William Barr

Barr’s preview

Featured image I posted the entire text and video of Attorney General Barr’s 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention in Washington here. Barr gave the speech this past Friday. He obviously has had access to the pending report of Department of Justice Inspector General Horowitz on FISA abuse involving spying on the Trump campaign and related misconduct. He also has access to the »

Barr drives left even crazier

Featured image Attorney General Barr delivered the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention in Washington on Friday. The Department of Justice has posted the text here. I have omitted emphases, corrected a few typographical errors (not all the corrections are indicated), and posted the full text below. I have also posted video of the speech below the text (about 60 minutes). The speech »

The Dems’ frivolous request that Barr recuse himself

Featured image Democrats, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are clamoring for Attorney General Barr to recuse himself from all matters pertaining to Ukraine that might come up in Justice Department investigations. They know Barr isn’t going to do so, but hope to discredit him with this sort of a drumbeat. There is no reason for Barr to recuse himself. Democrats base their call for recusal on “concerns about [Barr’s] role in President »

Calling Mr. Mifsud

Featured image The full story of the plot by the FBI and the CIA, along with others in the Obama administration, to swing the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton and then, having failed at that, to disable President Trump’s administration, has not yet been told. And it may never be. U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation represents the best hope that most if not all of the true story will come out. Durham »

William Barr goes to Rome

Featured image Mainstream media outlets and the former members of the Deep State who supply them with information and quotes are outraged that Attorney General Barr went to Rome to obtain information about Joseph Mifsud. Mifsud is the professor who helped ignite the controversy that led to the Mueller investigation. It’s almost as if these outlets and Deep Staters are fearful of what Barr might learn. Some critics suggest that flying to »

Australia and Ukraine, compare and contrast

Featured image I agree with Scott that the latest media attack on President Trump — the New York Times’ report that “Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins” — is a non-scandal. As Scott notes, the report does not appear to be accurate. In any event, there would be nothing wrong with Trump pressing a foreign leader for cooperation in a Justice Department investigation of possible wrongdoing. As »

Dear Chairman Nadler

Featured image House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler wanted information about the investigation that Attorney General Barr has commissioned into the spying conducted by the FBI and others involved in the Trump-Russia probe. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to Nadler yesterday by letter (embedded below). Barr has named United States Attorney John Durham to conduct the investigation. Analyze this: the investigation is “broad in scope and multifaceted[.]” The investigation is to »

Don Surber: Barr’s greatest hits

Featured image I cannot recommend Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr for CBS News highly enough. Here is the whole thing in podcast form. I plucked my favorite quote from the interview yesterday here. This morning I intended to comb through the CBS News transcript of Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr to highlights its greatest hits, but I find that Don Surber has done the work for »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr sat for an extended interview with Jan Crawford of CBS News to discuss matters of current concern including Robert Mueller’s public “it’s not my job” statement and the ongoing investigation of the spying on the Trump campaign. CBS News has posted its transcript of the interview in its entirety here. I have posted the podcast version below. Mollie Hemingway gives the interview a rave review: “AMAZING INTERVIEW! »

The Barr factor, cont’d

Featured image FOX News has now posted Bill Hemmer’s entire interview with Attorney General William Barr in San Salvador (video below). In the course of this fantastic interview Hemmer asked a series of questions about Barr’s investigation of the Russia hoax. All of Barr’s answers throughout, including his discreet nonresponses and amused smiles, are of intense interest. Yesterday I quoted Barr: “What I will say is that I’ve been trying to get »

The Barr factor

Featured image The current conflict between John Brennan and James Comey — see Vivek Saxena’s compilation here — puts Saxena in mind of Mad Magazine’s long-running Spy Versus Spy feature. It puts me in mind of the Iran-Iraq war according to Henry Kissinger: “It’s a pity both sides can’t lose.” Well, maybe both sides can lose. Bill Hemmer sat down with Attorney General Barr in San Salvador yesterday. Hemmer took the opportunity »

As Nadler natters

Featured image The contempt citation served up by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and his Democratic colleagues on Attorney General William Barr is stupid almost beyond belief. Professor Jonathan Turley exposes its complete and utter asininity without breaking a sweat. That is not the hardest of the questions raised by Nadler’s shenanigans. What’s it all about, Jerry? That is a somewhat more difficult question to answer. Kim Strassel takes up the »

Behind Comey’s claim that Trump “eats your soul”

Featured image Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed by James Comey in which the former FBI director claimed that President Trump “eats your soul in small bites.” Talk about demonizing your adversaries. Comey must not have read Robert Mueller’s report very carefully. One of Mueller’s findings is that members of Trump’s team didn’t carry out his instructions when they believed the instructions were wrongful. Don McGahn, then the »

Democrats Cite Barr for Contempt

Featured image The Democrats are out of ammo, so they continue to flog the dead horse of the Mueller Report. Today, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. I assume the full House will follow up with such a citation on a party-line vote. Democrats have demanded that Barr produce the full, unredacted Mueller Report, perhaps on the theory that there must »

A letter to William Barr

Featured image Emmet T. Flood, special counsel to President Trump, has sent a letter to Attorney General Barr. Although Barr is the addressee, Robert Mueller is the main target. The letter is a blistering attack on Mueller’s report with a shot at James Comey thrown in. Flood gets right to the point: The [special counsel’s report] suffers from an extraordinary legal defect: It quite deliberately fails to comply with the requirements of »

Mueller moans, media misleads

Featured image Yesterday, I noted that mainstream media coverage of William Barr’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee omitted an important piece of information — Barr tried to address the concern of Robert Mueller that some combination of Barr’s four-page memo and media reporting about it was “confusing” the American public. Barr responded with a statement designed to clarify the situation. The media did not report this fact even though it figured »

Barr addressed Mueller’s concerns, but the media won’t report it

Featured image You would never guess it from the mainstream media’s coverage of yesterday’s circus before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but William Barr addressed Robert Mueller’s concerns over media coverage of his report and over Barr’s four-page memo about the report. Barr did so in a statement he released the day after his conversation with Mueller about the special counsel’s concerns. As everyone knows by now, Mueller sent a letter to Barr »