Attorney General William Barr is intending to go right after the “bogus Russian scandal” and the Democrats who spent years peddling it in his Tuesday hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Barr, who is leading an effort to investigate the Russian collusion investigators (many of whom served during the Obama-era), is expected to update Congress on his findings: the evidence was falsified, the investigators were biased, and the claims were outlandish, according to his opening statement.
The attorney general will also expose “grave abuses” in the initial 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 said in his remarks, as BizPac Review reports.
“Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today,” he said.
Barr is also pushing back on an accusation from Democrats that President Trump is coordinating or otherwise impacting his investigative efforts.
“The President has not attempted to interfere in these decisions,” he clarified. “[T]he handling of the matter and my decisions on criminal matters have been left to my independent judgment, based on the law and fact, without any direction or interference from the White House or anyone outside the Department.”
Barr continued: “My decisions on criminal matters before the Department have been my own, and they have been made because I believed they were right under the law and principles of justice.”
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According to the written statement, Barr said it has been his mission since joining the administration to exercise “one standard of justice… without partisan considerations.”
“The Department had been drawn into the political maelstrom and was being buffeted on all sides,” he said. “When asked to consider returning, I did so because 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.”
As BizPac Review reports, Barr will also address the ongoing race riots across the country and will urge Democratic lawmakers in Congress and elsewhere to stop “demonizing the police.”
“Police forces today are far more diverse than ever before; there are both more Black police chiefs and more Black officers in the ranks,” he said in the written statement.
“Police forces today are far more diverse than ever before; there are both more black police chiefs and more black officers in the ranks. Although the death of George Floyd…was a shocking event, the fact is that such events are fortunately quite rare,” Barr continued.
He added: “Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd’s death in a far less productive way – by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards), and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the police.”
The attorney general will also call for the violence to end—from the “peaceful” protests and the riots.
“Every night for the past two months, a mob of hundreds of rioters has laid siege to the federal courthouse and other nearby federal property,” Barr said. “The rioters arrive equipped for a fight, armed with powerful slingshots, tasers, sledgehammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosive devices. Inside the courthouse are a relatively small number of federal law enforcement personnel charged with a defensive mission: to protect the courthouse, home to Article III federal judges, from being overrun and destroyed.”