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A dozen democratic senators on Tuesday urged the Department of justice inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility, the initiation of an investigation in Attorney General William Barr’s handling of Special Counsel Robert Miller’s report.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, led by 11 other senators, they wrote a letter to DOJ inspector General Michael Horowitz and the director of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson, urging them to probe Barr ‘ s behavior when dealing with Miller’s investigation and report. The step comes a day before Barr is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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“Attorney General Barr measures raise significant questions about his decision not to recuse himself from the supervision of the Special Counsel investigation of whether his actions with respect to the publication of the report, compiled with the Department of Justice policies and practices, and whether he wrote demonstrated sufficient impartiality to continue the monitoring of the fourteen criminal cases in connection with the Special Counsel’s investigation, which was called mainly to other components of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the senators.
“In view of these concerns, we ask respectfully that the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility, immediately start the investigation of these issues.”
Hirono, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Tom Udall, D-N. M., Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Cory Booker, D-N. J.; Jack Reed, Dr. I.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
Of the senators who signed your signature to the letter, only six of the ten Democratic members of the Senate judiciary Committee. Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Chris Coons, D-Del., do not sign the letter.
The request for an investigation comes under Assembly control-Barr was confronted about his dealings with the Müller report. If the special counsel transmitted the more than 400-page report to the Ministry of justice last month, Barr, published a four-page summary of the outcome of the nearly two-year-long investigation revealed.
Barr announced that the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign, and Russia, while the 2016 presidential elections. Müller was also an investigation into whether the President obstructed justice during the investigation. Müller did not come to a conclusion on this matter, but kicked the decision back to the Ministry of justice. Barr and Deputy attorney Rod Rosenstein announced that the evidence to be found in Müller’s study was not sufficient to charge the President with obstruction of justice, punishable by law.
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After the publication of the summary, Barr vowed to release the full report, with redactions, to the public and the Congress by mid-April. Barr firmly to his word, but faced backlash from Democrats in Congress to blacken on its decision ” certain areas of the report. The redactions in certain areas is checked, to protect the both of Barr and Miller, sources and methods, as well as reputational interests of the “peripheral player” in the investigation.
Prior to the publication of the full report, Barr, testified before Congress and had to harsh criticism over his comments about the origins of the Trump-Russia-investigation. Barr said he was conducting a review of the origin and the alleged misconduct at the beginning of the counter-espionage investigation. Barr also said that he believed, “espionage,” on the trump campaign in 2016—a comment for the Democrats in Congress have blasted him.
In the meantime, the judiciary has planned for the Ministry and the House Judiciary Committee are in a stalemate over the office of the Prosecutor General’s testimony for Thursday. Democrats on the panel want to have the Committee question of staff, Barr. The Ministry of justice and the attorney General have said, he is not at the scheduled hearing, unless, he was questioned by the members of the Committee.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Jason Donner contributed to this report.