Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday

Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday
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Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBrennan's CIA a subject of Barr's review of Russia investigation: report Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report MORE will give a speech behind closed doors Friday at the University of Notre Dame law school in South Bend, Ind., according to the university.

The South Bend Tribune reported that Barr will attend an event in the school's McCartan Courtroom, where he will address faculty, staff and students.

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A spokesman for the university told the Tribune that the topic of Barr's remarks will be "religious freedom," while not providing additional details.

The event is only intended for law school students and faculty as well as students with the school's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, the Tribune reported.

Barr's speech at the school comes as the attorney general has faced questions over the Justice Department's role in President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's efforts dealing with Ukraine.

Barr was mentioned in a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that sparked an impeachment inquiry in the House.

During the call, Trump urged the foreign leader to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment MORE, a top political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and he encouraged Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment READ: Diplomat describes pressure put on Ukraine to open 'investigations' MORE and Barr.

The Justice Department released a statement last month saying that Barr was first notified of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky “several weeks” after it took place. The statement also said that Trump had not spoken with Barr "about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son." 

The attorney general has not publicly addressed his potential role in Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Biden thus far, and some House Democrats including Judiciary panel chairman Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerOfficials say foreign governments should not investigate presidential political opponents Dem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) have called for his recusal on all matters related to Ukraine and the president until a congressional investigation is completed.

Barr was also heavily criticized earlier this year by lawmakers over his handling of former 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's report of the investigation's findings, with some Democrats arguing that the attorney general misrepresented Mueller's findings in a letter to shield the president.