A Democratic lawmaker from New York this morning has joined other progressives and liberals in calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which found no collusion or cooperation by President Donald Trump or his associates with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Barr — who spent hours on Wednesday answering questions from senators in a committee hearing — said he would not then testify again on Thursday if he was going to be questioned by aides and lawyers of senators but not the senators themselves.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told reporters yesterday that Democrats had “worked around the clock” to address Barr’s concerns — and slammed what he called Barr’s “lack of candor.”
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“He’s trying to blackmail the committee into not following the most effective means of eliciting the information we need,” Nadler declared. “He is terrified of having to face a skilled attorney.”
Nadler also said the DOJ had denied House Democrats’ request for the full and unredacted Mueller report by Thursday, and said compliance with congressional subpoenas is “not optional,” as Fox News reported on Wednesday.
However, here’s what House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said in a statement: “It’s a shame members of the House Judiciary Committee won’t get the opportunity to hear from Attorney General Barr this Thursday, because Chairman Nadler chose to torpedo our hearing. The attorney general gave clear, informative testimony in the Senate Wednesday, as he offered to do more than a month ago in the House tomorrow.”
Collins added, as Fox News noted, “By rejecting the chance to question Attorney General Barr or read the materials he’s provided, Democrats are trying to prolong an investigation the special counsel completed. Ultimately, though, they’re ignoring the will of the majority of Americans who want Congress to move on and secure our border and continue to strengthen our economy.”
First question about AOC: Why is she saying what she’s saying on Thursday morning?
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Second: Why do people care?
Here’s what Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning: “Chairman [Jerry] Nadler just received a letter from Barr refusing to comply with our subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report & underlying materials. That is unacceptable. I will urge the chairman to proceed w/contempt citation. This is extremely dangerous behavior from Trump and Barr.”
Barr needs to resign. https://t.co/XOV1or0HAQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 2, 2019
AOC is not alone in her call for Barr’s resignation, of course.
Former Vice President Joe Biden — who recently tossed his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination to the presidency — joined other Dems in calling for the attorney general’s resignation, even though Biden once referred to Barr as “a heck of an honorable guy.”
Other 2020 Democratic candidates came out urging Barr to resign in the wake of revelations that Mueller told Barr his summary of the report “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation report.
“I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people. I think he should,” Biden, currently the leading 2020 Democratic candidate, told a reporter in Iowa when he was asked if Barr should resign from the post, as Fox News noted.
However, the Justice Department “chided congressional Democrats this week,” the outlet also noted separately, for ignoring a less-redacted version of the Mueller report that was made available to them — even as they’re now pursuing a subpoena for the complete document. Barr testified Wednesday for over five hours about the department’s handling of the report’s release last month.
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