Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEx-FBI lawyer Clinesmith to plead guilty in Durham probe Barr says some results on probe into Russia investigation could be released before election Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations 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 TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE in his report to Congress earlier this year.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' Bill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis 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.