It was only a matter of time before some Democratic politician was going to give this a try.
Fox News reports that Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) has introduced a bill that, if passed, would authorize an impeachment inquiry into Attorney General William Barr.
Try, try again
Cohen announced the introduction of House Resolution 1032 on Twitter.
“Today, I introduced #HRes1032, which would authorize an impeachment inquiry into Attorney General Barr,” he wrote.
Cohen went on to accuse Barr of having “politicized the DOJ, undermined the rule of law, abused his power, obstructed justice & violated the first amendment,” concluding, “He is not fit to be Attorney General.”
According to Politico, Cohen submitted a letter that cited some of the things that Barr has done with which he takes issue. This includes Barr’s “deligitimiz[ation]” of the Russia investigation, his decision to change the sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone, and his role in clearing Lafayette Square on June 1st, prior to the so-called photo op in front of St. John’s – the famous church that was set on fire by George Floyd protestors.
Probably not going to happen
Democrats trying to impeach Barr is really no surprise. They have been on Barr’s case going all the way back to when he first took office and wrote that four-page summary of the Mueller report.
But, no impeachment inquiry into Barr has been launched, and Democratic leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, don’t think it is a good idea. She said as much after a recent hearing in which the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials openly criticized Barr’s leadership, stating instead that getting rid of Barr is something to be handled in November at the general election.
“A 131 days from now, we will have the solution to many problems, one of them being Barr,” Pelosi said.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has been a little more willing to entertain the possibility of a Barr impeachment. But, he too has called it a “waste of time.”
Indeed, it would be a waste of time, and that is because, as DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec recently put it, Barr has just been doing his job and doing it well. She said:
He approaches all cases with an open mind. He judges them according to the facts and the law without regard to political consideration. This is what he promised to at his confirmation, this is what he has done throughout his tenure as attorney general, and that is what he will continue to do until his last day as AG.
At this point, it seems that Cohen is only going to get the support of some of the more extreme House Democrats, and so it is unlikely that this bill will progress. But, with the likes of Pelosi and Nadler at the helm, we can never be sure.