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 Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) told MSNBC Thursday that the integrity of the U.S. justice system "took a real blow" with Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill 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."  


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) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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.