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Judiciary Democrat calls for House to pursue impeachment of Barr

A Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday called for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump administration pressured federal prosecutors to settle investigation into Turkish bank: report DOJ shifts, will allow local police to wear body cameras during operations with federal agents Police accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters MORE to be impeached, alleging that he is not following the rule of law.

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDe Blasio mum on whether he'll block sale of Mets to controversial investor Two ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE (D-Tenn.), an outspoken progressive on the panel, advocated for Barr to be impeached during a hearing on the politicization of the Justice Department (DOJ).

"We should pursue impeachment of Bill Barr because he is reigning terror on the rule of law," Cohen said.

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Another House Democrat, Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats express concerns about IRS readiness for next year's filing season Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy Trump's COVID-19 case draws new attention to handling of pandemic MORE (N.J.), later endorsed Cohen's call for impeachment on Twitter.

Two Justice Department officials were testifying at the hearing that the agency has grown politicized under Barr, alleging that the top brass at the DOJ has taken in political considerations when handling cases against allies of the president. 

Prior to his impeachment remarks, Cohen slammed Circuit Court Judge Neomi Rao, a former White House official whom Trump appointed to the court last year, who was part of the federal appeals court panel that ordered Wednesday an end to the government's case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cohen hit Rao for her past rulings that repealed regulations imposed by the Obama administration, including those on automobile exhaust, saying she does what "Trump likes best," which is jeopardize clean water by giving into the pressure of industry, profits and pollution.

"Who is supposed to look into the executive branch when what they do is not in the interest of justice? It should’ve been Judge Rao," Cohen said.

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"The other way to do it is impeachment. Impeachment is the process by which the Justice Department and executive branch are not pursuing the interest of justice," he continued.

Then Cohen turned to focus on Barr, arguing that he should be impeached and removed from office, claiming that "it is questionable what he is doing."

At the start of the hearing, a DOJ spokeswoman announced that Barr has agreed to testify before the committee in late July, where Democrats are expected to press him on a series of high-profile decisions, including the DOJ handling of the case against longtime Trump ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump grants clemency to five nonviolent offenders Trump remarks put pressure on Barr DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump MORE, Flynn, as well as other matters.

Updated at 4:05 p.m.