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‘I’m going to answer the damn question’: Barr outclasses freshman Dem invoking ‘penalty of perjury’

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While it’s hard to characterize the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee that centered on Attorney General Bill Barr as anything more than a clown show, those on the right were impressed with the patience Barr displayed.

Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld aptly described Barr as “a calm gorilla swatting these stupid flies off his nose,” but there was a moment or two when the attorney general’s moxie was on display.

One such moment was when Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the committee, tried to deny Barr a requested five-minute break, but a more forceful showing came when Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., asked Barr a question “on penalty of perjury,” only to refuse him an opportunity to answer the question.

This was a common tactic by Democrats throughout the hearing, culminating with the comical moment when Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., would not allow the Trump official to answer a question and then accused of him of not wanting to answer his questions.

But when Neguse invoked the penalty of perjury, Barr insisted.

Neguse reminded Barr of his previous statement that the White House cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, before asking, “Today, yes or no, Mr. Barr – under penalty of perjury – do you testify that that statement was true at the time you made it?”

“I thought it was true at the time I made it,” the attorney general replied. “Why wasn’t it true?”

Instead of offering any clarity, the not quite ready for prime time freshman lawmaker tried to ask another question, only to have Barr push the issue. Neguse shouted that he was “reclaiming” his time — a common refrain from Democrats throughout the day — insisting that Barr had already answered the question.

“No, actually I need to answer that question,” Barr countered.

“Mr. Attorney General, you did answer the question,” the Democrat replied.

“No. You said under penalty of perjury,” Barr then reminded the lawmaker. “I’m going to answer the damn question. OK?”

Republican lawmakers are heard laughing off-camera at Neguse being outclassed.

Barr would proceed to clarify that when he made the statement in question that he believed he was referring to the handing over of documents.

Here’s a sampling of the responses to the exchange from Twitter:




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