William Barr

A deepening disgrace

Featured image The Department of Justice has disclosed additional evidence of the FBI’s efforts to undermine the Trump presidential campaign and presidency. Attorney Sidney Powell includes it in her memorandum filed yesterday in support of the “agreed dismissal” of the case against General Flynn. Powell characterizes the FBI misconduct involved in these efforts as “Stalinist tactics.” The FBI’s briefing to President Obama on January 5, 2017, figures in the mix. I have »

DoJ would prefer not to…

Featured image Taking a cue from Bartleby, the Scrivener, the Department of Justice has announced that it would prefer not to send witnesses to testify before the House Judiciary Committee run by Jerrold Nadler and his fellow Democrats. Responding to a request from Nadler for testimony from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal, and U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd tactfully recalled »

The Washington Post Smears AG William Barr. I was There.

Featured image I have been in DC (Northern Virginia, actually) for the last two days, in connection with Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day event. Last night, Attorney General William Barr spoke at dinner. The main subject of his speech was the rule of law, and how the rule of law is advanced by the fact that in federal agencies, final decisions are up to the senior, political appointees. In the Department of Justice, »

William Barr tells it like it is

Featured image Attorney General Barr spoke last night at Hillsdale College. The Washington Post labels Barr’s address “remarkable,” and I agree. It’s remarkable that a public official spoke in public as plainly and as truthfully as Barr did. Here are some of the comments that made the Post’s Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky unhappy: In response to criticism that Barr is “interfering” by overruling the decisions of career prosecutors, the Attorney General »

The latest anti-Trump “tempest” debunked

Featured image The Justice Department has intervened in a lawsuit brought against President Trump by E. Jean Carroll. She’s the journalist who claims that Trump raped her 25 years ago. Carroll’s suit isn’t about the alleged rape. It’s a defamation suit based on Trump’s denial of her allegation. To those unschooled in the law, it probably seems odd that the DOJ would substitute itself for Trump as the defendant in a suit »

Report: DOJ about to file antitrust suit against Google

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department “is expected to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google as soon as this month.” The Post claims that Attorney General Barr has “overruled dozens of federal attorneys who initially signaled the U.S. government was not ready to bring such a landmark case.” Such a suit would be the product of a “competition inquiry” that, in the Post’s words, “focuses on Google’s sprawling »

Barr in Wolf’s den

Featured image Attorney General Barr appeared with Wolf Blitzer on CNN yesterday. The interview is intensely interesting and informative, and not just by contrast with Joe Biden’s remarks on the Blake case in the adjacent post. Barr also discussed the Democrats’ promotion of voting by mail. Barr is especially effective when pressed or provoked. Quotable quote: “Because I’ve seen the intelligence.” »

Good news: Feds have arrested more than 1,000 in Operation Legend

Featured image Attorney General Barr announced today that at least 217 people have been charged with a federal crime, and more than 1,000 have been arrested in major metropolitan cities, since the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend in July. The operation is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed in his sleep on June 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City police announced the arrest of a »

Barr unbound

Featured image Attorney General William Barr sat down with Mark Levin for an outstanding interview that aired last night on Life, Liberty and Levin. The interview covered subjects and themes that are among our regular preoccupations, including the secular religion of the Democrats, Antifa and related media coverage, and the Russia hoax. In the interview Barr is performing a teaching function. He knows what he’s talking about and he wants Americans to »

Reclaiming their time (remix)

Featured image As the old joke goes, it only hurts when I laugh. It therefore hurts to watch this mashup of the House Judiciary Democrats “reclaiming their time” from Attorney General Barr in the course of their performative displays at the hearing earlier this week. It nevertheless must be done. In its own way this may be the best commentary yet on the Democrats’ disgrace under the leadership of the nattering Mr. »

Raising the Barr

Featured image We’ve been all over Attorney General Bill Barr’s adventures in congressional “oversight” this week, but as it happens I just received the summer issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, which is the academic journal of the Federalist Society. And the lead article in this issue is Barr’s Barbara Olson Memorial Lecture from last fall’s annual Federalist Society conference, which has the anodyne title, “The Role of the »

Bill Barr’s challenge to Dems goes unanswered

Featured image At yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, chairman Jerry Nadler stated: In this Justice Department, the President’s enemies will be punished and his friends will be protected, no matter the cost, no matter the cost to liberty, no matter the cost to justice. Attorney General Barr responded with this challenge: I’m supposedly punishing the president’s enemies and helping his friends. What enemies have I indicted? Who — could you point to »

Reclaiming their time

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz has compiled SUPERcuts video #792 of the House Judiciary Committee Democrats “reclaiming their time” from Attorney General Barr at yesterday’s committee hearing (below). The Democrats’ refrain put me in mind of Bob Dylan’s “Pledging My Time” from Blonde on Blonde: “I got a poison headache / But I feel all right.” They gave me a poison headache. While they were reclaiming their time, as »

The Dems must be crazy

Featured image To say the Democrats must be crazy would be an overly charitable interpretation of their performance in the House Judiciary Committee spectacle starring Attorney General Barr yesterday. They only seemed crazy as they repeatedly disgraced themselves. The disgrace, however, was obviously premeditated. It turns out they had called Barr as a backdrop for their own accusatory and disparaging speeches with the thought that they would cut him off and preclude »

The Democrats Embarrass Themselves Again

Featured image Today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing was a fiasco. Putting aside the details for a moment, two basic themes emerged. First, the micro: the Democrats were outrageously rude to the Attorney General of the United States. The hearing was devoted to their abusing him on various ridiculous grounds. He barely got a word in edgewise. At one point, he said something like, “This is a hearing. Aren’t I the one who »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr testifies this morning before the House Judiciary Committee. His opening statement has been uploaded to Scrbid. I have embedded it below. The whole thing is worth reading. Here are two paragraphs that I would like to highlight: Unfortunately, some have chosen to respond to George Floyd’s death …by demonizing the police, promoting slogans like ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards), and making grossly irresponsible proposals to defund the »

Behind the firing of that U.S. Attorney in New York

Featured image Over the weekend, a flap arose about the removal of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. On Friday evening, Attorney General Barr announced that Berman had resigned. As Andy McCarthy has said, “it is a conventional indulgence to [a] dumped public official to frame the removal as a resignation, or to couch it ambiguously, so it is unclear whether the official decided to leave »