Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' 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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE in his report to Congress earlier this year.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel 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.