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Barr to condemn rioting at much-anticipated House hearing


Anna Moneymaker – New York Times

Attorney General William Barr listens as President Donald Trump addresses reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 15, 2020. Barr will face questions from lawmakers for the first time in more than a year on July 28 in what is expected to be a showdown over his interventions in the criminal cases of President TrumpÕs allies.

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr is defending the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying "violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests" sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Barr will tell members of the House Judiciary Committee at a much-anticipated hearing on Tuesday that the violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is disconnected from the death of Floyd, which he described as a "horrible" event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between the Black community and law enforcement.

"Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd's death or any legitimate call for reform," Barr will say of the Portland protests, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released by the Justice Department on Monday.


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