On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General, William Barr, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The performance by the AG left Republicans quite happy and Democrats calling for his impeachment or resignation.
Barr reportedly caught the president’s eye with an unsolicited letter arguing against the president’s culpability for obstruction of justice. While Barr’s performance before the committee has led many to question his motives, it has allegedly pleased Donald Trump.
According to the Associated Press, “He (Trump) has told those around him that, after being disappointed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he has found an attorney general loyal to him.”
Obviously, Democratic lawmakers feel much differently about Barr’s testimony. Kamala Harris (D-CA) fumed:
“This is not the attorney general of the president. It is the people’s attorney general. And the attorney general has the responsibility to do the work of justice. And that means to be unbiased, to be straightforward, to be honest, to be truthful, and we’ve not seen evidence of that kind of perspective from this attorney general, at least on this issue.”
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) also found significant issue with Barr’s actions. She wrote on her Twitter feed, “AG Barr is no different than the other people who have sacrificed their once-decent reputation for Donald Trump. AG Barr has chosen to be the President’s lawyer and side with him over the interests of the American people. America deserves better than AG Barr. He must resign.”
AG Barr is no different than the other people who have sacrificed their once-decent reputation for @realDonaldTrump. AG Barr has chosen to be the President’s lawyer and side with him over the interests of the American people. America deserves better than AG Barr. He must resign. pic.twitter.com/CtE3eIUUYL
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) May 1, 2019
Barr has announced that he will not testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. Democrats have vowed to subpoena the AG and suggest that they may hold him in contempt if he refuses to appear.