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AG Barr: Since When Is It Okay To Try To Burn Down A Federal Courthouse?

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Attorney General William Barr told Rep. Steve Chabot that the federal government has an obligation to defend federal courthouses in cities where the local government refuses to do so, like Portland during the last few weeks of rioting.


"Federal courts are under attack. Since when it is okay to try to burn down a federal court?" he asked. "If someone went down the street to the Prettyman Court here, that beautiful courthouse we have right at the bottom of the hill, and started breaking windows and firing industrial-grade fireworks in to start a fire, throw kerosene balloons in and start fires in the court, is that okay? Is that okay now? No, the U.S. marshals have a duty to stop that and defend the courthouse, and that's what we are doing in Portland. We are at the courthouse defending the courthouse. We're not out looking for trouble."
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