Kamala Harris Calls On Attorney General Barr To Resign After Leaving Him Flustered During Hearing
The attorney general admitted he didn't review the evidence before clearing President Trump.
May 01, 2019 at 9:47 pm
Sen. Kamala Harris left Attorney General William Barr talking in circles and unsure of how to answer the former California prosecutor's questions.
Barr testified in front of the Senate Wednesday about special counsel Robert Mueller's report amid accusations that its summary made public by Barr misleads the public.
Harris went even further, accusing Barr of being “biased in this situation” and “having a conflict of interest.”
“I haven't been the only decision maker here now,” Barr responded to the allegations leveled at him by the California senator. “Let's take the deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, approved by the Senate 94-6 with specific discussion on the floor that he would be responsible for supervising the Russian investigation.”
Here is the complete exchange, via CSPAN, between Kamala Harris and Bill Barr — including the part where Barr couldn't say whether Trump or anyone in the White House has ever suggested that he open an investigation into anyone. It's worth a watch. pic.twitter.com/wJOdSFR7JR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 1, 2019
Barr also denied having reviewed the evidence before declining to bring an obstruction of justice charge when pressed by Harris, instead of having taken the statements in the Mueller report as fact.
“We accepted the statements in the report as a factual record,” Barr told Harris. “We did not go underneath it to see whether or not they were accurate. We accepted it as accurate.”
After completing her grilling of the attorney general, Harris exited the hearing room and told a group of reporters that she felt that Barr should resign.
Sen. Kamala Harris says that AG Barr “lacks all credibility” after his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, adding he has “compromised the American public’s ability to believe that he is a purveyor of justice.” https://t.co/BBX6o5latn
— ABC News (@ABC) May 1, 2019
"This attorney general lacks all credibility and has, I think, compromised the American public’s ability to believe that he is a purveyor of justice," Harris told reporters outside of the hearing room.
What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable. Barr must resign now.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 1, 2019
Harris is not the only Democratic presidential hopeful calling for Barr's resignation as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar all echoed her call.
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