WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said he’s not familiar with data showing President Trump’s Department of Justice has pursued roughly half as many civil rights cases as either Obama or Bush — despite a recent VICE News analysis showing that it has.
Asked about those numbers on Tuesday during his congressional testimony, Barr said he’s seen nothing of the kind since being sworn into office in mid-February.
“I’d have to see those figures, and how they’re broken down,” Barr said. “I haven’t seen those figures before.”
In response, Detroit Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat, told him to follow up on how his department is pursuing instances of civil rights violations and hate crimes.
“We use the words ‘stay woke’ sometimes, in community activism,” Rep. Lawrence said. “I expect for you to be informed and aware of what’s happening in this area.”