Attorney General Barr testified before the Senate on Wednesday. He’s not one to suffer fools, which is why he refused to go along with the games the Democrats tried to play. Check out his handling of Senator Dick Blumenthal, via Don Surber:
Blumenthal: “Did you make a memorandum of your conversation?”
Barr: “No, I didn’t.”
Blumenthal: “Did anyone, either you or anyone on your staff, memorialize your conversation with Robert Mueller?”
Blumenthal: “May we have those notes?”
Blumenthal: “Why not?”
Barr: “Why should you have them?”
Short and sweet and straight to the point. Don Surber even asked if Barr is Trumpier than Trump himself. Barr’s performance has the Democrats in a lather because his honesty and no-nonsense style made them look really childish and in over their heads.
However, that was not the only issue from Wednesday’s hearing. The Democrats asked Barr about a letter that Mueller wrote to him regarding his four page report summary. The Dems didn’t like his answer, in spite of it being truthful, and accused him of lying. The Democrats then pounced: Maxine Waters demanded he resign or be impeached; Adam Schiff wrote an Op-Ed in USA Today where he also demanding Barr resign.
Nancy Pelosi herself went in front of the media yesterday and accused Barr of committing a crime:
Nancy Pelosi: "[Barr] lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. Nobody is above the law. Not the President of the United States and not the attorney general."
Via CBS pic.twitter.com/uJN6hUgpwY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 2, 2019
Pelosi’s comments did not sit well with Robert Mueller:
Have Nancy and the Democrats finally gone too far? Get your popcorn ready.
Why do the Democrats want AG Barr gone? Because they’re terrified of the investigation into the Trump/Russia collusion lie, the fake dossier that initiated it, how the dossier was procured, who procured it, and how it was used to get warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. He also will investigate the role US intelligence officials played in the effort. This will inevitably uncover many Democrats behaving badly. Kim Strassel writes this at the WSJ:
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.
He also said he’d focus on the infamous “dossier” concocted by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and British former spy Christopher Steele, on which the FBI relied so heavily in its probe. Mr. Barr acknowledged his concern that the dossier itself could be Russian disinformation, a possibility he described as not “entirely speculative.” He also revealed that the department has “multiple criminal leak investigations under way” into the disclosure of classified details about the Trump-Russia investigation.
Do not underestimate how many powerful people in Washington have something to lose from Mr. Barr’s probe. Among them: Former and current leaders of the law-enforcement and intelligence communities. The Democratic Party pooh-bahs who paid a foreign national (Mr. Steele) to collect information from Russians and deliver it to the FBI. The government officials who misused their positions to target a presidential campaign. The leakers. The media. More than reputations are at risk. Revelations could lead to lawsuits, formal disciplinary actions, lost jobs, even criminal prosecution.
Naturally, Democrats want Barr gone before he has any chance to find the truth of who ordered all this. After all, they had to have come from the top: Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and John Brennan. Imagine the damage this would do to the Democrat party if it were proven that a Democrat administration ordered US intelligence officials to spy on an opposing political campaign to benefit fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Not only would Democrats lose elections and, therefore, the House and the presidency for certain in 2020, but some could go to prison. This kind of spying on an American presidential candidate for political purposes is not only illegal, but if it’s proven, it would destroy whatever limited faith the American people have left in their government. This would make Watergate look like tea and crumpets.
The Democrats’ party and their political lives are on the line. There’s no telling how far they’ll go to protect themselves.