Attorney General William Barr defended President Donald Trump most vociferously on Friday as he went on to accuse his political opponents of trying to upend the Trump administration, Newsweek reported.
In an hour-long speech at the Federalist Society—a largely Conservative and influential legal group—Barr hit out at Democrats for trying to dismiss voters who elected Trump by “using every tool and maneuver to sabotage” his administration.
“In waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in a systematic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law,” Barr said.
Barr’s comments came a week after the Washington Post reported that he declined a request from Trump to hold a press conference to state that there was no illegality in a July phone call between the President and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The call is central to Democrats’ impeachment probe into whether Trump was withholding military aid in order to pressure Ukraine into a politically-motivated investigation into a possible presidential candidate.
Trump denied ever making such a request of Barr and said there would have been no need to do so, given that he says no wrongdoing took place in the call.