Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUS attorney blames Philadelphia DA for 'culture of disrespect' that led to police shootings GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony 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 TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing 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 MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE in his report to Congress earlier this year.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' congressional probe 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.