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Barr agrees to House testimony

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month, appearing for the first time before the panel as questions swirl about whether he intervened in the case of a longtime ally of President Donald Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., released a letter Wednesday to Barr “to confirm your agreement to testify” on March 31. The Justice Department confirmed Barr would testify.

The Democrats said they plan to ask Barr about the department's decision this week to overrule four federal prosecutors and lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Trump's confidant Roger Stone. The four prosecutors immediately quit the case.

They said they will also ask Barr about his department's announcement that it is taking information that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president's Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.

Young joins senators voting for debate on war powers

The Senate voted 51-45 on Wednesday to debate a resolution requiring President Donald Trump to gain congressional approval to wage war against Iran. Eight Republicans joined 43 Democrats in advancing the resolution to a final vote, which is expected today.

Indiana Sen. Todd Young was among Republicans who supported the Iran war powers resolution sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

“As a Marine, I have been a tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform by reasserting Congress' war making powers, and the need to jump start long overdue debates about our military engagements around the world,” Young said in a statement.

The House passed a similar resolution after the Trump administration's targeted killing of Iran military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Jan. 3.

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