Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr delivered a blistering speech to a crowd of lawyers at the Federalist Society Convention in Washington, D.C. In his speech, he called out the Democrats who’ve encroached on President Trump’s constitutional authority. Barr explained the “resistance” to the audience, “As I said, the framer’s expected intense pulling and hauling between Congress and the Executive. Unfortunately, within the past few years, we have seen these conflicts take on an entirely new character. Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance,’ and they rallied around and explicit strategy using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the Executive Branch and his administration.” Barr continued with his blistering description of how the Democrats are entering dangerously new territory, “Now, resistance is used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously cenotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and indeed, incendiary notion to import into a democratic Republic.” AG Barr warned, “What it means, that instead of viewing themselves as the loyal opposition, as opposing parties have done in this country for over 200 years, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”
Barr cited how the Democrats have been using their power in the Senate to “systematically oppose and draw out the approval process of every nominee, so as to prevent the President from building a functional branch of government.”
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“In waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of Resistance against this administration, it is the Left that is engaged in a systematic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law,” Barr told them.
Barr reminded his audience that Americans knew exactly what they were getting when they elected President Trump. Trump is exactly the person they wanted in office. “The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president,” Barr explained.
ABC 30 – The remarks came just hours after prosecutors from Barr’s Justice Department secured yet another conviction of one of the president’s past informal campaign advisers, Roger Stone, on seven criminal counts that included lying to congressional investigators who were probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Barr acknowledges Trump has a different approach to things, notes he was upfront of about this, and we elected him for it… pic.twitter.com/yCmtzHm8GY
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Throughout the hour-long speech, Barr took shots at the legislative and judicial branches for what he described as years of “encroachment” on the powers of the executive, blaming a “knee-jerk tendency [among Democrats and the media] to see the legislative and judicial branches as the good guys, protecting the people from a rapacious, would-be autocrat.”
Barr earned cheers from the crowd as he repeatedly excoriated, and at times mocked, critics of the “unitary executive” theory, embraced by Barr and others in conservative legal circles who argue for fewer restraints to a president’s exercise of his executive power.
Barr specifically cited what he argued were Congress’ overly burdensome demands for documents, which he alleged is intended to “incapacitate” the administration rather than exercise oversight.
“I don’t deny that Congress has some implied authority,” Barr said, “but the sheer volume of what we see today in the pursuit of scores of parallel investigations through an avalanche of subpoenas is plainly designed to incapacitate the executive branch and indeed is touted as such.”
Watch the entire speech here:
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