Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is denouncing Attorney General William Barr for misleading the American people in his four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, saying he is “virtually disqualified” to lead the Department of Justice.
During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Durbin expressed his concerns for Barr continuing to serve as attorney general when asked if Barr lied to Congress.
“Now we know that Bob Mueller made it clear at the beginning that his conclusions, Barr’s conclusions, did not reflect the reality of that report,” Durbin stated in reference to Mueller’s recently surfaced letter to Barr following the attorney general’s summary.
Asked to expound on his opinion, Durbin stopped short of accusing Barr of perjury but pointed out the attorney general’s misleading statements last month to Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) when Barr told the Maryland senator he didn’t know if Mueller supported his conclusion.
“I’m gravely concerned that the 14 remaining criminal referrals for investigation related to this same matter are really under the supervision and control of Attorney General Barr,” he told Blitzer.
“He has virtually disqualified himself to be the kind of person we expect to stand back and make sure that justice is served when it comes to these 14 referrals,” the senator added, questioning Barr’s ability to stay impartial on the referrals.
I'm gravely concerned that the 14 criminal referrals from Special Counsel Mueller related to the investigation are under the supervision & control of AG Barr. He's virtually disqualified himself to be the kind of person we can expect to stand back & make sure justice is served.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) May 1, 2019
The senator also rebuked Barr for his displayed hypocrisy, as he campaigned for his role as attorney general in large by vowing to “not show any political favoritism.”
“He did exactly that with the March 24 letter,” Durbin said of his political slant on the Mueller summary. “He did exactly that with the press conference before the release of this report.
“It is inconsistent with his promise to the American people and to the judiciary committee,” he added.
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Attorney General Barr “has virtually disqualified himself to be the kind of person we expect to stand back and make sure that justice is served,” @SenatorDurbin says when asked if Barr should step down or be impeached. https://t.co/aC6oHKxuo6 pic.twitter.com/UJfFdvqVA7
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 1, 2019
Van Hollen also followed up on his encounter with Barr on Tuesday after the Washington Post released Mueller’s letter of concern, as he labeled the attorney general a “chief propagandist” to Trump and called for him to “resign immediately.”