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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is releasing a statement on his decision to oppose the nomination of William Barr to be the United States Attorney General:

“Based upon his record, writings and testimony before the Judiciary Committee, I have substantial concerns about William Barr’s commitment to follow through on vital reforms to our criminal justice system and to vigorously enforce our civil rights laws, which are under attack by this Administration. Not only has he criticized Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, but he has also supported the President’s discriminatory Muslim ban and opposed federal sentencing reform efforts.

He has endorsed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s entire record, which included rolling back protections for LGBTQ Americans, limiting consent decrees with local police forces and deciding not to defend the Affordable Care Act and its protections for preexisting conditions against attacks in federal court. For these reasons, I will vote against his nomination.”