The highest Republican on the Home Judiciary Committee defended Legal professional Basic William Barr on Tuesday, saying Democrats are merely upset that Barr condemned FBI “spying” on President Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign — and performed a prolonged video montage that detailed violence at protests throughout the nation.
“Spying. That one phrase, that’s why they’re after you, Mr. Legal professional Basic,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stated Tuesday in opening remarks earlier than Barr testified.
Jordan, making an attempt to flip the script on Democrats, stated, “Chairman [Jerry] Nadler refuses to permit [Justice Department inspector general Michael] Horowitz to return right here and testify and reply our questions concerning the 17 lies the Obama-Biden administration advised to the key court docket.”
An inspector common report final yr documented 17 FBI omissions or lies to the International Intelligence Surveillance Court docket to acquire or proceed surveillance orders towards Trump marketing campaign adviser Carter Web page.
“I need to thanks for having the braveness to say we’re going to get the politics out of the Division of Justice that was there within the earlier administration,” Jordan stated.
Jordan concluded by enjoying a seven-minute video montage exhibiting battle scenes between protesters and legislation enforcement in main cities, together with discordant journalist remarks describing “peaceable protests.”
The Trump administration deployed federal brokers to 4 US cities to quell bloodshed unable to be dealt with by native legislation enforcement in addition to violence linked to protests towards the Could killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
Legal professional Basic William Barr is sworn in earlier than the Home Oversight Committee on Capitol HillAP
Democrats led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York allege that Barr corruptly has accomplished Trump’s private bidding and wrongfully allowed federal officers to be deployed to cities with out native consent.
“At your course, division officers have downplayed the consequences of systemic racism and deserted the victims of police brutality… and expressed open hostility to the Black Lives Matter motion,” Nadler stated in opening remarks.
“On this Justice Division, the president’s enemies might be punished and his mates might be protected. Irrespective of the fee. Irrespective of the fee to liberty, regardless of the search for justice,” Nadler stated.
“This administration has twisted the Division of Justice right into a shadow of its former self, able to serving most People solely after it’s first served these in energy. This committee has a accountability to guard People from that type of corruption, Mr. Barr.”
Barr stated in his opening remarks that “I really feel full freedom to do what I feel is correct” and “the president has not tried to intrude” in his selections.
Rep. Jim Jordan and Legal professional Basic Invoice Barr (prime left)Getty Pictures