CNN: AG Barr Could Skip Congressional Hearing Over Format

CNN: AG Barr Could Skip Congressional Hearing Over Format
The DOJ has reportedly taken issue with a proposal to let the House Judiciary Committee counsel question William Barr.

The House Judiciary Committee's highly anticipated hearing later this week may lose its key witness. Multiple outlets report Attorney General William Barr has told committee members that he may skip the hearing if they don't change its format. 

The hearing, which is currently scheduled for Thursday, will revolve around Barr's oversight and redactions of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.  

Multiple outlets report the DOJ is taking issue with a proposal to let both committee members and the committee counsel question Barr. The Justice Department is arguing that only members of Congress can be involved in questioning during a House hearing.

On Sunday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN that Barr would not be allowed to "dictate the format of the Judiciary Committee." 

The committee and the DOJ will have to reach a deal by Thursday for Barr to make an appearance. If not, Nadler told CNN he will subpoena the attorney general.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN