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Attorney General William Barr listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday in Washington on the oversight of the Department of Justice. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying on Tuesday "violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests" sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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