Multiple Democrats Demand Attorney General Barr Resign After Senate Judiciary Hearing

Several Senate Democrats announced on Wednesday that they believe Attorney General William Barr should resign following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, Democrats traded barbs with the attorney general, while Republicans mostly provided cover for the White House, many of them mentioning the theme that the Trump campaign was spied on.

Some of the Democrats who announced their support for Barr’s resignation are presidential contenders. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted that “over the past 24 hours, it’s become clear that [Barr] lied to us and mishandled the Mueller report. He needs to step down.”

Of course, since it’s a presidential race, Booker also posted a call-to-action link that led to a fundraising page, urging supporters to donate to his campaign.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) beat out Booker online by a few minutes in a blunt tweet, which she, as of this reporting, has pinned to her Twitter page.

“Barr must resign now,” she wrote.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who had a particularly intense exchange with Barr — so much so that Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) later scolded her — accused Barr of acting as “the president’s lawyer” and said that he must resign.

At least one lawmaker, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), demanded that Barr resign even before his testimony on Wednesday. Van Hollen tweeted a clip of Barr’s testimony earlier this month in which he said he “[didn’t] know whether Mueller supported [his] conclusion.” We now know that was false since Mueller sent Barr a letter expressing concerns.

It’s not clear what the next steps are with Barr and Capitol Hill, though there are a few options. Democrats in the House of Representatives have said they expect Barr to appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday. But there’s some speculation over whether that will happen. If it doesn’t, there’s a chance that they could subpoena him to appear.