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Elizabeth Warren calls on AG William Barr to resign

Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday said Attorney General William Barr should resign from office, calling him a “disgrace” for his handling of the release of the Mueller report.

Warren called on Barr to step down on Twitter shortly after the attorney general wrapped up the first part of his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, he defended his decision to release a four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, and his decision not to prosecute President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Warren, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, also repeated an earlier call for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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“AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he’s not a credible head of federal law enforcement. He should resign—and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President,” she wrote.

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Barr’s public defense of his actions rebutted complaints by Mueller, expressed in a letter and phone call, that the attorney general had not adequately portrayed the investigation’s findings. The revelation of that letter hours earlier amplified allegations from Democrats that Barr had spun the investigation’s findings in Trump’s favor.

‘‘The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,’’ Mueller wrote in the letter.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com.