A liberal reporter tried to use a “gotcha question” on Attorney General William Barr, but things took a turn when he was more than ready with his response.
During an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Barr hit back when host Margaret Brennan tried claiming there were only “peaceful protesters” last Monday night at Lafayette Park, which is next to the White House.
Brennan asked if Barr believed it was appropriate to use tear gas or other objects to clear the park from the thousands of protesters.
“They were not peaceful protesters, and that’s one of the big lies the media seems to be perpetuating,” Barr fired back.
Brennan responded by saying her colleagues at the protests claim they were not warned that night to either move or they would be pepper sprayed or hit with smoke.
“There were three warnings,” Barr said, detailing exactly what happened because he was aware of the exact plans and protocols.
“On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, okay, there were violent riots in — at Lafayette park, where the park police were under constant attack,” Barr said. “The officers were pummeled with bricks. Crow bars were used to pry up the pavers at the park, and they were hurled at police. There were fires set in not only St. John’s Church but a historic building at Lafayette burned to the ground.”
“These were things that looters did,” Brennan interrupted.
“Not looters. These the were the violent rioters who dominated Lafayette Park,” Barr continued.
“Let me get to this. This has been totally obscured by the media,” Barr insisted. “They broke into the Treasury Department. And they were injuring police.”
After Brennan’s first attempt failed, she tried a new narrative to go after Barr and the Trump administration.
“On Monday, you’re saying there were projectiles,” Brennan said, again claiming no projectiles were thrown at police by the protesters.
“I was there, I was there. I saw them thrown,” Barr replied. “Here’s what the media’s missing. This was not an operation to respond to that particular crowd. It was an operation to move the perimeter one block.”
“And the methods they used, you think, were appropriate? Is that what you’re saying?” Brennan pressed.
“When they met resistance, yes. They announced three times. They didn’t move — ” Barr replied.
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