Donald Trump’s nominee to take the position of attorney general, William Barr, suggested on Tuesday that journalist who “hurt the country” with their reporting should be put in prison.
During his confirmation hearing, Barr was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) what his views were on protecting the free press.
“I want to ask you something that I asked Attorney General [Jeff Sessions],” Klobuchar said. “If you’re confirmed, will the Justice Department jail reporters for doing their jobs?”
“I can conceive of situations where as a last resort and a news organization has run through a red flag or something like that, knows that they’re putting out stuff that will hurt the country,” Barr said, “there might be a situation where someone would be held in contempt.”
Take a look at his answer in the video clip below: