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Dem Rep. Blasts Barr, Trump: I Know What It Means When ‘Authoritarian Leaders Believe They’re Above the Law’

Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D- FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, went off on Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump this afternoon for the White House fighting Congress. The committee has been taking up whether to hold Barr in contempt.

Mucarsel-Powell brought up the oath she took when she was sworn in as a member of Congress before saying Barr took the same oath, “but now he shows us that the only oath he’s following is to protect and defend this president, who right now is threatening the strength of our democracy.”

“Having come from South America,” she said, “I understand very well what it means when authoritarian leaders believe they’re above the law. They start circumventing other branches of government and consolidate their own power to the detriment of the democratic ideals and freedoms of this country.”

She brought up the serious concerns of Russian election interference, noting the revelations in the Mueller report and how Barr has become Trump’s “defense counsel.”

“Despite numerous reasonable requests from the house and this committee, the attorney general has refused to put the interests of the American people first,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

She closed her remarks with a message for Republicans:

“I ask my Republican colleagues across the aisle, who speak so strongly against the violations of democratic values and freedoms in Venezuela, in Cuba, to not abdicate their Article I powers to this president. Our Constitution, the separation of powers, and our very democracy depend upon us to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and faithfully discharge the duties of our office.”

You can watch above, via C-SPAN.

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