#ImpeachBarr trending on Twitter amid criminal investigation into Russia probe
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The hashtag "ImpeachBarr" was trending on Twitter on Friday after the Justice Department announced Thursday night that it was opening a criminal inquiry into its own Russia probe.

After former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE closed the official investigation months ago, a new criminal inquiry will proceed to figure out how the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE’s alleged collusion with Russia began.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' MORE, who has closely reviewed how the department handled the Russia investigation, is under fire for shifting the administrative review to a criminal inquiry and allowing the prosecutor presiding over the inquiry, John DurhamJohn DurhamJim Comey's damaging legacy at the FBI must be undone Federal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report The Hill's Morning Report - Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment MORE, to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, put together a grand jury and file charges.

More than 69,000 people had tweeted using the hashtag as of Friday afternoon.

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Actor Jon Cryer tweeted, “Attorney General William Barr willfully misled the American public about the damning contents of the Mueller Report. He must be impeached and removed from office.” 

Peter Daou, a Democratic strategist who has advised figures including former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSupreme Court agrees to hear 'faithless elector' cases Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE, tweeted that Barr is a “danger to US democracy.”

Hundreds of others slammed Barr over the probe and said he should be removed from office.

A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.