February 07, 2019

Feinstein on Barr Nomination

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the committee voted to advance the nomination of William Barr for attorney general:

“When considering Bill Barr’s nomination, I’m most concerned about whether he would allow investigations into President Trump and his interests to proceed without interference, and whether once completed, he would provide Congress and the American people the underlying facts and evidence.

“It’s very concerning that Mr. Barr refuses to commit to releasing the Mueller report once it’s finalized and failed to respond to my letter asking for clarification of his position. Barr should release the report with minimal redactions.

“The subjects of the investigations get to the very root of our democracy, and to withhold it from the American people would be absolutely unacceptable.

“Bill Barr may be a fine lawyer and a former attorney general, but the situation in which we find ourselves – and the manner in which Mr. Barr has chosen to interpret the law – leaves too many questions about whether he can be an impartial attorney general.”