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

Prominent Democrats have renewed calls for U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBoehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers Dominion: Ex-Michigan state senator 'sowing discord in our democracy' with election fraud claims Hunter Biden says he doesn't know if Delaware laptop was his 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 TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE took office.

“William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. “His political interference is blatantly corrupt and he should resign.”

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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 StoneTwo alleged Oath Keepers from Roger Stone security detail added to conspiracy indictment Authorities arrest Oath Keeper leader seen with Roger Stone Political land mines await Garland at DOJ 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 to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling Barr's actions "the president's personal biddings."

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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 WydenThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally A bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure 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.

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE noted in a statement that the DOJ's new position contradicts the findings by both former 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 and the Office of the Inspector General.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump On The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers MORE (D-N.Y.) called the move “outrageous” and demanded an “immediate explanation,” pledging to subpoena Barr to the Capitol.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? 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.”

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