Less than two weeks after President Trump was acquitted by the Senate, Democrats have their sights set on Attorney General Bill Barr as a new target for investigations and even impeachment, following the AG's apparent move to overrule prosecutors' recommended sentence for former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
From members of Congress to members of the media, political operatives to law professors, Barr is under intense scrutiny from the left for alleged "misuse of the criminal justice system" involving not only the Stone case, but the removal in January of U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and accepting Ukraine-related information from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
He's also walking a fine line with the president himself, who pushed back against Barr's highly publicized comments Thursday that Trump had never asked him to intervene in a criminal case.
“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!" Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Barr will answer questions on all these issues in a March 31 appearance before the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee.
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"In your tenure as Attorney General, you have engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the President that raises significant questions for this Committee," wrote House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-Calif., in a letter confirming that Barr would testify, which he signed along with some of his fellow committee members. "In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership of the Department on Justice."
Earlier this week, four Department of Justice prosecutors resigned to their posts after top DOJ officials stepped in to soften their 7- to 9-year recommended sentence of Stone following a tweet by Trump about the case. Democrats called the move "without precedent" and sharpened their already simmering criticisms of Barr.
Stone was convicted of witness tampering, among other charges.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Barr “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.” He also said the controversy was yet another example of “political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”
Nadler didn’t answer a question on whether Barr should resign, but said: “I think the behavior is extremely egregious.”
Barr, on ABC News Thursday, pushed back on Trump's tweet while also defending his handling of the Stone case.
"I'm gonna do what I think is right," he said, "and you know, I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me."
White House officials told Fox News that they knew Barr was doing the ABC interview but that they did not know what the AG would say.