So this happened yesterday (that’s my Rep. Pramila Jayapal serving Barr his ass with a side of fries, btw):
(Hat tip: Crooks and Liars)
Low Barr’s opening statement says he ain’t never done nothing inappropriate ever, and he accuses the Libtards of trying “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.”
When asked why he overruled federal prosecutors and the Justice Department’s own sentencing guidelines to let Lord Damp Nut’s friend Roger Stone off easy, he came up with the profound legal opinion:
“Do you think it is fair for a 67-year-old man to be sent to prison for seven to nine years?”
And our considered legal response to this nonsense: “OK, boomer.”
Anyway, our pals over at Electoral Vote have a great summary up:
Barr managed to make one thing crystal clear: He is 100%, absolutely, no doubt about it, in the bag for Donald Trump.
Among the highlights (lowlights?):
- Answering a question about his intervention in the sentencing of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, Barr asserted that “The president’s friends don’t deserve special breaks, but they also don’t deserve to be treated more harshly than other people.” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asked if Barr had intervened in the sentencing of anyone who is not a Trump friend, and the AG admitted he had not.
- He said that the President’s re-election bid sometimes comes up at Cabinet meetings, but that he does not see that as a problem, since it doesn’t influence policy. Barr also noted that while he’s busy not worrying about Trump’s re-election this October, he might just release the report from U.S. Attorney John Durham about the Russia investigation *or the “bogus Russiagate scandal,” to use the AG’s words).
- Barr justified his deployment of federal officers to Portland and other cities, declaring that the protesters are “violent rioters and anarchists,” are guilty of “an assault on the government of the United States,” and are a threat to national security. He did not explain exactly how they threaten national security.
- He insisted that America’s police departments don’t have a racism problem, and defended that point by asserting that he’s seen studies showing that “police are less likely to shoot at a black suspect, a little more likely to shoot at a white suspect.” He could not cite those studies. Further, he is certainly intelligent enough to recognize the inherent dishonesty of that framing, since white Americans outnumber Black ones by a margin of about 4 to 1.
- The AG said that voting by mail is susceptible to large-scale fraud by foreign actors. He could not explain how that fraud might be perpetrated, or provide any evidence for his assertion.
- When Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) asked “Is it ever appropriate, sir, for the president to solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election?”, Barr responded: “It depends what kind of assistance” before later deciding it’s probably not appropriate. There is, of course, no type of foreign assistance that is legal for a presidential candidate to receive.
- Responding to a question about the lack of sufficient COVID-19 testing, Barr laid the blame at the feet of…Barack Obama, declaring that “the problem of the testing system was a function of President Obama’s mishandling of the CDC.”