Barr: 2020 Election Will Not Delay Release of Report From John Durham

Written by Martin Walsh

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it was nothing more than Democrats turning the entire ordeal into a circus.

But Barr remained calm and poised for most of the hearing and did his best to answer questions — when Democrats would actually let him.

One of Barr’s most notable comments came when he said November’s election will not delay the highly anticipated report from U.S. Attorney John Durham, the Washington Examiner reported.

Democrats badgered Barr over this and demanded that Durham’s report — which will cover the DOJ’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation — only be released after the election.

“Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?” Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell asked the attorney general.

“No,” Barr replied. When asked again, he repeated, “No. I will be very careful.”

During cross-talk between Mucarsel-Powell and Barr, the Florida Democrat claimed the attorney general was saying, “you won’t go by Justice Department policy that you won’t interfere in any political investigations before the election.”

Barr shot back: “We’re not going to interfere — in fact, I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to tolerate interference.”

Mucarsel-Powell responded: “But under oath, you’re saying that you do not commit to not releasing a report by Durham?”

Barr insisted, “Any report will be, in my judgment, not one that is covered by the policy and would disrupt the election. I’ve already made it clear that neither candidate is under investigation.”

Barr said Election Day was not going to be a factor for when Durham releases his report, or, he added, for when the prosecutor might press charges.

“I think, in its core, the idea is, you don’t go after candidates,” Barr said. “You don’t indict candidates or perhaps someone that’s sufficiently close to a candidate, that it’s essentially the same, you know, within a certain number of days before an election. But, you know, as I say, I don’t think any of the people whose actions are under review by Durham fall into that category.”

At another point during the hearing, Barr flat-out declared that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have endangered law enforcement when she publicly compared them to Nazi “stormtroopers” on Twitter.

Barr accused Pelosi of potentially endangering America’s law enforcement community by likening the federal officers occupying Portland, Oregon, to the “stormtroopers” of Nazi Germany.

Aside from that, Barr’s hearing provided several fireworks and fiery exchanges.

Below are a few examples: