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Sen. Blumenthal: Barr Part of Problem, Needs to Go

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (Julio Cortez/AP)

By    |   Friday, 14 February 2020 01:43 PM

Attorney General William Barr, even with his complaints that President Donald Trump's tweets are making it "impossible" for him to do his job, is part of the problem in the Justice Department and should resign, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.

"What the attorney general could have said to satisfy me is that he was resigning," the Connecticut Democrat said on CNN's "New Day." "I think that he is part of a pattern of political interference in the Department of Justice that is absolutely intolerable ... This position, 'I just wish the president would stop tweeting' is the default for Republicans."

The senator added that what Barr was really saying is that he will do what Trump wants.

"What the attorney general is really saying is, 'I know what President Trump wants. I'm going to do exactly what Trump wants. I just wish he wouldn't tweet about it because it is so embarrassing,'" Blumenthal said. "The attorney general was facing a full-scale revolt within the Department of Justice as a result of the political interference, the over-personal influence by Donald Trump in favor of one of his friends and political cronies, Roger Stone."

Blumenthal's comments came after the attorney general told ABC News Thursday that Trump should quit discussing criminal cases publicly on Twitter and insisted he won't be "bullied or influenced by anybody."

Barr and the Justice Department are under fire after overruling prosecutors' recommendation that Stone be sentenced to 7-9 years behind bars.

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Attorney General William Barr, even with his complaints that President Donald Trump's tweets are making it "impossible" for him to do his job, is part of the problem in the Justice Department and should resign, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.
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