Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was intended to expose the Trump administration, but it backfired spectacularly.
The hearing quickly descended into chaos. However, despite Democrats’ best efforts to get under Barr’s skin, he calmly handled the onslaught of partisan questioning. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is furious that Barr didn’t crack under pressure, calling him “despicable” and a “blob” in a shocking meltdown during an interview on Tuesday.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Beat,” after Barr’s testimony, Pelosi took the opportunity to rip into Barr. “I don’t know that they learned anything, but it demonstrated to the American people the contempt that he has for our democracy,” she told host Ari Melber.
“And the fact that he was, shall we say, not forthcoming in his rejecting any thought that he would talk politics as the attorney general with the president of the United States,” she continued.
This is very serious. Ninety-eight more days to go, and he was even vague about stepping aside if it [the election] is clear. Clear to whom? Clear to the American people, the results of the election are the results of the election. He doesn’t have to qualify it. I just thought he was despicable and so beneath the dignity of an attorney general.
She continued to attack Barr over the decision to send federal law enforcement in to protect federal buildings. Peaceful protest is who we are and what we do,” she said. “And do some other people come along and try to disrupt? Yes. But you don’t send in people acting like stormtroopers into the scene and evoking even more unease and unrest.”
“He should be answering for what he did at Lafayette Square, a disgrace. So this—it’s really — he was like a blob. He was like just a henchman for the president of the United States instead of the attorney general of the United States of America,” she concluded.
Democrats are fuming at how poorly the long-awaited hearing went, and they have no recourse except to launch personal attacks on Barr. Luckily for America, Washington politics are nothing new to Barr, and he walked out of the hearing unscathed.
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