Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump MORE joked Friday that his return to the Justice Department reminded him of the Allied invasion on D-Day.

During a speech to new agents graduating from the FBI's academy, Barr quipped that his second term as U.S. attorney general had felt like parachuting into enemy territory.

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"I'm a two-time offender. This is my second stint as attorney general," he said.

"As we’ve been watching the coverage of June 6, 1944 — D-Day — I had the thought that my arrival this time felt a little bit, I think, like jumping into Sainte-Mère-Église on the morning of June 5, trying to figure out where you could land without getting shot," Barr joked.

Sainte-Mère-Église, a French town, was one of the targets of Allied paratroopers during the massive 1945 invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The town was captured the morning after the invasion began by Allied soldiers following heavy casualties to paratrooper units that descended upon the town in the initial wave.

Barr, who was appointed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE at the Justice Department, has been the subject of heavy criticism from Democrats who accused him of misrepresenting the findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE in his report to Congress earlier this year.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Cher offers to pay legal fees for security guard fired for repeating racial slur Baltimore mayor looks to rename downtown courthouse after Cummings MORE (D-Md.), indicated Friday that his panel would vote to hold Barr in contempt over missed deadlines related to the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the census.