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Barr Testimony: Just Another Day Doing Trump’s Bidding

Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Executive Vice President, Public Citizen

Note: U.S. Attorney General William Barr testified today in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

Barr’s testimony today was for an audience of one – President Trump. And it illustrates why he is unfit to serve as attorney general.

He repeated Trump’s lie that the Mueller investigation was “bogus.” He repeated Trump’s lie that the Obama administration caused PPE and testing shortages, an issue outside of his expertise. He repeated Trump’s lie that mail-in voting will lead to fraud, a claim that has no basis in reality. He repeated Trump’s lie that peaceful protesters are violent and repeated the tired trope about “Black-on-Black” violence to deflect criticisms over systemic racism in policing. Shockingly, he refused to acknowledge that our elections couldn’t be moved by executive order.

He was there to do Trump’s bidding, or, as they say, just another day at work for Barr. Barr’s appearance today is a reminder that he’s a danger to democracy.