In Senate Judiciary Committee, Booker Blasts Barr for "Normalizing" Unacceptable Behavior by President, Warns of Lasting Cracks to Democracy
Following questioning in hearing, Booker calls on Barr to resignMay 1, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Report earlier today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) blasted Attorney General William Barr for "normalizing" unacceptable and dangerous behavior by the President and warned of the lasting and damaging effects to democracy.
"We are at a very sobering moment in American history ... [we] are at a crossroads, and I fear that were descending into a new normal that is dangerous for our democracy on new levels," Booker said. "You have not only put your own credibility into question, but [you have] also given sanction to [unacceptable] behavior ... I fear you [are] adding normalcy to a point where we should be sounding alarms as opposed to saying that there's nothing to see here."
Booker questioned the Attorney General about his mischaracterization of the Mueller report and the "new normal" he had created in American politics by condoning dangerous behavior by a Presidential campaign that had engaged in hundreds of contacts with a foreign adversary and capitalized upon a foreign adversary's interference in our election.
View Senator Booker's full questioning here.
Following the hearing, Booker called for Barr to resign:
"It's become increasingly clear that Attorney General William Barr is willing to put his loyalty to President Trump before his duty to our country. He shouldn't hold the position as the highest law enforcement officer in the U.S., he doesn't deserve our nation's trust, and he should resign."