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Barr hearing zeroes in on protests

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/28/20, 05:59 pm

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., condemned Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday for “flooding” city streets with federal agents. In his first hearing before the committee, Barr answered questions about Russian election interference, the coronavirus, and President Donald Trump’s friend Roger Stone. But the focus remained on law enforcement at nationwide demonstrations. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, defended Barr by playing an eight-minute video of violence at protests across the country. “Remarkably, the response from many in the media and local elected offices to this organized assault has been to blame the federal government,” Barr said of riots in Portland, Ore.

What’s happening in Portland? The Wall of Moms, a group of mothers that supports the Black Lives Matter movement, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They argue the use of tear gas by federal agents violated “a foundational principle of American democracy” predicated on state and local authority.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s analysis of the protests in Portland.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 03:50 pm

    It continues to be very difficult to do the right thing. The Dems fight Conservatives tooth and nail. 

    Prayers for BARR. I hope he doesn't give up. 

    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 11:56 pm

    Nadler needs to move on from believing that Trump is a Russian spy. 


  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 08/01/2020 11:25 pm

    Strange that these "moms," who support BLM, which wants to tear down the American "system," is summoning said system to seek justice against the alleged unjust actions of the federal agents. Do these people know what they are fighting for?