Clinton: Calling for Barr resignation 'makes perfect sense'

Clinton: Calling for Barr resignation 'makes perfect sense'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? Trump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month Krystal Ball accuses Democrats of having 'zero moral authority' amid impeachment inquiry MORE said Wednesday that Democrats calling for Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' MORE to resign "makes perfect sense."

"[Barr] is doing the job he was hired to do," Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowKrystal Ball accuses Democrats of having 'zero moral authority' amid impeachment inquiry Biden town hall on CNN finishes third in cable news race Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah Cummings's widow, will run for his House seat 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.


Several prominent Democrats, including a number of 2020 presidential contenders, have called on Barr to resign following revelations that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes 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.