Attorney General Bill Barr is under major fire right now for Friday evening’s kerfuffle over the disputed departure of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman from the Southern District of New York.
Liberal pundits and politicians are always looking for reasons to attack Barr, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) did not waste time leading the charge calling for Bill Barr to be impeached over the matter.
The controversy began when Barr announced in a statement on Friday that Berman was stepping down from his position, to which Berman immediately released an opposing statement, denying the claim.
“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney,” Berman stated. “I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.”
Berman holds one of the most high-profile positions within the Justice Department, overseeing the prosecution of former Trump associate Michael Cohen and leading an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. According to the New York Post, Berman is also reportedly investigating Deutsche Bank loans to the Trump organization and the financing of the president’s 2017 inaugural.
Berman said he will not step down until a “presidentially-nominated” replacement is confirmed by the Senate. With just five months to go until the already highly contentious election, the Justice Department clash is shaping up to turn into another political headache for Trump and Barr.
Elizabeth Warren, who reportedly has been auditioning for the position of Vice President to Joe Biden, slammed Barr in a tweet on Saturday.
“This is a naked abuse of power,” the Massachusetts senator said. “I’ve already called for AG William Barr to resign & for Congress to impeach him. Congress should pass my bill now to defund Barr’s authority to interfere with matters related to Trump, his family, & his campaign.”
Former U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub echoed Warren’s calls for impeachment. “If the House won’t begin an impeachment inquiry into Barr now, we should watch for a statement explaining why not,” he tweeted on Saturday. “I can’t think of an explanation other than lack of courage. It should also include his Mueller report deception and his attack on protestors. #ImpeachBarr.“
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