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Ocasio-Cortez joins calls for Barr to resign

Ocasio-Cortez joins calls for Barr to resign
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSimmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday joined other Democrats in calling for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas MORE's resignation.

The move from the freshman lawmaker came after Barr refused to comply with a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

Ocasio-Cortez shared a tweet from Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Wash.) blasting Barr for refusing to comply with the House subpoena for the unredacted report from 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.

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“That is unacceptable. I will urge the Chairman to proceed w/contempt citation. This is extremely dangerous behavior from Trump and Barr,” Jayapal wrote.

House Democrats placed an empty chair for Barr in the committee room on Capitol Hill on Thursday after he said he would not testify.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas Wray grilled on FBI's handling of Jan. 6 Omar feuds with Jewish Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) placed "unprecedented and unnecessary" conditions on the hearing by arranging to have committee lawyers ask him questions. The Justice Department argued that only members of Congress should be asking questions.

Barr was slated to answer questions about the findings and his own summary of Mueller’s investigation after he spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, facing hours of blistering questions from Democrats. 

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoWhite House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality Biden signs anti-Asian hate crimes bill into law House sends anti-Asian hate bill to Biden's desk MORE (D-Hawaii) during Wednesday's testimony accused Barr of lying to lawmakers, compared him to Trump's closest allies and told the attorney general, "You should resign." 

2020 Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have also called for Barr to step down.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' Huma Abedin announces book deal Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records MORE said it "makes perfect sense" for Democrats to call for Barr's ouster. 

"[Barr] is doing the job he was hired to do," Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowDemocratic group launches seven-figure ad campaign on voting rights bill GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Fauci hits back at GOP criticism over emails: 'It's all nonsense' MORE on Wednesday. "Calling for his resignation makes perfect sense because he's not discharging the duties of the office, he's not going to resign, and at this point, I think that we know what we need to know about him."

"Bob Mueller has made that abundantly clear, that he has not presented accurately the context, the nature and the substance of the investigation," she continued.

Barr is facing pushback over a letter, which was first reported by The Washington Post, that Mueller sent to the attorney general saying his four-page March 24 memo did not "capture the context, nature, and substance" of the special counsel's findings on Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign.  

"There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations," Mueller wrote in the letter.