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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 BarrBill BarrTrump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants 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 TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE and the Ukrainian president, has captured the focus of most Washington politicians.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight 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 BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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.