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Attorney General Barr's Hearing Before the House Judiciary Committee
Jul 29, 2020 at 02:09 AM

The Quick Facts

  • On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr testified in a particularly contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, with Barr and House Democrats often speaking over one another.
  • Barr, in a prepared opening statement, accused Democrats of demonizing him for his opinions on the Mueller investigation, warned of "violent rioters and anarchists" that "have hijacked legitimate protests," and stated that "there is no place in this country" for mobs looking to establish autonomous zones, tear down statues, or destroy the property of innocent business owners.
  • House Democrats criticized Barr's response to ongoing nationwide protests, as well as his involvement in the Roger Stone case and alleged involvement in the removal of protesters from Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Park prior to a photo-op with President Trump.
  • House Republicans criticized Democrats' treatment of Barr and praised him as a defender of the rule of law. Some Republicans used their time to allow Barr to respond to questions and criticism from Democrats that he had not been permitted time to address.
  • Both Republicans and Democrats played video footage of the protests, with Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) portraying peaceful demonstrations and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) portraying rioting and looting.

Food For Thought

What do you make of House Democrats' conduct in this hearing? Is the House Judiciary Committee's partisan infighting an accurate reflection of political divisions nationwide?

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Barr rightfully defends fed response to dangerous rioting, as House Dems attack him

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