Another prominent Democrat has come forward to criticize Attorney General William Barr’s decision to exonerate former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the former attorney general of California and failed Democrat 2020 presidential candidate, accused Barr this week of doing the president’s bidding and “disrupting justice in America” by dropping the charges against Flynn — and she even went as far as to suggest he should be replaced.
Harris weighs in
Harris’ comments came on Thursday during an interview with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC.
“[Barr] clearly has never followed the role, the responsibility, and the mission of the attorney general, which is to be the people’s lawyer,” the Democrat senator said, according to the Washington Examiner.
She went on: “The role and responsibility of the United States Department of Justice is to do justice, unimpeded, uninterfered by favor or fear, and also to do the work that is about doing justice and not being interfered with by a political agenda, which is clearly Donald Trump’s agenda.”
“He should resign”
This is not the first time that Harris has gone after Barr. As the Examiner notes, Harris slammed Barr last year following the AG’s decision not to pursue obstruction of justice charges against President Donald Trump following the infamous Russia collusion probe.
“We have to make sure that the career professionals in that department stay there and hold down the fort in spite of the fact that there’s an attorney general of the United States who is — who has really done the work of disrupting justice in America,” Harris said Thursday, according to the Examiner.
Harris went on to say the Justice Department should be “doing the work of preserving justice and fighting for justice in America. But that’s not what we’re [going to] get in Bill Barr, and frankly again I will say, he should resign,” she remarked.
“Doing my duty”
According to USA Today, Barr’s Department of Justice (DOJ) recently decided to drop the criminal charges that Flynn was facing for lying to the FBI in a 2017 interview. But Barr did so only after documents appeared to reveal that the FBI — under the leadership of the likes of James Comey and Andrew McCabe — went into the interview with Flynn with the intention of getting him to lie.
Does Harris call that justice?
For his part, the attorney general himself defended his decision to exonerate Flynn in a recent CBS interview.
“No, I’m doing the law’s bidding,” Barr said, according to CBS News. “I’m doing my duty under the law, as I see it.”