The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday in which they questioned Attorney General William Barr regarding many matters, including recent policing measures which have been used during protests nationwide. Barr defended the administration’s response, denying systemic racism in law enforcement and calling out rioters as hijackers of the actual cause to address racism. The committee accused the administration and condemned police actions. Both sides have criticized the hearing.
Good to know that congressional hearings have not lost their ability to be embarrassing for all parties involved.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 28, 2020
The Left criticizes Barr’s defense of police actions and defends the protestors. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) accused the administration of deliberately causing chaos “for footage for Trump’s campaign commercials.” Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler criticized the administration for failing to respond to the earlier peaceful protests and to hear the cause of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is argued the federal government’s actions have “provoked a dramatic increase both in peaceful protests and in violence…and rekindled unrest nationwide.” The Left criticizes Trump’s deployment of officers in the first place and argues that officers have grossly overstepped their legal authority.
The Right defends the federal government’s stance and criticizes the riots. “Peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers,” stated Barr, a notion widely supported among the Right. One article stated that the “The session was a coveted election-year opportunity for Democrats to berate the attorney general of the United States in five-minute installments.”
“Barr promised that the Justice Department would ‘continue working’ to ‘ensure the rule of law, so that people can live their lives safely and without fear.’ As members of the public (and former Justice Department lawyers), that is exactly what we expect and hope for from an attorney general, particularly when local officials are failing to enforce the law and protect the safety of the public and our communities.”Hans A. von Spakovsky and Charles “Cully” Stimson, Senior Legal Fellows at The Heritage Foundation