Calls For AG Barr’s Impeachment Increase As Evidence Of His Corruption Grows
News that Attorney General William Barr’s review of the Russia probe has become a criminal investigation caused renewed alarm over Barr’s apparent willingness to investigate President Donald Trump’s political opponents.
Newsweek reported that #ImpeachBarr was trending on Twitter Friday morning following a New York Times report, confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, that Barr has granted John Durham — the prosecutor heading the investigation — the ability to subpoena and documents and file criminal charges.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) tweeted in a joint statement with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA): "These reports, if true, raise profound new concerns that the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr has lost its independence and become a vehicle for President [Donald] Trump's political revenge.”
New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell joined in the call for Barr’s removal, tweeting, “AG Barr is our it control. Barr is trying to dismantle our justice system brick by brick solely to bodyguard trump. Barr should be impeached and stripped of his law licenses.”
Bill Pascrell, Jr. on Twitter
“Our nation's chief law enforcement officer is out of control and a growing threat to American democracy. #ImpeachBarr #DisbarBarr https://t.co/51n48eLMiV”
Numerous others followed suit:
Amee Vanderpool on Twitter
“The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies and provide a distraction for the impeachment inquiry and William Barr is helping him to do it. https://t.co/K9faEamZt4 #ImpeachBarr”
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly on Twitter
“@funder #ImpeachmentTaskForceRises should trend all day, along with #impeachbarr. #fridayfeeling #fridaythoughts #fridaymotivation #fridaymorning https://t.co/qxiz0YS1Ae”
Maya Wiley on Twitter
“I wrote this almost a month ago. I’m sharing again because now we have more reason to question whether the people’s #DOJ is now the #TrumpTower of Washington: “Opinion: Impeach William Barr” https://t.co/fheVO9s1yM”
Barr began investigating the origins of the Russia probe in May, saying conversations he had with intelligence officials raised suspicions: "A lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together.”