Barr Brings Down the House After Breaking out Bagpipes for Surprise Performance with NYPD Bagpipe Band

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr, displaying a little-known talent, played “Scotland the Brave” on his bagpipes on Wednesday, joining in with the New York City Police Department’s famed Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society.

The performance by the band, set up by U.S. attorneys in Maryland and Virginia as a surprise for Barr, occurred at a Justice Department conference in Washington.

Barr, named attorney general by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in February, is a competitive bagpiper.

Barr said afterward that when he learned of the pipe band’s appearance, despite the attorneys’ efforts to keep it under wraps, he decided to do them one better and join in.

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“I’m very proficient at, dare I say the word, spying,” he said, in a joking reference to comments he made earlier this year at a U.S. Senate hearing when he testified that intelligence agencies spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Barr has been criticized by Democrats in Congress over his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to boost Trump’s candidacy and the president’s attempts to impede the inquiry.

Those criticisms have included Barr’s decision to probe Republicans’ allegations that Trump’s campaign was illegally spied on by U.S. intelligence agencies including the FBI.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Susan Thomas.

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stan
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stan

Maybe it is time to investigate a lot of things in Washington on both sides of the aisle.

Maureen Ronau
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Amazing! Thanks, Bill!

Otis
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Gie it laldy, AG Barr! Unlike the blowhards on the left, the man seems a conscientious servant of the people and the Constitution. Who knew he could also manage the pipes?

Kooringa
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Kooringa

Pelosi nd the democrats could blow the bagpbagpipes all night long with out a break.
The democrats should give their presidential candidatorial speeches in front of a wind farm, solve americas energy needs at least for one night.

Cathy Frazure
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Cathy Frazure

Love this and I respect this man for standing up and doing what is right!

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