House Democrat Introduces Resolution Calling For Impeachment Of William Barr
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling for the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr.
- Cohen said Barr has exhibited “a very unusual pattern of behavior” that “has scared many and should scare all.”
- The congressman accused Barr of abusing his power, obstructing justice and violating the First Amendment, saying that he has “destroyed almost every norm that existed for attorney generals and the rule of law,” costing America its role as “a beacon on a hill” for other nations.
No longer, for the rule of law has been diminished by his actions with Michael Flynn — a person who pled guilty twice, admitted to lying — and yet he wanted to withdraw the prosecution. And the same for the change in the [sentencing recommendation] for Roger Stone.
- Cohen also pointed to Barr’s apparent role in clearing protesters from Lafayette Park in order for President Trump to stage a photo op at a church.
- The Tennessee Democrat said he and 35 of his colleagues were joining together in asking the House Judiciary Committee to look into impeaching the attorney general.
Read his full remarks:
“We have been experiencing a very unusual pattern of behavior by the Attorney General of the United States. Behavior that has scared many and should scare all. For he has abused his power, he has obstructed justice, and he’s violated the First Amendment.
He’s destroyed almost every norm that existed for attorney generals and their relationship to the rule of law — the rule of law that makes America stand out as a beacon on the hill to nations all over the world.
No longer, for the rule of law has been diminished by his actions with Michael Flynn — a person who pled guilty twice, admitted to lying — and yet he wanted to withdraw the prosecution. And the same for the change in the plea agreement for Roger Stone, the recommendation.
He violated the First Amendment at Lafayette Park, when he cleared the park for a photo op for the president.
He abused his power on the Mueller report, when he misled the people in what the Mueller report really said.
For those reasons and others, I’ve been joined by 35 of my colleagues today in introducing a resolution calling for the impeachment of William Barr and calling on the Judiciary Committee to look into it. “