“He’s the attorney general, supposedly of our country, but it becomes clearer every day he’s the lawyer for the President,” Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat on the panel, said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.”
All 10 Democratic senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee signed a letter last week calling on Barr to step away from the Ukraine investigations and “identify the appropriate official who will be responsible for these matters.”
The group of lawmakers have also requested that Barr confirm whether he consulted with department ethics officials as to whether he should recuse himself.
The Justice Department has also been looking into the origins of the 2016 Trump-Russia probe, driven by Barr’s suspicions that some of the officials overseeing the counterintelligence probe of the 2016 Trump campaign may have acted improperly.
“He is in charge of the investigation,” Barr said of Durham during a Fox News interview. “I’m not doing the investigation.”
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff accused Barr of “weaponizing the Justice Department to go after the President’s enemies” on Trump’s behalf.
CNN’s David Shortell contributed to this report.