US ethics groups say Barr abuses his role as attorney general, calls for impeachment – National

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Two private groups focused on US government ethics on Monday accused Attorney General William Barr of abusing his office to support President Donald Trump’s political goals and called on the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against him.The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said Barr could not be trusted to properly represent the work of his department and that there had problems with the veracity of Barr’s public statements.

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Justice Department officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The groups in a 267-page research paper alleged that “Barr’s authoritarian worldview limits the degree to which … (he) sees himself as bound by the rule of law and makes him see himself as empowered to ignore the law, ethics and historical practices ”. at the Ministry of Justice.

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The document highlighted several of Barr’s actions, including what he described as his intentional distortion of former special adviser Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as Barr’s decision to task U.S. Attorney John Durham with conducting his own investigation into the Mueller investigation.

While Trump has long bristled at the idea that foreign interference contributed to his upset victory in 2016, numerous reviews by U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia acted to undermine the chances of rival Hillary. Clinton in this election.

The authors of Monday’s report called on the Democratic-led House of Representatives to open a formal impeachment inquiry, the first step in removing him from office.

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Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump after a House impeachment proceeding accused him of abusing his office.

House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There are just over three weeks left before the November 3 elections. Trump is seeking a second term.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball, additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman)



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