The American “Newsweek” magazine reported the response of Republicans and Democrats to the resignation of Attorney General William Barr with a mixture of praise and condemnation for his term and criticism of President Donald Trump.
President Trump announced on Twitter on Monday that Barr would step down as Justice Department chief before the Christmas break. Trump recently criticized Barr on social media.
Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine described Barr’s resignation as “a grade five fire alarm”. The Democrat said Barr “gets out of the car because he probably doesn’t want to be part of the next series of illegal events. I’m so worried.”. “
Senator Adam Schiff (a California Democrat) gave Barr some harsh criticism and expressed his relief at leaving his post..
And he said “Attorney General Bill Barr: He lied to cover Trump. Launch political investigations. Corrupt justice and the rule of law. The demonstrators were violently suppressed. He lost credibility. Now, work must begin to restore a reliable and independent justice system. “
“Barr has undermined the integrity of his office, undermined the independence of the Justice Ministry and severely undermined its reputation,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. The Democrat represents Maryland’s 5th congressional district.
Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote on Twitter: “There should be no sympathy or remorse for the attorney general who broke the rule of law, caused untold suffering, and empowered a morally corrupt president. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
Republicans have been most courtesy of Barr’s time at the Justice Department despite Trump’s recent public complaints about him. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican from Texas) joined many others in calling Barr a patriot.
“Barr is a friend and patriot. Despite media defamation and attacks on his character, he served his country with honor and distinction. His retirement – despite losing the country – is well deserved. I wish him and his family well in the next chapter of his life,” Cruz said.