Dem senator: Barr gave memo to White House 'almost as an attempt to solicit' AG position

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBipartisan senators urge national security adviser to appoint 5G coordinator Hillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Klobuchar unveils plan to secure elections as president MORE (D-Va.) said Thursday that William Barr, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE's nominee for attorney general, gave a memo criticizing the special counsel investigation to the White House "almost as an attempt to solicit" the position. 

Warner added during an interview on CNN that "it appears the No. 1 qualification" President Trump is looking for in an attorney general is someone who will work to undermine Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's probe.

"I’m thinking it’s more than a little bizarre that a private attorney, Mr. Barr, would write this kind of memo and then in effect give it, my understanding, to officials in the White House almost as an attempt to solicit this position," Warner said. "To say, ‘Hey, Mr. Trump, don’t worry. I’ll have your back on the Mueller investigation.’"

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The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Barr in June sent the Department of Justice a spontaneous memo criticizing the probe into Russian election meddling and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

Barr also gave the memo to an attorney representing the White House in the investigation, the Journal reported. Barr reportedly wrote in the memo that the investigation is built on a "fatally misconceived" theory.

Warner on Thursday said the memo disqualifies Barr from leading the Justice Department, where he would oversee Mueller's investigation. 

“I will listen to any explanation, but when he starts out with a belief that the president is in effect above the law, I think that is not the appropriate legal precedent. I think it is not the appropriate approach," Warner said.

“The almost tacky way that he has used this memo to almost solicit this position is at the very least unseemly," he added.