In May of this year, Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump–Russia collusion probe. In October, it was announced that Durham’s inquiry had become a criminal investigation — and now, some Democrat legislators want both of them gone.
A letter signed by six members of Congress calls for the resignations of Barr and Durham, who the Dems say “inappropriately interfered in independent Department of Justice [DOJ] investigations and intentionally used [their] positions to mislead the American public in defense of President Donald J. Trump.”
Signatories to the letter also point to Barr’s controversial allegation that the Trump campaign was spied upon, calling the assertion “unfounded” and “inappropriate,” and citing the recently released report from DOJ Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz as proof.
The Democrat representatives who lent their name to this demand were Hank Johnson, Jr. (GA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Jared Huffman (CA), William Lacy Clay (MO), and Jan Schakowsky (IL).
Erosion of “public trust”
“In the report released on Monday, Dec. 9, the IG concluded that the Justice Department acted within its jurisdiction initiating an investigation and that there was sufficient factual evidence to investigate the Trump campaign,” the six Democrats’ letter asserts.
The representatives go on to claim that Durham and Barr have engaged in the promotion of “conspiracy theories” and have attempted to undermine the proper functions of the Justice Department.
“Your uncorroborated and inappropriate statements on the OIG report legitimize fringe conspiracy theories and erode public trust in the in the Justice Department’s credibility,” they add.
The Democrat lawmakers then suggest that Barr’s loyalty to President Trump supersedes his commitment to the American people.
In support of that assertion, they pointed to the four-page summary Barr released following the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s probe earlier this year, effectively clearing the president of Russia collusion as well as obstruction of justice. The letter argued that Barr’s document was guilty of “misrepresenting the report as completely exonerating President Trump.”
“Mr. Barr, your course of conduct makes clear your allegiance is to Donald Trump over the Department of Justice and the American people that you serve,” the letter continues. They go on:
You are unfit to hold the position of Attorney General and your dedication to eroding public trust in our legal systems represents the antithesis of what a Justice Department official should be. Mr. Durham is equally as complicit in this mission and together your actions demonstrate that neither of you possess the integrity necessary to serve in the Department of Justice.
“For those reasons, we demand your immediate resignation as Attorney General and that of U.S. attorney Durham,” the members of congress conclude.
But unfortunately for them, it doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon.