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Attorney General Barr to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1

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Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the panel officially confirmed Wednesday. Barr is expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on May 2.

Why it matters: Democrats have accused Barr, the nation's top law enforcement official, of playing defense for President Trump by spinning Mueller's conclusions in a favorable light 3 weeks before the public was able to view a redacted version of the special counsel's report. Barr also made the controversial decision of clearing Trump of obstruction of justice, despite Mueller explicitly deciding not to.

Nadler: "Barr deliberately misled the American people"

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Attorney General Bill Barr "deliberately misled the American people" on multiple occasions, including when he used the term "no collusion" during his press conference on the day of the Mueller report reveal.