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 BarrPelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe 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 TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE, a top political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and he encouraged Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' 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 NadlerDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday 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.