Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr

Democratic attorneys criticized Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee over their questioning of Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEnergized Trump probes pose problems for Biden Pavlich: Biden can't ignore defund the police contributions to violent crime spike Progressives slam Garland for DOJ stances on Trump-era cases MORE on Tuesday, opining that they could have been more effective and pointed with the nation's top lawyer. 

"Ineffective opening line of questioning by [Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBritney Spears case casts harsh light on conservatorships Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (D-N.Y.)]," Daniel Goldman, who served as the majority counsel during the House impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE, tweeted. 


Goldman continued in another tweet, saying that the Democrats on the committee "would be better off asking shorter, very specific questions. Don’t be afraid of Barr’s answers. And be ready to follow up to make a narrow point."

Preet BhararaPreet BhararaNew York Times in discussions to acquire The Athletic: report Vox Media acquires podcasting company co-founded by Preet Bharara Reimagining the role of the next SEC chair MORE, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, called the hearing "disappointing," adding that it was only "getting worse" as time went by. 


Democrats called Barr to testify in front of the committee on Tuesday to press him on the politicization of the Justice Department (DOJ) following federal use of force during "Black Lives Matter" protests, the decision made by the Trump administration to commute the sentence of Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE and the firing of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York. 

Berman was leading several investigations into Trump associates, including his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump allies urge judge to throw out Dominion defamation suits Trump compares Giuliani to Eliot Ness, rips NY decision New York Supreme Court suspends Giuliani's law license MORE

Many of the Democrats used their five-minute allotment of time to make statements about the recent Department of Justice-related happenings, including the recent deployment of federal law enforcement to intervene in the protests in Portland, Ore.

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeRon Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory 40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth MORE (D-Texas) asked Barr if he believed that systemic racism was prevalent among the country's law enforcement.

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassLawmakers come to bipartisan framework agreement on police reform California Democrats clash over tech antitrust fight Thousands sent to emergency rooms every year due to violent police encounters: investigation MORE (D-Calif.) questioned Barr on the unequal treatment of Black Americans by police officers, citing Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was walking home when he was stopped by police, restrained and then injected with ketamine by paramedics in an attempt to calm him. McClain went into cardiac arrest and later died at the hospital.

However, the questioning from Democrats regarding the sentencing of Stone and former national security adviser Michael Flynn was sporadic and at times hard to follow.

Under Barr, DOJ sought to reduce Stone's sentence and dropped charges against Flynn, who had already been convicted of lying to the FBI. Stone's sentence was commuted by the president earlier in the month.