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

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDo Democrats really want unity? Rep. Cohen responds to Denver Post editorial on criticism of Boebert Denver Post editorial board defends Boebert against 'blatantly sexist and elitist attacks' MORE (D-Tenn.), a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, is calling on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE to resign from the Justice Department in order to "free himself" from Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pressed DOJ to go to Supreme Court in bid to overturn election: report Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll 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.


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 RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members 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 HollenSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal Romney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE of Maryland, has already called on Barr to resign. And key Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? Schumer calls for DOJ watchdog to probe alleged Trump effort to oust acting AG Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (N.Y.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight 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.