The House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has called on Attorney General William Barr to resign Wednesday after special counsel Robert Mueller called out Barr For issuing a “misleading summary” of his two-year probe.
“I think his statement is deliberately false and misleading, and yes, most people would consider that to be a lie,” Schiff said on CBS This Morning. “Look, there’s no sugar-coating this, I think he should step down. It’s hard, I think, for the country to have confidence in the top law enforcement official in the country if he’s asked a direct question as he was and he gives a directly false answer, so this is serious business.”
“After two years and work and investigation implicating the president of the United States, for the attorney general to mislead the public for an entire month before releasing that report is inexcusable.”
Schiff is the highest-ranking Democrat on Capitol Hill so far to call for Barr to step down. He follows Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s (D-Md.) call for Barr to resign.
A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed that Mueller expressed “frustration” with Barr in late March over a four-page summary the attorney general sent to Congress regarding the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference and obstruction of justice.
“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote in the letter on March 27, according to The Washington Post. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”
Mueller also reportedly urged Barr to release summaries that the special counsel team had already prepared.
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Tuesday’s revelation upped the ante for Barr’s appearance Wednesday morning in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and led to a cavalcade of criticism from House and Senate Democrats.
“The Special Counsel’s concerns reflect our own. The Attorney General should not have taken it upon himself to describe the Special Counsel’s findings in a light more favorable to the President. It was only a matter of time before the facts caught up to him,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Tuesday, demanding that Barr hand over Mueller’s letter to Congress by 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Not only does this mean that Barr is in huge political and professional trouble, it also means he committed crimes. Now it looks like the House Judiciary Committee is targeting him for criminal charges.