Attorney General on race and policing, vote by mail

William Barr speaks to ABC News’ Pierre Thomas about the idea that black men are “treated with extra suspicion” by police and addressed the removal of protesters for a White House photo-op.
2:45 | 07/09/20

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Tonight we are one on one would attorney general William Barr would this pandemic of course the growing concern over the presidential election. Should Americans concerned about their health. Be allowed to mail in their ballots with bar says about that tonight. And we ask him about the police about black lives matter and that scene at Lafayette park forcibly clearing out those peaceful protesters. Was it for a presidential photo op. What he now says here's our Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas wood the attorney general tonight. We press the attorney general about that moment in June when mostly peaceful protests is wrong. We're cleared out of Lafayette park by force. Earlier William Barr standing right there moments later the president stood for that photo op with the by. Has done because the president was going to go over and market have a photo are. But QD DD and a plan was to move the demonstrators. Up toward high street. It was not time to set up a photo. Recently said there's no systemic racism in policing but during our interview today he acknowledged. A racial profiling problem you know I do think that it is a who widespread. A phenomenon that that. African American. Males particularly are treated to lose her true suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt with the presidential election nearing. And the pandemic a raging we asked about concerns about voting safely and voter suppression. In recent primaries lying stretching four hours. Many states now pushing to vote by mail the president repeatedly claiming millions of ballots could be stolen we actually called every secretary of state. In the country virtually everyone. And none of them said to it was a issues that they were concerned about I was very concerned about the integrity of elections because. I feel we're very divided country I think there's a lot of opportunity for mischief in that makes me concerned. But it certainly meant he'd making it easier for people to vote in a pandemic. Well I think the states have a lot of latitude as to what form of floating they're gonna have I'm expressing concern over voted four. Come on don't do think it increases the opportunity for art. You voted absentee voting yourself who are actually one of those like I actually did go to two vote. Preston the attorney general whether American should be allowed to mail in their ballots this election in the meantime here you also asked the attorney general about president trump of the possibility. That he might pardon Roger Stone. David bar makes say this those prosecution was righteous and that he deserves the three years in prison that the judge citizen to. But he admits it's going to be the president's call as to whether to commutes those prison term or pardon him David. Pierre Thomas tonight with the interview thank you.

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