AOC, Warren, Biden and Other High-Profile Dems Call on William Barr to ResignPhotos by Win McNamee/Getty Politics News William Barr
Attorney General William Barr has exposed himself for who he truly is: a Republican hack afraid of answering questions from fellow lawyers and more concerned with protecting the president than our democracy. Now, a number of high-profile Democrats have come forward saying Barr should resign—including, of course, many contenders for the 2020 presidential ticket.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand all took to Twitter to call for Barr’s resignation.
Barr needs to resign. https://t.co/XOV1or0HAQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 2, 2019
AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he’s not a credible head of federal law enforcement. He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 1, 2019
For someone who calls the Mueller report his “baby,” the Attorney General didn’t spend a lot of time looking at its underlying evidence. He failed to tell the American people the truth. It’s time for Attorney General Barr to resign. pic.twitter.com/D7FeBzxUFi
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 2, 2019
I’ve been concerned about AG Barr since his nomination, which is why I voted against it. After yesterday’s hearing, there’s no question that he’s more focused on representing the president than the American people. It’s an embarrassment to his office and he should resign. pic.twitter.com/OLhJ8XYBxF
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 2, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned Barr’s actions regarding the Mueller report and reiterated that he did not feel Barr was a good fit for attorney general from the start, though he did not go so far as to call for his resignation.
Attorney General Barr’s handling of the Mueller report has been a disaster. This is what I feared and why I opposed his nomination. I look forward to Special Counsel Mueller’s testimony and believe Congress must continue to investigate whether the president obstructed justice.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 1, 2019
When asked if Barr should step aside, 2020 hopeful Joe Biden responded, per WaPo, “I think he’s lost the confidence of the American people. I think he should.”
“He’s not the president’s lawyer. He’s the people lawyer. He’s not there to defend the president,” Biden said in a separate interview, echoing concerns that Barr is more dedicated to party loyalties than justice.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Beto O’Rourke called for Barr to resign on Twitter, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg also said the attorney general should step down.