WATCH: ‘Americans are very suspicious of your motives,’ Rep. Nadler tells Barr

Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday, July 28, questioned Attorney General William Barr on the purpose of launching Operation Legend this month to fight violent crime in a number of cities when the Justice Department had already announced a similar effort last year.

“Operation Legend appears to be little more than a repackaging of existing operations in these cities,” Nadler said to Barr. “So why all the drama? Why join the president, the White House to announce a bold new operation that appears to be neither bold nor new?”

Nadler told Barr that some Americans feel that the Justice Department effort is not aimed at fighting crime, but to help President Donald Trump win reelection. Barr responded that a past campaign to address crime was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nadler questioned Barr during a committee hearing examining whether the attorney general has inappropriately politicized the Justice Department. Democrats launched the investigation earlier this year over Barr’s handling of the case against Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump, whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted by the president this month. Democrats have since expanded their probe to several subsequent episodes in which they believe Barr is working for Trump’s own benefit.

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