William Barr Testimony: All  To  Know As William Barr Testifies Before Congress
William Barr testifies before congress for the first time in 450 days.

William Barr, the US Attorney General, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday for the first time in his year-and-a-half-long tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

Democrats are grilling him over a long list of controversies and his repeated interventions in matters of interest to President Donald Trump.

Barr’s appearance follows more than a year of stand-offs and delays — he hasn’t appeared before any congressional committee since May 2019 when he testified to a Senate panel on his handling of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — later declining to appear before the House.

Here’s how William Barr testimony unfolded:

3:58 p.m. Hearing adjourned

Chairman Nadler adjourned the hearing after a contentious five hours.

2:30 p.m. Barr says the use of tear gas appropriate ‘to disperse unlawful assembly’

In an exchange during which Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., asks Barr a question about the use of tear gas on Portlander Christopher David — a Navy veteran seen on viral video being beaten by federal agents — Barr says, “I don’t know what kind of gas it was.”

Barr went on to defend the federal presence in Portland and the use of force against protesters, claiming that agents are needed to prevent “violent attacks on federal courts” from “metastasizing around the country.”

Asked by Cicilline if it’s ever appropriate for officers to use force against peaceful protesters, Barr says it is when the gathering is unlawful.

“It is appropriate to use tear gas when it’s indicated — to disperse an unlawful assembly and sir, unfortunately, peaceful protesters are affected by that,” Barr said.

But Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, even as a U.S. National Guard major testified in a different House hearing Tuesday that there was, and that he picked up the shells on the street that day.

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