Monday, February 11 2019

Top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat says Barr nomination is a threat to Russia probe

Written by Joshua Eaton
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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that President Donald Trump’s nomination of Willam Barr to lead the Justice Department is a threat to the Russia probe.

“Under our constitutional system, no one is above the law, not even the president,” Sen.

Mark Warner (D-VA) said in a speech on the Senate floor. “We need an attorney general willing to vigorously defend this principle.”

The Senate is expected to confirm Barr this week. If confirmed, he will oversee special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and a Russian effort to swing the 2016 presidential election.

Barr will replace acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who took the reigns at the Justice Department after Trump fired his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s office.

“In November, President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions after months of public abuse over the Mueller investigation. For a temporary replacement, he chose Matt Whitaker, whose primary qualification appears to be an op-ed he wrote decrying the scope of the Mueller probe,” Warner said in his floor speech Monday.

 

This article was sourced from ThinkProgress
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