WASHINGTON: Appearing before Senator Lindsey Grahams Senate Committee on the Judiciary we had the four seasons of Attorney General William Barr. At times he was measured and concise in his answers. At other times, you could see his annoyance with the Senators seeking their 2020 Election sound byte.
Then there was the silence he offered the Senator from Hawaii.
Winter came with a single chilling word: No.
Attorney General Barr fights back
The Attorney General told Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) quite simply when asked for notes from a conversation he had with Robert Mueller, “No. Why should you have them?”
Of course, promises of subpoenas for the information are forthcoming. Even as the legal experts tell America the Democrats cannot make unreasonable demands of the AG, or any other American.
Barr calls Mueller complaint letter ‘a bit snitty’
At question is a letter from Mueller to Barr complaining about the attorney general’s characterization of his work. Barr says the letter is a “a bit snitty” and most likely written by a member of Mueller’s staff. As Blumenthal pushes Barr for the details of his interactions with Mueller, Barr says that after he received Mueller’s written complaint, he called the special counsel.
The call was on speakerphone and other people, including Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, were present.
“I said, ‘Bob, what’s with the letter?’ ” Barr said. “ ‘Why don’t you just pick up the phone and call me if there’s an issue?’
In the letter, Mueller expresses that the special counsel team was “concerned about the way the media was playing this and felt that it was important to get out the summaries, which they felt would put their work in proper context and avoid some of the confusion that was emerging.”
He said he asked Mueller if he felt Barr’s characterization to Congress was “misleading” or “inaccurate.” Mueller said it was not. Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham will ask Mueller for his response and then it is over.
“He felt that the press coverage was, and that, a completer, a more complete picture of his thoughts in the context and so forth would deal with that, and I suggested that I would rather just get the whole report out than just putting out stuff seriatim and piecemeal, but I said I would think about it some more.”
Blumenthal noted that there was “nothing in Bob Mueller’s letter to you about the press. His complaint to you is about your characterization of the report.”
“The letter speaks for itself,” Barr retorted.
Barr replies that notes of his phone call with Mueller exist, but that no, he would not turn them over.
“Why should you have them?” the attorney general asks.
Panel Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) kept the peace, saying he will ask Mueller himself to clarify whether Barr’s testimony Wednesday was inaccurate.
“Mr. Mueller will have a chance to make sure that the conversation relayed by Attorney General Barr is accurate,” Graham said. “And I’m going to give him a chance to correct anything you said that he finds misleading or inaccurate, and that will be it.”
After the hearing, though, Senator Graham did clarify that he did not plan to seek Mueller’s testimony except to clarify Barr’s.
“I’m not going to do anymore. Enough already, it’s over. If there’s any dispute about a conversation, then he’ll come, but I’m not going to retry the case, I’m not calling [former White House counsel Donald] McGahn, it is over.”
Democrats Theater of the Absurd
Beginning when Donald Trump announced his candidacy, the Democrat meltdown began. It took off with FISA Court abuses, emboldened by the fake Steele Dossier, a document not of fact, but fiction. A document that even its author could not verify. A document whose purpose was to overthrow the Trump candidacy, the presidency in order to hide the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton.
Unable to take down Trump, Democrat barbs now point at Attorney General Barr in a classic case of “Kill the messenger.” Democrats feel that Special Counsel Mueller has somehow given them permission to impeach President Trump. Their feeble play is to say that Attorney General Barr is somehow hiding crimes, protecting the President.
Yet, despite the entire Mueller report being available at State for their review, not one Democrat, as of last night, had bothered to avail themselves of that opportunity.
Regardless of what is in the Mueller report, Democrats will double down on their narrative that despite there being no collusion, no conspiracy, no cooperation between Donald Trump, his administration, and any person working on his behalf, he is Russian operative.
Barr not returning to the Hill
House Democrats, crying over what they call the “erosion of American democracy” are threatening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress. This after he failed to appear at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee and ignored a subpoena deadline to hand over Robert S. Mueller III’s full report and evidence, which is again available at State.
House Speaker Pelosi further libeling by making a false statement that is damaging the Attorney General’s reputation:
“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, referring to a House hearing in which he said he was unaware that the special counsel had protested his portrayal of his conclusions. “And that’s a crime.”
Attorney General Barr is the “Top Cop” for all Americans. He is the ballast that steers our justice system. Democrats, many, including Senator Nadler, are attorneys. AG Barr did offer to appear before them to answer their questions. Democrats used this offer to demand the right to embarrass the AG by having non-committee member lawyers question the Attorney General.
And Barr has said no. And he is right to do so. This is just another trap that Democrats are setting up to entrap the attorney general, promote their lying narrative, and further hinder the Trump presidency. And to protect those involved in the Russia collusion narrative.
Democrats hope to obstruct Barr’s upcoming origin probe by demanding his resignation in hopes of seating a more favorable AG, or having no AG in place until after the 2020 elections. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian election interference, submitted his resignation letter to the president on April 29.
Rosenstein’s last day in office is May 11.
“We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls. We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle,”
Rosenstein wrote to the president. “We keep the faith, follow the rules, and we always put America first.”
The President has chosen deputy transportation secretary Jeffrey A. Rosen to replace Rosenstein. Rosen will join the DOJ bringing decades of legal background in both government and the private sector.
“I kept the faith; I followed the rules” – Rod Rosenstein
Rosenstein irked the President in that he had the authority to approve changes to the mandate of the investigation. He was able to increase the probe and proved Mueller the Justice Department and FBI resources he wanted.
Rosenstein signature is also on the warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump’s former campaign foreign policy aide, Carter Page. Rosenstein’s signature on the document put him in the enemy camp. However, it is important to note that despite having the authority to do so, the President never fired either Mueller or Rosenstein.
Could it be that our mercurial leader, knowing he was innocent of charges, just let the process takes its course? It was a serious role of the dice. However, he won, rolling a winning pair of sixes – no collusion, and without collusion, no obstruction.
Rosenstein told an audience in late February that he viewed the pursuit of his duties as worth the opprobrium he endured.
“In 1940, Attorney General Robert Jackson explained that government lawyers ‘must at times risk ourselves and our records to defend our legal processes from discredit, and to maintain a dispassionate, disinterested, and impartial enforcement of the law,’ even if it requires us to incur criticism,” Rosenstein said.
At a commencement address, Rosenstein said:
“I took more than my fair share of criticism,” he said. “But I kept the faith; I followed the rules; and I left my office in good hands. Those are the things that matter.”
Barr has promised to reconstruct the origins of the Russia probe.
Democrats have weaponized the upper echelon of the DOJ, FBI and now, they are attempting to weaponize the IRS. Please note, if our government can weaponize these powerful bodies against the President, will they use those powers to attack other Americans? The answer is self-evident.
During Wednesday’s Senate testimony the Attorney General confirmed his intent to “reconstruct” the origins of the Russia investigation, saying he specifically wants to learn the extent of the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. This scares Democrats. If this probe does not end in indictments against co-conspirators against the candidate and President Trump, it could guarantee that America, weary of the politics and lack of leadership, to not only re-elect the President but to return the House to the Republican party.
Barr uses the word spying, because if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, its a duck
Barr did tell lawmakers that there was “spying” against the Trump campaign. Furthermore, the DOJ is reviewing the investigation’s origins. Barr says he will review the “conduct” of the FBI’s original Russia probe. Barr’s testimony Wednesday warns that review would zero in on the use of informants and other surveillance.
“Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant,” Barr said. “I’d like to find out whether that is in fact true. It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop a threat as it’s being represented.”
“And I have to say, that as I’ve said before, the extent that there was any overreach, I believe it was a few people in the upper echelons of the bureau and perhaps the Department, but those people are no longer there.”
Barr has said he will work “closely” with FBI Director Chris Wray “on trying to reconstruct exactly what went down,” including alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Attorney General Barr is not afraid of the Democrats or the Committees. He will find the truth, and for the American People, AG Barr and President Trump, the truth is light in the darkness.