Bill Barr's Comments at Hillsdale College Draw Differences in Coverage

Headline Roundup September 17th, 2020

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr addressed a largely conservative audience at Hillsdale College to celebrate Constitution Day.

His remarks drew differences in coverage. Some left- and center-rated media outlets focused on his comments criticizing the "permanent bureaucracy" at DOJ and decrying of calls for a nationwide lockdown to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. Some reports from right-rated sources focused on Barr's criticisms of Democrats in regards to the 2020 presidential election.

Bill Barr's Comments at Hillsdale College Draw Differences in Coverage

From the Center
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politics, William Barr, DOJ, permanent bureaucracy, nationwide lockdown, coronavirus, 2020 Election, Democrats

Attorney General Bill Barr blasted his own Justice Department prosecutors as a "permanent bureaucracy" that all too often abuse their power to go after high-profile targets in a process he likened to "headhunting."

In remarks Wednesday to a largely conservative audience celebrating Constitution Day at Hillsdale College, the leader of the Justice Department asserted that he's the one who should make the big calls in cases of national interest.

"The notion that line prosecutors should make the final decisions at the Department of Justice is completely crazy," Barr said.

"Under...

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From the Left
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Attorney General William Barr suggested on Wednesday that the calls for a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were the "greatest intrusion on civil liberties" in history "other than slavery."

The comments came minutes after he slammed the hundreds of Justice Department prosecutors working beneath him, equating them to preschoolers, in a defense of his own politically tuned decision making in the Trump administration.

Addressing a Constitution Day celebration hosted by Hillsdale College, the event's host asked Barr to explain the "constitutional hurdles for forbidding a church...

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From the Right
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Attorney General William Barr went after Democrats this week on a range of issues, including rumors that President Trump would attempt to stay in office if he loses the general election in November.

“You know liberals project,” an uncharacteristically salty Barr told the Chicago Tribune's John Kass on Monday. “You know the president is going to stay in office and seize power and all that s---? I’ve never heard of that crap. I mean, I’m the attorney general. I would think I would have heard about it.”

Though the focus...

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