Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson went berserk on Tuesday after Attorney General Bill Barr tried answering a question that the Democratic lawmaker asked him.
While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Johnson snapped when accusing Barr of intervening in the Justice Department’s actions in order to protect President Donald Trump and his allies.
Johnson got things off to a combative start by saying Barr’s introductory statement “reads like it was written by Alex Jones or Roger Stone.”
Johnson then claimed Trump complaining about Stone being sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison was evidence of the president telling Barr and the DOJ what to do.
“Reclaiming my time, sir, I know you don’t want to answer, but the facts are clear,” Johnson said, interrupting Barr while he was literally trying to answer the question.
“You’re expecting the American people to believe that you did not do what Trump wanted you to do when you changed that sentencing recommendation? You think the American people don’t understand that you were carrying out Trump’s will?” Johnson snidely asked.
The two of them continued to fight it out with Barr asking “do you think it is fair for a 67-year-old man to be sent to prison for 7 to 9 years?!”
AG Barr: "I did not discuss my [Roger Stone] sentencing recommendation with anyone at the White House."
Rep. Johnson: "You did what the president wanted."
AG Barr: "Do you think it is fair for a 67-year-old man to be sent to prison for 7-9 years?" pic.twitter.com/AZpHY5vxC9
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 28, 2020
The hearing on Tuesday was delayed after Nadler was involved in a car accident.
Nadler was not driving the vehicle and was on his way to Washington but was not injured.
While he was not hurt, the accident delayed the start of a planned hearing that Nadler is set to preside over with Barr.
In his opening statement, Barr forcefully went after Democrats who have tried claiming he’s only loyal to President Donald Trump and not the country.
Barr also spoke about the Justice Department’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.
“Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal, many of the Democrats on this Committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the President’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions,” Barr will say, according to his statement.
“The Attorney General has a unique obligation … 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 will add.
“I revere the Department and believed my independence would allow me to help steer her back to her core mission of applying one standard of justice for everyone and enforcing the law even-handedly, without partisan considerations,” Barr will say in his opening remarks. “Since returning to the Department, I have done precisely that.”