Attorney General Bill Barr accused congressional Democrats Friday of “using every tool” to “sabotage” the Trump administration by setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the authorities is illegitimate.
During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took intention at the “resistance,” accusing liberal lawmakers of attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.
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“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he started. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”
Barr mentioned the “avalanche of subpoenas” and fixed try and derail appointments by the Trump administration have solely served to “incapacitate” the govt department.
“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration.”
“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.
Bar likened the language utilized by Trump’s opponents to that of teams who try and overthrow militant rule of seized governments.
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“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”
He continued: “They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”
Barr claimed that whereas Trump’s presidency falls exterior the norm of earlier administrations, he was elected with the public absolutely conscious of this.
“The truth is, that, sure, whereas the president has actually thrown out the conventional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the individuals determined that he was going to function president.”
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Barr’s feedback got here on the identical as Congress held a second public listening to in the House impeachment inquiry.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.