Clinton: Calling for Barr resignation 'makes perfect sense'

Clinton: Calling for Barr resignation 'makes perfect sense'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE said Wednesday that Democrats calling for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Why a backdoor to encrypted data is detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity FBI official who worked with Mueller raised doubts about Russia investigation MORE to resign "makes perfect sense."

"[Barr] is doing the job he was hired to do," Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Schiff urges Trump administration members to resign: 'You cannot maintain your silence' Michael Cohen: Trump hates Obama because he's everything he 'wants to be' MORE. "Calling for his resignation makes perfect sense because he's not discharging the duties of the office, he's not going to resign, and at this point, I think that we know what we need to know about him."

"Bob Mueller has made that abundantly clear, that he has not presented accurately the context, the nature and the substance of the investigation," she continued.

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Several prominent Democrats, including a number of 2020 presidential contenders, have called on Barr to resign following revelations that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) 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 wrote to the attorney general voicing concerns of his characterization of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his handling of Mueller's report on Wednesday, one day after The Washington Post reported that Mueller had expressed frustration in a letter to Barr over how he initially portrayed the investigation.

It was reported Tuesday that Mueller sent Barr a letter in March complaining that the attorney general's letter mischaracterized the investigation and created "public confusion about critical aspects of the results."

Barr sent Congress a four-page memo summarizing the report in March, nearly a month before the report on Mueller's probe was released to the public. The memo was widely lambasted by Democrats, who accused Barr of acting as President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE's personal attorney, rather than the American people's attorney general.

Barr testified Wednesday that he did not review the underlying evidence in Mueller's report before he concluded that the special counsel's findings did not reach the threshold to charge Trump with obstructing justice.

Mueller's probe did not uncover evidence to conclude conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 election. But the report noted that Mueller could not "conclusively determine" that no criminal conduct occurred in regard to obstruction of justice.