Sinema, other moderate Democrats fret they made a ‘big mistake’ backing Barr

“I also thought he would bring this institutional stability to the Department of Justice. And not be the president’s personal lawyer,” Sen. Doug Jones said about Attorney General William Barr in an interview. / Win McNamee/Getty Images

By Burgess Everett | POLITICO

Three Senate Democrats voted for William Barr to be attorney general. Now at least two of them say they might have made a mistake.

After revelations that special counsel Robert Mueller took issue with Barr’s presentation of the Russia investigation findings, a pair of centrist Democrats said they are having second thoughts about having supported Barr’s confirmation earlier this year.

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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who is the most vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection next year, said he is “greatly, greatly disappointed in what I am seeing in the attorney general.” While Barr did follow through on releasing a redacted version of the Mueller report and didn’t quash the investigation, Jones now has much deeper concerns.

“I also thought he would bring this institutional stability to the Department of Justice — and not be the president’s personal lawyer. And he seems like he is moving and has moved toward a less independent role,” Jones said in an interview. “That bothers me for the 12 remaining investigations out there.”

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