ABC Up in Arms Over AG Barr Paying for Family Party at Trump Hotel


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Despite admitting that career ethics officials for the Justice Department approved the location of Attorney General William Barr’s family holiday party, ABC’s World News Tonight was still up in arms on Tuesday after they learned he was having it at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Now, to the new headline involving President Trump's attorney general, William Barr tonight. ABC News confirming that AG Barr has booked the President's hotel in Washington for his own family holiday party. Reportedly spending tens of thousands at the President's hotel,” announced sensationalist anchor David Muir as if it was a scandal.

As investigative correspondent Kyra Phillips began her report she seemed to be painting the situation as a plot by President Trump to get rich:

KYRA PHILLIPS: Over the past 24 hours, President Trump emphatic -- he's not trying to cash in on the presidency.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don't want to make money. I don't care about making money.

PHILLIPS: But tonight, new questions. The Washington Post reporting Attorney General Bill Barr is spending upwards of $30,000 to throw his holiday party at the President's Washington, D.C., hotel.

[Barr] says he's paying for the 200-person bash out of his own pocket. The Justice Department telling ABC News it was all cleared by, quote, ‘Career ethics officials.’” she scoffed.


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