House, Senate Democrats Call for Investigation of Barr, Durham

Headline Roundup September 19th, 2020

Four Democratic House committee chairs called for Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham for their investigation of the Trump-Russia investigators Friday; their request comes one day after Senate Democrats made the same request. Democrats claim Barr and Durham made several public comments on the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that violate a DOJ policy and that several of his actions "appear to benefit President Trump politically." This requests come after Barr defended his intervention in the high-profile DOJ cases during an appearance in northern Virginia Wednesday; during the same appearance, Barr also made comments against state-issued coronavirus-related lockdown orders.

Some coverage from the left tended to frame Barr's comments earlier this week as Barr attempting to "give a boost" to Trump's reelection campaign. Some voices from the right praised Barr for speaking up amid the backlash his comments received.

House, Senate Democrats Call for Investigation of Barr, Durham

From the Right
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OPINION

When E. F. Hutton speaks, people listen. When William Barr speaks, call an electrician.

Mental circuits trip and temperament fuses blow. The attorney general, bucking the behavior of attorneys generally, displays all the emotion of a mortician, approaches an audience with the calm detachment of a psychiatrist, and speaks in the reading-room volume of a librarian. His bearing rarely proves contagious.

“The person in the white coat is not the grand seer who can come up with the right decision for society. A free people makes its decision through its...

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From the Center
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Four House committee chairs are calling on the Justice Department watchdog to open an emergency investigation into whether Attorney General William Barr and other political appointees have improperly influenced the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on Friday called on Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz to probe whether Barr's public comments on ongoing investigations and other actions...

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From the Left
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Attorney General William Barr is facing fresh criticism over a series of appearances and provocative public remarks that appear to dovetail with key themes of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

Barr has maintained an unusually high public profile as the presidential campaign gets into full swing, sometimes sounding more like a cable news pundit as he blames Democrats for violent civil unrest and offers dire warnings about the potential consequences if Trump loses in November.

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