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Booker fundraising off call for Barr resignation

By Nikita Biryukov, May 01 2019 4:19 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is fundraising off his call for U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s resignation.

“I am calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign,” Booker says in a fundraising email. “The Attorney General of the United States has a duty to the Constitution, the law, and the American people — not to the occupant of the Oval Office. William Barr has shown with actions in his handling of the Mueller Report’s release and with words in his testimony to Congress today that he’s put his political loyalty to Donald Trump before his duty to our country.”

Booker’s call comes coupled with a petition seeking Barr’s resignation.

Barr has come under fire for his characterization of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

In a March letter to Congress, Barr wrote that Mueller’s team did not determine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

Mueller’s 448-page report, a redacted copy of which was released some weeks later, did not quite align with Barr’s characterization.

The report cited legal challenges in charging a sitting president with a crime.

“The summary letter the department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller said in a March 25 letter to Barr that was obtained by the New York Times.

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