Attorney General William BarrBill BarrCNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report DOJ faces big decision on home confinement MORE surprised the U.S. Attorneys’ National Conference Wednesday morning with a bagpipes performance before delivering remarks.

At a gathering of U.S. attorneys at the Justice Department, Barr grabbed a set of bagpipes to join the Emerald Society of the New York Police Department’s pipe band, which was already performing for the conference. 


Barr was greeted with applause from the crowd. 

“How was that for an icebreaker,” Barr quipped to open his speech.

Barr joked that he “discovered the plot” to invite the band and wanted to “counter surprise” his colleagues at the Justice Department.

“As you know, I’m very proficient at, dare I say the word, spying,” Barr said.

Barr said the last time he played the bagpipes was Dec. 8 at his daughter’s wedding. Barr’s nomination was announced Dec. 7, and he said his daughter joked he would “upstage her” at her wedding, to which he responded that she was changing her name, “just before the name Barr is dragged through the mud.” 

Barr complimented the “great results” of the U.S. attorneys’ work in his remarks, calling it a “privilege” to work with the group.

He said he is focused on continuing “full speed ahead” on the agenda set by former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE, addressing issues like violent crime, drugs, immigration and national security.

“We still see persistent violent crime, growing national security threats, record threats from illegal drug distribution and the increasing reach of transnational criminal organizations and a crisis on our southern border, all despite the department’s record-breaking efforts.”