Barr says China is the paramount economic and military rival in the world and that they're stealing all of our technology. oh noes!
Someone hand this man a cough drop.
Barr mumbles something nonsensical.
Barr says people want to see the shutdown ended but there needs to be some compromise and that people keep calling it the Trump shutdown, but it takes two to tango.
Barr: Not having a wall has an effect on law enforcement.
Except no it doesn't; give me a break already.
Barr starts mumbling about an informed citizenry and says no point in artificially driving up voter participation, whatever the hell that means.
Still whinging about disengaged citizenry.
Barr says he thinks he has to recuse himself, but the DOJ will look into it.
Durbin says that 80-90% of drugs are coming through via US ports of entries in trucks etc not the border.
That's the point.
This dude wrote a memo based on no facts, rank speculation, and is now trying to backtrack.
That memo was nonsense.
He has issues with federal courts issuing nationwide injunctions.
Asks if Barr is concerned about growing practice of nationwide injunctions.
Remember that Barr backed the first muslim ban the one that had people stranded in airports in January 2017. IIRC, no federal court said that first ban was constitutional.
Barr filibusters. Who do you mean?
Whitehouse: Let's start with the president.
Whitehouse gives Barr his best disappointed grandpa look and says "fine, you don't want to answer."
Barr says yeah and talks about how in the 90s, everyone was literally a minute away from being murdered and that's why he proposed more incarceration, including backing a DOJ report called THE CASE FOR MORE INCARCERATION.
Barr says yes.
Says that Barr has written about morality and wonders if he opposes the fact that trump undermines the press and the intelligence community.
Barr is actually defending trump calling the investigation a witch hunt.
Barr says he hasn't looked into it.
Hirono says it's in the damn constitution and some people want to do away with it. Do you agree with them?
Barr says he'd ask for advice from OLC.
Barr: Says he'll tell the committee
Barr is basically shrug emoji/i can't say at this point.
Blumenthal asks Barr if he has regrets about this program now?
Barr is yapping a lot but not answering the question.
Barr: The Clinton administration did but probably not because of the associations with Gitmo.
Blumenthal: Would you isolate asylum seekers in some other way?
Barr: I prefer to process asylum seekers outside of U.S.
when do we get to the part where somebody starts yelling about how much they love beer?
Do you believe being LGBT is immoral? Have your views changed?
Is homosexuality a movement?
That two way street means he wants an accommodation for religion.
Blech. More weaponization of the First Amendment.
Booker: Do you believe that the right not to be fired should be protected under the constitution?
Barr says he think that's wrong.
Will be interesting if he gets confirmed, whether the DOJ will file briefs saying that.
There are cases in the SCOTUS pipeline on this issue and Barr is filibustering the damn question.
Asks if Barr will bring the DOJ back to the mode of defending the right to vote.
Barr: "I will vigorously enforce the Voting Rights Act."
Barr: "I don't know what it says."
Harris, incredulously: You don't know what it says?
Says within weeks, legislators in North Carolina rushed through voting restrictions.
Fed court found them intentionally discriminatory.
Barr is saying he will defend section 2 of the VRA.
I remain skeptical. But if he flips the DOJ back to defending voting rights, that will be a good thing.
Asks if Barr knows what the DOJ's position is?
Barr says he doesn't know.
Hirono says figure it out.
I've only been doing it for a few hours and several times, I have contemplating going outside and lying in the street.
I don't buy that Barr hasn't researched emoluments. It has been in the news a lot. A lot of regular people have looked it up. You're telling me the dude who's tryna get confirmed as AG didn't look it up?
I call bullshit.