Bill Barr has had his fill of partisan nonsense.
During a five-hour House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, the attorney general of the United States slammed the Democratic Party’s caricature of him as the president’s personal avenger, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Barr stands firm
Throughout a marathon of rude, peremptory questioning, Democrats threw everything they could think of at the attorney general, accusing him of betraying his oath, cutting deals for the president’s friends, and cracking down on “mostly peaceful” protesters to boost Trump’s re-election efforts.
Early on, Barr contradicted the claim that he has punished Trump’s enemies while rewarding his allies, challenging Democrats to provide just one example of a politically charged indictment during his tenure.
“I am supposedly punishing the president’s enemies and helping his friends. What enemies have I indicted? … Could you point to one indictment that has been under the department that you feel is unmerited? That you feel violates the rule of law? One indictment,” Barr demanded, as Fox News noted.
Democrats have long claimed that Barr has undermined the rule of law for the sake of Donald Trump’s interests, and his handling of the Mueller probe and the matters that grew out of it — especially the Roger Stone case — have been sticking points.
While often harshly critical of the Russia probe, Barr was relatively reserved on the topic of political corruption by the Obama administration, explaining that it was his duty to “rectify the law” that led him to get involved in the cases of Stone and Michael Flynn.
Against taunts, Barr struggles to keep his cool
Democrats routinely cut Barr off, even as they leveled a host of vicious charges against him. While clearly frustrated, Barr showed considerable reserve and even flashes of irony.
“This is a hearing, I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard,” he quipped.
But when he wasn’t cracking jokes, Barr was struggling to maintain his composure against the incessant taunting of his questioners. Defending his decision to seek a lighter sentence for Stone, Barr argued that the original punishment was excessive, but Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) wasn’t listening.
“Do you think it is fair for a 67-year old man to be sent to prison for seven to nine years?” Barr asked, according to The Hill.
Bill Barr is a champ — and Democrats should be ashamed for the way they treated him.