Angus King says William Barr is acting more like Trump’s lawyer than the people’s lawyer
U.S. Sen. Angus King joined a growing chorus on Wednesday blasting the U.S. attorney general’s handling of the Mueller report, saying William Barr is acting more like “the president’s lawyer than the people’s lawyer.”
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Barr pushed back against what he called “snitty” complaints made by special counsel Robert Mueller in a private letter in which he conveyed his unhappiness over the attorney general’s portrayal of the Russia probe’s findings.
“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation,” Mueller wrote in his letter to Barr. “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.”
A redacted copy of Mueller’s report was released on April 18.
King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said that the episode has “verified” his lack of confidence in Barr, saying “this is exactly what I was concerned about — that he would be more the president’s lawyer than the people’s lawyer.”
On Wednesday, lawmakers pressed Barr on whether he had misled Congress last month when he said he was unaware of complaints from Mueller’s team, saying he had not lied because he was not in touch with the special counsel’s team but Mueller himself, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, on Wednesday joined the ranks of lawmakers and 2020 Democratic contenders — including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren — who have called on Barr to resign, saying that Barr has “demonstrated once again that his loyalty is to protecting President Trump from oversight and accountability.”
Neither U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, nor U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat, released statements responding to Barr’s testimony by Thursday morning.
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