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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 BarrBill BarrSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Lawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division 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) 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 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 Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August Pelosi: Drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package Bottom line 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 NadlerMcGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats House to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers MORE (D-N.Y.) said he was "deeply troubled" by the report.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Lone wolf actors post greatest domestic terror threat, FBI, DHS conclude State calls for Azerbaijan to pull back forces from Armenia border 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 PelosiIncreasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez 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.