Democrats aim fury at Attorney General Bill Barr's handling of Mueller report

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Washington, April 18, 2019 | comments

In the hours after receiving the long-awaited report from special counsel Robert Mueller, some Democrats on Capitol Hill called not to impeach the President but for the removal of Attorney General William Barr.

The attacks against the head of the Justice Department underscored the Democratic Party's reluctance to opening up politically divisive proceedings to charge the President with crimes, as well as their disgust with Barr's handling of the special counsel investigation.

After Barr gave them the redacted report on Thursday, most Democrats were less likely to focus on Barr's conclusion that Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government in interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Rep. Don Beyer, Democrat of Virginia, said he expects some Democrats to start talking about impeachment again after what he called the "devastating" Mueller report.

Beyer told CNN there was "clearly a persuasive pattern of obstruction of justice" in the report and argued Mueller repeatedly grew close to drawing that conclusion.

Beyer noted that Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have discouraged talk of impeachment, but added, "I think people are going to be certainly looking at that again."

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