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Bill Barr stumbles as Democrat grills him for refusing to say if he serves Trump or America

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Michigan Democratic representative Brenda Lawrence hammered Attorney General Bill Barr for going along with President Donald Trump’s renewed push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, chastising him for interrupting her and demanding he state whether he serves the president or the American people.

“I watched in deliberate intent of your answers ‘who do you report to, the president of the United States or to the people of America?,'” began Lawrence, recalling Barr’s confirmation hearing. “Without duress, [you] said you report to the people, but you just said when it came to the ACA ruling that you gave, that the president was very clear that he opposed it, and so let it work out in legislation.”

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Barr interrupted to contradict her, which only served to make Lawrence angry.

“Let me finish my question because that’s what I heard,” she shot back and began speaking slowly and deliberately, as if to a young child.

“I want you to explain to me, do you understand your role, when you issue a statement abolishing Affordable Care Act, that you as the attorney general of the people of the United States have a responsibility to understand and support that decision, not based on the policy of a president of the United States?” she said. “You felt it was the right decision under the law to issue that you support abolishing the Affordable Care Act? That’s your legal opinion?”

“The first obligation is to provide your best view of the law,” Barr said. But if the president disagrees with that advice “the attorney general litigating on behalf of the United States should take that position if it’s reasonable and a defensive legal position, even if it’s not the position that the attorney general would take if the attorney general was a judge.”

Lawrence was stunned.

“What you’re saying is if you disagree with the president, if your legal experience and your expertise doesn’t agree, and your president says something different, you’re obligated to agree and enforce what the president says,” she said. “Is that what you’re telling me as the attorney general of the United States of America?”

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Barr tried to say that the DOJ often defended Congressional laws it didn’t agree with, but Lawrence was undeterred.

“Sir, we pass laws. The president of the united States doesn’t pass laws,” she said. “Sir, I’m very concerned at this point. I’m over my time and I’ll come back at my second one, but I’m very concerned with your statement.”

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WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.

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Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.

Just watched this white boy hero climb these bars & spray paint "FUCK TRUMP" on live TV. #BlackLivesMatter @CNN pic.twitter.com/89nLCK52fc

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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."

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‘This is not going to end’: Van Jones says the public doesn’t trust local authorities to deliver justice

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On CNN Friday, commentator Van Jones discussed where the George Floyd case currently stands — and what must happen to ensure the peace.

"This particular medical examiner's report reminds me of the 1990s, where there was this thing called 'sudden in-custody death syndrome,'" said Jones. "Things just got so sudden that the person died. It almost began to feel like a collaboration or collusion between law enforcement and the medical examiners to come up with stuff that kind of watered down the role of the police. If hypertension is going to become an excuse for what happened here, African-Americans including myself have hypertension at epidemic rates."

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