Schumer tells Trump to drop attorney general pick over Mueller criticism

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that William Barr’s criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe disqualifies him from serving as attorney general and urged President Trump to nominate someone else.

Schumer’s statement comes after The Wall Street Journal reported that Barr, a former attorney general from the George H.W. Bush administration, sent an unsolicited memo earlier this year criticizing the investigation, saying it is based on a “fatally misconceived” theory and would do “lasting damage” to the presidency.

“The fact that he holds these deeply misguided views and chose to launch them in an unprovoked written attack on the Special Counsel unquestionably disqualifies Mr. Barr from serving as attorney general again,” Schumer said in a statement on Thursday.

He added that because Barr’s nomination hasn’t been formally sent to the Senate, Trump “must immediately reconsider and find another nominee who is free of conflicts and will carry out the duties of the office impartially.”

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