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Barr Confronts Democrats Who Say That He Gives In to Trump

  • He says he’s independent and defends his response to protests
  • Nadler cites ‘attempt to secure favors for the president’
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Barr Defends Independence From Trump, Condemns Unrest
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William Barr offered a combative defense of his independence from Donald Trump and the federal response to protests as he testified before a committee in the Democratic-controlled House for the first time since he became attorney general more than 17 months ago.

“The president has not attempted to interfere,” Barr said in opening comments at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. “On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right.”