Calls for Barr's resignation erupted across the Democratic Party this week after he testified before the Senate and rebuffed the House twice, first by denying Democrats a full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, and then by skipping a hearing to review it.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accused the top law-enforcement officer in the USA of committing a crime by lying to Congress, escalating the showdown between Donald Trump's administration and the Democrats investigating him.
President Trump was thrilled with Attorney General William Barr's "pugnacious performance" on Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he views Barr as "someone who is defending him at all costs", according to people close to Trump and a former White House official who spoke to the Washington Post.
Attorney General Bill Barr had a solid reputation when he took over the US Justice Department in February, but his concerted efforts to downplay the Mueller report's damning allegations against President Donald Trump have left that reputation tattered.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler said the stonewalling by the Trump administration threatened democracy.
Though it was not reported until last week, Mueller soon thereafter wrote a letter to Barr criticizing the attorney general's summary of his report.
Mueller's March 27 letter said that the executive summaries were "in a form that can be released to the public consistent with the legal requirements and Department policies", and he requested that Barr "provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time".
Barr released Mueller's report on April 18, with some parts blacked out to protect sensitive information.
Democrats picked up a sweeping 40 seats in the 2018 midterms - the largest Democratic House gain since 1974 - to which Pelosi said, 'We had to win'.
The Justice Department declined to comment on Mr. Nadler's latest threat of contempt. He told the world Mueller found no collusion or obstruction.
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Speaking to reporters, they did not say a word about Trump's asylum memorandum or any other aspect of his anti-immigrant policy. The current backlog of cases totals over 800,000, with an average wait time of nearly two years.
"Not in my memory has a sitting attorney general more diminished the credibility of his department on any subject", Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote in the Atlantic magazine.
"A tentative date has been set of May 15, and we hope the special counsel will appear", Cicilline said on "Fox News Sunday".
Barr hesitated before acknowledging that presidential campaigns that are offered dirt from hostile foreign governments should probably contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, unlike Donald Trump, Jr.'s "I love it".
But Pelosi and many House Democrats sang a completely different House tune the last (and, so far, only) time Congress went the full length and held an attorney general in contempt.
But that didn't stop Mr. Barr from standing his ground during the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Barr sat in front of Congress and told lawmakers Mueller and his team didn't object to his four-page summary.
Robert Mueller, the man who led the almost two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, has been asked to testify to Congress on May 15, a lawmaker said Sunday.
Flood also said Mueller's 448-page report suffered from "an extraordinary legal defect" by failing to determine whether Trump had committed the crime of obstruction of justice.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Barr's no-show followed a dispute between House Democrats and Barr over whether Barr would publicly face questions from committee staff attorneys.