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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Barr defends raid on Mar-a-Lago

I cannot recall a less loyal attorney general than Bill Barr. When President Trump needed him most, he resigned. By then, Trump was only too happy to accept it.

Now Barr is defending the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago. If he believes siding with the forces of evil will save him, he's in for a huge surprise.

Barr gave an interview to Bari Weiss, who resigned from NYT after running afoul of its thought police staffers. Her resignation letter was interesting: "I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative."

In his interview, Barr acknowledged that Russiagate was a lie and that Jimmy the Weasel Comey was a J. Edgar Hoover wannabe. Those are nice and safe positions years after the fact.

But the real purpose of the interview for Barr was to defend the unconstitutional raid on Mar-a-Lago by 30 FBI goons who just happened to be under investigation by John Durham, you know, the man Barr appointed to prosecute the corruption behind Russiagate.

Barr ordered conservatives not to criticize the FBI!

He said, "Number one is that I think a lot of the attacks on the F.B.I. are over the top because a decision like this is not made by the F.B.I. In fact, I don't think the F.B.I. would push a decision that it’s best to go in and search and obtain those documents after being jerked around for a year and a half. The decision would be made at the Department of Justice, by subordinates of the AG, and ultimately signed off on by the AG. The F.B.I. would be told to go and execute it. I think the idea that the F.B.I. is the problem here is misplaced. 

"Number two—and the main reason I’m irritated at the whole episode—is that it actually strengthens Trump and strengthens Biden and hurts the Republican Party going into the midterms. The focus has once again returned to President Trump and his persona and his modus operandi instead of the pocketbook issues that had been the focus before. I think this has been a bad development for the Republicans’ hopes in the midterms. That’s why I find it frustrating, because there’s political fallout.

"I think everyone is reaching conclusions that are premature because there are two bits of important information that we need to have. One: What is the nature of the highly classified information? How sensitive were these documents? Second: What is the evidence, if any, of active conceit by the president or those around him in Mar-a-Lago to mislead the government? Until you answer those two questions, it's hard for me to say whether or not it was justified. I think people who are taking a knee-jerk position on both sides really should wait and see what that evidence is."

Lemme translate. Bar is saying No. 1 that the FBI goons were only following orders.

No. 2 the raid was bad only because it helps Trump and hurts Republican chances in the fall.

Barr is wrong on waiting to see what the evidence is. The FBI should prove probable cause before raiding anyone's home, much less a former president's. 

The FBI lied and spied in 2016.

It is still at it, refusing to give the public an unredacted affidavit but instead leaking data in a way to cover its ass.

AP reported, "The Justice Department says classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a storage room at former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate as part of an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of the government records.

"The FBI also seized boxes and containers holding more than 100 classified records during its Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and found classified documents stashed in Trump’s office, according to a filing late Tuesday that lays out the most detailed chronology to date of months of strained interactions between Justice Department officials and Trump representatives over the discovery of government secrets."

100 documents?

30 agents rifled through Trump's home for 9 hours and took out 15 boxes of newspapers and the like. Now they claim without evidence to have 100 classified documents. What sort of search warrant allows the FBI to confiscate anything it wants without first sifting through to see if the material taken is evidence?

Barr says don't blame the FBI for doing what the FBI did. They were just executing a search warrant.

He  dumped on Comey for politicizing the FBI and claimed that current FBI director Christopher Wray is like Mongo in Blazing Saddles: only a pawn in the game of life.

Barr accepts the FBI's cover story that these were classified documents but surely he knows presidents can declassify whatever they want. The fact is the FBI got an unconstitutional general warrant from a magistrate (not a judge) and spent 270 manhours rifling through the presidents personal belongs under the cover of seeking classified information. They took his passports. That is an act that requires an arrest and an order from a judge. It is plain wrong. Barr never called it out.

But Barr publicly supporting the FBI in its role in raiding Mar-a-Lago will not endear him to the left.

Today the New York Times published a column by Neal K. Katyal, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration and co-author of Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.

The title of the column was "Bill Barr Made the Decision to Clear Trump, and That Should Still Frighten Us."

Katyal is still flogging the Russiagate dead horse, which means NYT is flogging it because it now only publishes columns that meet the newsroom's approval.

Mueller found no evidence of wrongdoing by Trump because the Russian dossier (aka the Steele dossier) was all made up by Democrats in an effort to discredit Trump and give a cover story for Obama using the FBI to spy on Trump during the last month of his presidential campaign.

Neither Weiss in her interview nor her former employer, NYT, with its guest column address the likely reason for the FBI raid.

Trump is suing Hillary and the Democrat Party for creating the Russia dossier which was used to kneecap the Trump presidency. The FBI wants to see just what goods Trump has on the FBI before the case goes any further. Barr's defense of the FBI under these circumstances is appalling.

And doomed because you cannot appease the left.

58 comments:

  1. Donald Trump should begin the Conservative Party.

    75 million votes cannot be wrong.

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    1. RFH: if not the MAGA Party, at least the Great American Party. Rub their noses right in it!

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    2. Agreed. No matter the name, he should never have made the decision to stay within the Republican Party after the 2020 election fiasco enabled by the Republican Party. The fact that he did decide to stay within the party has made me believe he is just another controlled opposition politician, albeit far more charismatic and fun than the typical retreads they trot out. He should start a third party with the mission of shutting down the Deep State by closing down the USG and moving it out of DC altogether, have an Article 5 Convention to strip the Constitution down to fundamantals and publish a 10 point plan and then go get 70% of the voting public. He could do it but no, he stays within the traitorous RINO party the GOP guaranteeing that even if he DID run again and DID win it won't do any good whatsoever.

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    3. Trump knew that a third party would split the conservative vote and was doomed to fail. Historically third parties are almost always doomed. Trump is attempting to take over the Republican party. His success at this has been beyond what I thought possible. Given two more election cycles (2022 & 2024), I think he will have effectively done so.

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    4. A third party led by Trump would, in fact, send the Republican party to oblivion... and that's what is needed. The RNC is impotent.

      The only reason 3rd parties are doomed in the USA is because the Reich ministry of propaganda (MSM) convinces the electorate it is a 'wasted vote'... at this point, I can think of nothing better than to vote "none of the above" (i.e. D or R) and have a third choice.

      Meanwhile, most countries with a modern democratic form of gov't have a plurality of political parties and a run-off format or a coalition system to reach a consensus.

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    5. It would be better to turn the Republican Party into what the Freedom Caucus stands for. The BushBot slime like Kristol and Conehead Schmidt don't belong in what is left anyway. Let the war criminal neocons go suck off the Soros-Wyss-Omidyar-Zuckerberg tits with the rest of the traitors. BTW some idiot Libertarian in Georgia is why Morelock is in the Senate in the first place, Loughler would have won with 50% were in not for the loss of a couple % in the November election.

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    6. The countries that have a plurality of political parties aren’t doing any better.

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    7. Our two party system is broken. Time to burn it all down and start afresh.

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  2. Randy says: Obama had two Attorneys General, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Everybody knew where their loyalties were. Trump had two Attorneys General, Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. Nobody knew where their loyalties were, and we still don’t.

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    1. Yes we do, they are loyal to the deep state/bureaucracy/rinos/themselves. Try to keep up.
      EN2 SS

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    2. Hell , pedo pete biden went after session's granddaughter and all he did was literally slap him on the hand. Sessions was just a good old democrat.

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    3. Jeff Sessions, God love him, allegiances were with the afternoon nap couch!

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    4. I still think they got to him through his family. Don't forget who these people are, as evidenced by the Podesta Wikileaks emails.

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    5. What the hell ever happened to Sessions after he committed political suicide, is he teaching kindergarten somewhere?

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  3. For a person who prided himself on hiring the best, he sure hired a bunch of disloyal individuals

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    1. Does your co-workers aunt give as good head as you do, Deanna?

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  4. Randy says: Comments on yesterday’s Highlights are back online. Good news for Sowega and others who may have missed them, but still very curious.

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  5. Barr almost has to be doing his best Sgt. Schultz imitation if he actually believes the FBI is pure as the driven snow in the Mar-A-Lago search. Further, it is obvious he hasn't done any legal research regarding the Presidential Records Act, or if he has he's ignoring the implications of the Act in all this. Anyway, FBB!

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    1. Bill Barr definitely reminds me of Jabba the hut, the first six months he was in office he acted like he might actually be out to get justice for Trump. Even called it spying“ on his campaign, However that made the elitist in Washington madder than a mosquito in a manikin factory and they definitely pulled the rug out from old chunky. Now he toes the party line

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    2. I have thought that someone got to Bill Barr during his tenure. Yeah, Barr went in seeming like he was going to be a historical figure who would return some semblance of fairness and order to the DC bureaucracy. His bravado and ambition changed in a severe way.

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    3. I wonder if he was a pedo island visitor?

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  6. Barr knows the contents of the material that the FBI took from MaL during the raid. And Barr knows that the material is relavant to Trump's lawsuit against Clinton and the D Party. Barr is a "good" R, card-carrying member of the Uniparty. He runs cover for his own.

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    1. Barr worked for the CIA from 1971 to 1977.
      Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy at the Reagan White House from 1982-83.
      Bush41 appointed Barr Assistant Attorney General.
      U.S. Deputy Attorney General (1990–1991).
      U.S. Attorney General (1991–1993) .
      In 1992, Barr launched a surveillance program to gather records of innocent Americans' international phone calls.
      According to USA Today, the program "provided a blueprint for far broader phone-data surveillance the government launched after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001".

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    2. His dad hired Epstein and wrote a really weird sex sci-fi book. The Epstein connection is tied to all this stuff, one of the ultimate "hidden in plain views" of all time. After Acosta was hounded from the DOL at his press conference he was asked why (as then-US Atty) he approved Epstein's sweetheart deal, the said "I was told he belonged to intel". That is DOJ HQ at the end of the W Bush admin protected Epstein. WHO made that call? NOBODY in the Fake-averse of "media" has ever asked! (They did the same thing with "Fast and Furious" let the joker IG write a report that absolved Holder without ever identifying WHO approved running the guns into Mexico!)

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    3. Someone needs to keep the Epstein affair in the news cycle, or the FBI will sit on it till it hatches.

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  7. Good grief! Bill Barr is useless. I hope the other side eats him and his lunch. Disgusting.

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    1. Barr is a has been, maybe a never was, because he had an opportunity to make a real difference but chickened out.

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  8. Barr is over. He knew RussiaGate was a phony before and never spoke up. he also does know the president can - and did - declassify the documents. And he can do that.

    The FBI is not blameless. The entire management structure needs to be eliminated and replaced.

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    1. The FBI:
      claimed they could not find the bullet in the Vince Foster case.
      said McVeigh's accomplice (John Doe 2 who was on the cover of every newspaper) never even existed--and covered up an in-federal-custody death of a Doe "lookalike" named Ken Trentadue
      was apparently going to let an ISIS duo massacre hundreds at the "Draw Mohammed" event in Garland Texas
      go to the site of Sharyl Attkisson's "Full Measure" program and look at the episode "Big Misses". 13 times they failed to stop mass kills with clear warnings in advance.

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  9. Barr has always defended the FBI. Going at least back to Ruby Ridge. It was always a puzzle how he would do any better than Session in certain ways. Trump took bad advice for almost all of his time as Chief Executive. Why, I have no idea. Who, most likely Jared Kushner and his daughter. Two of the reasons why I'm reluctant more and more to vote for him for Pres in '24. Only if there's no other choice. If DeSantis runs I'll go with him. Yes the Dems and media will beat up on him too but still to a lesser extent than Trump.

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    1. He may have understood that the advice was bad. He may have used that bad advice to show everybody (and I mean every one ) how this present system actually runs (including William Barr). Remember, if you aren't making mistakes, you probably aren't doing anything.

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  10. As pointed out most astutely by commenter TrumpTrain, Barr is an ultimate insider. He has forged many friendships while building his resume of service to The State, and has performed yeoman's service to and on behalf of The State. Perhaps the most egregious of all his services to The State was his amici role in the federal case involving the FBI assassin, Lon Horiuchi. I challenge anyone to read the legal decisions arising out of that tale of Leviathan v. Everyman (the "Waco Siege") and remain calm. That was the same FBI that Barr continues to defend. The same FBI that buried (and continues to bury) the Hunter Biden story, that assisted in the entirely repudiated "Russian Dossier," and now takes the side of its Leviathan master against Donald Trump. The FBI may have been conceived as a means to investigate and prosecute lawlessness among the criminal class, but it has not primarily performed that function for a long, long time. J. Edgar Hoover made sure of that. Barr was never on Trump's side. I would not be surprised if he was not chosen by his masters in The State to destroy the Trump administration from the inside. At best, he is a despicable worm and deserves whatever horrible fate awaits such people.

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    1. Well stated. Barr is 100% scum to the core.

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  11. How do we know the FBI hasn't added and planted false evidence to the materials they seized from Trump with an unconstitutional warrant?

    I put nothing past the thugs at the FBI.

    HPB

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  12. Barrnis awful but Sessions was a whimp.

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  13. "Trump is suing Hillary and the Democrat Party for creating the Russia dossier which was used to kneecap the Trump presidency. The FBI wants to see just what goods Trump has on the FBI before the case goes any further." This connection to the RICO suit - mentioned here a few days ago - has been the only logical explanation for the raid. And yet, to date, through all the rhetorical and hypothetical yammering on all channels, including the most likely (Carlson, Hannity, Waters etc) virtually no mention.
    Best guess: Why??

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    1. Barr is a proper Judas. I wonder what dirt the FBI has on him?

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    2. Barr has a very slimy and swampy past. Through his father, Donald, there is even a connection with Jeffrey Epstein. The FBI should be well aware of that although most Americans are not.

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  15. a decision like this is not made by the F.B.I.

    That does not absolve them. If it's illegal, they should have refused to carry it out.

    I was only following orders didn't save the guys at Nuremberg.

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  16. Of all the people who turned on Pres. Trump, Barr is the most disappointing to me.

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  17. And remember that Barr said that it was ok for federal agents to shoot in the back and kill an 8 year old unarmed boy chasing his dog, and also shoot and kill the boy’s unarmed mother holding her baby. He even called them “Constitutional kills”. These are the types of evil scum we are dealing with.

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  18. Barr none. This POS is beginning to make Judas Pence look like a loyalist and American Patriot.

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  19. Barr defended Lon Horyuchi who murdered the wife and son of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge.

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  20. How Barr gets away with never having to face his own words on CNN to Wolf Blitzer in September, 2020, saying that those who were changing the election rules in the middle of an election in a deeply divided nation at that time were, "playing with fire"
    "“People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology – which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion – is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire," he added."
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/politics/barr-mail-in-voting-playing-with-fire-situation-room/index.html

    So Trump's opponents could play with fire recklessly ahead of the election: not to blame, but Trump complaining about the arsonists after they spread the fuel is to blame for striking the match? Got it. Barr, answer for that! Ball-less cuck.

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  21. You have to wonder who has pictures of Barr doing ?? with ?? . Or maybe, he doesn't like America all that much, you know, like the left.

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  22. 1) Great colmn, esp nails it in last full para.

    2) BUT BUT BUT... Barr IS RIGHT, and SAYING SOMETHING BIG That Deserves credit -- his comments about decision being made by DOJ and people UNDER the AG.. POINTS FINGER DIRECTLY AT DEP AG LISA MONACO. BARR IS SAYING, BLAME DEP AG, NOT FBI. I AGREE!

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  23. Vlad the Impaler could be the provider of hacks on what to do with Billy Barr and his bagpipes.

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  24. Barr’s claim that prior to the raid, Republicans had been focused on pocketbook issues for the midterms is laughable. Except for a few, their own pockets is all they care about.

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  25. As Barack lectured us, “Words matter.” The statement "The FBI also seized boxes and containers holding more than 100 classified records during its Aug. 8 search…” is crafted. A record can be a meta-document; a description, catalog, or encoded reference of or to documents. The wordsmithing tells me it wasn’t 100 “documents”.

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  26. Barr has clearly been bought. The warrant was patently illegal, meaning that Garland and Reinhart engaged in a criminal conspiracy to violate President Trump's Constitutional rights.

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  27. Incestuous evil embraced, massaged and perpetuated by US government agencies plus those who serve themselves instead of our country, justice and the common good. With regard to Barr, he is a jackal and a Pharisee who swims and bathes in his own cesspool.

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  28. The Bible says; "10Yet a little while and the wicked person will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there." Psalm 37

    The Comey's and Barr's and Obama's and Biden's and Muellers will not be remembered soon. J Edgar is remember because the FBI continue his legacy of corruption and he's still attached, but they will all go to the place of all flesh. And unless they repent and God saves them they will pay for their deeds.

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