Democrats Call on Attorney General William Barr to Resign

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He was there on a swing through the first presidential nominating state as Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to field questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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"He lied to Congress, he lied to Congress, and if anybody else did that it would be considered a crime", Pelosi said during a Thursday morning press conference.

Barr explained his understanding that Mueller was frustrated with how the media reacted to his March 24 letter to Congress, and he also referenced a phone conversation the two had after Barr received Mueller's March 27 letter. "Nobody is above the law".

Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX), criticized Democrats' characterization of Attorney General William Barr as not being forthcoming in his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"I'm working with Chris Wray [FBI director] to reconstruct what went down", Barr said.

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Barr told senators on April 10 that he didn't know whether Mueller agreed with his conclusions about the report, including Barr's assertion that Mueller hadn't found enough evidence to support a charge of obstruction of justice.

The House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to allow for an extra hour in their scheduled firing squad "hearing" with Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr said he wouldn't attend under that condition.

Mr Barr cancelled his testimony after clashing with Mr Nadler over the hearing's format. Sheldon Whitehouse during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"No, I don't", Barr answered.

Barr, in the job since February, had been grilled a day earlier in the Republican-led Senate, where Democrats accused him of whitewashing Mueller's report in order to protect Trump.

"There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation", Mueller wrote in his letter to Barr. That's not the way - you know, you elect people, they're supposed to be able to do their own talking.

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Some key takeaways from Mueller's letter and Barr's testimony.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, on Wednesday joined the ranks of lawmakers and 2020 Democratic contenders - including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren - who have called on Barr to resign, saying that Barr has "demonstrated once again that his loyalty is to protecting President Trump from oversight and accountability".

"I didn't exonerate. I said that we didn't believe that there was sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction offense", Barr said.

Mueller also laid out a damning pattern of obstructive behaviour by the president and suggested Congress itself should investigate.

Before the full Mueller report was released, Barr told Congress that no one from the Mueller team was dissatisfied with Barr's four-page characterization of the investigation, King noted. The attorney general said he didn't and "accepted the statements in the report as the factual record".

"Because they do not belong to our criminal justice vocabulary, the [special counsel's office's] inverted-proof-standard and "exoneration" statements can be understood only as political statements, issuing from persons (federal prosecutors) who in our system of government are rightly expected never to be political in the performance of their duties", Flood wrote to Barr.

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