On the Hill with Doug Christian
CAPITOL HILL – Today Congress returns from a two-week recess and faces a backlog of business. On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and on Thursday, he is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Thursday’s hearing may not happen if Barr and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), cannot agree on a revised format Nadler proposes.
Barr objects to Nadler’s proposal that in addition to typical five-minute rotating questioning from each member, each side would be allowed to question Barr in depth for an extended round of 30 minutes. That extended round would also allow, in addition to lawmakers themselves, counsels for each side to question Barr.
Kerri Kupec, a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, fires back at Barr, saying “Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning.”
Daniel Schwarz, a spokesman for Nadler, says that “it is important that there be a chance to ask follow-up questions as has been done in the past.”
In other news, Chairwoman of the House Finance Committee Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasts a federal judge who has ordered the release of Coast Guard officer Christopher Hasson, who was arrested for planning her murder along with a score of other Democratic lawmakers.
Waters says in a statement that “There is no credible justification that can explain why a federal judge would allow someone as clearly dangerous and unrepentant as Hasson to walk free while he awaits trial.”
And funeral plans are being arranged after six-term former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) of Indiana died on Sunday. Lugar was Indiana’s longest-serving senator.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill