi on Capitol Hill. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says the attorney general line to congress about his handling of the Malla report. The attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the congress of the United States. That's a crime below sea. Then accused bar of now being loyal to his oath of office. But rather to the president nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States and not the attorney General Motors are Aldi ABC news, Capitol Hill. The Justice department called Pelosi's words, reckless irresponsible and false many Democrats want the attorney general to resign are did testify about the mother report Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary committee where he faced tough questions about the Muller letter. ABC's Mary, Bruce, covered it all from the capital just hours before news. Broken Muller had complained to the attorney general about bars decision to release his own summary of the reports conclusions Muller voiced his frustration in a letter to bar on March twenty seventh writing the attorney general summary did not fully capture the context nature and substance of this offices work and conclusions. Adding there is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation, the letters its navy, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff. People Muller wrote his own summaries of the report and twice as Barda released them, but Barr refused. The two men later talked on the phone and bar insists Muller did not accuse him of misrepresenting. The report there were not taken of. Of the call. May we have those notes? No, why not. Why should you have bar new of Muller's concerns when he testified last month, but he didn't reveal them when asked about concerns from the special counsels team members of the special counsel team are frustrated at some level with limited information included in March twenty four th letter that it does not adequately accurately necessarily portray the reports findings do you know what they're referencing with that. No, I don't Democrats demanded to know why he didn't tell them about Muller's letter. You say you were not aware of concerns by answer to question. And the question was relating to unidentified members. I talked directly to Bob Muller. Not members of his team for your

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