Attorney General William Barr Accuses Democrats of ‘Sabotaging’ Trump Administration

H/T Breitbart.

Since President Trump took the oath of office the DemocRats have been doing everything in the power to obstruct and sabotage his administration.

Attorney General William Barr accused congressional Democrats of “sabotaging” the Trump administration by implying that the government in power is illegitimate.

“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” Barr said during a Federalist Society dinner in Washington, DC, Friday night. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

Barr said the Democrats’ constant attempts to derail Trump administration appointees have done nothing but “incapacitate” the executive branch.

“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance,’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration,” Barr said.

“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.

Barr claimed that while Trump’s presidency is anything but normal, the public knew what to expect.

“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president,” he said.

Barr’s comments came on the same day the House Intelligence Committee held its second day of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump has been caught up in an impeachment inquiry over allegations that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

 

BARR: Release Of The Horowitz Report Is ‘Imminent’… Here’s Why That Matters

H/T Clash Daily.

I keep hearing the Horowitz Report’s release is imminent but it keeps getting delayed.

Is the swamp causing the delays in the report from being released?

Will the swamp keep the report from ever becoming public?

As the dueling impeachment narratives unfold, one of the recurring themes is the Demsndenial of any Democrat involvement in rigging 2016.

They bend over backward to throw around words like ‘debunked’ and ‘discredited’ when talking about Ukraine involvement in influencing our election — despite knowledge of the Black Dossier that resulted in Manafort’s firing, and documents John Solomon has unearthed about connections between Burisma and Obama’s Administration.

They NEED to be seen as the ‘good guys’ in this story or their entire narrative falls apart.

If it turns out that they were gaming the system all along, the Dems are royally screwed. And in the same Trump’s moment, claims of being the target of a witchhunt are completely validated.

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The product of a year-and-a-half-long investigation, Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings are poised to create a new rift between Republicans and Democrats in their clash over the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“It’s been reported and it’s my understanding that it is imminent,” Barr told reporters Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee. “A number of people who were mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they’re quoted in the report. And after that process is over, which should be very short, the report will be issued. That’s what the inspector general himself suggests.”

President Trump’s GOP allies assert Horowitz’s report will show top Justice Department and FBI officials misled the FISA court by using an unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele to obtain warrants to electronically monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Democrats, as well as current and former FBI officials, dismissed allegations of wrongdoing and have raised concerns that information about U.S. intelligence gathering could be weaponized to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller.

Touting Horowitz as a “fiercely independent” and “superb” investigator who “conducted this particular investigation in the most professional way,” Barr said he expects his report to be “a credit to the department.”
Source: WashingtonExaminer

What was he looking into?

In response to requests by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and members of Congress, Horowitz announced the investigation in March 2018, writing that his review would “examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person. As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source.”

In addition, Horowitz said he would “review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications” and “if circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”

His announcement followed the February 2018 release of a memo from the House Intelligence Committee, which at the time was led by Republicans, outlining allegations that DOJ and FBI officials misled the FISA court. Democrats put together a rebuttal memo that defended the actions of the DOJ and FBI.
Source: WashingtonExaminer

That brings into sharp focus the question Bill Barr wanted answered one that Mueller didn’t take an interest in.

Was the surveillance of a Presidential campaign justified, or corrupt?

The answer to that question could change everything. And we already have clues to it being corrupt, which could potentially lead to criminal referrals at the highest levels, possibly adding weight to Durham’s investigation which has itself moved into the Criminal Investigation phase.

And we already know that the FISA requests were signed by people who confirmed the reliability of the evidence therein, and that evidence relied either heavily or entirely upon the

Who could be hurt the most by this?

Ironically, Adam Schiff and his impeachment fantasies.

If Devon Nunes and Adam Schiff have sat on the same committees, and Nunes has known for years about the serious problems in the surveillance against the President.

If it turns out that Nunes was right about the set-up while looking at the same information that had Schiff steadfastly insisted he had inside information ‘proving’ Trump was a Russian stooge, why does that do to the credibility of the Schiff Showtrial?

We’ve all seen the dishonest games the left have played with the power they’re entrusted with, they’re obviously unworthy of that trust.

Barr to Announce New Initiative to Combat Violence Carried Out With Guns

H/T Town Hall.

It will be interesting to hear Attorney General Barr’s plan.

Attorney General Bill Barr will announce a new Department of Justice initiative tomorrow called Project Guardian. Project Guardian, which will be implemented through ATF and overseen by DOJ, will focus on preventing “gun violence” in cities across the country.

Barr will make the announcement and detail the project Wednesday from downtown Memphis. He will be joined by ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee D. Michael Dunavant and ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Field Division Marcus Watson.

In the meantime, President Trump’s DOJ has been setting records for prosecutions against felony possession of firearms, against criminals carrying out crimes with firearms, illegal firearms sales and more.

“According to data from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), the number of defendants charged with criminal felony offenses increased by nearly 15 percent from more than 71,200 defendants in FY 2017 to more than 81,800 in FY 2018. In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged the largest number of violent crime defendants since EOUSA started to track this category more than 25 years ago (more than 16,800)—surpassing by nearly 15 percent the previous record set just last year,” DOJ released last year. “In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged more than 15,300 defendants with federal firearms offenses, which is 17 percent more than the previous record.”

In other words, instead of demanding additional gun control, DOJ is enforcing laws already on the books.

Attorney General Barr has a record of Second Amendment support and has expressed the need to go after criminals breaking the law to reduce violence.

Farcical Stunt: House Democrats Schedule Contempt Vote Against Barr For…Not Violating the Law

H/T Town Hall.

If Attorney General William Barr did release the unredacted grand jury testimony the same DemocRatswould have him prosecuted for violating the law releasing the grand jury testimony.

The DemocRats with this contempt vote want to charge Attorney William Barr with not violating the law by releasing the unredacted grand jury testimony.

What a damned bunch of hypocrites.

One thing I can virtually guarantee in all of this: The Attorney General will not be moved one inch by a impending contempt vote in the House of Representatives.  Nevertheless, this preposterous piece of political theater demonstrates the fundamental unseriousness of Jerry Nadler and House Democratic leaders, who very much seem desperate to offer morsels of political catharsis to their enraged base, setting aside the merits of the case.  In order to keep their tap dance on impeachment going, they need to signal that they share their core voters’ indignation.  Thus, as I’ve argued before, Barr derangement is being used as an emotional place-holder for impeachment proceedings:

Scott Wong

@scottwongDC

CONFIRMED: House Dems voting next week to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over unredacted Mueller Report, sources in leadership meeting say. Politico first reported.

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The House will vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas, according to multiple Democratic sources. The resolution would clear the way for the House Judiciary Committee to take Barr and McGahn to court to enforce their subpoenas and are a crucial step for Democrats seeking to accelerate their obstruction of justice investigation against President Donald Trump…Barr has failed to comply with a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s fully unredacted report and underlying evidence…The vote, supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hoyer and other top members of House leadership, will authorize the House to hold the two men in civil contempt. Democrats will forgo an effort to hold them in criminal contempt.

Texas freshman Republican Dan Crenshaw calls out this stunt for what it is:

Dan Crenshaw

@DanCrenshawTX

We’re really doing this? We’re all supposed to just ignore the fact that Barr is bound by federal law to protect grand jury information?

Are we pretending there might be some bombshell hidden in there?

This is dishonest politics meant to discredit Barr.

Scott Wong

@scottwongDC

CONFIRMED: House Dems voting next week to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over unredacted Mueller Report, sources in leadership meeting say. Politico first reported.

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Barr has ordered a comprehensive review of the origins of the DOJ’s Trump probe, resulting in angry gnashing of teeth within certain precincts.  He’s comported himself responsibly, even amid overheated and spurious allegations of lies and cover-ups.  There is simply no question that there is a concerted effort underfoot to discredit him by any means necessary.  Crenshaw’s point about ‘hidden bombshells’ is also a good one.  Nobody — literally nobody — is seriously arguing that the extremely limited redactions, made in concert with Mueller’s team, are blotting out some dramatic development implicating the president.  As I wrote last month, “the notion that they decided to bury some smoking gun evidence against the president via a bogus redaction is ludicrous — especially considering how acutely sensitive Mueller and some of his associates seem to have been to any public perception that they were too soft on Trump.”  Even more revealing is this fact, which we relayed several weeks ago:

Guy Benson

@guypbenson

“As of this writing, not one of the six Democrats granted access to what amounts to 99.9 percent of volume II of the Mueller report, which details the president’s behavior as it relates to obstruction of justice, have taken the opportunity to examine it.” https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/mueller-report-volume-ii-available-top-congressional-democrats/ 

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The Democrats who’ve have access to a less redacted version of the report didn’t bother to go read it, even as House Democrats engaged in the silly theater of a marathon reading of the publicly-available report (something they could only do thanks to Bill Barr, incidentally).  All in all, there’s a good reason why liberal law professor Jonathan Turley excoriated Democrats’ contempt push against Barr as pursuing “the weakest possible case” imaginable, underscoring Crenshaw’s first argument above:

Faced with a report that rejected the collusion theories of their running narrative, Democrats want to focus on those 2 percent of redactions rather than over 400 pages of findings. So Congress now will ask a court to find civil contempt for Barr refusing to release grand jury information. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected a district court claim to have the “inherent supervisory authority” to disclose grand jury matters because of great public interest…I testified that they were asking Barr to commit to a potential criminal act to secure his own confirmation. The report inevitably would contain some grand jury material, which under the law is information that cannot be publicly released without a court order. It is a crime to unveil such information.

In short, flailing, frustrated Democrats will seek to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress for declining to violate the law, in accordance with their politically-motivated, substance-free wishes. Bold strategy.  I’ll leave you with House Majority Whip James Clyburn pulling a 180 and talking down impeachment proceedings.  On Sunday, he was asked, “it sounds like you think that the President will be impeached, or at least proceedings will begin in the House at some point, but just not right now?”  He replied, “yes, that’s exactly what I feel, I think we’ve already begun it.”  Now?  Nevermind:

Comey denounces Barr after CBS interview: ‘An AG should not be echoing conspiracy theories’

H/T Fox News.

James Comey is afraid of and does not like the message so he wants to kill the messenger Attorney General William Barr.

Former FBI Director James Comey sharply criticized Attorney General William Barr’s Friday appearance on CBS, saying that he’d failed to act responsibly as attorney general.

“Bill Barr on CBS offers no facts. An AG should not be echoing conspiracy theories. He should gather facts and show them. That is what Justice is about,” Comey, the onetime FBI director, tweeted on Saturday.

While it’s unclear exactly which comments Comey was referring to, Barr reportedly told CBS that the Justice Department had made a mistake in the way it carried out the Russia investigation.

“I think the activities were undertaken by a small group at the top which is one of the … probably one of the mistakes that has been made instead of running this as a normal bureau investigation or counterintelligence investigation. It was done by the executives at the senior level, out of headquarters,” he said.

This wasn’t the first time Comey attacked Barr. In May, he called out the attorney general for “sliming his own department.”

Comey has vehemently defended his former agency, arguing in an op-ed Tuesday that investigators did the best they did with the information they had.

“There was no corruption. There was no treason. There was no attempted coup. Those are lies, and dumb lies at that. There were just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances,” he said before attacking the way President Trump has portrayed the Russia investigation.

Trump, who has frequently called the investigation a “witch hunt,” authorized Barr to declassify information from the intelligence community in order to facilitate a deep-dive look at the Russia probe’s origins.

Sen. Feinstein Dines with Iranian FM Amid Tensions

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is time for Attorney General William Barr to start charging these DemocRats with violation of the Logan Act.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) had dinner with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Politico reported Thursday.

Feinstein’s office said her dinner was “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”

The State Department said it had not asked the senior senator from California to attend the dinner.

Zarif has served in his post since 2013. He negotiated the Joint Congressional Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear agreement, with then-Secretary of State John Kerry. In February of this year, he announced he would be resigning from the post. After several days of confusion, the Iranian government clarified he would remain in his role.

Politico reported last week that Feinstein was seen holding an unlocked phone with Zarif’s contact information open. At the time, her office declined to confirm her communication with the Persian diplomat.

This week, Zarif accused the United States of playing a “dangerous game” with its response to Iranian escalations. He has refused to negotiate with the White House to calm the situation unless the U.S. shows sufficient “respect” to the theocratic regime.

Tension between Iran and the United States has only heightened since President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA last May. According to information released by the White House in March, Iran is responsible for some six hundred American fatalities in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.

U.S. assessment determined that Iran was behind attacks on two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and a Norwegian ship earlier this month. Satellite images found that Iran had loaded fully assembled missiles onto small ships, raising concerns that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was preparing to strike American or allied assets in the Persian Gulf.

The IRGC, a paramilitary group, responds directly to Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, not to Iran’s quasi-democratically elected government. The U.S. designated it a terror organization last month.

Trump responded to Iranian provocation with threats of force, insisting he was prepared to speak with the Iranians, but would not tolerate provocations.

On Sunday, he promised any fight would usher in “the official end of Iran.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

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In the days since, Iran has removed the missiles from the ships, prompting some U.S. officials to consider the situation improved.

On Monday, Trump urged the Iranians to de-escalate and come to the table as “their economy continues to collapse.” Punishing U.S. sanctions have sent Iran’s economy into months of free-fall.

Thursday, news organizations reported that the Pentagon was preparing contingency situations in which as many as 10,000 troops would head to the region to counter conventional Iranian efforts.

Pres. Trump Tells AG Barr To Declassify Russia Probe Origin Documents

H/T The Lid.

The cockroaches of the deep state will start running away once the light of truth gets shined upon them.

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It’s karma time for the deep state. It was a move rumored for weeks, but Nancy Pelosi’s attacks over the past few days probably contributed to the President finally pulling the trigger and ordering the documents from the beginning of the Russia probe declassified.  If the information in those documents are as earth-shattering as anticipated, Democratic Party heads will roll and the President’s re-election efforts will get a major boost.

Tonight President Trump signed an executive order allowing Attorney General Barr declassify the documents related to the origins of the Russia witch hunt. The order also directed leaders of the U.S. intelligence community and other departments and agencies to cooperate with Barr during his review.

The First notice came from the press office:

Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election. The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.

Earlier this week Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said on Fox & Friends, that he believes the declassification of key documents tied to the Russia probe is “right around the corner” and says he agrees with former committee chair Trey Gowdy that the FBI withheld potential “game-changing” evidence. Adding that “Gowdy has seen documents that actually I have not seen. But we have come to the same conclusion and that is, indeed, (former Trump campaign associate) George Papadopoulos was actually taped and recorded” and that there are transcripts of the interviews that could shed light on the Russia probe and its origins.

Meadows also said “the American people will be astonished to see not only was it going on and the president was right, he was actually taped and recorded but other than that, he was not colluding with the Russians and they knew this very early on. So that could be the game changer that (Gowdy) was referring to.”

Well, it looks as though we’re going to find out.  Congressional Republicans have been calling on Trump to declassify the documents for over a year.  And now they and America will get their wishes.

The declassified documents will probably include the so-called “Bucket Five” – documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight (top two leaders on each party in both houses). The Bucket Five included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page – including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen. Also included may be the Bruce Ohr/Nellie Ohr communications about the dossier, the transcripts of the surveillance of Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the warnings that the dossier was bogus presented to the FBI before it was used as part of the FISA application and much more.

And per Sara Carter it might include information that Judicial Watch has been trying to get its hands on for a long time:

Former supervisory special agent Jeffrey Danik has been fighting for over two years, Sean, with Judicial Watch to get the text messages of former and fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Apparently, it is a treasure trove. It’s not only going to answer questions regarding his wife and those issues. But apparently, there’s a lot more information contained in these text messages and emails that the FBI does not want release.

Folks I am sure there are going to be other surprises. So go buy the big popcorn, and fasten your seatbelts, because America is about to learn some truth and the deep state is about to have a very bumpy flight.’

Below is the memo the President sent to various departments alerting them to the declassification and directing them to cooperate:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCYSUBJECT:    Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential CampaignsBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:Section 1.  Agency Cooperation.   The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters.  The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.Sec2.  Declassification and Downgrading.   With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General’s review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum.  Before exercising this authority, the Attorney General should, to the extent he deems it practicable, consult with the head of the originating intelligence community element or department.  This authority is not delegable and applies notwithstanding any other authorization or limitation set forth in Executive Order 13526.Sec3.  General Provisions.   (a)  Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  The authority in this memorandum shall terminate upon a vacancy in the office of the Attorney General unless expressly extended by the President.

(d)  This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(e)  The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP