Dem lawmaker: Mueller must resign so he can testify 'free' from Barr's 'control'

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenOmar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia Trump says being impeached twice didn't change him: 'I became worse' Five big questions about the Jan. 6 select committee MORE (D-Tenn.), a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE, is calling on 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 to resign from the Justice Department in order to "free himself" from Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE's "control" and testify before Congress.

"Mueller must resign from 'Justice', free himself of Barr’s control, and explain the #MuellerReport and the truth about Trump and #ObstructionOfJustice," Cohen tweeted Tuesday night.

His call comes hours after reports that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in late March expressing "frustration" with the way the attorney general detailed the special counsel's conclusions in the investigation into Russia's election interference.

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The Washington Post first broke the story that Mueller had sent the letter, which came days after Barr delivered a four-page memo to Congress in which he stated that the special counsel had not found sufficient evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. Additionally, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE determined that the evidence laid out in the Mueller report did not point to President Trump obstructing the special counsel's investigation.

According to the Post, Mueller subsequently sent a letter to Barr stating that the attorney general's memo "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions."

A Justice Department official later confirmed to The Hill that Mueller had "expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage" in his letter to Barr.

The revelation came just a day before Barr is set to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. At least one Democratic senator, Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson dies Senate Democrats hit speedbumps with big spending plans MORE of Maryland, has already called on Barr to resign. And key Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates National Organization for Women calls for Cuomo resignation MORE (N.Y.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator MORE (N.Y.), have issued new calls for Mueller to testify. 

Cohen has been one of the most vociferous critics of Trump on Capitol Hill, calling the president "the most despicable human being to ever reside in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," referring to the White House. He sponsored articles of impeachment against Trump in November 2017.