Attorney General William Barr was under attack on all sides Wednesday — until Sen. Ted Cruz, R-T.X, shut down the Democrats in just two minutes.
What Cruz said was proof that the liberal lawmakers were out of control.
On Wednesday, Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and the Democratic lawmakers held nothing back.
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The attorney general was personally attacked for hours. He was insulted, called on to resign, and was told he was “a disgrace” to America.
Cruz was not going to take that treatment of Barr sitting down.
When it was his turn to speak, he let the Democrats have it — and what he said left Barr struggling to contain his laughter.
“You stepped forward and answered the call yet again, knowing full well that you would be subject to the slanderous treatment — the Kavanaugh treatment — that we have seen, of senators impugning your integrity,” Cruz said, greeting Barr during his question.
“I, for one, am grateful that you answered that call and are leading the Department of Justice with both integrity and fidelity to law,” he said.
That’s when Cruz laid into the Democrats.
“The principle attack the Democratic senators have marshaled upon you concerns this March 27th letter to you from Robert Mueller, and it’s an attack I want people to understand… just how revealing it is.”
“If this is their whole argument, then they ain’t got nothin’!” Cruz exclaimed.
“So their argument is as follows? Let me see if I this understand it correctly. You initially, when you received the Mueller report, released to Congress and to the public a 4-page summary of the conclusions,” Cruz said.
“Then, on March 27th, Mr. Muller asked you to release an additional 19-pages – the summary he had drafted,” he continued. “Then he says in the letter, ‘I am requesting that you provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time.’ And the reason he says is that it is to ‘fully capture the context, nature, and substance of the office’s work and conclusion.’”
“So you did not release those 19-pages at that time,” Cruz said. “Instead, a couple of weeks later, you released 448-pages — the entire report – that includes those 19-pages.”
“Do I have that timeline correct?” Cruz asked.
“That’s right,” a stoic Barr replied.
“So their entire argument is, General Barr: You suppressed the 19-pages that are entirely public that we have. That we can read. That they know every word of it,” Cruz said. “And their complaint is that it was delayed a few weeks.”
“And that was because of your decision not to release the report piecemeal but, rather, to release those 19-pages with the entire 448-pages produced by the special counsel?” Cruz asked.
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“Yes,” Barr replied simply.
“If that is their argument… I have to say that it is an exceptionally weak argument,” Cruz responded, looking over at his Democratic colleagues.
Barr struggled to contain his laughter.
“Because if you’re hiding something, I’ll tell you right now General Barr, you’re doing a very lousy job of hiding it! The thing that they’re suggesting you hid, you released to Congress and the American people!” Cruz said, holding up the special report.
“So if anyone wants to know what’s in those 19-pages, they can be printed or read online by anyone,” Cruz said.
You can see the entire Cruz clip below.
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