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 HarrisWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Calif.) told MSNBC Thursday that the integrity of the U.S. justice system "took a real blow" with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHighest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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.