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Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings


Added 11-16-19 03:58:07pm EST - “Attorney General William Barr on Friday offered a strident defense of President Trump's use of executive authority and slammed House Democrats' impeachment investigation as an effort to undermine him.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' MORE on Friday offered a strident defense of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE’s use of executive authority and slammed House Democrats’ impeachment investigation as an effort to undermine him.

“While the President has certainly thrown out the traditional Beltway playbook, he was upfront about that beforehand, and the people voted for him,” Barr said in his prepared remarks at a conference hosted by the conservative Federalist Society. 

“The fact is that this Administration’s policy initiatives and proposed rules, including the Travel Ban, have transgressed neither constitutional, nor traditional, norms, and have been amply supported by the law and patiently litigated through the Court system to vindication,” he added.

While Barr never specifically mentioned impeachment, he took the president’s critics to task for what he said was an effort to undermine Trump.

“Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance,’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration,” he said. “They essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”

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