Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing

Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing
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Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence MORE will launch an anti-gun violence initiative at the same time as the public impeachment hearing in the House on Wednesday.

Barr plans to roll out Project Guardian, a strategic plan to decrease gun violence across the country while in Memphis, Tenn. 

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A release from the Justice Department said Barr’s announcement would take place starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, while the first public impeachment inquiry is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Washington turned its focus on reducing gun violence earlier this year after a slew of mass shootings in August left 53 people dead. 

But a whistleblower report, detailing a controversial conversation between President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE and the Ukrainian president, has captured the focus of most Washington politicians.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry into the president after the report said Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE and his son days after withholding military aid from the country.

The testimony from former and current Trump officials has been held behind closed doors so far in front of House investigators, but the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first public hearing Wednesday.

The president denied reports last week that he encouraged Barr to hold a press conference and say the president broke no laws during the July 25 call with Ukraine.