Two years after House Democrats originally sought testimony from Don McGahn, the Trump White House lawyer gave a closed-door interview.
The legislation, which would expand the size of the court from nine to 13 seats, is a symbolic win for progressives but not likely to advance.
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that his report doesn’t exonerate President Donald Trump.
Judiciary Committee Democrats referred the contempt resolution to the full House after the attorney general failed to produce the unredacted Mueller report.
The former White House counsel was asked to turn over documents by Tuesday.
The attorney general’s failure to comply with a subpoena "leaves us no choice," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
“We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith," Rep. Jerry Nadler said.
The attorney general’s cancellation meant he would avoid another round of sharp questioning.
The Department of Justice said Barr would not be attending the hearing on his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"We're going to see where the facts lead us," said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.