Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr had plenty of popcorn moments, but one exchange the witness had with Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) deserves an honorable mention. As Dean, a Democratic representative from Pennsylvania, was questioning the attorney general, she seemed to completely forget her point. And Barr instantly called her bluff.
Dean began her interrogation with a timeline of events on the day President Trump walked from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been lit on fire the night before during George Floyd-related riots in the city. About 15 minutes before he took his stride to the church, park police sprayed protesters outside the White House in Lafayette Square with PepperBalls, clearing the area. Barr said it was a coincidence.
She then displayed a description of the DOJ’s use of less-lethal weapons from a 2009 report. It explained that the accuracy and accompanying blunt trauma impact of PepperBalls make it “an ideal chemical dispensing system.” So, Dean concluded that although Barr claimed it “wasn’t a chemical,” he must at least be aware of his department’s policy.
“What policy?” Barr asked.
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