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 BarrJudge rejects DOJ effort to delay House lawsuit against Barr, Ross Holder rips into William Barr: 'He is unfit to lead the Justice Department' Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill 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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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 BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers MORE, a top political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and he encouraged Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote Giuliani to Trump after Ukraine trip: I got 'more than you can imagine' Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' 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 NadlerJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers 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 MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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.