The House Judiciary Committee will host a second Department Of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower hearing before Attorney General William Barr testifies in front of the committee, according to a letter obtained by the Daily Caller.
In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the committee, ripped Nadler for refusing to release the names of witnesses that are scheduled to appear at a hearing on July 23. In the letter, Jordan told Nadler he expects the witnesses to consume the committee’s time by attacking Barr before he testifies on July 28 about politicization at the DOJ.
“We understand that you intend to convene a hearing of the Committee on July 23, 2020, to provide yet another public platform for presumably disgruntled witnesses to attack Attorney General William P. Barr. Your oddly personal obsession with attacking the Attorney General— and using the Committee’s limited time and resources to do it—has sadly become a vanity project. In feeding your vanity, you have declined to use Committee time and energy on issues of bipartisan significance that can truly help our constituents and instead chosen to focus the Committee on your fruitless partisan pursuits,” Jordan wrote in the letter to Nadler.
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“Because you have declined to share details about the witnesses that you intend to call on July 23, we can only assume based on the witnesses at your previous hearing that the upcoming testimony will consist of hearsay, politicized innuendo, and decades-old professional grudges. On June 24, you gave a public platform for three witnesses to air one-sided professional and personal grievances with the Attorney General,” the letter continues. (RELATED: House Judiciary Committee Releases Report Defining Impeachable Offenses Before Monday’s Hearing)
The letter goes after John Elias, a chief of staff to the DOJ’s assistant attorney general in the antitrust division testified for Democrats on June 24. Elias was one of three witnesses who accused Barr of abuse of his authority during the Judiciary Committee hearing. (RELATED: GOP Lawmaker Forces DOJ Whistleblower To Admit He Sought Job With Democrats During Trump Impeachment)
Nadler’s office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller when asked about the witnesses and Jordan’s letter.