We all knew that things were going to get feisty on Capitol Hill today, but perhaps we didn’t fully understand to what extent.
Attorney General Bill Barr was on the witness stand today, squaring off with Democrats while being used as a catalyst to push some of the Republicans’ talking points – particularly on the subject of the violent clashes in Portland, Oregon. This was a predictably partisan affair in that way, and did little to change anyone’s minds. Barr was a staunch defender of the President during his time on the stand, and this seemed to irk the Democrats to no end.
At one point, Democratic House Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia took to insulting the Attorney General of the United States by comparing him to a crackpot conspiracy theorist famous for his outlandish claims.
Johnson – who is no stranger to combative back and forths with witnesses testifying before the House Judiciary Committee – blasted Barr’s statement when comparing it to something Jones, a noted right-wing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder, and Stone, the notorious GOP political operative and friend of President Trump.
“Your opening statement reads like it was written by Alex Jones or Roger Stone,” Johnson said, before going on to question Barr about Trump’s “prolific” tweeting and if it affects how the attorney general does his job.
Barr did have his moments, however, lashing out angrily at those who would question his dedication to justice, noting that the democrats were “conjuring a narrative that I am simply the president’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions”.
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