Attorney General William Barr told a House committee on Tuesday, July 28, that he has worked to restore the rule of law during his time heading the Justice Department.
“The rule of law in essence is that we have one rule for everybody … I felt we didn’t have that previously at the department, we had strayed,” Barr said. “I’m supposedly punishing the president’s enemies and helping his friends. What enemies have I indicted?”
The attorney general said that "some intervention was necessary" in the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases to rectify the rule of law, but asserted that he believes that president’s friends don’t deserve special breaks nor to be treated more harshly.
Barr was responding to a question from Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, during a committee hearing examining whether Barr 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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