Kamala Harris: Barr 'lied to Congress'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential contender, accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Supreme Court set to deliver ruling on census citizenship question Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings MORE of lying to Congress, telling the audience during an NAACP event Sunday that Barr’s primary loyalty is to President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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.