After having already joined forces with his Democratic colleagues to target President Donald Trump with impeachment, one congressman is now focusing on another high-ranking member of the administration.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, recently announced that he wants Attorney General Bill Barr removed from his post, as The Hill reports.
“Reigning terror on the rule of law”
“We should pursue impeachment of Bill Barr because he is reigning terror on the rule of law,” Cohen said on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
He went on to reference Neomi Rao, a Trump-appointed federal appeals court judge who agreed this week that charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should be dismissed, according to Fox News.
“Who is supposed to look into the executive branch when what they do is not in the interest of justice?” Cohen asked. “It should’ve been Judge Rao.”
“Nothing to do with correcting justice”
Cohen said that the judge, who was confirmed in March of 2019 to replace Brett Kavanaugh after he was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court, failed in her duty.
“Impeachment is the process by which the Justice Department and executive branch are not pursuing the interest of justice,” he explained.
Of course, Cohen is not the only Democrat with harsh words for the attorney general.
According to Reuters, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, described Barr as “the president’s fixer,” asserting that his “work at the Department of Justice has nothing to do with correcting injustice.”
Barr has agreed to testify before the committee at a hearing next month, as reported by TIME. He is expected to face questions regarding the testimony of longtime Justice Department prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, a member of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Zelinsky reportedly accused Barr of politicizing the agency to ensure former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone received preferential treatment during a criminal probe that stemmed from the Mueller investigation.
The attorney general is not alone among Trump’s top advisers and Cabinet members in attracting scrutiny from Democrats in Congress. It remains to be seen whether the current effort to bring down Barr will result in anything more than the typical partisan bickering.