Attorney General William Barr wants to get to the bottom of the “bogus Russiagate scandal.”
U.S. Attorney General William Barr will make his first public appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 28, voluntarily to answer questions, Fox News reported.
In a statement by Barr obtained by Fox News, which would be his opening speech, you can see the points that William Barr wants to clarify to the committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).
Barr wrote, “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. Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today.”
In his speech, Barr denies having any pressure or influence on President Trump’s decision-making process, in fact “The president has played a role properly and traditionally played by presidents. Like his predecessors, President Trump and his National Security Council have appropriately weighed in on law enforcement decisions that directly implicate national security or foreign policy, because those decisions necessarily involve considerations that transcend typical prosecutorial factors.”
Barr explains in his speech that after serving as attorney general for the presidency of George H.W. Bush, he worked for many years in the corporate arena. Now 70 years old, enjoying his grandchildren, and about to retire, he had no ambition for power and nothing to prove, nor any previous relationship with President Trump.
President Trump himself asked Barr to exercise his independent judgment freely in any decision he made.
Barr’s clarifications refer to the defamation he suffered from Democrats with the help of the mainstream media, who have done everything possible to stain his reputation after Barr’s Justice Department indicated that it was opening an investigation into President Trump’s impeachment, a decision the Democrats saw as “a defense” of President Trump by Barr.
The rest of the speech focuses on what George Floyd’s death triggered–riots, calls for defunding the police, destruction of monuments and buildings, and rampant crime.
He pointed out that fortunately, Floyd’s death is an isolated case. Statistics show that only 8 unarmed black people have died at the hands of the police, while for white people the number is 11.
Based on the statistics that tell us the facts, Barr condemned the call to abolish the police because those who suffer most when the police force is diminished are precisely the African American communities.
However, Barr does recognize that there is an inclination to suspect an African American of a crime more than a white person and he seeks to address this.