Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings

Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings
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Democrats are attacking Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Barr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial MORE’s credibility after The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Department of Justice has briefed the White House about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s findings.

The report, which states that the DOJ has had “numerous conversations” with the White House about Mueller’s report, sparked a wave of outrage from Democrats.

“This is outrageous. The AG is supposed to be an independent beacon of truth and justice,” Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (D-Md.), the chair of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted in response to the report.

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“Instead, Barr is debasing the rule of law, degrading our democratic institutions, and decimating any trust the American people have left in this Administration.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) said he was "deeply troubled" by the report.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial The Memo: Day One shows conflicting narratives on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) also blasted the Times report, along with DOJ’s decision to not hand over the report to Congress until after Barr holds a press conference on Thursday morning.

"This is not justice. This is PR," Schiff tweeted.

And Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now MORE (D-Calif.) said Barr has "thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect [Trump] above all else."

This isn't the first time that Democrats have questioned Barr's credibility. Some opposed his nomination as attorney general after it was revealed that he had sent an unsolicited memo to DOJ criticizing Mueller's obstruction of justice probe.

And Democrats were up in arms last week after Barr said during congressional testimony that he believed there was "spying" on the Trump campaign in 2016. He later said that he wanted to review if there was any improper surveillance on the campaign.

Other congressional Democrats have been quick to join in the criticism of Barr. 

Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday on the release of the Mueller report.

The document is expected to be heavily redacted, after Barr said he would not include certain information like grand jury material in the public version of the document.

But federal prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday that DOJ intends to make a version of the report without certain redactions available to select members of Congress.