Harris demands Barr clarify if Trump has asked him to investigate anyone
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Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is running for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination, sent Barr a letter on Thursday asking him to "supplement" his testimony to the Judiciary Committee last week, when Harris asked him if he had been pressured to open investigations.  

"In order for the American people to retain trust in the Department of Justice, the public must have confidence that the women and men who enforce our laws act with fairness and impartiality. Your failure to categorically respond to my question in the negative undermines that confidence," Harris wrote in her letter. 

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She added that she was seeking answers to her follow-up questions in light of Trump saying he believed Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act for speaking with Iranian officials and criticizing Trump's policies in Iran. 

"What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me," Trump said. "John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that."

Harris called Trump's remarks "deeply disturbing." 

The letter comes after Harris initially asked Barr whether Trump or White House staff had suggested he use his authority as attorney general to open investigations. Barr, who appeared to be caught off guard, hesitated, asking Harris to repeat the question and saying that he was “trying to grapple with the word ‘suggest.’"

Harris repeated her question to Barr in Thursday's letter, asking if Trump or White House staff members had ever requested or made a "suggestion, whether implied or explicit," that the Justice Department should investigate a particular individual, or if Barr has had a chance to think about the question since his appearance before the Judiciary Committee. 

Harris said she wants to know, specifically, if Trump or White House staff have asked him or the Justice Department to investigate whether Kerry violated the Logan Act, or requested an opinion of whether or not Kerry's conduct constituted a violation of the Logan Act or other federal laws.

Kerry hit back at Trump on Thursday, with a spokesperson telling CNN, "Everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story."