Off Capitol Hill, however, advocates for aggressive oversight of the DOJ are wondering what Democrats’ game plan is. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic—certainly, the Congress is focused on that, as they should be, but that doesn’t mean we should let other abuses go by the wayside,” said Molly Claflin, an attorney with the watchdog group American Oversight and a former Democratic counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee who worked on probes of the 2016 election.
“I have been very surprised this is not really galvanizing the committees and making people stand up and say something from Congress,” Claflin told The Daily Beast.
There is growing chatter from House Democrats on this front, however, and some have been quietly huddling in the wake of Barr’s moves to talk about ways to move forward on oversight.
A Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), said that lawmakers have been consumed with the COVID-19 crisis and only recently have been equipped to do more to push back on Barr.