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. Just comparing this one with the announcement on Speilberg family. No place there for comment. But …. if that had been a Constitutionalist instead of a DNC Hollyweird…Just Saying? No Just pointing out Antifadadahdah would of been all over the US Citizen.

  2. Would Professor Turley think it premature to comment on the impropriety of Barr directing the Justice Dept to lighten the sentence recommendation for a Trump crony. I have represented numerous defendants in the Federal court over the past 30 years, and rarely has the Government recommended a below guideline sentence absent a cooperation agreement and/or a plea agreement. Stone went to trial and lost and has repeatedly thumbed his nose at the Government along the way. Has Barr suddenly gone squishy on criminal defendants or is his concern for outlandish sentences reserved for the powerful and politically connected , ie, Trump. The perception of unequal justice is something that Barr has fostered and has done great damage to the criminal justice system. He should resign

    1. John F. Palmer:

      “I have represented numerous defendants in the Federal court over the past 30 years, and rarely has the Government recommended a below guideline sentence absent a cooperation agreement and/or a plea agreement. Stone went to trial and lost and has repeatedly thumbed his nose at the Government along the way”
      *******************
      Were your clients sixty-seven-year old men charged in the dead of night with tipped off camera crews looking on with process crimes by an admittedly politicized DOJ and got time tantamount to a death sentence?

      Otherwise we’re comparing apples to nuts. Asking for a friend.

      1. The IG report cleared the FBI on political motivation in the Russian-Trump campaign investigation. Barr is trying to politicize the DOJ. That is indisputable.

        Age is not to be considered in federal sentencing guidelines and yes, uncooperative defendants will get sentencing recommendations at the higher end of guidelines. Are Barr and Mespo seeking department wide reforms of these factors? Are you kidding?

        1. btb:
          The IG report cleared the FBI on political motivation in the Russian-Trump campaign investigation. Barr is trying to politicize the DOJ. That is indisputable.

          Age is not to be considered in federal sentencing guidelines and yes, uncooperative defendants will get sentencing recommendations at the higher end of guidelines. Are Barr and Mespo seeking department wide reforms of these factors? Are you kidding?”
          **********************************
          In yet the latest correction of today’s lies:

          1. Strozyk and Page clearly politicized their work at the FBI and admitted as such. Strozk and Page were high ranking officials. Horowitz didn’t say there was no politicization of the FBI in the Clinton-Trump-Russia hoax. He said there was no documentation of it. According to the IG, “the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the FBI” and “sowed doubt (over) the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the (Clinton) investigation.”
          https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/20/fbi-department-justice-politicized-stop-them-talker/714311002/

          2. Age and health has always been a mitigating factor in federal sentencing guidelines and that was strengthened in 2010: https://www.ifrahlaw.com/crime-in-the-suites/in-federal-sentencing-age-begins-to-matter/

          I can only tell you are lying when you type something. You really need to understand we clearly see you for the fraud you so manifestly are.

          1. I can only tell you are lying when you type something. You really need to understand we clearly see you for the fraud you so manifestly are.

            His claim that the IG ‘cleared’ the investigators is quite stunning. As for his contention about federal sentencing guidelines, it’s reasonable wager he sent a quick e-mail to his son the AUSA in Frisco. Hmmm….

          2. Mespo, I don’t know if you’re lying or stupid and won’t venture an opinion on that.

            1. Thanks for the opinion piece link. Strozyk and Page were found to be guilty of using bureau phones for politically inappropriate comments which gave the impression of partiality. The IG found zero behavior by either indicating their political opinions affected their work. If you think so, cite it. In fact, strozyk was very involved in the Trump campaign investigation during the fall of 2016 when he could have leaked its existence and knee capped Trump, and didn’t .

            2. US Sentencing Commision 2018 Guidelines Manual,
            Section 5, part H 1.1

            “……Age may be a reason to depart downward in a case in which the defendant is elderly AND infirm AND where a form of punishment such as home confinement might be equally efficient as and less costly than incarceration……Physical condition, which may be related to age is addressed at 5H1.4…..

            5H1.4

            “Physical condition or appearance, including physiq, may be relevant…..k

            Age alone is not to be considered. Stone is not infirm and his physique is above average.

            1. damn right he’s got a good physique! he’s a fitness buff

              anyhow what do you say, Book, lab engineered or what? back in 2015:

              https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/lab-made-coronavirus-triggers-debate-34502

              https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3985

              “… 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, ”

              WAIT FOR IT…

              “we built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats1—….”

        1. Monica Lewinsky is still waiting for an apology from your criminal Bill “Lolita Express” Clinton

          Oh but crime is crime

    2. REAL INFO THAT THE MEDIA WILL NEVER REPORT .

      Work on developing a clue will you please . The DOJ is 100% corrupt and we have had completely incompetent AG’s.

      “The Prosecution of Roger Stone By an Overzealous and Politicized Justice Department”

      https://newswithviews.com/the-prosecution-of-roger-stone-by-an-overzealous-and-politicized-justice-department/

      “The FBI’s False Prosecution and Railroading of Roger Stone”

      https://newswithviews.com/the-fbis-false-prosecution-and-railroading-of-roger-stone/

      “Roger Stone Is Innocent – Caught In The Path Of A Runaway Corrupt Special Prosecutor”

      newswithviews.com/roger-stone-is-innocent-caught-in-the-path-of-a-runaway-corrupt-special-prosecutor/

      1. Chris Vhfan

        You might not have know this but the blog only permits two hyperlinks per comment. If you would like the readership to review more than two links, this may be accomplished by using multiple comments of two links each. I edited this comment to allow it to post.

  3. JT busily police’s CNN backbenchers for comments no one heard while ignoring -except in asides in the same columns – Trump and Barrs almost daily attacks on their fellow Americans on either 5th or Pennsylvania Ave. What a tiresome exercise just to get hits.

    But maybe JT can explain how American it is to attack other Americans because of their religion – including none – or to weaponize the DOJ against political opponents of the president, or in defense of his cronies. What should Ayers call that kind of corrupt and destructive behavior?

    1. “But maybe JT can explain how American it is to attack other Americans because of their religion – including none – or to weaponize the DOJ against political opponents of the president, or in defense of his cronies.”
      ***********************
      More outlandish fantasies from our resident dream weaver.

  4. as for this former official whining about Barr, don’t get me started on the Bushes. Their weak leadership is half the reason things are so bad now.

  5. I think your friendship with Bill Barr might be clouding your judgement here. That ABC interview was disingenuous at best.

  6. Self-regulation is key.

    Courage is disciplining my passions against an external threat.
    Temperance is discipling my passions against an internal threat

    1. Didn’t Estovir say “adios” the other day…or something like that. I thought he said he was leaving but, sadly, I see that he’s back.

    1. Make the guillotines ready!

      They are more efficient than Drawing and Quartering.

      The price for treason is dear.
      ________________________

      “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”

      – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. Ayer is a SWAMP/Washington Elite Creature – he is a NEVER TRUMPER one of the reasons he is on CNN, Time and etc. He along with George Conway hate so much any one one around Trump that they are blinded by their hate.

    He was on CNN – a network that is losing viewers and way down in ratings it is a FAILING NETWORK.

  8. Imagine Al Capone is elected through illegal means. Then, he appoints a mob lawyer who says you can’t investigate Capone or the mob. Then Capone’s mob lawyer prosecutes Elliot Ness. That’s about where we are America.

    1. Imagine Obama, Hillary, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann, Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Yates, Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove, Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch,
      Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi et al. weaponize the IRS, order the AG to to take orders from the likes of the criminal Bill Clinton on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport, conduct the Obama Coup D’etat in America and they all get away “scott free” while the star-crossed Blago gets the “Go Directly To Jail” card.

      Imagine America, the Land of the Free, under siege by global communism.

  9. When the government alphabet soup goes unchecked…

    Here is an article about a dairyman’s fight against civil asset forfeiture. The IRS was targeting law abiding individuals for structuring cash deposits. it would bring the full weight of the US government and its unlimited legal fund against small businesses and farmers in a shakedown.

    https://www.agweb.com/article/farmer-refuses-roll-rips-lid-irs-behavior?fbclid=IwAR0A0sEtEV8WuHxUha95qtMQ1MvIJiF0XRjVpnlZ46zmrrY8_hHsAvxx_u0

  10. Just a reminder: Back in 1992, the NYT referred to Trump’s AG as “Coverup-General Barr” for his role in burying evidence of Pres. George H.W. Bush’s involvement in selling WMD’s to Saddam Hussein and the Iran-Contra scandal.

    1. Just a reminder; there is a difference between what the New York Times reports, and what someone writes in an op ed.
      William Safire wrote that in an oped in 1992.
      Upon his death in 2009, this was one account of Safire’s approach and style, also in another op ed:

      “Safire supported the invasion of Iraq in 2002 on the basis of an al-Qaida-Saddam Hussein link. In 2004 he claimed proof of it ex post facto when the very New York Times was reporting otherwise, and used his column to make different allegations involving French deals with Iraq that were also demonstrably false, without ever acknowledging what it is fair to call lies. As David Corn restrainedly put it in his careful investigative piece in the Nation, Safire was “more intent on manipulating than interpreting the available information” and “his commitment to scoring political points exceeds his commitment to the truth.” In Salon, Barry Landon similarly uses serious hard journalism that counters uncorrected Safire declarations.”

  11. Barr Believes America Needs To Restore Its Religious Roots

    But Statistics Show Less Religious Nations Are Better Off

    Last fall, Attorney General William Barr gave a widely covered speech at Notre Dame University in which he decried the secular path America has taken in recent decades.  Barr, a devout Catholic, feels the United States urgently needs to restore what he believes are its religious roots.  

    Today Washington Post Columnist Max Boot presented a battery of statistics that strongly suggest nations are better off with ‘less’ religious influence.  The following is an excerpt.

    ………………………………………………………

    Barr’s simplistic idea that the country is better off if it is more religious is based on faith, not evidence. My research associate Sherry Cho compiled statistics on the 10 countries with the highest percentage of religious people and the 10 countries with the lowest percentage based on a 2017 WIN/Gallup International survey of 68 countries. The least religious countries are either Asian nations where monotheism never took hold (China, Japan) or Western nations such as Australia, Sweden and Belgium, where secularism is much more advanced than in the United States. The most religious countries represent various faiths: There are predominantly Christian countries (the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Armenia), Muslim Pakistan, Buddhist Thailand, Hindu India — and countries of mixed faiths (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Fiji).

    Indicators suggest that the less religious nations are much better off. Average GDP per capita in the least religious countries is more than five times higher, while the unemployment rate is more than twice as low and the poverty rate is one and a half times lower. The homicide rate is five times lower. Life expectancy is 22 percent higher, and infant mortality is 1,000 percent lower — in part because the least religious nations spend 50 percent more per capita on health care. The least religious countries are also better educated, with a mean 12 years of schooling per capita vs. 7½ years in the most religious countries. Income inequality is 24 percent lower in the least religious countries, and gender inequality (as measured by the World Bank) is more than 400 percent lower. Finally, the least religious countries are freer, with an average score of 87.6 from Freedom House, compared to 56.5 for the most religious countries.

    Edited from: “William Barr’s America Vs. Reality In 2020”

    The Washington Post, 2/19/20

    1. Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the republican party, and they’re sure trying to do, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe that they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise, I know, I’ve tried to deal with them……Republican Barry Goldwater.

      1. Fishy:

        I agree with you. We don’t want ideologues of any stripe to be in the head of government. Socialism is every bit the religion Christianity is just with more dead bodies — lately.

        1. Get a grip, You now have President that is above the law, and you don’t want a ideologue to be the head of government?

            1. there’s little point to refuting them. as soon as you prove your point they make up some new BS

              “the internet, a perfect medium for a liar”

              “a liar can make up 20 new lies in the time it takes to refute one”

            2. You have a President who is a malignant narcissist, pathological liar, and who lives for attention, adulation and praise. He only “understands” where the mons veneris is–not much more. He is truly ignorant when it comes to law, government, building consensus, the powers of Congress, the Constitution and the usual things most Presidents know about.

              1. No, we have Natacha, who has been frothing at the mouth ever since Trump was elected over three years ago.
                Keep up the good work, Natacha (and get the rabies shots).

    2. Comparing religious countries vs. non-religious countries across cultures, races, climates, natural resources, homogeneity, etc. and suggesting religiosity as principle cause and effect is pure poppycock.

    3. Max Boot stinks

      However, there is some validity in what he says

      I will now tell you the ONE STATISTIC that proves however that ORGANIZED RELIGION and “religiosity” are actually NET BENEFICIAL for the life of a nation:

      the birth rate….the more religious, more kids per couple

      check out the demographic literature and it’s a clear trend. doesnt matter if you’re talking Orthodox Jews, observant Catholics, or Muslims, there’s a strong correlation between religiosity and family size

      Why is this GOOD for the nation?

      Because it needs a new generation to live on

      China’s got another problem that caused it to toss the one child policy on the dungheap of history–

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-replacement_fertility

      now globalists don’t care you see, because, they hate nations. they think we’re all just one big human family

      or maybe they just say that to trick other people into letting in teeming hordes of cheap labor which makes the rich advocates of globalism like Geo Soros or….. Mikey Bloomberg…. that much richer

      restricting immigration and promoting the growth of a native born labor force, is what a nationalistic leadership would do.

      so Barr stepped on a lot of toes with his remarks about religion, but we see how they fit into a program of nationalism.

  12. 1. Wrote a memo attacking Mueller. 2. Got a job overseeing Mueller. 3. Lied about Mueller’s report. 4. Lied to congress about the lies. 5. Helped Trump pressure Ukraine. 6. Buried a whistleblower complaint. 7. Hid the complaint from congress. 8. Exonerated himself and Trump.

  13. Political Theatre l’Outrage – like I said yesterday.
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    Over the weekend and earlier this week, left-leaning media outlets coalesced on the latest anti-Trump conspiracy theory, using the letter of the former DOJ employees to bolster the appearance of impropriety. In addition to the Times, Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post pointed to the 1,100 signatories as evidence of Trump’s misconduct and Barr’s supposed acquiescence. (At least Rubin wrote under the opinion category, unlike the Times article.)

    NPR likewise parroted the misleading claim that “the signatories on a letter have worked under both Republican and Democratic administrations,” when interviewing Julie Zebrak, one of the signatories and a former DOJ attorney of nearly 20 years. NPR did provide a tad of pushback, though, asking Zebrak what she would say to listeners who dismiss what she says as “partisanship.” Zebrak’s reply followed the same misdirection, noting that “if you look at the list, you’ll see that almost everyone on that list has served through multiple administrations, including Republican and Democrat.”

    That may well be true, but as Peter Strzok and Lisa Page proved beyond doubt, you can be an extreme, left-leaning, hate-filled partisan and work in (and against) Republican administrations. Had the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, or any of the other liberal outlets bothered to act like journalists instead of the PR arms of Democratic and anti-Trump outfits, they would have quickly discovered evidence of a partisan bias underlying the letter calling for Barr’s resignation.

    First, as The New York Times noted, “Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more.” Here’s what the Times and other outlets failed to report: Protect Democracy was founded in 2017 by Ian Bassin, who was the associate White House counsel for President Barack Obama from 2009-2011, and Justin Florence, who also served in the Office of the White House Counsel as a special assistant to the president and associate counsel of the president.

    Bassin is also the president of the liberal American Constitution Society and Florence had also served as a senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Protect Democracy also boasts a Who’s Who of the Never Trump resistance as advisors, such as failed presidential candidate Evan McMullin and running mate Mindy Finn.

    The media also missed the reality that this latest attack on Barr (and in turn Trump) is nothing but a recycling of Protect Democracy’s earlier outrage over the Robert Mueller report. Shortly after the special counsel’s report issued, the same outfit ran the same “we are former federal prosecutors” who “served under both Republican and Democratic administrations” schtick to argue that Trump should have been charged with multiple felonies for obstruction of justice. As the following snippet shows, the signatories, for the most part, overlapped as well.

    https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3817758/posts
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    Bunches more info at the link.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  14. Who cares what Swamp-Creatures say about those helping Trump drain their Swamp? Did we expect them to love us for taking away their Swamp?

    1. A swamp can be beneficial, Trump’s cesspool is useless, and that’s what he’s got, a yuge cesspool that trump supporters swim in and say the pool is fine.

  15. You criticize Ayer for what you claim is his failure to “confirm critical facts” before condemning Barr and supporting his resignation. Well, here’s one “critical fact” you omitted: Barr’s undisputed lies and false spin on the Mueller Report, calculated to get ahead of the story in the news cycle, done for no reason other than to help out the fat cheater who is occupying the White House. That alone qualifies as a grounds to demand his resignation.

    Another “critical fact” you left out is Barr’s insinuation into any investigation, much less prosecution, of any political figure. The AG doesn’t routinely do this. We all know why. Now, there’s the interference with Stone’s sentencing. No one believes it is a mere coincidence that this happened after Trump tweeted his disapproval of the sentencing recommendation. You think Stone’s lying and threatening a witness should yield less than the sentencing guidelines? Well, that’s up to Judge Jackson and her sound discretion.

    You also continue to harp on your opinion that Trump never obstructed justice or obstructed Congress, based on your flimsy tenet that the House investigators should have gone to court to fight it out. Had the House committee done that, there would still not be resolution. HOWEVER, I’ve asked this before and gotten no response: what law allows Trump to blanket refuse to cooperate with the House’s investigation? What about the SCOTUS holding in U.S. v. Nixon, that said that there is no such thing as blanket executive privilege or total executive immunity? There was not an item-by-item assertion of privilege–it was wholesale refusal to produce documents and commanding witnesses not to cooperate. Where is the legal support for that? When the Constitution provides the power and duty of Congressional oversight over the Executive Branch, why should Congress be forced to compel the Executive to comply? That is obstruction of Congress.

      1. Are you out of your ——- mind?
        __________________________

        “Hours later, the Justice Department told defense lawyers for Andrew G. McCabe, the former acting F.B.I. director whom Mr. Trump has vilified for his role in the Russia case, that Mr. McCabe would not be charged in connection with a leak case, ending a nearly two-year criminal investigation.

        “We consider the matter closed,” the department wrote to Mr. McCabe’s lawyers.”

        – New York Times
        _______________

        Andrew McCabe was caught red handed and Barr let him go. Barr has deliberately quashed any investigation into the Obama Coup D’etat in America. While Special Prosecutor Dan Web brought new charges against Jessie Smollett in that “cold case,” Barr has refused to re-litigate Obama’s weaponization of the IRS with his sidekick, Reichsinspekteur (“Scott Free”) Lois Lerner, and a vast array of similarly actionable criminal enterprises and perpetrators? Barr has taken no action against those who have profiteered in high office and executed existential attacks against America.
        _____________________

        The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and
        the most prodigious scandal in American political history.

        The co-conspirators are:

        Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann, Comey,
        Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Yates, Baker, Bruce Ohr,
        Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove, Steele, Simpson,
        Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry,
        Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch,
        Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama et al.

        1. What you may not be appreciating about Barr is that he is not the investigator. If all the FBI guys he assigns to go look into some problem fail to collect the necessary evidence, then his proprietorial effort is stifled, stillborn, might as well not make a fool of himself and bring charges that a federal judge will toss out at first blush.

          There are many malingerers in the FBI who are protecting McCabe and many others. The Agency has been corrupted. It’s a very dangerous situation we are in and bashing Barr is probably not an effective strategy.

          He’s doing better than Sessions was. Barr can be replaced, but he brought tons of experience to this. It would be hard to find another candidate as well positioned as he was to attempt to root out this festering sore.

          Now if the situation gets hotter, and it could, well, at some point, wet-work will commence. In one way or another. Make no mistake, there are people that would plan an open coup now that the sneaky ones have failed. And some people will be on guard against exactly that.

          Federal employees need to respect the results of the last election, which the Deep State saboteurs have been undermining from day one. THEY are the ones undermining law and order and the integrity of the constitutional order, not Trump.

          If I had to vote yes or no on Trump as magister populi, I would. If it came to that.

      2. Not only did Barr misrepresent Mueller’s findings, Mueller told him that he did so, and afterwards Barr lied to Congress about whether Mueller complained about it. There are multiple news stories about this. Here’s one: https://rantt.com/mueller-has-spoken-barr-misrepresented-his-report

        Then there is the trip Barr made overseas to help Trump with the Ukraine scandal. Barr needs to go. Sooner rather than later. Despite the ABC interview in which Barr complained that Trump is making it impossible to do his job, Trump continues to criticize the DOJ for not going after his perceived enemies.

    1. The false spin is all yours Natch. But, not listening anymore.

      If you think we’re going to lose nerve because of a lot of whiny former officials, we’re not.

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