Kamala Harris: Barr 'lied to Congress'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential contender, accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election MORE of lying to Congress, telling the audience during an NAACP event Sunday that Barr’s primary loyalty is to President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE, according to The Associated Press.

Barr, Harris said, “lied to Congress” and "is clearly more interested in representing the president than the American people."

She made the remarks during a keynote speech at the Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund dinner, days after she made headlines for a tense exchange with Barr in which she pressed him on whether he had reviewed 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 evidence before making the decision not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, as well as whether Trump had ever pressured him to open investigations into specific people.

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On Friday, Harris wrote Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting the same information.

In Harris’s speech, she also pushed back on talk of “electability” with regard to Midwestern states, without explicitly invoking her own candidacy.

"They usually put the Midwest in a simplistic box and a narrow narrative," Harris said, according to the AP. "The conversation too often suggests certain voters will only vote for certain candidates regardless of whether their ideas will lift up all of our families. It's shortsighted. It's wrong. And voters deserve better."

Harris also told the predominantly African American audience that her administration would double the size of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and take further action to hold social media platforms accountable for the spread of misinformation, according to the AP.