Attorney General William Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it didn’t take long for Democrats to grandstand.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler doubled down on his defense of protestors, calling them “mothers” and “mayors.”
Barr sat there completely silent and with a puzzled look on his face — because he and everyone else clearly knows that “peaceful protesters” don’t burn down and destroy their own cities like they are in Portland.
.@RepJerryNadler on federal officers being sent to Portland to stop the riots:
"The president wants footage for his campaign ads and you appear serving it up to him as ordered… The protesters aren't mobs. They are mothers, and veterans and mayors." pic.twitter.com/MXDJzG2v9x
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 28, 2020
Earlier this week, Nadler called ANTIFA violence a “myth.”
I ran into Jerry Nadler in DC and asked him to disavow the Antifa violence/rioting in Portland.
“THATS A MYTH” pic.twitter.com/veImyE2rju
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) July 27, 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.”
Barr also spoke about other topics, such as the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody, and the federal response to violence and rioting in a number of U.S. cities.