Attorney General William Barr has taken a serious tongue-lashing from several Democrats during his Wednesday testimony in front of the senate regarding the recent release of the Mueller report.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) inspired a particularly heated moment during the hearing when she got an opportunity to question Barr.
During her time talking to Barr, Hirono accused the attorney general of going out of his way to defend President Donald Trump in his summary of the Mueller report.
Though the Mueller investigation found no evidence of the Russian collusion the president has been accused of for two-plus years, Democrats have objected to Barr releasing a redacted version of the report and releasing his own summary of the findings as opposed to putting out the summaries written by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.
“From the beginning, you were addressing an audience of one: Donald Trump,” Hirono told Barr about his press conference where he released the Mueller report.
She later said she believed Barr should resign from his position.
“You should resign,” she said flatly.
Hirono then launched into a bizarre line of questioning where she asked Barr not about any sort of potential criminal behavior by the president, but rather whether he thought it was “ok” that the president acted in the way he was accused of in the Mueller report.
Struggling to answer the biased questions, Barr and Hirono were cut off at one point by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“You have slandered this man from top to bottom,” Graham said multiple times to Hirono. The senator said he would not allow Hirono to ask Barr politically motivated questions that insinuated guilt of any kind on Barr’s part.
Graham had previously had a fiery moment during the hearing when he dropped the “f” word.
In his opening statement, Graham read texts read texts between disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his lover, bureau attorney Lisa Page, in an attempt to show the bias central to the Mueller investigation.
“Just went to the Southern Virginia Walmart, I could smell the Trump support,” read one text.
“Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer,” read another. Graham then apologized for repeating the profanity.
“Sorry to the kids out there,” the senator said.
Graham later added, “These are the people who made the decision that Clinton didn’t do anything wrong and a counter-intelligence investigation of the Trump campaign was warranted.”
Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, but Democrats are now claiming the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. They are also claiming Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the Mueller investigation in his summary.
This doubt in Barr was fueled by a report from The Washington Post that claimed Robert Mueller himself reached out to Barr twice to say he was unsatisfied with the way Barr’s summary represented the investigation. Despite the problems, the report says Mueller never claimed Barr misrepresented any criminal doings from the investigation.
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