Competing Narratives of Black Lives Matter Versus Antifa at Barr’s Grilling Before the House
We begin with today’s hearing questioning Attorney General Barr before the House Judiciary Committee and assess whether the Democrats laid a glove on Barr since the expectation was that the unaccountable AG would finally be brought to account by the branch of government he disdains and defies given his expansive view of presidential power. Rebecca Roiphe, a Professor of Law at New York Law School who studies ethics and the history of the Department of Justice and the president’s power to control the DOJ, joins us. She was previously an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and we discuss the competing Democratic and Republican narratives which often came down to Black Lives Matter versus Antifa since the Republicans were able to show a video that made it look like all demonstrations in the country were not peaceful but were an orgy of looting, burning and beating up the police. But in spite of Chairman Nadler’s feckless fumbling, some Democratic questioners did manage to rattle Barr, particularly over his hands-off approach to protecting our elections which he was forced to eventually concede that foreign powers should not be interfering in our elections. That however does not mean that Barr will do anything about it.
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