Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday fired back at Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler over claims that the Portland, Oregon, protests were “mostly peaceful.”
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Barr decried allegations that the Trump administration erred by sending in federal agents to help guard a courthouse from rioters.
“What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be caused protest, it is by any objective measure an assault on the government of the United States. Since when is it OK to burn down a federal courthouse?”
Barr said further, “The rioters come equipped for fighting,” and said that the acts of violence happening in Portland “cannot reasonably be called protests.”
Barr has been accused of creating a campaign commercial for President Donald Trump so he can authorize the deployment of dozens of federal agents to protect a downtown Portland federal courthouse.
Representative Jerry Nadler claims, “The president wants footage for his campaign ads, and you appear to be serving it up to him as ordered. The protesters aren’t mobs, they’re mothers, they’re veterans and mayors.”