On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laid into Attorney General William Barr for his obfuscation of the topline information in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
"I see someone who clearly does not have the people in mind as his first priority, or for whom he should have the ultimate or important duty." said Harris, who interrogated Barr in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the day. "I think he feels a great sense of duty to this president, but does not, clearly, feel the same sense of responsibility to the American people."
"I'm traveling the country. I'm meeting a lot of people feeling a sense of distrust in our government, its institutions and leaders. And when you have the person who is responsible for being the highest official in our land around our system of justice, presenting himself and conducting himself in this way, it compromises the integrity in our entire system of justice."
"And let's be clear, there are people in America every day who are walking into courthouses, be it state or federal courthouse, who are being prosecuted and convicted on evidence less than the evidence of this report," said Harris. "And so is also a statement of the integrity of our system overall. And I think that what we have seen is that General Barr is not contributing to anyone's confidence in the integrity of this justice system."
"Is he upholding his oath to the Constitution?" Matthews pressed her.
"Certainly we can call into question what is his primary duty in terms of the way he thinks of his job," said Harris. "I do think he should resign and I do believe, Chris, that he intentionally mischaracterized the report. I believe he intentionally is misleading Congress."