Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CNN: William Barr is in deep trouble

Mod: It appears that William "Fudge" Barr told a big fat lie while revealing his highly idiosyncratic version of the Mueller Report to the world. Are you shocked? I mean really shocked?

William Barr is in deep trouble (CNN link): Attorney General William Barr did two strange things between the time he received special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and when he released it to Congress and the public.

The first came on March 24 when, two days after receiving the Mueller report, Barr released a four-page summary letter in which he made clear his conclusion that the report found no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and that Mueller hadn't made any recommendation as to whether President Donald Trump should be charged with obstructing justice.

The second came on the morning of April 18 when Barr, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by his side, held a press conference to reiterate those findings -- in remarkably Trumpian language -- 90 minutes before actually making a redcated version of the report public.

On Tuesday night, those two moves came into far sharper -- and more troubling -- focus when it was revealed that Mueller sent a letter to Barr on March 27 expressing concern about the ways in which Barr's summary document described the evidence surrounding obstructive behavior. Mueller did not make issue with any of the factual statements in Barr's four-page letter but rather the lack of nuance on obstruction -- and the resultant media coverage, according to CNN's Laura Jarrett's reporting.

That revelation creates a series of problems for Barr -- most notably that he appeared to be, at best, misleading in his answers about Mueller's feelings about his summary of the report.

On April 9, in a House hearing, Barr seemed entirely unaware of Mueller's issues with his summary report. Here's the key exchange between Barr and Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist:

CRIST: Reports have emerged recently, general, that members of the special counsel's team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March 24 letter, that it does not adequately or accurately portray the report's findings. Do you know what they are referencing with that?

BARR: No, I don't.

In an April 10 appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, this exchange happened between Barr and Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen:

VAN HOLLEN: Did -- did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?

BARR: I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.

At the time -- even without the knowledge we now possess about the Mueller letter of March 27 -- it seemed odd. The attorney general holding a press conference about a report that he had seen but no one in the media had been given -- and wouldn't be for another 90 minutes? It seemed, even before Barr began speaking, to be a relatively transparent attempt by the AG to frame the soon-arriving Mueller report -- to set the terms of the conversation for both Congress and the American public.
Within minutes, it became clear that was exactly Barr's intent. Here's just a piece of what Barr said that day:

"So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes."

As I noted at the time, Barr's language was strikingly similar to how Trump himself had long described the Mueller probe. But, that language from Barr seems far more damning for the attorney general in light of what he knew about both the repeated incidents of seemingly obstructive behavior in the Mueller report and also Mueller's own concerns about the language Barr had used to describe the finding in his March 24 summary letter.

Barr is set to sit to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. He's got a lot to answer for.

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67 comments:

  1. BARR IS A TRUMP STOOGE & ASS KISSER!šŸ˜ˆ

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    1. STOP YELLING...you're giving us a headache!

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  2. Hopefully Barr is impeached for obstruction and lying to congress...

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  3. Fire his traitor lying ass or jail him or both!!

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  4. WikiLeaks' Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks prison in bail-jumping case
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/wikileaks-julian-assange-sentenced-to-50-weeks-prison-in-bail-jumping-case/2019/05/01/d83c0190-6b6c-11e9-bbe7-1c798fb80536_story.html

    Julian's world prison tour has now begun.

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    1. So in 50 weeks Assange will be visiting the US to explain how helping a member of the military crack passwords to secret docs constitutes mere publication by a journalist? To explain how giving Russians stolen docs that are released the day after Trump expressly asked the Russians to release them constitutes fair and balanced reporting?

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    2. So wait, Assange is guilty of the crime of jumping bail even though he may not be charged with the underlying crime?

      But, but ... the Russian-Trump legal scholars who post here have assured us that Trump can't be charged with the crime of obstruction if he's not charged with conspiracy with Russia against the US.

      So which is it? Can't be charged? Or can successfully obstructing an investigation, successfully getting witnesses not to cooperate, and selectively forgetting facts despite having the bestlyest memory ever be charged?

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    3. Where ate those Whitewater records again?

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    4. Ancient history, fool. Try and live in the present.

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    5. "You mean wipe my server, like with a cloth"....

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    6. Why do you refuse to discuss Teapot Dome? Is it because Harding was a Republican?

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  5. Schiff Hires Ex-Chief of FBI Financial Crimes Section as House Intel Probes Trump's Finances

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/adam-schiff-hires-patrick-fallon-ex-chief-of-fbi-financial-crimes-section-to-probe-trumps-finances/?via=twitter_page

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  6. Mueller complained that Barr's letter did not capture 'context' of Trump probe

    Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post. At the time the letter was sent on March 27, Barr had announced that Mueller had not found a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials seeking to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Barr also said Mueller had not reached a conclusion about whether Trump had tried to obstruct justice, but Barr reviewed the evidence and found it insufficient to support such a charge.

    Days after Barr’s announcement, Mueller wrote a previously unknown private letter to the Justice Department, which revealed a degree of dissatisfaction with the public discussion of Mueller’s work that shocked senior Justice Department officials, according to people familiar with the discussions.

    “The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

    The letter made a key request: that Barr release the 448-page report’s introductions and executive summaries, and made some initial suggested redactions for doing so, according to Justice Department officials.

    Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mueller-complained-that-barrs-letter-did-not-capture-context-of-trump-probe/2019/04/30/d3c8fdb6-6b7b-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

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  7. At Trump golf course, undocumented employees said they were sometimes told to work extra hours without pay

    “It was that way with all the managers: Many of them told us, ‘Just clock out and then stay and do the side work,’ ” Jose Gabriel Juarez, a former head waiter of the Grille Room at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, said of the overtime he worked without pay. (Joshua Partlow/The Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-trump-golf-course-undocumented-employees-said-they-were-sometimes-told-to-work-extra-hours-without-pay/2019/04/30/17f6c9be-65eb-11e9-83df-04f4d124151f_story.html

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  8. That’s why Trump had to fire Sessions. He wouldn’t lie to Congress for Don. Of course, Sessions won’t be going to prison.

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  9. Why do we have to coddle and hold hands with the infants in the House and Congress? The No Trumpers and deniers of our President.
    Common sense is not a factor with many people, the real obstructionist are the deceitful "players" in this well planned American drama of cover up from the last administration.
    The lack of professionalism with this Clinton backed investigation is apparent.

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    1. Republicans investigating Republicans foo.’

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    2. 7:54 - Face it. You’re just a Trump flunky aghast at the real checks and balances that are taking place in Congress. If you want a dictator move to Russia. If you’re not there already.

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    3. Lol,
      Clinton hasn’t been President in a quarter century

      But keep on ridin’ the crazy train gurl!

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  10. Mueller wasted two years and millions of our dollars for what? A non crime.
    Mueller writes a letter to Barr saying you did not summarize the essence of my report and concerns; but i decline to read your letter of review and findings for Congress before you submit it into the minutes and archives of Congress.
    So Barr did not put words in Muellers mouth; but Mueller and pals are not satisfied. Go figure!

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    1. Lots and lots of charges and convictions Ivan. Maybe you’re complaining on felon Manafort’s behalf that he had to pay for the whole shebang!

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    2. Comrade at 8:12 doesn’t like the American Constitution. He prefers turning all power over to the infant Donald.

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    3. Mueller didn’t waste any time or money- confesses criminals went to jail and Trump’s crooked campaign manager footed the entire bill!

      You are a foreign fraud

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  11. Barr just said that since Mueller did not make a decision on whether Trump could be charged with obstruction, Mueller shouldn't have investigated it at all.

    But Mueller knew he wouldn't make a decision on whether Trump could be charged with anything due to Justice Department policy preventing the charging of a sitting president.

    So basically Barr is saying sitting presidents should never be investigated for crimes.

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    1. Barr is there to obstruct. Somebody get a prison cell ready for him.

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  12. "Honey Badger don't care" he is probably the smartest person in the room". Sol Wisenberg, Former Deputy Independence Counsel; refering to Mr. Barr at today's hearing.

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  13. So Obama knew for two years, sunce 2016, Russian election interference 8am, but did nothing about this, why not?

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    1. He imposed sanctions which trump vowed to undo.

      You keep conveniently forgetting this

      Because you’re a coward

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    2. You’re lying. Obama put into place the sanctions that caused Russia to seek out the Trump campaign. Where, as we now know, they found much sympathy.

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    3. Obama’s mistake was letting Trump know Russia was interfering, thinking Trump would do the right thing, while the whole time Trump was conspiring with the Russians.

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    1. Please respond directly to those you are commenting about.

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  15. "Never be investigated for crimes" by a seated President 8:16am. Wait for it, no, really, wait for it, What Crimes?
    A.G. Barr: "I don't think the government had a prosecutable case against the President".
    No standing DOJ rule of indictment of a sitted President; there was no inconsistencies in the Mueller report of NO CRIMES; this Barr and Mueller are both in agreement.

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    1. Barr’s opinion is useless as he has been proven to be nothing more than a delivery boy for a crook. Mueller has yet to testify.

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    2. Mueller provided a list of criminal acts but couldn’t charge the pu**y grabber due to DOJ policy, but you know that, don’t you Pavel.

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  16. 9:08 - Slow in getting their work done on time??? That is a common ploy that Walmart used until they got sued for it - clock out and then do more work. I'm watching Barr testify - "spy is a word in the English language." Huh?

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  17. Hey Mod, can you delete 9:05s post for not responding directly? Or maybe fire him too for being an illegal border crosser

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    1. In your world, there is no such thing as an "illegal" border crosser.

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    2. In 10:08’s tortured mind anyone not white is illegal.

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    3. 10:08 = cowardly fail

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    4. Mighty racist of you there...

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    5. Uh oh, 10:08 pooped his pants again

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  18. 9:33am Obama said he would choose a time and place for his Russian sanctions; we are witnessing that now!

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    1. Trump has done absolutely zero about Russian interference. It is part of his collusion.

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  19. More good news https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/01/politics/cnn-poll-mueller-report-trump-approval/index.html

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  20. Absolutely nothing about Russian interference from Trump? Has he allowed the thirty five guys back into this country that Obama kicked out for his part of Russian interference?

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    1. Putin ran Trump’s Internet campaign.

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  21. Ha, ha, ha, the Democrats are relying on charts in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    AG Barr reminds this Committee about the presumption of innocence used in our country.

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    1. My presumption here is that you have no idea about what you are talking about.

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  22. If Putin ran Trumps internet campaign he did so under Obamas watch.
    Maybe Obama was still on vacation in Hawaii and couldn't be informed by our Counter Intelligence Community back then!

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    1. Agreed. Obama failed to stop Trump and Putin from conspiring against the US.

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    2. Lol - trump and bush 2 took record vacations more than any other presidents

      Your ongoing fear of Obama makes me chuckle

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  23. Sooo true. Little in this mornings Senate Judiciary Committee hearing did the American people hear anything about Russia or Russian Collusion.
    This mornings " Kavanaugh" treatment of AG Barr is once again Theatre from bad actors; Democratic Senators.

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    1. I get so tired of reading your BS.

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    2. Barr has now lied to Congress. He is vulnerable to being prosecuted.

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    3. You mean Barr likes beer, too?

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    4. If you don't like reading BS, you sure are at the wrong place.

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    5. Beer!

      Still like it!

      Triumph of the swill.

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    6. Something I think we all can agree on. I propose CoorsCare...free beer for all.

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  24. Whoa Nelli! Ohr, i betcha Hillary's other "special friend" Huma Albedin will legally represent you and your hubby.
    This next year will be full of INDICTMENTS and all will be so exciting and full of international assistence to our larger than Watergate exposure of the lefts attempted take down of a sitted President.

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  26. Senator Hawai'i was speaking Pig Latin at the hearing today, we couldn't follow her line of questions either AG Barr.
    We did laugh with her "shut up, men should not be heard" line at the Kavanaugh hearings when she was asking the questions of him.
    This is one kooky lady; Aloha.

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    1. I'd ask you to provide a link backing up your idiocy, but obviously none exists.

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  27. The ratings are the best part of (djt) legacy of stupidity and wasted time making stupid comments on tweeter the peter beater blogs and postings by (djt). http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2019/images/04/30/rel6c.-.mueller.report.pdf

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  28. This is what they put out so they should be able to take some when ever they speak?
    There is a new meaning for bring some pork home to your favorite Republican politician these days.
    https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/national/article229864959.html

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