Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today on a range of issues, including the Trump administration’s deployment of federal officers to Portland, Oregon, which has been the site of two months of daily antiracist protests. Barr calls the protests “an assault on the government of the United States,” according to his prepared remarks. This comes as Trump is reportedly planning to send even more federal agents to Portland, which could include an additional 50 Customs and Border Protection officers.
Meanwhile, a National Guardsman is appearing today before the House Natural Resources Committee, where he will testify that the violent June 1 crackdown on demonstrators in Lafayette Square near the White House — which was ordered by Barr — was an “unprovoked escalation” and that protesters were “engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights.”
In related news, the Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained records showing the San Francisco Police Department engaged in mass surveillance of protesters in May and June using a downtown business district’s camera network.