(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) sent out a tweet on Tuesday calling for Attorney General William P. Barr to “be impeached and removed immediately.”
The tweet linked to a story in The Washington Post that carried this headline: “Barr personally ordered removal of protestors near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd.”
“Barr should be impeached and removed immediately—this recklessness is going to get more people killed,” Warren said in her tweet.
The first paragraph in the Post story said:
“Attorney General William P. Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials to clear the streets around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday, a Justice Department official said, a directive that prompted a show of aggression against a crowd of largely peaceful protestors, drawing widespread condemnation.”
Warren sent out the tweet calling for Barr to “be impeached and immediately removed” on the same day she sent a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an IG investigation.
Warren said in that letter:
“I am writing to seek an investigation of the involvement of the Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership and law enforcement personnel in suppressing peaceful domestic protests in response to the unjust killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020. I am specifically concerned about DOJ personnel’s involvement in last night’s incidents outside the White House in which ‘federal law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and chemical gas at peaceful protestors.’ This ‘ambush’ of American citizens who were protesting the killing of Mr. Floyd at the hands of a police officer was created to allow the President to partake in a blatantly political photo opportunity. These attacks on peaceful American protestors steps from the White House were sickening and appalling.
“According to a report in the Washington Post, ‘Attorney General William P. Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials on the ground to clear the streets around Lafayette Square … a directive that prompted a show of aggression against a crowd of largely peaceful protestors.’ In addition, according to a DOJ press release, agency law enforcement personnel participating in activities in Washington, D.C., included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the U.S. Marshals Service.”