Former Bush Deputy AG Denounces Barr As “UnAmerican”

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Yesterday I wrote a column in the Hill criticizing hair-triggered responses to the controversy over the sentencing recommendation in the case of Roger Stone. This included former prosecutors who did not see the need to confirm critical facts before demanding the resignation of Barr. Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called Barr, his former colleague in the Bush Administration, “unAmerican.” It is a disgraceful attack on someone who has served his country for decades with distinction. Just as many (including myself) have denounced President Donald Trump for calling opponents disloyal or traitorous, this personal attack should also be roundly denounced by all sides in this controversy.

Ayer went on CNN with Wolf Blitzer to question not just the judgment and integrity but the patriotism of Barr. He stated “The reason I say he’s un-American…is that the central tenet of our legal system and our justice system is that no person is above the law. Bill Barr’s vision is that there is one man—one person—who needs to be above the law and that is the president.” The statement is wildly unfair and inaccurate. Indeed, Barr has repeatedly stated that he believes a president can be impeached for abuse of power as well as obstruction and other violations. He has also stated that a president can be criminally prosecuted after he leaves office.

Ayer has previously shown similar quick judgment in such controversies. In October, just as the Ukrainian scandal was emerging, Ayer signed a letter with George Conway and others demanding a rapid impeachment. There were only a few weeks of stories on the developing scandal. However, this was before the testimony of key witnesses were even heard by Congress. Nevertheless, Ayer declared with his co-signers that “These acts, based on what has been revealed to date, are a legitimate basis for an expeditious impeachment investigation, vote in the House of Representatives and potential trial in the Senate.”

It was an extraordinarily premature conclusion — much like the pattern shown in the current controversy. Even in the hearing in December, I cautioned against the rush to impeach in December. The only two impeachable offenses that I saw as conceptually and constitutionally viable were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but testified that the record would not currently support such claims. Ultimately, the Committee dropped the other counts that I testified against and went with the two that I discussed. However, it has unwisely kept to its pledge to impeach by Christmas despite the obvious gaps and conflicts in the record.

Ayers however had reached his conclusion months before on the need to move quickly to impeachment. Before even hearing from Barr, he now feels certain enough to call not just for Barr’s resignation but to denounce him as “unAmerican.” For its part, CNN correctly calls out Trump for such irresponsible rhetoric but did not even question the basis or propriety of such an ad hominem on Barr.

Ayer also signed a letter claiming that Trump was clearly guilty of obstruction of justice, a claim that I addressed in my testimony before the Judiciary Committee as unsupportable on the basis of the code and the case law. That count was also rejected in favor of an obstruction of Congress claim, which itself was prematurely approved by the House and ultimately rejected by the Senate.

As I stated in yesterday’s column, there are legitimate questions raised by the change in the recommendation and the resignation of the prosecutors. However, there is also countervailing information supporting Barr that has been uniformly ignored, including disclosures that he made in this ABC interview where he criticized the President for his tweets.

Perhaps Ayer has inside information proving such allegations. If so, he should share it. If not, he should exercise a modicum of restraint in assuming unethical conduct. It is even more unprofessional to not just declare such acts to be unethical but also declare a person as “unAmerican” on such limited information.

156 thoughts on “Former Bush Deputy AG Denounces Barr As “UnAmerican””

  1. —–Original Message—–
    From: betty_rawnsley
    To: oce
    Cc: gerhardt ; whistleblower ; talktodol
    Sent: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 2:26 pm
    Ethics? I don’t believe that is something that Attorney Alan Dershowitz feels is necessary if you wish to work in the legal, media or serve as a public servant for the past few decades or more.
    Sincerely, Elizabeth A. Rawnsley
    —–Original Message—–
    From: betty_rawnsley
    To: pio ; karberg
    Sent: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 2:20 pm
    Subject: Fwd: ROGER SEVIGNY ( INSURANCE FRAUD) Re: Requested appropriate email address ( 2019? Peter Johnson: Fox News ? ) You know of the corruption and what is stonewalled from the view of the public.
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts: Re: U.S. Senators and Congressional Delegates serving as jury and prosecutors during this impeachment process may be fully informed of the corruption supported by the Trump Administration but many representatives may not have all the facts, due to no fault of their own.
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was supposed to release all correspondences on to their attention long before this impeachment process. He must be reprimanded for placing many politicians in this type of circumstance without notifying them of the fraud and corruption covered up by the media industry. Sincerely, Elizabeth A. Rawnsley
    —–Original Message—–
    From: betty_rawnsley
    To: pjohnsonjr ; Contact
    Cc: whistleblower ; oce
    Sent: Sat, Nov 2, 2019 9:06 am
    Subject: Fwd: ROGER SEVIGNY ( INSURANCE FRAUD) Re: Requested appropriate email address ( 2019? Peter Johnson: Fox News ? ) You know of the corruption and what is stonewalled from the view of the public.
    Re: Media malpractice=Public Corruption at epidemic levels of support by William Barr of the U.S.D.O.J. and the Oversight Committee Members: Re: We have been witnessing the media industry covering up for illegal activities of governing officials for decades. The attorneys are in charge of all the false faces and false facts. How many politicians are attorneys? How many attorneys work in Congress and in the U.S. Senate? FBI? U.S.D.O.J.? Federal agencies all over the country? Oversight Committee in Congress? The U.S. Senate Judiciary? Office of Civil Rights? The U.S. Department of Labor? How many stonewalling a process is supported by the attorneys in these placements and in the state courts? FCC? Robert Mueller and his investigation cost how many millions of dollars paid to how many attorneys involving how many other attorneys for the people charged in that process? Robert Mueller lll covered up for decades of corruption and fraud supported by these politicians in power and working in many federal agencies. That would include many of his own friends and affiliations employed in many law firms while he was employed by Bush and Obama’s Administration. What about all the attorneys employed by many media corporations, newspapers, at a local, state and national level of employment? What do they suggest to be stonewalled from the view of the public? White House Staff? This entire process is a show put on by the Democrats and the Republicans in public service now. If they truly wished to hold anyone to any accountability then they would be holding William Barr accountable. The Oversight Committee Members have become stonewalls covering up for their own personal and political agendas, year after year. There has been “NO” oversight until now? Why? Because Vice President Biden’s family is involved in corruption? What else is news? No one knows more about corruption than the Trump Administration. He came into the process suggesting that he was to “drain the swamp.” It is an impossible task and he never intended on addressing any fraud or corruption involving any states in the union during his presidency or campaign for his next election. That is one of the reasons why we have so much corruption, year after year. No one wishes to hold any states to any investigations or accountability during the campaigns and elections. That is all politicians do now. They constantly raise money and find ways to “win” the next election. One big circle of injustices and the media has been the winners in this process. So much money paid and so many books are written by anyone involved in politics. Nancy Pelosi is surely not an honorable woman in power but she controls many of the Democrats and they are not able to investigate into anything other than what she feels is relevant. The attorneys are sitting in many elected seats and employed in many of the federal agencies and they are making everyone look pretty foolish suggesting that they are “Constitutional Scholars” of law. No one is above the laws? We never heard any phone conversations transcribed involving Bush or Obama’s Administration. I am sure some of those conversations would become very interesting to hear or witness transcribed. The media industry has become way too involved in politics and personal agendas of political parties. We do not have investigative journalism but we do have so many people employed in that industry making money in a most deceptive manner. We should have been investigating into the illegal conduct of state attorneys and state officials during the Bush and Obama Administration. Yes, Trump’s administration became involved in many “obstruction of justice” practices during his time frame in office. In a couple of years, he and many of the Republican politicians in power supported many illegal actions of our state governing officials. Why did anyone stop any investigations into the “obstruction of justice” actions in the hands of the U.S.D.O.J. and the FBI? It surely involved William Barr and many republicans in power, now.
    —–Original Message—–
    From: betty_rawnsley
    To: info ; teamsunny
    Cc: thomas.carson ; ; bookauthorsuccess ; press ; info
    Sent: Thu, Oct 31, 2019 11:57 am
    Subject: Fwd: ROGER SEVIGNY ( INSURANCE FRAUD) Re: Requested appropriate email address
    Independent Fact-Checking Network? How long have you been in business? U.S.D.O.J. ( Impeachment Inquiry of Donald J Trump.)
    Re: So many books become involved in contracts of many politicians and men and women employed in the media industry. Do you wonder why we have states offered immunity to any investigations by federal agencies and our own governing officials, time and time, again? Politics is simply more relevant than protecting people or children? Wow, William Barr is planning his XMAS party at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. ( That is one of the first issues that he took care of as soon as he became the lead attorney in this country?) Did that take place before or after he resigned as a Board Member for Bank of America?
    Maybe, the women working on THE VIEW should ask “Team Sunny” Hostin to research into that question and concern. She is always suggesting that the American Bar Association is concerned about “ethics” and how it is that attorneys are so very “honorable.” Really? They don’t seem too concerned with decades of corruption covered up by our own tax paid attorneys at law employed in many federal agencies. Obama’s Administration, Team Sunny?
    Sincerely, Elizabeth A. Rawnsley

  2. We the American people know who are unamerican. We know they are the ones who go on all the fake news shows and speak the loudest

  3. You wanna read what batsh*t crazy Maxine Waters is putting out on Twiiter? Read it and weep for the country because we have wackjob nutcases running The Resistance out of Congress:

    “It’s not enough for Barr to resign. I want him out of DOJ, disbarred, disgraced, & investigated for obstruction of justice. Barr sabotaged Mueller report, was in on Ukraine plot, & now he wants to free Trump’s criminal friends. In my estimation, they ALL belong in jail!”

    5:25 PM · Feb 18, 2020 Tweet by Rep. Maxine Waters

    1. Maxine represents a strange congressional district. It is baffling to understand why the constituents would keep her in office.

      Congressional District 43 (116th Congress), California
      Source: 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates
      Income and Benefits
      (In 2018 inflation-adjusted dollars) Estimate
      Total households 245,576
      Less than $10,000 16,181
      $10,000 to $14,999 9,034
      $15,000 to $24,999 20,342
      $25,000 to $34,999 18,199
      $35,000 to $49,999 31,211
      $50,000 to $74,999 44,147
      $75,000 to $99,999 33,474
      $100,000 to $149,999 39,353
      $150,000 to $199,999 16,762
      $200,000 or more 16,873
      Median household income (dollars) $64,721
      Mean household income (dollars) $86,927

      Employment Status Estimate
      Population 16 years and over 593,934
      In labor force 396,559
      Civilian labor force 396,204
      Employed 376,831
      Unemployed 19,373
      Armed Forces 355
      Not in labor force 197,375
      Civilian labor force 396,204
      Unemployment Rate 4.9%

      Educational Attainment Estimate
      Population 25 years and over 505,046
      Less than 9th grade 60,783
      9th to 12th grade, no diploma 49,399
      High school graduate (includes equivalency) 109,911
      Some college, no degree 104,951
      Associate’s degree 38,852
      Bachelor’s degree 99,321
      Graduate or professional degree 41,829
      Percent high school graduate or higher 78.2
      Percent bachelor’s degree or higher 27.9

      Source: 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

      Sex and Age Estimate
      Total population 753,696
      Male 365,298
      Female 388,398
      Under 5 years 51,205
      5 to 9 years 50,518
      10 to 14 years 48,220
      15 to 19 years 46,717
      20 to 24 years 51,990
      25 to 34 years 118,978
      35 to 44 years 104,611
      45 to 54 years 98,586
      55 to 59 years 48,960
      60 to 64 years 41,367
      65 to 74 years 55,156
      75 to 84 years 25,131
      85 years and over 12,257
      Median age (years) 35.8
      18 years and over 576,853
      65 years and over 92,544

      Race Estimate
      Total population 753,696
      One race 723,173
      White 307,860
      Black or African American 160,048
      American Indian and Alaska Native 4,743
      Asian 104,116
      Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2,583
      Some other race 143,823
      Two or more races 30,523
      Hispanic or Latino and Race Estimate
      Total population 753,696
      Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 364,583
      Mexican 252,941
      Puerto Rican 4,829
      Cuban 2,344
      Other Hispanic or Latino 104,469
      Not Hispanic or Latino 389,113

      Place of Birth Estimate
      Total population 753,696
      Native 511,074
      Born in United States 501,682
      State of residence 405,981
      Different state 95,701
      Born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parent(s) 9,392
      Foreign born 242,622

    2. In MY estimation, Maxine, YOU do not belong in Congress! YOU are corrupt and dumb as a rock to boot. No wonder you are a hero to some Democrats. You are a disgrace to the institution called Congress.

  4. The DOJ is filled with enemy combatants :

    “DOJ Is Infected With Organized Crime, Trump Has Every Right To Push For Change, In Fact It’s His Sworn Duty”

    “Fitton says letter demanding Barr’s resignation organized by group ‘run by Obama, Schiff staffers”

    “A quick brief on the Trump-Assange fake news today”

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  5. Ya’ll just proved by reading comments on this subject that Trump supporters are really out of touch. You want to go down with the ship, that’s OK, fine, down down with the ship.

    1. I guess you didn’t see the Democrat Debate in Vegas last night? You want to go down with the sinking Democrat party ship, that’s OK, fine, go down with that ship. Y’all gonna have a contested convention. Gonna be fun, eh?

      1. “You want to go down with the sinking Democrat party ship, that’s OK, fine, go down with that ship. Y’all gonna have a contested convention. Gonna be fun, eh?”
        It’s like standing on the iceberg watching the Titanic heading straight for you. The only difference is this time we’re rooting for the iceberg.

    2. Fishy, if you think AG Barr is the problem, then YOU are the one who is “really out of touch on this subject.”

      1. Here’s a hint Fishy: Instead of AG Barr, perhaps the REAL problem is: Corrupt prosecutors. Corrupt cops like Comey and McCabe, et al. Corrupt secret courts. SWAT teams and CNN cameras sent to arrest Roger Stone. Gag orders for Stone….

        But million dollar book deals for Comey, et al and CNN and MSNBC contracts for McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Weisman, etc. Which lying corrupt Obama admin bureaucrat hasn’t CNN hired yet? They all get megaphones. But Trump loyalists are gagged??

      2. …or maybe guys like Tom are the problem…and “really out of touch on this subject.”

    1. that law professor is very smart, and he certainly is an expert about laws concerning biological weapons.

      he is also got a lot of strange ideas about various things.

      I think he is developing some possible scenarios for the origin of the virus, but, I am not sure I buy it yet.

      what i find most offensive is that people immediately dismiss guys like Mr boyle as cranks. he is no crank. he is serious and qualified to develop hypotheses like this. also you notice that the twitter has not reinstated zerohedge even though senator cotton said as much as they did and yet twitter has not retracted their ban. that really pisses me off!

      anyhow, the hypothesis this virus was engineered, is not specious. take a look.

      1. Mr K


        what i find most offensive is that people immediately dismiss guys like Mr boyle as cranks. he is no crank. he is serious and qualified to develop hypotheses like this. also you notice that the twitter has not reinstated zerohedge even though senator cotton said as much as they did and yet twitter has not retracted their ban. that really pisses me off! <<

        I've found it very offensive myself, but most just ignore them. I think my are Agi-props or victims of their misinformation.

        I've been caught a few times myself by misinfo.

        I'll look at your link.

        And I'll have to get back to you on that whole Delamation of the women thing.

        Are we expected as men to take their cloths off or cover them with more cloths???


        1. Oky

          after further study I think professor Francis Boyle’s hypothesis that this COVID-19 “novel coronavirus” is not so novel but actually a lab engineered virus, is very credible.

          FROM 2015:

          “The emergence of SARS-CoV heralded a new era in the cross-species transmission of severe respiratory illness with globalization leading to rapid spread around the world and massive economic impact3,4. Since then, several strains—including influenza A strains H5N1, H1N1 and H7N9 and MERS-CoV—have emerged from animal populations, causing considerable disease, mortality and economic hardship for the afflicted regions5. Although public health measures were able to stop the SARS-CoV outbreak4, recent metagenomics studies have identified sequences of closely related SARS-like viruses circulating in Chinese bat populations that may pose a future threat1,6. However, sequence data alone provides minimal insights to identify and prepare for future prepandemic viruses. Therefore, to examine the emergence potential (that is, the potential to infect humans) of circulating bat CoVs, we built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats1—in the context of the SARS-CoV mouse-adapted backbone. The hybrid virus allowed us to evaluate the ability of the novel spike protein to cause disease independently of other necessary adaptive mutations in its natural backbone. Using this approach, we characterized CoV infection mediated by the SHC014 spike protein in primary human airway cells and in vivo, and tested the efficacy of available immune therapeutics against SHC014-CoV. Together, the strategy translates metagenomics data to help predict and prepare for future emergent viruses.”


          “we built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats”

          IS THIS NOT NEWS?

          it seems most likely to me, that if this is the source, they were probably studying it in wuhan and other r-4 labs around the world, as part of public health research, and it just leaked out by accident.

          Boyle suggests it was a bioweapon. I don’t see the evidence for that. But I do see evidence that it was lab engineered, made up, souped up with additional infectious potential. They say there were studying this just in case. Well just in case has happened. Will they come clean?

  6. Ayer can say anything he wants. I like the amendment.that supports free speech.

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

    1. So it’s just Alex Jones, Shroyer, David Knight, Louder with Crowder, Linda Sarsure???, Mark Dice, Michael Savage, Candace Owens, & 1000’s more that can for some time now have their Free Speech Ripped Away.

      That idiot Ayer can say any damn fool thing he wishes as far as I’m concerned.

  7. Why don’t we say it like it really is – “Former New World Order” deputy AG. Most of the electorate knew that we have been taken for a ride by both parties for decades. Until Trump came alone we had no choice in who we elected. We got the “good’ cop or we got the “bad” cop depending upon your view. Either choice was selling out the American Citizen!

  8. The Day of Reckoning is near. Either the mealy mouthed politicians and the even more mealy mouthed ‘pundits’ will go down or Patriots will. Either way, it will be bloody.The swamp slime infesting DC and their evil minions in the press are hell bent on destroying America. They admit no limits on their evil, accept any vile slander leveled at any Conservative as The Truth From On High but would never admit so much as a parking ticket given to even the lowest person on the Socialist totem pole. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Kim all murdered their opponents wholesale and slaughtered their fellow countrymen in the tens of millions on the merest whim. The Socialists here would do the same if given the slightest chance.

  9. Oky1, maybe they had more than a plutonic relationship. I mean this is 2020. I’ll put on my liberal hat, we shouldn’t be judgement pal. Oky1, now wasn’t a real line of liberal crap.

    1. The whole govt intel groups using blackmail/extortion of all these different leaders/Biz men in one form or another, it makes most of the other weird crap govts do have some sense of a reason for & not in a good way.

      IE: Don’t move or Roger Stone, or I mean the puppy gets it. lol;)

      Rat b*stards either way.

    2. You mean they might have had a relationship other than relating to igneous rock formed by solidification at considerable depth beneath the earth’s surface?

  10. Off topic. Bernie Sanders tells Bloomberg he can’t buy an election. Bloomberg tells Sanders, if you get elected we won’t be able to buy anything.

        1. Why was Orenthal James Simpson hanging out with two Americans and a combat knife?

          According to the racist jury of 9 blacks, he wasn’t.


        2. Trump seen that Epstein was a wack job & got away from him, another case had him removed from the property .

          Why do you ask? Were you also taking airplane rides with him when you were younger? Just asking.

            1. You ride on the Generational Welfare and Affirmative Action Privilege Express…in first class!

              1. Ahh, the Harumph Harumph Titanic room at its best. Kind of underlines the tone of this place, doesn’t it?

                1. You could help the forum, ya know. Leave it and take with you your moralistic, judgemental, holier-than-thee shtick. You have amply shown us why Trump was elected: to rid our culture of the pestilence that you and your woke peeps offer.

                  Be comforted though: Trump has grown in popularity since your failed coup and Americans renounce everything that your ilk represent. Your fake news outlets are limp, shoot blanks and otherwise make a mess of the room just like you do

                  So be encouraged!

                  Priscilla sends her regrets

            2. Thanks for clearly that up, now about your personal relationship with Adam Schitf & Ed Buck. Please tell us more about that.

              1. I apologize, I’m not up on all the conspiracies and had to look up Ed Buck. I guess you got all the mileage you could out of Vince Foster. As for Adam, I guess he’ll keep on calling witnesses to testify and demanding whistleblower reports that are supposed to be delivered to Congress and requiring intelligence departments to be responsive to subpoenas. He’s on my speed dial but I hate to bother him while he’s busy digging up info.

                1. Engima,

                  Thanks for being a good sport.

                  Be careful many of those Dem/Rino Repub American hating commie/nazi types are either pedos or selling out our USA for a few dollars on the billion stolen.

                  Now maybe things remain much the same for a long time or, as I’m viewing, one or more things come together for a perfect storm & you & I a caught in more then a one off rain storm that only last a day.

                  You might want to patch up your relationship with Jesus.

                  1. A tip for you, the money trail of those selling out the USA for cash begins and ends with Wilbur Ross. He’s near the top of the “Do not Prosecute” list that William Barr has hidden in his ass.
                    Me and Jesus are good, thanks for looking out!

                    1. Just in case.

                      Infowars sells some good water filters at a reasonable price. Hellava lot cheaper then bottled water.

                      Water the main thing, need clean water…then food, shelter, self defence.

                      I was trying to find a early spring forecast & hell it’s leaning towards tornados.

                      So we freeze our butts all winter then what? Get whacked by a tornado.

                      You think maybe God has a sense of humor & is just checking to see if we’re still on our toes? lol

                    2. Oops, missed a couple of things.

                      Plenty of those leaders have left many of us disappointed over the years.

                      I know of Wilbur Ross, but also of George Soros the Nazi collaborator funding a lot of un-American agendas.

                      Curious thing I’ve seen they both are said to have business ties to the Rothschilds.

                      It’s bad enough the rotten crap I know they’ve pulled it’s the rotten crap we don’t know that’s troubling to me.

                      Anyway… just thinking.


  11. Law degrees and payment bar dues do not provide cover for leftwing politics, hatred, ignorance, irrationality and dishonesty. Donald Ayer and hundreds of thousands of other leftists like him should be ashamed of themselves, but if they were they wouldn’t be Democrats (including RINOs).

  12. Where were you during Obama’s 8 years with Holder and Lynch?
    So i say to you sir…Shaddup!!

    1. You did notice that a Google search with the terms “Donald Ayer” and “Lois Lerner” turns up nothing of note.

      Did you catch this guy’s resume? Our real problem is our elite sectors are not composed of men of integrity.

      1. NEVER USE GOOGLE for political info NEVER !!!! It’s 100% fake news links.



        1. & are better search engines, cleaner, less political leanings and minimal tracking

  13. Former Bush Deputy AG Denounces Barr As “UnAmerican”

    Donald Ayer (etal) is unhinged.

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