July 27, 2020                                

Nicole Henderson


U.S. Congressional Candidate Phil Ehr Statement on Upcoming Testimony of Attorney General Before House Judiciary Committee


PENSACOLA, FL — Earlier today, the U.S. Congressional candidate challenging Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in Florida’s 1st District, retired Navy Commander Phil Ehr, released the following statement regarding the upcoming testimony of Attorney General Bill Barr before the House Judiciary Committee:

Tomorrow, the Attorney General is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about what role, if any, he has played in the steady infiltration of politics into our criminal justice system—culminating in the commutation of convicted felon Roger Stone, a longtime personal friend of the president. 

He will be called to answer for the persistent erosion of prosecutorial autonomy that has taken place under his stewardship of the Justice Department, including the intervention of political appointees in the case of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn as well as that of Stone. 

The integrity of our justice system is crucial to the maintenance of American rule of law. If we cannot have faith in law enforcement to be free from political influence, we step down a dangerous path. 

I look forward to hearing AG Barr’s testimony tomorrow, and I hope Rep. Gaetz, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, will put partisanship aside for the sake of our collective good. Unfortunately, in the past he has seldom shown the candor and maturity required of a member of Congress to authentically unearth the truth. 

Fortunately, I know the people of Florida’s 1st District are smart enough to cut through the noise and see Rep. Gaetz’s behavior for what it is—partisan political performance art. 

About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership. Join the “Ehr Force” today!