On Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr was called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for a “general oversight hearing. While Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) offered a hostile welcome, Barr did not back down.
Democrats have long smeared Barr by accusing him of abusing his office and doing President Donald Trump’s bidding, but Barr testified before the House that Trump has not “interfered” in his decisions, saying that he has “complete freedom” to do what he needs to do.
Barr: No interference from Trump
After accusing the attorney of ignoring “waging war” in order to “secure favors for the president” while having “aided and abetted” his “worst failings,” Nadler finally gave Barr an opportunity to speak.
“The attorney general has a unique obligation,” Barr explained to the assembled representatives. “He must ensure that there is one standard of justice that applies to everyone equally and that criminal cases are handled evenhandedly, based on the law and the facts, and without regard to political or personal considerations.”
“I can tell you that I have handled criminal matters that have come to me for decision in this way,” Barr continued, adding, “The President has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right. That is precisely what I have done.”
“Indeed,” Barr went on, “it is precisely because I feel complete freedom to do what I think is right that induced me serve once again as attorney general.”
Barr addresses rioting, crime
After denying Nadler’s claim that he was President Trump’s enabler, Barr turned to the wave rioting and other forms of violence that are now plaguing American cities.
“Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd’s death in a far less productive way –by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards), and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the police,” he complained.
“When a community turns on and pillories its own police, officers naturally become more risk averse and crime rates soar. Unfortunately, we are seeing that now in many of our major cities.”
The attorney general pointed out, “The threat to black lives posed by crime on the streets is massively greater than any threat posed by police misconduct. The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide.”
He then singled out the attacks on Portland’s federal courthouse, highlighting how “rioters arrive equipped for a fight, armed with powerful slingshots, tasers, sledgehammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosive devices.”
Barr concluded his introductory statement by declaring that “every member of this committee–regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump Administration–should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property.”