WATCH: Barr’s full opening statement at DOJ politicization hearing

Attorney General William Barr defended his role in a House hearing on Tuesday as upholding an “impartial administration of justice,” and argued that President Donald Trump does not interfere in that process. “The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. 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. That is precisely what I have done,” Barr told the House Judiciary Committee on July 28.

Barr gave his opening remarks during a hearing examining whether he 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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