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Pelosi bashes Barr after testimony: 'He was like a blob' and 'henchman' for Trump

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE (D-Calif.) tore into Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSeattle, 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 Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo MORE after his testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accusing him of acting like a “henchman” for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE.

“He was like a blob. He was like a, just a henchman for the president of the United States, instead of the attorney general of the United States of America,” Pelosi said on MSNBC.

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Pelosi particularly targeted Barr over the administration’s decision to send federal law enforcement officers to certain cities. Barr has defended the move to send officers to guard federal property in Portland, Ore., amid protests that have at times turned violent.

“[P]eaceful protest is who we are and what we do. And do some other people come along and try to disrupt? Yes. But you don’t send in people acting like stormtroopers into the scene and evoking even more, even more unease and unrest,” Pelosi said.

The remarks come after Barr sustained withering criticism from Democrats during Tuesday’s hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Several Democratic lawmakers sought to cast Barr as a loyalist to the president who has used his tenure as the nation’s top cop to protect Trump and his allies from scrutiny and boost the White House’s “law and order” message in the run-up to the presidential election.

“The job of the attorney general is to defend the best interests of the people and serve as the people's lawyer, but during your time as attorney general you have consistently undermined democracy, undermined the Constitution and undermined the health, safety and well-being of the American people,” said Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesA tearful lesson of 2016: Polls don't matter if people don't vote Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was 'taken out of context' by Trump Top House Democrat: Parties 'much closer' to a COVID deal 'than we've ever been' MORE (D-N.Y.). “All to personally benefit Donald Trump.”

Barr denied allegations of wrongdoing, maintaining he’s worked to “restore the rule of law” after the Justice Department “strayed” from its mission before his tenure.