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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 BarrTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister 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 John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE took office.

“William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus 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 StoneWashington braces for unpredictable post-election period Like it or not, a Trump self-pardon may be coming soon This election is headed to the courts, but Democrats have lawyers too 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 teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns 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 WydenTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers On The Money: Push for student loan forgiveness puts Biden in tight spot | Trump is wild card as shutdown fears grow | Mnuchin asks Fed to return 5 billion in unspent COVID emergency funds Grassley, Wyden criticize Treasury guidance concerning PPP loans 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 McCabeMcCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement Watch live: McCabe testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee MORE noted in a statement that the DOJ's new position contradicts the findings by both former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE and the Office of the Inspector General.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win Barr sparks DOJ firestorm with election probes memo Marijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments 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 reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' 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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