Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., asked Attorney General William Barr about the timing of the use of force against D.C. protesters on June 1. The clash occurred just before President Donald Trump walked through the area to be photographed at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.
“Is it your opinion, Mr. Barr, that clearing protesters from Lafayette Square … moments before the president’s photo op with a borrowed Bible in front of a church was coincidence? Is this timing coincidence?” Dean asked Barr during a House Judiciary hearing on July 28.
“I believe it is, yes,” Barr responded.
Dean questioned Barr during a committee hearing examining whether he 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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