Warner: Trump and 'henchman' Barr 'willing to get rid of anyone' investigating Trump associates

Warner: Trump and 'henchman' Barr 'willing to get rid of anyone' investigating Trump associates
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the firing of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was further evidence of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE acting as “Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE’s personal lawyer.”

Warner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he had “absolutely no idea” why Berman was fired.

“We do see this pattern where the administration uses Friday night to announce bad news,” he said.

“This is one more example of why Bill Barr has repeatedly demonstrated that he’s far more interested in being Donald trump’s personal lawyer than he is in being the attorney for the United States of America,” Warner added, noting recent reports that Berman was investigating Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE.

"There seems to be a pattern in this administration that the president and his henchmen, Mr. Barr, are willing to get rid of anyone that’s investigating people who get close to Donald Trump," he said.

“We’ve seen this pattern where literally six Trump-appointed intelligence officials have either been pushed out or fired because they tried to do their job of speaking truth to power,” Warner added.

Warner also addressed allegations in former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed Bolton says he would have personally briefed Trump on Russian bounties MORE’s memoir, which a federal judge ruled last week cannot be blocked from publication by the administration.

“I think John Bolton, if he wanted to tell his story, and he has such damning accusations against Donald Trump, not only vis-à-vis Ukraine but in terms of the president’s activities with [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, the Turkish leader, with the president’s activities and allegations about his conversations with President Xi of China, if John Bolton had really wanted to get this information out for reasons other than his own personal profit, he should have come and testified before the House or the Senate,” Warner added, referencing allegations in the book that Trump sought to quash investigations into Turkish and Chinese companies to curry favor with their leaders.