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Saturday, May 04, 2019

Bar Barr

The Democrat's behavior this past week at Senate and House hearings to "investigate" the findings of the Mueller Report has been an exercise in unhinged viciousness. They have led an orchestrated attack on AG William Barr for what exactly? Barr summarized the Mueller report as requested. He noted that there was no basis for the ridiculous claims of obstruction levied by the Democrats on Donald Trump, and he then released the Report with relatively few redactions. Yet the Dems are working overtime to destroy Barr's character, calling him a Trump stooge, a liar, and a "chicken" for not further participating in their circus of insanity.

Kimberly Strassel comments:
The only thing uglier than an angry Washington is a fearful Washington. And fear is what’s driving this week’s blitzkrieg of Attorney General William Barr.

Mr. Barr tolerantly sat through hours of Democratic insults at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. His reward for his patience was to be labeled, in the space of a news cycle, a lawbreaking, dishonest, obstructing hack. Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly accused Mr. Barr of lying to Congress, which, she added, is “considered a crime.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he will move to hold Mr. Barr in contempt unless the attorney general acquiesces to the unprecedented demand that he submit to cross-examination by committee staff attorneys. James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lamented that Donald Trump had “eaten” Mr. Barr’s “soul.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren demands the attorney general resign. California Rep. Eric Swalwell wants him impeached.

These attacks aren’t about special counsel Robert Mueller, his report or even the surreal debate over Mr. Barr’s first letter describing the report. The attorney general delivered the transparency Democrats demanded: He quickly released a lightly redacted report, which portrayed the president in a negative light. What do Democrats have to object to?

Some of this is frustration. Democrats foolishly invested two years of political capital in the idea that Mr. Mueller would prove President Trump had colluded with Russia, and Mr. Mueller left them empty-handed. Some of it is personal. Democrats resent that Mr. Barr won’t cower or apologize for doing his job. Some is bitterness that Mr. Barr is performing like a real attorney general, making the call against obstruction-of-justice charges rather than sitting back and letting Democrats have their fun with Mr. Mueller’s obstruction innuendo.

But most of it is likely fear. Mr. Barr made real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn’t notice, Democrats did. The attorney general said he’d already assigned people at the Justice Department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. He said his review would be far-reaching—that he was obtaining details from congressional investigations, from the ongoing probe by the department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and even from Mr. Mueller’s work. Mr. Barr said the investigation wouldn’t focus only on the fall 2016 justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members but would go back months earlier.
The "fear" angle is something I've noted a few times in recent weeks. The Dems have opened a Pandora's box, and the things that emerge will not reflect well on them. They know this, and they're doing everything possible to change the subject. In fact, they may know a lot more about what's still hidden inside the box. They're really concerned that a DoJ investigation led by Willam Barr will bring the depraved actions of even more partisan deep state actors to light. This just might be, as I have contended for months, the greatest scandal in the history of American politics, and the Dems are smack in the middle of it. Even the Democrats' trained hamsters at the New York Times are beginning (grudgingly, I suspect) to cover the story.

The Dems are truly afraid of Barr, so they must work to destroy him. To accomplish that, the Dems will bring out their battle-tested weapons—dishonesty, innuendo, misdirection, obfuscation, unsubstantiated accusations, the use of government as a weapon, and of course, emotion, lots of histrionics about "threats to the constitution" and "Democracy in crisis." Be sure to add a dollop of hypocrisy and sanctimony.

Glen Reynolds of Instapundit summarizes nicely:
I think it’s about the distraction from upcoming scandals. The attacks on Barr are in the nature of a spoiling attack, because the Democrats have a pretty good idea of what’s coming down the pike. In fact, everything they’ve done since election night is in that nature, really. Which gives you an idea of how bad it is.
From what I've seen this past week, the Dems' pathetic efforts to bar Barr from investigating the only scandal that is not a hoax might fail. And despite my reservations that it could all still be quashed by the deep state, a long-deserved reckoning just might happen after all.



I'm not a Facebook denizen, but someone pointed out a cute and rather accurate meme:
“Barr is investigating Democrats. Democrats call for Barr to resign. According to [House Judiciary Chairman, Jerry] Nadler, that’s obstruction of justice!”
Hmmm.The Dems are adamant in their crazy contention that Donald Trump "obstructed justice" by expressing frustration over a proven hoax perpetrated by Dems. After all, Trump privately explored the possibility of firing Mueller (he never did that, by the way).

Unlike like Robert Mueller who spent two years investigating a hoax and ultimately exonerating Trump, William Barr is investigating an actual scandal involving the deep state. There is copious evidence to indicate it is NOT a hoax—text messages, emails, illicit communications and payments, and the like.

Therefore, it would seem logical (in the increasingly bizarro fantasy world of the Dems) that their public calls for William Barr to resign are a clear case of OBSTRUCTION for which people like Nadler, Schiff, Waters, et al, should all be indicted.