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:

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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

Democrats Consider JAILING Yet Another Trump Official After IRS Memo Surfaces

H/T Flag And Cross.

The DemocRats have decided that it is not politically expedient to go after Attorney  General William Barr.

Now they are setting their sights on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

This is a move that will blow up on then also.

The democratic hysteria has reached bold new heights this week.

With the White House and Congress currently locking horns over all manner of issues, some on the left are pushing for stern action against members of our own government.

This brand of dire dialogue began weeks ago after Attorney General Bill Barr refused to hand over an un-redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress.  The move triggered charges of contempt for the nation’s top cop, and democrats have been pondering the possibilities for enforcement against what they perceive as his insubordinate behavior.  The mosts popular options among democrats seem to be either arresting the Attorney General, or levying massive, crushing fines against him.

Given the reticence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to punish the President for fear of political retribution in 2020, it is no surprise that Barr remains both free and financially unburdened.

It is this hesitation that has Pelosi’s flock ready to revolt, and their latest calls for legal action against the administration are now targeting Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his bosses.

Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett said Tuesday that IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should be jailed or fined for stonewalling congressional subpoenas for President Trump’s tax returns.

Doggett, D-Texas, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday that congressional Democrats need to employ what’s known as “inherent contempt” for Trump officials defying committee requests and subpoenas for Trump’s financial information.

Speaking to Rachel Maddow, Doggett laid out his hopes.

“To take action, I believe it’s going to require fines or confinement under our power of inherent contempt to get the information we need and to get all these other people that, under what seems to be gang rule, are told don’t say anything and don’t provide anything,” he continued. “Total silence, total obstruction.”

The release of President Trump’s financial information has been a long and protracted battle thus far, with several documents currently tied up in the legal system pending appeal by the White House.

This latest legal conjecture comes on the heels of the disclosure of an internal memo from the IRS itself in which the agency states that the release of Trump’s tax returns is mandatory under the current law.

HERE WE GO: First Republican Rep. Comes Out & Calls For Trump’s Impeachment (Details)

H/T Flag And Cross.

Representative Justin Amash(RINO-MI)is a never Trumper with a bad case of butt-hurt.

If Attorney General William Barr was misrepresenting what Special Consuel Robert Mueller had in his report Mueller would be sounding off loud and clear.

 

The MSM is about to have a field day…

Well, this isn’t good.

The first sitting Republican Congressman has pretty much declared that President Trump needs to be impeached.

The media is sure to run with this story like they’re being chased.

From Politico:

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to declare that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Amash, whose libertarian views often put him at odds with Trump and his fellow Republicans, posted a series of tweets Saturday afternoon outlining positions that even some Democrats have been unwilling to embrace — an extraordinary development that comes as Democratic leaders face increasing pressure from progressives to launch impeachment proceedings.

His tweets:

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

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I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.

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In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

I offer these conclusions only after having read Mueller’s redacted report carefully and completely, having read or watched pertinent statements and testimony, and having discussed this matter with my staff, who thoroughly reviewed materials and provided me with further analysis.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.

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Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.

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Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Barr’s misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which he hopes people will not notice.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

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Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Under our Constitution, the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” While “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is not defined, the context implies conduct that violates the public trust.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.

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In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.

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Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

In fact, Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.

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While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Impeachment, which is a special form of indictment, does not even require probable cause that a crime (e.g., obstruction of justice) has been committed; it simply requires a finding that an official has engaged in careless, abusive, corrupt, or otherwise dishonorable conduct.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.

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Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution. When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances, the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution. When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles.

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We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Our system of checks and balances relies on each branch’s jealously guarding its powers and upholding its duties under our Constitution. When loyalty to a political party or to an individual trumps loyalty to the Constitution, the Rule of Law—the foundation of liberty—crumbles.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.

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Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

We’ve witnessed members of Congress from both parties shift their views 180 degrees—on the importance of character, on the principles of obstruction of justice—depending on whether they’re discussing Bill Clinton or Donald Trump.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.

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America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release.

Justin Amash

@justinamash

America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.

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James Comey blasts AG Barr, accuses him of ‘sliming his own department’

H/T Fox News.

Attorney General William Barr has the swamp rats running scared and spreading lies to CYA.

Former FBI Director James Comey ripped into Attorney General William Barr on Friday, accusing him of “sliming his own department” after Barr said that government power was used “to spy on American citizens.”

“The AG should stop sliming his own Department,” Comey tweeted. “If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found.”

“An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth,” he said. “Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.”

Comey did not specify what comments he was reacting to, but the tweet came after Barr gave interviews to Fox News and The Wall Street Journal about the investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, that he has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead.

Barr told Fox News that the investigation will cover the time period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and he told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that “some very strange developments” took place during that period.

Barr said the country must know “exactly what happened” with counterintelligence activities conducted during the 2016 election — and he is determined to get to the bottom of the case.

“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr told Hemmer.

He also expressed concern about the role of the anti-Trump Steele dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that, especially one that, on its face, had a number of clear mistakes and in a somewhat jejune analysis,” Barr said. “And to, and to use that, take it to conduct counterintelligence against an American political campaign is a strange — would be a strange development.”

He told The Wall Street Journal that the investigation could lead to rule changes for counterintelligence investigations of political campaigns.

“Government power was used to spy on American citizens,” he said. “I can’t imagine any world where we wouldn’t take a look and make sure that was done properly.”

“Just like we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections, we need to ensure that the government doesn’t use its powers to put a thumb on the scale,” he said.

Comey’s comments came just days after former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinaccused the former FBI chief of being a “partisan pundit” and trampling on “bright lines that should never be crossed.”

“Now, the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul,” Rosenstein said. “That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally, we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”