“AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he’s not a credible head of federal law enforcement,” she said.
“He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President.”
AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he's not a credible head of federal law enforcement. He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 1, 2019
Her comments came just as Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testified about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The testimony occurred just after a report surfaced claiming that Mueller was dissatisfied with the way that Barr presented his report in March but did not call his summary of the report inaccurate.
Barr has faced a wave of criticism after releasing his summary and speaking on the Mueller report, using comments which critics saw as a defense of President Donald Trump.
While Warren trailed some other 2020 contenders in the polls, she seemed to lead other candidates in her calls for bold action after the Justice Department released Mueller’s report. She was the first candidate, for example, to call for impeachment proceedings, a step both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats opposed.
Amid Barr’s testimony, the attorney general received criticism from other members of congress as well. Reps. Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., also called for Barr’s resignation.
I didn’t vote for Barr. You are welcome.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 1, 2019
AG Barr had the opportunity to tell the truth.
He needs to resign.
— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) May 1, 2019
Was AG Barr truly impartial in his handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation? I’m deeply concerned that he wasn’t and the American people deserve the truth—so I’ve joined my Senate colleagues in calling on the DOJ’s inspector general to investigate. https://t.co/bME8DAtkPj
— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@gillibrandny) May 1, 2019
William Barr lied to Congress and to the American people. Plain and simple – he must resign.
His blatant efforts to protect the President – at the expense of the American people – is appalling and he must be held accountable for his actions.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 1, 2019
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., another 2020 hopeful, tweeted her support for an investigation into Barr by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Later Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said he thought the attorney general should step down. “I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people. I think he should,” Biden said in answer to a question while campaigning in Iowa.
Republican members, however, defended Barr and sharply criticized speculation surrounding the Russia investigation.
Remarkable to watch Washington Democrats continue to deny reality. Mueller found no collusion, Bill Barr ACCURATELY gave us the report's conclusions, and he then made the FULL report public within a few weeks.
The left continues to be an outrage machine in search of a problem.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) May 1, 2019
Barr's 4-page letter outlining the Mueller report's findings isn't what undermined "full public confidence" in his conclusions.
Mueller killed any chance of full public confidence when he put Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew Weissmann on the special counsel team… pic.twitter.com/rwDUNK2nGV
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) May 1, 2019
“Remarkable to watch Washington Democrats continue to deny reality. Mueller found no collusion, Bill Barr ACCURATELY gave us the report’s conclusions, and he then made the FULL report public within a few weeks,” House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said. “The left continues to be an outrage machine in search of a problem.”
Author: Sam Dorman