Op-ed: House Judiciary Committee hearing sheds light on the danger of the Democratic party
By Sara Santora
On Tuesday, AG William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on both the use of law enforcement during the recent George Floyd/Black Lives Matter riots and the FBI investigation into Russian election interference.
The hearing was scheduled to start at 10 a.m.; however, the hearing was pushed back as House Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was involved in a car accident on the way to Capitol Hill. Nadler was unharmed.
Nadler’s opening statement was a searing indictment against AG Barr, claiming that Barr “aided and abetted the worst failings of this president.” He accused Barr of six different mishandlings of justice — all false — that he felt led to “concerns” about the current state of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The list as laid out by Nadler accuses Barr of:
- Endangering American lives by “flooding federal law enforcement into the streets of American cities;”
- Downplaying the “effects of systemic racism” and expressing “hostility” towards the Black Lives Matter movement;
- Spreading disinformation about voter fraud in an “attempt to assist the president’s reelection;”
- “Blatantly misrepresenting the Mueller Report,” therefore “undermining” national security;
- Interfering with criminal investigations to protect the president and co.;
- And finally, placing the president’s “political needs over public health.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), in his opening statement, reminded Barr and the committee that the reason Barr was being questioned was a direct result of Barr’s attempt to uncover the fact that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. He then concluded his statement by playing a video montage of rioters taking to the streets to set buildings on fire, harm police officers, kill crowds of people, etc. The video was powerful and worked directly in opposition to Democrats’ claims. Jordan’s point? Barr is in trouble for doing his job — upholding the rule of law.
Barr agreed with Jordan, stating in his opening remarks that, “Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal, many of the Democrats on this Committee have attempted 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.”
He ended his statement by reminding the committee that: “As elected officials of the federal government, every Member of this Committee – regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump Administration – should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property. … To tacitly condone destruction and anarchy is to abandon the basic rule-of-law principles that should unite us even in a politically divisive time. … The most basic responsibility of government is to ensure the rule of law, so that people can live their lives safely and without fear. The Justice Department will continue working to meet that solemn responsibility.”
To seek information on both the Russian collusion hoax and the recent riots plaguing this country is an ambitious task; however, Democratic Congress members made it immediately clear that they are not trying to obtain information or protect their constituents — they are only trying to use the major political talking points of the last four years to tirade against Barr, and by extension, the president himself.
Many Democrats, such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA), used their five minutes for questioning to lecture Barr, often barring him from defending himself — no pun intended. And the lectures were as extreme as you’d think: accusing him of being a walking example of systemic racism and going so far as to blame him for Epstein’s death.
Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) claimed that Barr only steps in to defend the American people when there are “Black” people protesting in the streets, and not when there are “Right-wing” extremists “with guns” protesting, as they are politically expedient for President Trump.
Richmond, after observing that none of the members of Barr’s staff were Black, asked that the Department of Justice “keep the name of [former Rep.] Lewis” out of his mouth, as it was exactly that kind of racism that Rep. Lewis stood against.
Rep. Raskin (D-MD) went so far as to ask for more time, claiming that Barr was stealing his time — Barr was simply attempting to refute Raskin’s claims and provide him with the truth.
At one point, Barr retorted: “This is a hearing, I thought I was the one that was supposed to be heard.” This, of course, was in response to a Democratic Rep. who pleaded that Barr please tell Trump not to tweet so much. How is this at all related to the hearing? Well, it’s not. But, it’s within these interactions where today’s biggest lesson lies: The Democratic party will do whatever it needs to do to suppress the truth and control the narrative.
While the Republican reps. asked questions, some even giving their time to Barr to allow him to defend himself against the wild accusations of House Democrats, Democrats whined.
If Democrats were truly seeking the truth for the betterment of the American people, perhaps they would have acted less like children and would have allowed Barr to provide answers to the questions with which they came prepared. Of course, Barr’s answers would have only made the Democrats’ lies blatantly apparent, so allowing him to speak was not an option.
The accusations made by Democrats on Tuesday were appalling, based in nothing but fiction, and should be considered when voting in November’s election.
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