Biden says Barr 'should' resign: 'He's lost the confidence of the American people'

Biden says Barr 'should' resign: 'He's lost the confidence of the American people'
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Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE on Wednesday called for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too MORE to resign, saying that he had lost the confidence of the American people. 

"I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people," Biden told a group of reporters who asked whether Barr should resign. "I think he should," he added, according to a video shared on Twitter.

Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Barr has faced sustained scrutiny from Democrats for his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report on his investigation into Russian interference and whether President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE obstructed justice.

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Several 2020 Democratic candidates called for him to resign after it was revealed that Mueller expressed frustration with how Barr initially summarized his investigation in a letter to Congress. Mueller said in a March 27 letter to Barr that the attorney general's memo failed to "fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions." 

Barr has faced increasing scrutiny from Democrats since he sent his four-page summary to Congress in March on Mueller's report. The letter was widely lambasted by Democrats, who accused Barr of acting as Trump's personal attorney, rather than the American people's attorney general.

"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," Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.), a fellow 2020 contender, tweeted. "He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President."

A number of 2020 hopefuls, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory BookerHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (D-Minn.) grilled the attorney general during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on his handling of Mueller's report.

Harris and Booker, in addition to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTreat broadband as infrastructure and we have a chance to get it right House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors To make energy green, remove red tape MORE (N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke mum on run for Texas governor Beto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll MORE (D-Texas), have said Barr should resign.