United States Attorney General William Barr Endorsed The President’s Government Response Donald Trump protests after the death of African-American George Floyd, and defended the actions of justice in cases against presidential advisers Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.
“Since when is it okay to try to burn a federal court,” Barr responded to the congressmen in his first appearance before the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, in which he also answered questions about the management of the pandemic.
Barr was summoned by lawmakers to testify about the Executive’s actions against the mobilizations They have rocked the country in recent weeks, after Floyd died when he was detained by police in Minneapolis.
The audience, which lasted for more than five hours, was marked by clashes between the prosecutor and Democratic lawmakers, while his republican colleagues branded the mobilizations as violent and blamed the left for calling them.
The protests, which have decreased in intensity in cities such as New York or Washington DC, continue on the streets of Portland (Oregon), where the Government has displaced federal units to disperse them.
Trump has also threatened to increase the federal presence in cities ruled by Democratic leaders, to tackle what he has described as an increase in the crime and violence.
Demonization of the Police
The attorney general complained that after the floyd’s death“Violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak havoc and senseless destruction on innocent victims.”
Standing up to criticism of the federal police presence in cities like Portland, Barr said they are concerned that this problem “will metastasize across the country.” “In a place like Portland, where we don’t have the support of local government, we have to take a stand and defend this federal property“, he claimed.
Barr described as “extremely irresponsible” the requests to remove funds from the Police. “The demonization of the police not only is it unfair and inconsistent with the principles that all people should be treated as individuals, but it is also seriously detrimental to communities in urban centers, “he alleged.
Mismanagement of the country
The president of the Judicial Committee, Democrat Jerrol Nadler, opened the appearance with a harsh argument against the official and the Government, among other things, by the pandemic management and for spreading “disinformation” about an alleged electoral fraud.
Nadler stressed that under Barr’s leadership, the Justice Department “has endangered Americans and it has violated their constitutional rights, “by” flooding “the streets with federal forces to” repress by force and unconstitutionally dissent. “
But he was also blamed for personally interfering “over and over” in ongoing investigations “to protect the president and its allies from the consequences of their actions, “and from replacing even investigators and prosecutors who opposed it.
“The message that these actions send is clear: in this Department of Justice, the enemies of the president will be punished and his friends will be protected no matter the cost, “said the congressman, who accused Barr of projecting fear and violence” in search of giving him obvious political goals. “
“You should be ashamed,” said the Democratic leader, who added: “The president wants images for his campaign ads and it looks like you’re giving it to them. “
Discordant Trump Reactions
Among the moments of greatest tension The session included the exchanges that the attorney general carried out with Congressmen Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Murcasel-Powell, born in Guayaquil (Ecuador).
While Jayapal criticized the “discrepancy” in the response to the protests, illustrating how the federal government did not intervene during the protests against confinement in states such as Michigan, led by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but against the racial mobilizations.
“When white men with elastics They assault a government building with weapons, there is no need for the president to ‘activate’ it, “said the legislator on a comment by Trump to put the attorney general into action.
Jayapal complained that when “blacks and people of color protest against police brutalityThe systemic racism and the president’s own lack of response “do remove them” by force with armed federal officers “and pepper spray, alluding to the episode when a park in front of the White House was cleared.
They compare Trump to Maduro
Murcasel-Powell, who represents Florida, released images comparing the response to protesters in Portland with the performance of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, in front of the protesters in his country, and regretted the handling of COVID-19 in his state, where the contagions have exploded.
The attorney general’s fiercest defense was on behalf of the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan, who accused the Democrats of attacking Barr for pointing out that there had been espionage during the 2016 election campaign.
“They have been attacking you ever since simply for telling the truth that the Obama-Biden administration spied on the Trump campaign,” said Jordan, who presented a video on violent episodes amid the protests that took place in different parts of the country and how in various interviews they were called “peaceful”.