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Former U.S. attorney general, William Barr says he’s not surprised to see “the kind of violence” that occurred at the Capitol, according to Fox News.
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Barr said some were exercising their First Amendment rights, but a “substantial group” crossed a line when it breached the Capitol.
Democrats suggest that Barr acted as President Trump’s personal lawyer during his tenure.
“I’ll leave it to the people who are looking into the genesis of this to say whether incitement was involved,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d use the word ‘inevitable,’ but I think that when you start suppressing free speech, when people lose confidence in the media, and also when they lose faith in the integrity of elections, you’re going to have some people resort to violence.”
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It seemed to many that he exited office at the low point of his relationship with Trump back in December after stating that the Department of Justice uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Barr did not tip his hand on whether or not he thought Democrats were correct in their assertions that Trump’s rhetoric incited the mob to act.