Attorney General Bill Barr’s controversial move to dismiss the charges against Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, has sparked rage among leftists that were still holding onto the Russian collusion narrative.
Actor John Cusack came out with the call to impeach Barr over the issue in a Tweet on Friday. “The rule of law is dead – unless Barr is impeached,” Cusack hyperventilated soon after the announcement of the dropped charges.
Bill Barr has long been a target of the left due to his hardline stance on the constitution. He’s been accused of being President Trump’s lackey since day one, and anti-Trump activists didn’t waste any time adding the Flynn development to their list of grievances.
Cusack isn’t the only one to melt down about the exoneration of former Gen. Michael Flynn in recent days.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Thursday, “[Barr] clearly has never followed the role, the responsibility, and the mission of the attorney general, which is to be the people’s lawyer.”
Harris accused Barr of “disrupting justice in America,” saying that “it’s interfered with by a political agenda, which is clearly Donald Trump’s agenda” and calling for his resignation over the matter.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Harris’ fellow failed presidential candidate, slammed Barr in a similar manner on Thursday, saying that “William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer. His political interference is blatantly corrupt and he should resign,” in a Tweet on Thursday.
Barr strikes back
Barr, who is used to being attacked by the left at every turn, pushed back against the accusations in an interview on Friday with CBS News’s Catherine Herridge.
“At any stage during a proceeding, even after indictment or a conviction or a guilty plea, the department can move to dismiss the charges if we determine that our standards of prosecution have not been met,” Barr explained.
The longtime U.S. Attorney pointed out that though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI during an interview in 2017, Flynn began the process of withdrawing his guilty plea in February, alleging misconduct on the part of investigators.
After internal memos were found indicating that the FBI was indeed attempting to entrap Flynn, the Justice Department concluded that the interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
Barr told Herridge that despite what critics are saying, “I’m doing the law’s bidding. I’m doing my duty under the law, as I see it.”