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Prosecutors accuse Barr and Justice Department of politicizing investigations

June 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. Attorney General William Barr as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a signing ceremony for an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in the Oval Office of the White House on November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Attorney General Barr recently announced the initiative on a trip to Montana where he met with Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe leaders. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Two prosecutors in the Justice Department will ratchet up the criticism of Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday with remarkable congressional testimony accusing senior Justice Department officials of politicizing DOJ investigations and the sentencing of a friend of President Donald Trump.

(CNN)Two prosecutors in the Justice Department will ratchet up the criticism of Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday with remarkable congressional testimony accusing senior Justice Department officials of politicizing DOJ investigations and the sentencing of a friend of President Donald Trump.

Wednesday's testimony from Zelinsky and Elias before the House Judiciary Committee represents a remarkable public admonishment of Barr, who critics say has taken multiple actions to protect Trump and try to re-write the history of the Mueller investigation, from distorting Mueller's findings to dropping charges secured by Mueller's team against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, is planning to issue a subpoena for Barr's testimony next month, though the attorney general has yet to testify before the committee and did not attend a hearing on the Mueller report last year.

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