William Barr

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 »

Defeat the press

Featured image The Sunday morning gabfests have become a complete waste of time and brain cells except insofar as one seeks to understand the line the media are enforcing. I am glad to have missed the story Andrea Widburg relates in the American Thinker column “Chuck Todd grievously misquoted Bill Barr on Meet the Press.” Picking up the story via Twitter (below) helped me to minimize the pain and the neurological injury. »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr sat down with Catherine Herridge for an interview yesterday following the filing of the government’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case. CBS News has chopped the interview into bite-size bits, but it has published the transcript here. Highly recommended. At the time of the FBI interview of Flynn on January 24, 2017, the FBI had no bona fide counterintelligence investigation of Flynn open. Barr explains: On the »

Common sense about states rights during a pandemic

Featured image Attorney General Barr went on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show yesterday. He discussed possible conflicts between federal law and what state governors are doing in response to the Wuhan coronavirus. Barr stated: Well, they can be in tension, and there are potentials for collision. I think you know, when a governor acts, obviously states have very broad police powers. When a governor acts, especially when a governor does something that intrudes »

AG Barr: FBI investigation a historic travesty

Featured image I have been saying for quite a while that the government operation run against the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency is the greatest scandal by far in American political history. Based on the progress of the investigation he has commissioned, Attorney General Barr has arrived at the same conclusion. That is how I read his remarks in the interview with Laura Ingraham earlier this week. RCP’s Ian Schwartz has »

Walton’s whack

Featured image You may have read about Senior United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton’s whack upside the head of Attorney General Barr this week. The whack was administered in Judge Walton’s opinion ruling on the Freedom of Information Act case that seeks the Department of Justice’s release of an unredacted version of the Mueller report. The opinion is accessible online here. Judge Walton’s whack is misguided. The Wall Street Journal takes »

Judge Jackson fails to “transcend party”

Featured image Yesterday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Roger Stone to 40 months in prison, a sentence he’s extremely unlikely to serve. I maintained that the sentence is just and I agreed, in general, with Judge Jackson’s comments about Stone. However, Judge Jackson did not confine her sentencing speech to the defendant. She also waded into internal matters at the Department of Justice. The judge seemed to criticize Attorney General Barr, saying »

A word on Jeff Jensen

Featured image Yesterday I noted that Attorney General Barr has tasked Jeff Jensen, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, with a review of the case brought against former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. In addition to stints with PriceCoopersWaterhouse as a CPA, with the FBI as a Special Agent, with the Eastern District of Missouri US Attorney’s office as an Assistant United States Attorney, Jensen also worked, »

William Barr’s frustration

Featured image William Barr has received much praise from conservatives and especially from President Trump’s most ardent supporters. The praise is deserved. Among his other virtues, Barr has stood up to his anti-Trump critics in Congress and the mainstream media to promote fair treatment for President Trump. His handling of the Mueller report is a good example. And Barr has done this without compromising the integrity of the Justice Department or running »

Dear AG Barr: Declassify this

Featured image We have yet to get to the bottom of the wrongdoing by the Comey/McCabe FBI against the Trump presidential campaign and presidency. There are depths yet to be plumbed. In an interesting development that is unlikely to attract much attention from the mainstream media, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson allege that four classified footnotes in the Horowitz IG report on the FBI/DoJ FISA abuse directly contradict claims made in »

William Barr: Analyze this

Featured image With the heat generated by the Pelosi Players performing their impeachment farce in the House of Representatives last week, Martha MacCallum’s interview with Attorney General Barr last week hasn’t gotten the attention it merits. I posted an 18-minutes clip and transcript yesterday in “Barr versus Comey.” In the five-minute clip below (posted here by FOX News), Barr discusses the questionable origin of the Russia hoax and the scope of the »

Barr versus Comey

Featured image Martha MacCallum flew to Detroit this week to interview Attorney General William Barr for her evening FOX News show. FOX News broadcast portions of the interview on Thursday and Friday. Below is video of the first 18 minutes of the interview broadcast on the show Thursday night. In it, among other things, Barr responded to former FBI Director James Comey’s transparently deceitful interview with Chris Wallace this week on FOX »

Barr is on the case (2)

Featured image Among his other interviews yesterday in the aftermath of the Department of Justice Inspector General Report on FISA abuse and related matters, Attorney General Barr appeared at the Wall Street Journal CEO Conference for a discussion with Journal editor at large Gerard Baker. The Journal has posted video of the entire interview on its site (I have embedded the video below) and here on Twitter. I posted Barr’s interview with »

Barr is on the case

Featured image Attorney General William Barr sat for an extended interview with NBC’s Pete Williams to discuss the findings in the Department of Justice Inspector General report released yesterday afternoon. NBC has cut the thing up in a couple of stories, but it has also posted the whole thing on YouTube (24-minute video below). Barr is familiar with the evidence gathered so far; he knows what he’s talking about. He understands that »

Barr’s preview

Featured image Over the weekend 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 »