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 BarrGiuliani calls Bolton a 'backstabber' over Ukraine allegations Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence 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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE, a top political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and he encouraged Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Perry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' Giuliani calls Bolton a 'backstabber' over Ukraine allegations 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 NadlerNadler floats John Kelly as potential impeachment witness Fox's Wallace: Nadler would pay to have his Clinton impeachment remarks 'expunged from the Earth' Pelosi says House will vote on bill to repeal travel ban 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 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'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.