Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions

Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump Biden town hall draws 3.3 million viewers for CNN MORE (D-Calif.) told MSNBC Thursday that the integrity of the U.S. justice system "took a real blow" with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy' Republicans call for DOJ to prosecute Netflix executives for releasing 'Cuties' Trump doesn't offer vote of confidence for FBI director MORE's classification of the Mueller report. 

"Our justice system and the integrity of that justice system took a real blow today with the presentation of General Barr and also his four-page summary weeks ago," she said while appearing on "All In with Chris Hayes."  

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Harris added that in the wake of the report, Congress's job is now "oversight."

"I am looking forward to General Barr coming before the Judiciary Committee," said Harris, who sits on the committee. She noted that she believes he is scheduled to appear May 1 and also called for 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 to appear before Congress. 

Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report Thursday. He preceded the release with a press conference in which he defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and explained why he did not determine that the president obstructed justice. 

Some Democrats and media figures questioned whether it was appropriate for Barr to hold the press conference before releasing the report. 

A few weeks before the release, Barr issued a summary of the report in which he said that the report provided no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Trump. 

Harris previously served as a prosecutor and as California's attorney general. She is among more than a dozen people competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.