Kamala Harris: Barr 'lied to Congress'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential contender, accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImpeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship Democratic senators seek documents on Trump's alleged call for Barr press conference The Hill's Morning Report — Bloomberg news shakes up 2020 race MORE of lying to Congress, telling the audience during an NAACP event Sunday that Barr’s primary loyalty is to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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.