Warren calls for Barr to resign

Warren calls for Barr to resign
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.) said on Wednesday that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP DOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote MORE should resign over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report. 

“AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he's not a credible head of federal law enforcement. He should resign,” Warren, who is seeking her party’s presidential nomination, said in a tweet.

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Warren’s calls for Barr to resign came as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his handling of the report on Mueller’s investigation on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.  

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff MORE (D-Calif.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, also a Democratic 2020 White House hopeful, have also called for Barr to step down.

The attorney general is facing fierce political blowback over a letter, which was first reported on Tuesday evening by The Washington Post, that Mueller sent Barr saying his March 24 memo did not "capture the context, nature, and substance" of his findings on Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign.  

"There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations," Mueller wrote in the letter, according to the Post.

Though a Department of Justice spokesperson said Mueller told Barr that nothing in his memo was “inaccurate or misleading,” Democrats have seized on Mueller’s letter as an example of Barr misrepresenting the contents of Mueller’s report. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Barr from the Senate floor as “awful” at this job. 

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move west | EPA hails Trump's work on reducing air pollution | Agency eyes reducing inspections of nuclear reactors USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move to Kansas City Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE (D-Md.) also demanded on Tuesday night that Barr resign. 

“For anyone out there who still doubted it, Mueller’s letter shows that Attorney General Barr has always been the chief propagandist for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE,” Van Hollen tweeted. “His four page letter totally misled Congress and the public. He should resign immediately.”