'He needs to resign tomorrow': Democrats tell Attorney General William Barr to resign after damning report
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- Democrats are telling Attorney General William Barr to resign, following the news reports that indicate the special counsel Robert Mueller had misgivings about Barr's characterization of his report on the Russia investigation.
- Mueller reportedly wrote a letter saying that Barr and his four-page summary of the Russia investigation "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office's work and conclusions."
- Barr concluded in his summary that Trump did not obstruct justice - despite Mueller being unable to draw a conclusion on the matter, and numerous potential examples of obstruction.
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Democrats are incensed at Attorney General William Barr following news reports that indicate the special counsel Robert Mueller had misgivings about Barr's characterization of its Russia investigation.On Tuesday, The New York Times first reported that the special counsel wrote to Barr saying he disagreed with the attorney general's summary of its nearly two-year investigation.Advertisement
Days after Barr submitted his "principal conclusions" on the investigation, Mueller wrote a letter saying he "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office's work and conclusions," according to The Washington Post.
"There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation," the letter continued. "This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations."Read more: Video shows William Barr denying knowledge of Mueller's objections to his summary of the Russia probe days after Mueller sent him a letter about it
In March, Barr summarized Mueller's 448-page report with a four-page letter. In the summary, Barr deduced that the special counsel could not prove a conspiracy between members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.Barr also concluded in the summary that Trump did not obstruct justice - despite Mueller being unable to draw a conclusion on the matter and numerous potential examples of obstruction that lawmakers have scrutinized.Following the reports of Mueller's frustration, Democratic lawmakers have amped their calls for Barr to resign. Here's what they had to say:Advertisement
Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland
Rep. Maxine Waters of CaliforniaAdvertisement
Rep. Ro Khanna of California
Rep. Ted Lieu of CaliforniaAdvertisement
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
Rep. Kathleen Rice of New YorkAdvertisement
Former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 Democratic candidate Julián Castro
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