U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr played the bagpipes at the start of the U.S. Attorneys’ Conference in Washington D.C, Wednesday morning.
The U.S. Attorneys’ Conference opened with a performance from the Emerald Society Pipe Band, consisting of men in kilts marching while playing bagpipes and drums. Barr sat on stage observing the performance until the music suddenly stopped. He then rose from his chair and briefly walked back stage to retrieve a set of his own bagpipes.
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He began to play “Scotland the Brave,” as the performers joined in with drums and pipes.
At the end of the performance, Barr set down his pipes and proceeded to address the attendance at the podium. (RELATED: CNN Freaks Out Over Barr ‘Spying’ Testimony)
“Thank you, thank you,” he said a the crowd applauded.
“Now how was that for an icebreaker?” he asked.
Barr began to explain to the audience how the performance was organized.
“Jessie and Rob and Zack thought they were going to surprise me by having the Emerald Society Pipe Band come down from New York,” he explained.
“But as you know, I’m very proficient at…dare I say the word: spying,” he joked. “And I discovered the plot, and so this was my counter surprise.”
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