Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings Darrell Issa eyes return to Congress Martin Sheen, Robert De Niro join star-studded video breaking down Mueller report findings 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.


"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 TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsNikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE in his report to Congress earlier this year.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDarrell Issa eyes return to Congress House Democrats unveil bill to lift refugee cap Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question 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.