Barr took questions from senators on the findings of the Mueller report and the Department of Justice’s response to the findings, especially as it pertains to the lack of charges in obstruction of justice.
During Hirono’s time questioning Barr, she launched several accusations against the attorney general, slamming his integrity and claiming he lied to Congress worked to “cover up” crimes committed by President Donald Trump.
Watch Hirono’s questioning:
“But now, we know more about your deep involvement in trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign. I have some questions for you.”
Barr denied that he acted inappropriately and explained that there was not a high enough standard of evidence to prove obstruction of justice on Trump’s behalf. Hirono continued to push Barr on his obstruction of justice decision, pointing to several different points throughout Mueller’s 400-page report.
When Barr asked for clarification about what Hirono was talking about, she snapped at him, saying, “Please, Mr. Attorney General, you know, give us some credit for knowing what the hell is going on around here with you.”
At that point, Graham stepped in and claimed that Hirono did “not really” deserve credit for knowing what was going on.
“Listen, you’ve slandered this man,” said Graham.
Hirono pushed back, saying, “I do not think that I am slandering anyone.”
Graham fired back at Hirono, slamming her for using most of her time for questioning to launch an accusation-filled monologue instead of asking questions.
“You slandered this man, from top to bottom, so if you want more of this, you’re not going to get it, if you want to ask him questions, you can,” Graham said.
Hirono denied that she had done anything wrong, telling Graham, “You certainly have your opinion and I have mine.”
Despite Graham’s condemnation, Hirono hopped on Twitter to double down on her accusations and call for Barr’s resignation.
AG Barr is no different than the other people who have sacrificed their once-decent reputation for @realDonaldTrump. AG Barr has chosen to be the President’s lawyer and side with him over the interests of the American people. America deserves better than AG Barr. He must resign. pic.twitter.com/CtE3eIUUYL
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) May 1, 2019
Barr is expected to testify before the House on Thursday. Additionally, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to testify before the House later this month.