House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham because they allegedly “inappropriately interfered in independent Department of Justice investigations.” They also “intentionally” used their positions “to mislead the American public in defense of President Donald J. Trump.”
The House Democrats also accused the senior DOJ officials of “acting as mouthpieces for Donald Trump rather than public servants bound to the rule of law.”
The letter was posted to Twitter by Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson, who signed onto the letter.
Other co-signers on the letter include Texas Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay, California Congressman Jared Huffman, Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) December 19, 2019
Ever since he was appointed, William Barr has acted like Trump’s personal attorney, not the Attorney General of the United States. He has no respect for the #RuleOfLaw. He must resign. https://t.co/zI6zbjTWhU
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) December 20, 2019
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff previously shared an op-ed with the Washington Post, where former Attorney General Eric Holder similarly argued Barr should resign.
In the op-ed, Holder wrote: “As a former U.S. attorney general, I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors. I respect the office and understand just how tough the job can be. But recently, Attorney General William P. Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office.”
Adding later, “When appropriate and justified, it is the attorney general’s duty to support Justice Department components, ensure their integrity and insulate them from political pressures. His or her ultimate loyalty is not to the president personally, nor even to the executive branch, but to the people — and the Constitution — of the United States.”
He then argued:
Virtually since the moment he took office, though, Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution. Which is why I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage.
The American people deserve an attorney general who serves their interests, leads the Justice Department with integrity and can be entrusted to pursue the facts and the law, even — and especially — when they are politically inconvenient and inconsistent with the personal interests of the president who appointed him. William Barr has proved he is incapable of serving as such an attorney general. He is unfit to lead the Justice Department.