Tensions reached fiery levels on Tuesday during Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee where Barr fired shots at Democrats who were looking to crucify him for defending the country.
Things got particularly heated regarding what the left wants you to believe are “peaceful protests” in Portland, Oregon.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, who recently claimed that violent Antifa attacks were “just a myth,” made claims that Barr was working to provide the Trump campaign with campaign footage by sending in federal agents to protect federal courthouses which were under siege by the aggressive rioters.
“‘The president wants footage for his campaign ads, and you appear to be serving it up to him as ordered,” Nadler claimed. “The protesters aren’t mobs, they’re mothers, they’re veterans and mayors.”
“What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be caused protest, it is by any objective measure an assault on the government of the United States,” Barr fired back. “Since when is it OK to burn down a federal courthouse?”
“The rioters come equipped for fighting,” Barr said, adding that what’s taking place nightly in Portland “cannot reasonably be called protests.”
Nadler then doubled down on claims that Antifa was a “myth.”
“I don’t think it’s a myth, Antifa can be best thought of an umbrella term for a movement compromised of loosely organized groups around the country,” Barr responded. “They are definitely organized, but since they have an anarchic temperament they don’t get along very well.”
While it’s possible that Democrat Jerry Nadler is living in a blissful ignorance and truly believes Antifa doesn’t exist, it’s more likely that this is a disturbing attempt to cover up the atrocities committed by the radical left-wing terror group. Either way this is not the type of behavior that a high ranking government official should exhibit.
A frustrated Nadler eventually accused Barr of orchestrating a re-election event for Trump, suggesting that the president and Barr had collaborated ahead of deploying federal agents to Portland in order to create a “campaign commercial” portraying left-leaning agitators as villains.
Without waiting for Barr to respond, Nadler claimed that Barr had “obvious political objectives” in his decision to deploy agents. “Shame on you,” he added.
During the hearing Nadler also suggested that Barr and the DOJ were working to “protect the president’s friends.”
Nadler claimed that “the president’s enemies will be punished, his friends will be protected,” no matter the cost, and saying that the DOJ’s actions have caused “real damage to our democratic norms.”
“In your time at the department, you have aided and abetted the worst failings of the president,” Nadler said.
Barr countered these baseless claims and said that they couldn’t be further from the truth. He insisted that he acts independently of the president and that his goal is to make sure that everyone is treated equally under the law.
He emphatically stated that Trump “has not attempted to interfere” in decisions regarding the handling of criminal matters.
“On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right,” he continued. “That is precisely what I have done.”
The entirety of Barr’s time before the House Judiciary Committee carried on with much of the same tired old attempted attacks from Democrats on the president and members of his cabinet.
Nadler and his colleagues repeatedly interrupted Barr before letting him answer the questions which they asked of him in an effort to paint him in and the president in a negative light.
Near the end of the session, Nadler attempted to refuse Barr a 5 minute break ( a common courtesy during such a hearing) prompting a fed up Barr to call Nadler out as “a real class act.”