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Kamala Harris to vote ‘no’ on AG nominee Barr

January 17, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, said Thursday she will not vote for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general.

Ms. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the first prominent Democrat to officially announce her intent to vote against Mr. Barr.

In a statement, the senator criticized Mr. Barr for his support of a wall along the Mexican border and his record on civil rights while attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

Ms. Harris also said she was concerned about Mr. Barr’s refusal to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into election meddling.

“While I respect Mr. Barr’s past public service, I do not believe he will defend independent investigations from attacks, embrace a smart approach to public safety, and ensure equal protection under the law for every single American,” she said.

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