Warren calls for Barr to resign

Warren calls for Barr to resign
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.) said on Wednesday that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Key juror questioned in Roger Stone case MORE should resign over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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’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 SchiffOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter John Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job Trump says he wants 'no help from any country' in 2020 election 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 SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Barr from the Senate floor as “awful” at this job. 

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign 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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE,” Van Hollen tweeted. “His four page letter totally misled Congress and the public. He should resign immediately.”