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.
Attorney General Barr answers to the American people—not to President Trump—and over the past 24 hours it’s become clear that he lied to us and mishandled the Mueller Report. He needs to step down. Add your name if you agree: https://t.co/x7KkyROdi5
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 1, 2019
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.
What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable. Barr must resign now.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 1, 2019
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.
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
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.
On April 20th, I asked Barr, “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?” His answer was, “I don’t know whether Mueller supported my conclusion.”
We now know Mueller stated his concerns on March 27th, and that Barr totally misled me, the Congress, and the public. He must resign. pic.twitter.com/rod404BbYo
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 1, 2019
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.