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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 BarrActing attorney general condemns Capitol riots, warns 'no tolerance' for violence at Biden inauguration Barr, White House counsel told Trump not to self-pardon: report Trump condemns riots, says he will focus on transition in taped remarks MORE to be impeached, alleging that he is not following the rule of law.

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenHouse Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump Stopping the abuse of the pardon power De Blasio mum on whether he'll block sale of Mets to controversial investor 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 PascrellCapitol Police officer hailed as hero for drawing rioters away from Senate chamber John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight' Cori Bush shares picture of expanded 'Squad' 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Cohen hit Rao for her past rulings that repealed regulations imposed by the Obama administration, including those on automobile exhaust, saying she does what "Trump likes best," which is jeopardize clean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 StoneVice chair of Oregon Young Republicans group among those arrested at Capitol Trump supporters show up to DC for election protest DC mayor activates National Guard ahead of pro-Trump demonstrations MORE, Flynn, as well as other matters.

Updated at 4:05 p.m.