Harris to oppose Trump's attorney general nominee

Harris to oppose Trump's attorney general nominee
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Harris said in a statement that she didn't believe Barr, who previously served as attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration, was the "right person to hold this vital position at this critical time."
 
"While I respect Mr. Barr’s past public service, I do not believe he will defend independent investigations from attacks, embrace a smart on crime approach to public safety, and ensure equal protection under the law for every single American," Harris said. 
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Harris's statement comes a day after the Judiciary Committee finished its two-day hearing on Barr's nomination to become the nation's next top cop. 
 
Barr was grilled by senators about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into the 2016 election, Trump's pardon authorities and whether a sitting president can be indicted. 
 
"With Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election at a critical moment, Mr. Barr refused to commit to recusing himself—even if career ethics officials at the Department of Justice recommended he do so," Harris said. 
 
In addition to Mueller, Harris raised concerns about how Barr would handle immigration policy and his views on criminal justice reform.
 
"Barr continues to support an ineffective and draconian approach to border security. With a criminal justice system that disproportionately harms communities of color, Mr. Barr continues to express support for the same failed policies he encouraged in the 1990s when he effectively advocated for mass incarceration," Harris said.
 
Republicans hold a 12-10 margin on the Judiciary Committee, meaning they could vote to send Barr's nomination to the full Senate without the help of Democrats.
 
Republicans also have a total of 53 seats in the Senate, meaning Democrats will need to flip four seats if they want to sink Barr's nomination.