Attorney General Bill Barr appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about a broad range of topics on Tuesday. As election day draws near, Democrats are desperate to find a new angle with which to attack Barr, but he wasn’t having it.
One of the ways Democrats are seeking to discredit Barr is with his use of federal law enforcement to quell violence in Democrat-run cities, but instead of scoring points against him with their questions, Barr fired back with a major truth bomb.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked Barr during the testimony:
“Do you deploy federal law enforcement to protect federal property?” House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked.
“Yes,” Barr said.
“Would the federal building in Portland be standing today if you had not deployed federal law enforcement,” he pressed.
“I don’t think so,” the Attorney General replied.
Barr went on to explain how federal law enforcement agents are being used to protect federal buildings in cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Chicago.
Mainstream media outlets are lying to Americans about the reality of the extreme violence in these cities, but Barr set the record straight.
“There have been multiple attempts to set it afire. And I have to say, I don’t understand why a small contingent of Marshals inside the court poses a threat to anybody’s First Amendment rights,” Barr said.
“They set up a fence on federal property, I am told, around the court and when people are arrested, it’s because they’re trying to come into the fence,” he continued. “These are not peaceful protesters.”
Barr explained that there were “100, 120 federal people behind the fence trying to protect the building and all these people are trying to cut their way in” with power tools.
Barr testified earlier in the hearing that protestors came to locations protected by federal officers “equipped for fighting” and armed with “powerful slingshots, tasers, sledge hammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosives devices.”
Barr called out Democrat politicians’ refusal to condemn the violence, remarking:
What makes me concerned for the country is [that] this is the first time in my memory that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts.
Why can’t we just say: ‘Violence against federal courts has to stop?’ Could we hear something like that?