After Special Counsel released his Trump Russia report on Friday, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) released a statement insisting that AG Barr must testify before Congress.
“We need total transparency here. The Department of Justice launched the Special Counsel investigation to get to the bottom of foreign interference in the 2016 election and any other illegal actions. A declassified report must be made public immediately and Attorney General Barr must publicly testify under oath about the investigation and its findings, and provide all underlying materials to the appropriate Congressional committees.
“This is about securing American democracy and protecting voters’ confidence in our elections and our system of government,” the California Democrat wrote in a statement sent to PoliticusUSA.
Harris, as a former prosecutor, knows very well how this report could be buried and why it must not.
Harris angling to put Barr in a situation where he can’t lie about the report. It’s very clear from the 5 Attorney Generals (including acting AGs) President Trump has gone through that he was looking for a specific kind of person to do a specific task.
Acting AG Sally Yates, acting AG Dana Boente, Jeff Session, Acting AG Matthew Whitaker, and now Barr. Coinciding with hiring Barr, Trump took to Twitter to direct his new AG, with more than a dozen tweets complaining about the Russia investigation.
That is how Trump does business. Michael Cohen has testified to this fact. Trump doesn’t order one to do his (illegal) bidding; he simply complains endlessly and repeats his alternative reality enough times that those who work for him know what they are supposed to do.
And in Trump‘s mind, Barr works for him. Even though in reality, Barr works for this country and all of you.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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