Democrats renew calls for Barr to resign after DOJ drops Flynn case

Prominent Democrats have renewed calls for U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election MORE to resign after the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn for charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE took office.

“William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. “His political interference is blatantly corrupt and he should resign.”


Warren and other prominent Democrats have called on Barr to resign for more than a year citing several instances of what they describe as corrupt acts that favor the president and his political allies.

Democrats have pointed to the Department’s February decision to ask for a shorter prison sentence for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Has Trump beaten the system? Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not MORE, a longtime ally and friend of Trump, as an example to back up their claims

“I called for it last year and I'll say it again: he must resign,” tweeted Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling Barr's actions "the president's personal biddings."


Flynn previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition in 2016, but later moved to withdraw his guilty plea and has been fighting the charges.

In a court filing on Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it was moving to drop its case against Flynn, saying it was no longer sure it could make its case.

“If Barr’s Justice Department will drop charges against someone who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and who the White House publicly fired for lying to the vice president, there’s nothing it won’t do, no investigation it won’t taint,” Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-Ore.) tweeted, though he did not explicitly call on Barr to resign like Harris and Warren did.

“There’s no doubt left: William Barr won’t stop undermining the rule of law to punish Trump’s rivals and shield his friends from justice,” he added. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Barr is “the poster child of Trump’s complete contempt for legal norms.” 

“He gives face & voice to a cover-up—enough is enough,” he added.


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE noted in a statement that the DOJ's new position contradicts the findings by both former 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 and the Office of the Inspector General.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBritney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana MORE (D-N.Y.) called the move “outrageous” and demanded an “immediate explanation,” pledging to subpoena Barr to the Capitol.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Congress can make progress on fighting emissions with Zero Food Waste Act MORE (D-N.J.), who also sits on his chamber’s judiciary committee, called on the DOJ’s inspector general to investigate the department’s move.

“This reeks of corruption,” Booker tweeted. “The DOJ’s IG must investigate.”