Harris, a Democrat who is a former prosecutor and California Attorney General, said she respected Barr’s public service but does not believe he is the right person at a time when “the rule of law under daily attack from the President of the United States himself.”
“I do not believe he will defend independent investigations from attacks, embrace a smart on crime approach to public safety, and ensure equal protection under the law for every single American,” Harris said.
Barr served as Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush from late 1991 to early 1993. Since then he has been a corporate counsel and litigator for top law firms.
“With a criminal justice system that disproportionately harms communities of color, Mr. Barr continues to express support for the same failed policies he encouraged in the 1990s when he effectively advocated for mass incarceration,” Harris said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump after months of public criticism by the President.