Members of the US Congress are expected to pressure the Attorney General, William Barr, when they are questioned about his handling of the Russia investigation, criminal cases related to Trump's advisers, and a number of other issues, including how to deal with demonstrations that have erupted across the United States for weeks long.
The attorney general's testimony before a congressional hearing will be his first appearance to lawmakers in more than a year.
The hearing offers Bar the greatest opportunity yet to explain his view of responding to demonstrations and the investigation relating to Russia and a number of other issues, such as election fraud. However, lawmakers on both sides are already intent on using Barr's hearing to reinforce various arguments about the Trump administration, with the aim of influencing voters in the upcoming presidential elections in November. Bar showed exceptional success in avoiding visits to "Capitol Hill", and he has not appeared before a judicial committee of the House of Representatives, which is responsible for overseeing the work of the Ministry of Justice, including during his first term as Attorney General under President George W. Bush. He has not received his testimony before Congress at all since May 2019, when he appeared before the Senate Judicial Affairs Committee to answer questions about Muller's report.
Prior to the interrogation, the Public Prosecutor defended himself against accusations that he had politicized the Ministry of Justice, abused his powers to undermine the ongoing investigation between Trump's relationship with Russia, and demonstrated a remarkable laxity towards the President's favorite figures facing accusations related to the investigation. He also defended the actions taken by the Trump administration against the demonstrations and unrest that have flared up across the United States in recent weeks, declaring that the rule of law must be upheld "in the face of perpetrators of riots and anarchists and kidnapped for legitimate demonstrations, in order to cause chaos and destruction." Barr has long criticized law enforcement and intelligence officials' attempts to understand the nature of her efforts to advance the results of the 2016 elections in Trump's favor, and whether any of Trump's collaborators colluded with these efforts.
It is worth noting that, before the President appointed him to the position of Attorney General, Barr publicly said that he saw little basis to rely on in the investigation into whether Trump's election campaign colluded with Russia. He also wrote a secret legal memo to Trump's auxiliary legal team asserting that special investigator Robo Muller should not be allowed to question the president about obstructing the investigation. Ultimately, Mueller released a report detailing Russian moves and Russia's contacts with Trump campaign aides. He said that Russia tended to Trump's side, and that the Trump campaign welcomed the Russian intervention and expected to benefit from it, but he did not find sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges of conspiracy or collusion.
For their part, the Democrats, who are running the Judicial Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, intend to use this interrogation to reinforce a argument rejected by the Trump administration's response to the demonstrations that flared across the country and that came in response to the killing of George Floyd during police detention in Minneapolis. On the other hand, Republicans will seek to celebrate Barr as the guardian of the rule of law from those trying to use Floyd's killing as a cover to attack the police and intimidate the country.
Meanwhile, a long list of issues that lawmakers wanted to ask about in relation to Muller's report has accumulated. A federal judge said in this regard that, by undertaking to summarize the report himself before it was published, Barr presented a "distorted" and "misleading" version of the report that pushed public opinion toward Trump in favor. The Judicial Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives had recommended that Barr be charged with contempt of the commission; Because he refused a summons before a grand jury to provide evidence relating to the investigation conducted by the private investigator, but later the entire lower house decided to fight a battle before him within the corridors of the courts over these materials. Soon, some members of the Council stressed the need to withdraw confidence.