Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday, Nov. 15, accused Democrats of “using every tool and maneuver to sabotage” the Trump administration.
During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took aim at the “resistance,” accusing Democratic lawmakers of setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the government is illegitimate.
“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he began. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government,” Fox News reported.
“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration,” Barr said in a speech to conservative lawyers.
“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.
AG Bill Barr: “Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they call ‘The Resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch.” pic.twitter.com/HJJMczuEpd
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“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”
“In waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of Resistance against this administration, it is the Left that is engaged in a systematic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law,” Barr said.
Barr blasted Democrats for adopting “dangerous” and “incendiary” language by implying the sitting government is illegitimate.
“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president,” Barr said, ABC reported.
“I don’t deny that Congress has some implied authority,” Barr said, “but the sheer volume of what we see today in the pursuit of scores of parallel investigations through an avalanche of subpoenas is plainly designed to incapacitate the executive branch and indeed is touted as such.”
During the hourlong speech, Barr criticized the legislative and judicial branches for years of “encroachment” on the powers of the executive, blaming a “knee-jerk tendency [among Democrats and the media] to see the legislative and judicial branches as the good guys, protecting the people from a rapacious, would-be autocrat.”
Barr’s comments came as Congress held a second public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry.