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Barr testifies before House panel in long-awaited showdown with Democrats

July 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Attorney General William Barr waits in the press briefing room of the White House March 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney General William Barr appears before House lawmakers Tuesday in a long-awaited showdown between congressional Democrats and one of the President's most effective enforcers.

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr appears before House lawmakers Tuesday in a long-awaited showdown between congressional Democrats and one of the President's most effective enforcers.

And his appearance comes as controversial episodes at the Justice Department have mounted, including Barr's personal intrusion into the prosecutions of two allies of President Donald Trump, and his move last month to oust a prominent and powerful US attorney.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, is investigating several of Barr's actions and had threatened to subpoena the attorney general before they agreed on Tuesday's appearance.

Last month, after Trump had Barr fire the US attorney in Manhattan who had been overseeing an investigation into the President's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Nadler suggested that his committee might attempt to impeach Barr, though he also called pursuing it a "waste of time" and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tamped down talk of impeachment.

In May, the Justice Department said it would drop the charges against Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser whose guilty plea had been secured by Mueller's team, after an internal review initiated by Barr turned up evidence the attorney general said showed the investigators had built an improper case.

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