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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 WarnerSocial media posts, cellphone data aid law enforcement investigations into riots 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Confirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed 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 BarrBarr told Trump that theories about stolen election were 'bulls---': report Justice Dept. blasts Mexico's decision to close probe of former defense minister Acting attorney general condemns Capitol riots, warns 'no tolerance' for violence at Biden inauguration MORE acting as “Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 GiulianiGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Giuliani won't be part of Trump defense at Senate trial Juan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump 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 BoltonNSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender 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.