Attorney General William Barr, who works to serve the American people not the president, lashed out at Democrats for the impeachment hearings. He specifically claimed that Democrats are using impeachment to undermine Donald Trump.
“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.”
Barr then went on to suggest that the president has the authority over investigations even when those probes are focused on their activity.
“This is not ‘new,’ and it is not a ‘theory.’ It is a description of what the Framers unquestionably did in Article II of the Constitution,” he said Friday. “If Congress attempts to vest the power to execute the law in someone beyond the control of the President, it contravenes the Framers’ clear intent to vest that power in a single person, the President.”