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Barr's appearance before the Judiciary Committee came a day after reports surfaced that Mueller had sent the attorney general a letter in late March raising concerns about a four-page memo Barr had released that outlined the main conclusions of Mueller's report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham holds the Mueller report as U.S. Attorney General William Barr prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, May 1, 2019.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler said the stonewalling by the Trump administration threatened democracy.

In 1992, the last time William Barr was U.S. Attorney General, New York Times writer William Safire referred to Barr as "Coverup-General Barr" because he had a role in burying evidence of then-President George H.W. Bush's involvement in "Iraqgate" and "Iran-Contra".

At the White House, speaking to reporters, Trump was asked whether he would let Mueller testify to the Senate panel.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, accused Barr of lying to lawmakers about his interactions with Mueller. The Mueller Report is now out, albeit in a redacted form, and has been extensively analysed and debated.

In an interview with the newspaper this week, the Democratic leader expressed worry over a scenario where Trump would not accept the election results if he were to lose re-election by a slim margin, the Times reported.

"He and he alone as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States was left with the burden and the responsibility to do something after he got that report", said Charles Stimson, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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So far, DOJ has stiffed the committee, citing legal statutes that restrict the attorney general from handing over some information underlying the Mueller report to Congress and claiming the committee does not have a "legitimate" reason to demand such information.

'I think we saw how ridiculous and silly ... his delegation looked yesterday...' In a letter obtained by Reuters, the White House argued that Trump is within his rights to order his advisers not to testify before Congress, even though he allowed them to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

But in subsequent testimony to Congress last month, Barr said he was unaware of any disagreement Mueller might have had with him over the summary.

"The committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the department", Nadler wrote to Barr in his letter Friday.

Barr has stunned many who gave him the benefit of the doubt by declaring Trump fully cleared of accusations of collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice. Nadler said the panel was "firming up the date" for Mueller's testimony and hoped it would be May 15.

Barr, already under steady attack from Democrats in both the House and Senate, declined to appear Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee because he did not want to be questioned by committee lawyers, only members.

There is a sense of "Mueller fatigue" among many voters and even though elements of the investigation are damaging for President Trump, his approval ratings have risen in recent days.

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