Democrats Call for Barr’s Resignation ⏱

Andrew Harnik / AP

Andrew Harnik / AP

Barr vs. Congress, Democrats

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in his first Congressional appearance since releasing his summary of the Mueller Report on April 24. Senate Democrats asserted that Barr had been “intentionally misleading” in his characterization of the report. After Wednesday’s hearing, Barr announced he would not appear for Thursday’s planned parallel House committee hearing.

Barr vs. Mueller

The highly contentious hearing took place shortly after it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had written a letter to Barr, expressing frustration over how the AG had presented the findings of his two-year investigation.


LEANING RIGHT:

Wall Street Journal: A real Attorney General

Washington Examiner: Mueller’s letter is unflattering to Barr, but it’s not exactly a bombshell

The right frames the tensions surrounding Barr’s depiction of the Mueller report as overblown. These articles defend Barr as making hard decisions as part of his job and echo the AG’s criticism that Democrats are weaponizing the criminal justice process in order to score points ahead of the 2020 general election.

LEANING LEFT:

NBC: William Barr misled Congress about Mueller’s report. He must resign as attorney general.

Vanity Fair: Barr: “It’s not a crime” for Trump to demand staffers lie to investigators

The left see the revelations as utterly discrediting Barr — they echo Democratic lawmakers’ criticisms of the AG for what they categorize as his misleading of Congress and compromising his own integrity. They cite Mueller’s frustrations with Barr and various Democrats’ calls, particularly by several presidential hopefulsand House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), for Barr to step down. These articles scorn Barr’s refusal to testify before the Democratically controlled House.


Where’s the common ground?

This is not a story where much is shared across the aisle. Both sides recognize that Wednesday’s hearing was marked by a “deep partisan divide,” and acknowledge that 2020 Democratic hopefuls are capitalizing on this as a way to garner support for their campaigns.

This is the week to spill 👏 the 👏 tea 👏

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