I have written several articles on postings related to politicians. A list of links have been provided at bottom of this article for your convenience. This article will, however address different aspects on these politicians.
Attorney General William Barr has recently resigned from his position. My feelings toward the man have waxed and waned over the last year and a half. When he first was nominated by President Trump in early 2019, his appointment held a lot of promise. He seemed to be very conscientious and new exactly what to say appease all the right side clamoring for justice. That should have set bells off. Because anything that sounds to good to be true is usually too good to be true. He seemed to be everywhere, investigating everything. But as time progressed no real progress was being made. Then in this last year he seemed to be at cross purposes with President Trump. When he finally refused to act on the voter fraud in the 2020 election and said there was nothing to investigate. That was the final straw. He totally lost all credibility with me. But if this was the end of the story, there would be no reason for this article. I have already discussed many of my grievances against AG Barr in my Facebook postings, which I listed below in the addendum section below. To show that I was optimistic about Barr in the beginning I now include a link to an early article I wrote on him. https://common-sense-in-america.com/2020/07/06/why-is-the-left-in-love-with-impeachment-is-william-barr-next/.
What I hope to find out in this article is what really happened with Barr. Was he a plant by the left, or did he start out as a good guy and get corrupted or did he just realize that the swamp was just too deep and he simply gave up. So I am going to start this article with a history of the man. I find that this is the best way to start, is from the beginning.
William Pelham Barr (born May 23, 1950) is an American attorney who served as the 77th and 85th United States Attorney General. On December 14, 2020, Barr announced his resignation as Attorney General to be effective on December 23, 2020.
From 1973 to 1977, Barr was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency during his schooling years. He then served as a law clerk to judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey. In the 1980s, Barr worked for the law firm Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, sandwiching a year’s work in the White House of the Ronald Reagan administration dealing with legal policies. Before becoming Attorney General in 1991, Barr held numerous other posts within the Department of Justice, including leading the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and serving as Deputy Attorney General. From 1994 to 2008, Barr did corporate legal work for GTE and its successor company Verizon Communications, which made him a multimillionaire. From 2009 to 2018, Barr served on the board of directors for Time Warner.
Barr is a longtime proponent of the unitary executive theory of nearly unfettered presidential authority over the executive branch of the U.S. government. In 1989, Barr, as the head of the OLC, justified the U.S. invasion of Panama to arrest Manuel Noriega. As deputy attorney general, Barr authorized an FBI operation in 1991 which freed hostages at the Talladega federal prison. An influential advocate for tougher criminal justice policies, Barr as attorney general in 1992 authored the report The Case for More Incarceration, where he argued for an increase in the United States incarceration rate. Under Barr’s advice, President George H. W. Bush in 1992 pardoned six officials involved in the Iran–Contra affair.
Barr became attorney general for the second time in 2019. During his ongoing term, he has received criticism from some for his handling of several challenges, including his mischaracterized summary and selective redaction of the Mueller report, interventions in the guilty convictions and sentences of former advisors to President Trump, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, his order of the federal government to resume federal executions after 17 years, and allegations of political interference in the removal of Geoffrey Berman from his Southern District of New York attorney position in a matter pertaining to the indictment of Turkish bank Halkbank, a bank with close personal ties to Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Early life and education
Barr was born in New York City in 1950. His father, Donald Barr, taught English literature at Columbia University before becoming headmaster of the Dalton School in Manhattan and later the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, both members of the Ivy Preparatory School League. Barr’s mother, Mary Margaret , also taught at Columbia. Barr’s father was Jewish and raised in Judaism but later converted to Christianity and joined the Catholic Church. His mother is of Irish ancestry. Barr was raised as a Catholic. Barr was the second of four sons, and his younger brother Stephen Barr is a professor of physics at the University of Delaware.
Barr grew up on New York City’s Upper West Side. As a child, he attended a Catholic grammar school, Corpus Christi School, and then the non-sectarian Horace Mann School. After high school, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in government and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. He did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia, receiving an Master of Arts in government and Chinese studies in 1973. While at Columbia, Barr opposed anti-Vietnam War occupation protests by students on campus.
Barr then moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an intelligence analyst for the CIA while taking evening classes at George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1977 with a Juris Doctor with highest honors.
From 1971 to 1977, while attending graduate school and law school, Barr worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was first hired as a summer intern for two years. During his law school years he was an analyst in the Intelligence Directorate division from 1973 to 1975, and then transitioning to an assistant in the Office of Legislative Counsel and an agency liaison to Congress from 1975 to 1977.
After graduating from law school in 1977, Barr spent one year as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He then joined the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) from 1978 to 1982 and again from 1983 to 1989, after serving as Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy on the domestic policy staff at the Reagan White House from May 1982 to September 1983.
U.S. Department of Justice
Barr and Dan Quayle watch as President George H. W. Bush signs the Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act in the Rose Garden of the White House in 1991.
In 1989, at the beginning of his administration, President George H. W. Bush appointed Barr to the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), an office which functions as the legal advisor for the President and executive agencies. Barr was known as a strong defender of presidential power. He wrote an advisory opinion justifying the U.S. invasion of Panama and arrest of Manuel Noriega. He wrote legal justifications for the practice of rendition, so that the FBI could enter onto foreign soil without the consent of the host government to apprehend fugitives wanted by the United States government for terrorism or drug-trafficking. Barr declined a congressional request for the full 1989 opinion, but instead provided a document that “summarizes the principal conclusions”. Congress subpoenaed the opinion, and its public release after Barr’s departure from the Justice Department showed he had omitted significant findings in the opinion from his summary document.
U.S. Deputy Attorney General (1990–1991)
In May 1990, Barr was appointed Deputy Attorney General, the official responsible for day-to-day management of the Department. According to media reports, Barr was generally praised for his professional management of the Department.
During August 1991, when then-Attorney General Richard Thornburgh resigned to campaign for the Senate, Barr was named Acting Attorney General. Three days after Barr accepted that position, 121 Cuban inmates, awaiting deportation to Cuba, seized nine hostages at the Talladega federal prison. He directed the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team to assault the prison, which resulted in rescuing all hostages without loss of life.
U.S. Attorney General (1991–1993)
First nomination and confirmation
It was reported that President Bush was impressed with Barr’s management of the hostage crisis; weeks later, Bush nominated him as Attorney General.
Barr enjoyed a “sterling reputation” among Republican and Democratic politicians alike. His two-day confirmation hearing was “unusually placid”, and he was received well by both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Asked whether he thought a constitutional right to privacy included the right to an abortion, Barr responded that he believed the Constitution was not originally intended to create a right to abortion; that Roe v. Wade was thus wrongly decided; and that abortion should be a “legitimate issue for state legislators”. “Barr also said at the hearings that Roe v. Wade was ‘the law of the land’ and claimed he did not have ‘fixed or settled views’ on abortion.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Joe Biden, though disagreeing with Barr, responded that it was the “first candid answer” he had heard from a nominee on a question that witnesses would normally evade; Biden hailed Barr as “a throwback to the days when we actually had attorneys general that would talk to you.” Barr was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee, was confirmed by voice vote by the full Senate, and was sworn in as Attorney General on November 26, 1991.
During his first tenure as AG, media characterized Barr as “a staunch conservative who rarely hesitates to put his hardline views into action.” He was described as affable with a dry, self-deprecating wit. The New York Times described the “central theme” of his tenure to be “his contention that violent crime can be reduced only by expanding Federal and state prisons to jail habitual violent offenders.” In an effort to prioritize violent crime, Barr reassigned three hundred FBI agents from counterintelligence work to investigations of gang violence. The New York Times called this move “the largest single manpower shift in the bureau’s history.”
During the 1992 election year, the Wall Street Journal wrote of Barr’s work that he “has put a heavy emphasis on attention-grabbing events and pronouncements that may have more to do with presidential election-year politicking than with fighting crime on the streets.”
In October 1991, Barr appointed then-retired Democratic Chicago judge Nicholas Bua as special counsel in the Inslaw scandal. Bua’s 1993 report found the Department of Justice guilty of no wrongdoing in the matter.
In October 1992, Barr appointed then retired New Jersey federal judge Frederick B. Lacey to investigate the Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency handling of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) Iraqgate scandal. The appointment came after Democrats called for a special prosecutor during the scandal fearing a “cover-up” by the administration. House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. González called for Barr’s resignation, citing “repeated, clear failures and obstruction” by the Department of Justice in allegedly delaying an investigation of the BNL-Iraqgate case. González also called for an independent special counsel investigation.
Phone surveillance program
In 1992, Barr launched a surveillance program to gather records of innocent Americans’ international phone calls. The DoJ inspector general concluded that this program had been launched without a review of its legality. 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.”
In December 2019, Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Patrick J. Leahy asked the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate Barr for approving an illegal surveillance program without legal analysis.
In late 1992, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, who had been chosen to investigate the Iran–Contra affair, found documents in the possession of Reagan’s former defense secretary, Caspar Weinberger, which Walsh said was “evidence of a conspiracy among the highest-ranking Reagan Administration officials to lie to Congress and the American public.” Weinberger was set to stand trial on felony charges on January 5, 1993. His “indictment said Mr. Weinberger’s notes contradicted Mr. Bush’s assertions that he had only a fragmentary knowledge of the arms secretly sold to Iran in 1985 and 1986 in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon.” According to Walsh, then-president Bush might have been called as a witness.
On December 24, 1992, during his final month in office, Bush, on the advice of Barr, pardoned Weinberger, along with five other administration officials who had been found guilty on charges relating to the Iran–Contra affair. Barr was consulted extensively regarding the pardons, and especially advocated for pardoning Weinberger.
Walsh complained about the move insinuating that Bush on Barr’s advice had used the pardons to avoid testifying and stating that: “The Iran-contra cover-up, which has continued for more than six years, has now been completed.” In 2003, he wrote an account of the investigation in his book, Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up.
Because of this and Barr’s unwillingness to appoint an independent counsel to look into a second scandal known as Iraqgate, New York Times writer William Safire began to refer to Barr as “Coverup-General Barr.” Barr, however, responded that he believed Bush had made the right decision regarding that and he felt people in the case had been treated unfairly. Barr said Walsh was a “head-hunter” who “had completely lost perspective.”
Comments about the Starr investigation of President Clinton
In March 1998, Barr lambasted the Clinton administration for criticizing Independent Counsel Ken Starr‘s investigation of the Whitewater controversy, which had shifted towards an investigation of an alleged affair between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Barr said the criticism appeared “to have the improper purpose of influencing and impeding an ongoing criminal investigation and intimidating possible jurors, witnesses and even investigators.”
Comments about the Trump administration
On April 18, 2019, a redacted version of R
In 2017, Barr said there was “nothing inherently wrong” with Donald Trump’s calls for investigating Hillary Clinton while the two were both running for president. Barr added that an investigation into an alleged Uranium One controversy was more warranted than looking into whether Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 elections. Barr also said in 2017 that he didn’t think “all this stuff” about incarcerating or prosecuting Hillary Clinton was appropriate to say, but added that “there are things that should be investigated that haven’t been investigated,” although the FBI began investigating the Clinton Foundation and the related Uranium One matter in 2015, followed by investigations by Republican congressional committees.
In February 2017, Barr argued Trump was justified in firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her refusal to defend Executive Order 13769.
Barr was publicly critical of the special counsel investigation. In 2017, he faulted Mueller for hiring prosecutors who have contributed to Democratic politicians, saying that his team should have had more “balance,” and characterized the obstruction of justice investigation as “asinine” and that it was “taking on the look of an entirely political operation to overthrow the president.”
In June 2018, Barr sent an unsolicited 20-page memo to senior Justice Department officials. He also provided copies to members of Trump’s legal team and discussed it with some of them. In his memo, Barr argued that the Special Counsel should not be investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because Trump’s actions, such as firing FBI Director James Comey, were within his powers as head of the executive branch. He characterized the obstruction investigation as “fatally misconceived” and “grossly irresponsible” and “potentially disastrous” to the executive branch. The day after the existence of the memo became known, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said “our decisions are informed by our knowledge of the actual facts of the case, which Mr. Barr didn’t have.” Democrats later characterized the memo as Barr’s “job application” for the Attorney General position.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) financially assists Republicans in their Senate election contests; in the seven years from 2009 to 2016, Barr gave six donations to the NRSC totaling $85,400. In a five-month period from October 2018 to February 2019, Barr donated five times (around $10,000 every month) for a total of $51,000. When Barr started donating more frequently to the NRSC, it was uncertain whether then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions would remain in his job. Barr continued donating even after Sessions resigned, and after Trump nominated Barr for Attorney General. The donations stopped after Barr was confirmed by the Senate as Attorney General. NRSC refunded Barr $30,000 before his confirmation. Previously in 2017, Barr had said he felt “prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party”.
U.S. Attorney General (2019–2020)
Second nomination and confirmation
Barr is sworn in as Attorney General by Chief JusticeJohn Roberts in 2019.
On December 7, 2018, President Donald Trump announced Barr’s nomination to succeed Jeff Sessions. Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman reported that Trump had sought Barr as chief defense lawyer for Trump regarding the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller after Barr made three positions known. First, Barr supported Trump’s firing of Comey on May 9, 2017. Second, he questioned the appointments of some of Mueller’s prosecutors due to political donations they had made to the Clinton campaign. Third, he alleged there were conflicts of interest of two appointees to the Special Counsel Team, Jennie Rhee and Bruce Ohr.
Barr was confirmed as Attorney General on February 14, 2019, by a 54–45 near party-line vote. Later that day, Barr was sworn-in as the nation’s 85th Attorney General by Chief Justice John Roberts in a ceremony at the White House. He is the first person to be appointed to a second non-consecutive term as Attorney General since John J. Crittenden in 1850.
In May 2019, three months into his tenure as Attorney General, the Associated Press characterized Barr as a champion and advocate for Trump. Barr had enthusiastically supported Trump’s political agenda, misrepresented aspects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, repeated Trump’s talking point that those investigating Trump had engaged in “spying”, defied congressional subpoenas, and refused to give Congress an unredacted version of the Mueller report.
Under Barr’s leadership, the Justice Department changed its position on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Previously the department took the position that the individual mandate provision was unconstitutional, but could be severed from the whole healthcare law. On March 25, the department updated its position to argue that the entire law is unconstitutional. On May 2, the department conducted a filing with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to nullify the entire law, arguing that the removal of the provision on individual mandate results in the entire law becoming unconstitutional.
On May 1, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told the House Oversight Committee that Barr had instructed Justice Department official John Gore to refuse a subpoena to testify in front of the committee. The committee subpoenaed Gore over the Trump administration’s efforts to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 United States Census. The reason for the refusal was that the committee’s decision to not allow a Justice Department lawyer to accompany Gore during testimony violated “the confidentiality interests of the Executive Branch” (though a separate room was permitted). In early June the House Oversight Committee moved to hold Barr in contempt of congress for defying a subpoena regarding the efforts to add a citizenship question to the census. In July 2019, the House of Representatives voted 230–198 to hold Barr (and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross) in criminal contempt of Congress, after they failed to produce documents as April 2019 congressional subpoenas mandated. The documents, on the planned (and eventually scrapped) citizenship question in the 2020 census, were withheld due to a “deliberative process” and “attorney-client communications”, according to the Justice Department. President Trump also asserted executive privilege over the documents to withhold them from Congress. Only once prior has a sitting Cabinet member been held in criminal contempt of Congress (Eric Holder in 2012). The House instructed the Justice Department to prosecute Barr, but the Department refused.
Also in July 2019, Barr reportedly made the decision to not bring federal civil rights charges against New York policeman Daniel Pantaleo for causing the death of Eric Garner. In so doing, he overruled the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which advocated charging Pantaleo, instead agreeing with Justice Department prosecutors from New York.
On July 25, 2019, Barr reinstated the death penalty for federal crimes.
In December 2019, Barr said that communities that do not show the “respect and support that law enforcement deserves … might find themselves without the police protection they need.” Barr dropped the Department of Justice’s case against the police officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014.
In February 2020, Senator Lindsey Graham stated that the Justice Department “is receiving information coming out of the Ukraine from” Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer to president Donald Trump. Graham had learned from Barr that “they’ve created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified”. A day later, Barr confirmed Graham’s account, stating that he had “established an intake process” for information on Ukraine, including from Giuliani, while citing an “obligation to have an open door” policy on receiving information. Giuliani has claimed to have information of improprieties regarding Ukraine for Joe Biden (a former vice president, later a 2020 presidential candidate) and his son Hunter Biden. Giuliani himself is reportedly being investigated by the Justice Department, with two of his associates having been arrested.
In early June 2020, according to reporting by The Washington Post and Fox News, Barr personally ordered that the streets around Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. should be cleared so that Trump, Barr and other administration officials could stage a photo op in front of St. John’s Church. At the time, the streets were occupied by peaceful protesters as part of the George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C. Barr’s order resulted in federal law enforcement officers rushing protesters, and employing smoke canisters, pepper balls, riot shields, and batons against the protesters. Barr reacted to the incident by falsely claiming that pepper balls (used by law enforcement on protesters) were not chemical irritants (pepper balls contain pelargonic acid vanillylamide, a chemical irritant; while the product’s manufacturer, and the Justice Department, both consider pepper balls a chemical irritant). In August 2020, he invoked qualified immunity before a federal court to protect himself from liability in a lawsuit regarding the Lafayette Square incident.
As Attorney General, Barr sowed doubt about the integrity of the 2020 election. In a September 2020 interview, Barr falsely asserted the Justice Department had indicted a Texas man for fraudulently completing 1,700 mail-in ballots. There was no such indictment, and the matter actually involved a series of errors by election officials during a county election, rather than fraud. Barr also repeated a claim that foreign adversaries could flood the country with counterfeit ballots to disrupt the election, a threat that experts characterized as nearly impossible to execute. Senior American intelligence officials have said there was no evidence any foreign powers intended to manipulate mail-in voting. The day after Barr’s interview, the Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence bulletin warning that Russia is using social media and other venues to promote false claims that mail voting will lead to widespread fraud, in order “to undermine public trust in the electoral process.” In a subsequent September 2020 interview, Barr stated that mail-in voting meant “we’re back in the business of selling and buying votes” including “outright coercion, paying off a postman, here’s a few hundred dollars, give me some of your ballots.” On October 1, 2020, more than 1,600 former DOJ attorneys signed an open letter stating, “we fear that Attorney General Barr intends to use the DOJ’s vast law enforcement powers to undermine our most fundamental democratic value: free and fair elections.”
In mid-June 2020, Barr announced that Geoffrey Berman, the court-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), “is stepping down”. Berman’s office had been investigating both Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Trump’s inaugural committee, as well as conducting a wider investigation into Trump’s company and his associates after successfully prosecuting Michael Cohen, another personal lawyer of Trump. CNN also reported that Berman had prosecuted Halkbank despite Barr’s attempt to try to avoid charges for the Turkish state-owned bank, after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requested Trump to help drop the charges. Simultaneously, Barr announced that at his recommendation, Trump had appointed Craig Carpenito as the interim SDNY U.S. Attorney, in a departure from the tradition of a career prosecutor from SDNY taking the interim role. Also concurrently, Barr said that Trump would nominate Jay Clayton for the permanent role of SDNY U.S. Attorney. Within a day, Berman said that he actually had “not resigned, and have no intention of resigning”. Berman also said that he only learned of his supposed departure from Barr’s public announcement. Barr then informed Berman that Trump had fired Berman at Barr’s request. Barr did not give a reason for Berman’s firing. As a result of the firing, the deputy SDNY U.S. Attorney, Audrey Strauss, would become the interim SDNY U.S. Attorney. With this, Berman agreed to leave. Meanwhile, the Senate indicated it would not confirm Clayton as the permanent replacement.
Barr has made commentary about social and religious issues in speeches and television appearances. In an October 2019 address at the University of Notre Dame, Barr asserted that “militant secularists” had been attacking Judeo-Christian values for five decades, stating, “This is not decay. This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.” In an August 2020 appearance on Fox News, Barr asserted that Black Lives Matter is “a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. They’re essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic.” Barr equated the movement with antifa, characterizing that loose collective as “highly organized” and claiming “the media doesn’t take footage of what’s happening” at George Floyd protests. He also claimed that liberals are intent on “tearing down the system” and that the Democratic party was only “interested in total victory. It’s a secular religion. It’s a substitute for a religion.” Barr had in June 2020 blamed antifa for orchestrating the George Floyd protests, but analysis by The New York Times found that no one arrested for serious federal crimes at the protests had been linked to antifa. Homeland Security Department secretary Chad Wolf said in September 2020 that he and Barr had discussed arresting leaders of antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2020 that Barr told federal prosecutors to consider charging violent protestors with plotting to overthrow the US government.
Barr has sometimes supported controversial or false statements made by Trump. In an August 2020 interview, Trump claimed that a plane full of “thugs in dark uniforms”, implying antifa, had recently flown from one unidentified city to another with the intention of fomenting riots. His claim appeared to be based on months-old social media rumors. Two days later, Barr asserted he knew that antifa activists “are flying around the country” and “we are following them.”
In September 2020, Barr asserted liberals were “projecting,” referring to “all this bullshit about how the president is going to stay in office and seize power? I’ve never heard of any of that crap. I mean, I’m the attorney general. I would think I would have heard about it.” During both the 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Trump was noncommittal when asked if he would accept election results showing he had lost. Days after Barr’s remarks, Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he lost the 2020 election, to which he replied, “Well, we’ll have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.” In the days after his electoral defeat, Trump and his legal team led by Rudy Giuliani pursued an aggressive effort to challenge the results with dozens of lawsuits and numerous false and unsubstantiated assertions revolving around an international communist conspiracy, rigged voting machines and polling place fraud to claim the election had been stolen from Trump.
On September 3, 2020, Trump ordered Barr to identify “anarchist jurisdictions,” stating in a memorandum, “It is imperative that the federal government review the use of federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.” Days later, Barr designated New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon as such jurisdictions, suggesting they should lose their federal funding because, “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.”
As baseless claims of voting fraud circulated in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election in which Trump lost, Barr sent a memo to DOJ prosecutors authorizing them to investigate “vote tabulation irregularities” before voting results had been certified, a reversal of long-standing department policy. Richard Pilger, director of the Election Crimes Branch at the DOJ Criminal Division, stepped down from that position in protest hours later. Four days later, sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys of the Branch wrote Barr a letter urging him to rescind the memo because it “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics”.
Contradicting Trump, on December 1, 2020 Barr announced that Justice Department and FBI investigators had examined complaints and information but found no evidence of fraud that would have changed the outcome of the election. Trump was angered by the announcement and the fact that Durham had not released any findings prior to the election. Trump was also angered by news that Barr had followed Justice Department policy by not disclosing during the campaign that Joe Biden‘s son Hunter had since 2018 been under criminal investigation, initially on suspicion of money laundering but later for tax matters. On December 14, 2020, Trump announced on Twitter that Barr was stepping down from his post on December 23.
Mueller investigation and report
On January 14, 2019, a day before Barr’s confirmation hearing for Attorney General, Barr sent written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the eventual final Mueller report, saying “it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel’s work … For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”
Upon taking office, Barr refused calls to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, despite his June 2018 memo arguing that the special counsel had no right to investigate Trump.
On March 22, 2019, Mueller concluded his special counsel investigation and gave the final report to Barr. On March 24, Barr wrote a four-page letter to Congress describing what he said were the report’s principal conclusions: first, that the Special Counsel did not establish conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election; and second, that the Special Counsel made no decision as to whether to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice, quoting “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein themselves concluded that the evidence did not establish obstruction of justice beyond reasonable doubt, and made the decision not to press the charge; “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
On March 25, Mueller reportedly wrote a letter to Barr, as described in the New York Times as “expressing his and his team’s concerns that the attorney general had inadequately portrayed their conclusions”. In USA Today it was described that Mueller “expressed his differences with Barr”.
On March 27, Mueller sent Barr another letter describing his concerns of Barr’s letter to Congress and the public on March 24. In it, Mueller complained that the summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Special Counsel’s probe, adding, “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations”. Both before and after the release of Barr’s summary, Mueller repeatedly tried to get Barr to release the report’s introductions and executive summaries. Mueller’s March 27 letter also stated that he had earlier sent a March 25 letter to Barr.
Mueller’s March 27 letter prompted Barr to call Mueller on March 28. Barr clarified on the intention of his letter both in his phone call with Mueller and in another letter to Congress that his letter had not been intended to be a summary of the report, but rather a description of the principal findings of the report.
On April 9, Barr appeared in a congressional hearing before the House. There, Representative Charlie Crist described media reports that “members of the special counsel’s team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March 24 letter, that it does not adequately or accurately portray the [Mueller] report’s findings”. Crist asked Barr: “Do you know what they are referencing with that?” Barr replied: “No, I don’t. I think – I think – I suspect that they probably wanted more put out, but in my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries.” On April 10, Attorney General Barr appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Chris Van Hollen asked Barr regarding obstruction: “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?” Barr replied: “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.”
The Department of Justice released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report in the morning of April 18, 2019. After the release of the full report, fact-checkers and news outlets characterized Barr’s initial letter as a deliberate mischaracterization of the Mueller Report and its conclusions. The New York Times reported instances in which the Barr letter omitted information and quoted sentence fragments out of context in ways that significantly altered the Mueller findings, including:
- A sentence fragment described only one possible motive for Trump to obstruct justice, while the Mueller report listed other possible motives
- Omission of words and a full sentence that twice suggested there was knowing and complicit behavior between the Trump campaign and Russians that stopped short of coordination
- Omission of language that indicated Trump could be subject to indictment after leaving office, to suggest that Trump was cleared in full
According to the Associated Press, Barr misrepresented the report in several ways, saying the report gave no indication that Congress could make a determination on obstruction of justice (the report specifically stated “that Congress may apply obstruction laws”) and that “these reports are not supposed to be made public” (when DOJ regulations give the AG wide authority in releasing reports such as this one). Barr falsely claimed in his summary of the report that “the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation.” The Washington Post fact-checker described Barr’s claim as “astonishing” and PolitiFact said it was “false.” In actuality, Trump declined to grant the Special Counsel an in-person interview, and the Special Counsel report characterized Trump’s written responses to interview questions as “inadequate”. The report also documented numerous instances where Trump tried to either impede or end the Special Counsel investigation, analyzing each in terms of the three factors necessary for a criminal charge of obstruction.
During a press conference, Barr said Mueller’s report contained “substantial evidence” that Trump was “frustrated and angered” because of his belief that the “investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks”; however, the report gave no indication that Trump’s frustrations with the investigation would mitigate obstructing behavior. Barr also said it would not be criminal obstruction of justice for a president to instruct a staffer to lie to investigators about the president’s actions, and suggested a president could legally terminate an investigation into himself if he was being “falsely accused”.
On May 8, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Barr in contempt of congress for failing to comply with a subpoena which requested the full and unredacted Mueller Report. The matter then fell to the House of Representatives at-large for a contempt of Congress vote. The Justice Department took the position that disclosure of the unredacted Mueller Report would require the department to violate “the law, court rules and court orders” as well as grand jury secrecy rules.
During May 1, 2019, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr stated he accepted Mueller’s interpretation of the law that was applied in the Report. However, in a May 30 CBS News interview, Barr said he had applied his own interpretation of the law and took the position that obstruction laws cannot apply to presidents who abuse their official powers to impede an investigation for a corrupt reason. Barr elaborated: “As a matter of law … we didn’t agree with the legal analysis – a lot of the legal analysis in the report. It did not reflect the views of the department”.
In March 2020, Reggie Walton, a federal district judge originally appointed by President George W. Bush, criticized Barr’s characterizations of the Mueller report as “distorted” and “misleading”. Walton made his comments while presiding over a lawsuit on whether the Mueller report should be released without redactions. As Walton saw it, Barr’s “lack of candor” undermined Barr’s “credibility and, in turn, the department’s” arguments before the court. Walton had concerns that Barr may have made a “calculated attempt to influence public discourse” in favor of President Trump by establishing “a one-sided narrative” about the report contrary to the report’s findings. Walton questioned if the report’s redactions were actually “self-serving” to avoid conflict with Barr’s statements, and if the Justice Department used “post-hoc rationalizations” to defend Barr. Thus, Walton decided to personally review the redacted material to check if the redactions were justified. On September 3, Walton ruled that the redaction of FBI reports of witness interviews was proper. On September 30, he ruled the DOJ had violated federal law by redacting some portions of the Mueller report and ordered them to be released before the November election.
Intervention in cases of Trump associates
In the spring of 2019, Barr reportedly attempted to undermine the conviction of Trump fixer Michael Cohen for campaign finance violations, detailed The New York Times in June 2020. Barr reportedly raised doubts multiple times about the validity of the charges against Cohen, including requesting the Office of Legal Counsel to draft a memo with legal arguments which could have helped Cohen’s case. Barr’s efforts were reportedly stemmed by the prosecutors of the Southern District of New York. Ultimately, Cohen’s conviction was not changed.
In February 2020, President Trump directly referenced Barr in the Justice Department’s intercession in recommending a lighter sentence for Trump’s associate and old friend Roger Stone. Trump’s tweet stated: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.” Initially, four career prosecutors had recommended that Stone serve a jail term of between seven and nine years. A Trump tweet followed: “Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” – after which the Department recommended an unspecified jail term. The Department claimed that this later decision was made without consulting the White House. The prosecutors resigned from the case as a result, with one choosing to leave the Department.
Barr affirmed that he had made the decision in the Stone case to change the sentencing memo. Barr said Trump had not asked him to step in, but noted that Trump’s tweets and public comments make it impossible for the attorney general to do his job. “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said. Barr’s rebuke of Trump’s use of Twitter for interference in DOJ matters were seen as a rare departure from his usual unwavering support of the president. Barr’s comments followed criticism of the department for its poor handling of the sentencing of Roger Stone after DOJ actions seen as favorable to Trump and his allies. Days later, more than 2,000 former DOJ employees signed a letter calling for Barr’s resignation. while the Federal Judges Association of over 1,000 federal jurists called an emergency meeting for February 18 to discuss their concerns about the intervention of Trump and Justice Department officials in politically sensitive cases. Despite Barr’s rebuke of Trump, days later the president resumed denouncing the prosecutors, the judge, and the jury foreperson in the Stone case, while acknowledging that his comments made Barr’s job harder. After granting several pardons, Trump also labeled himself as the country’s “chief law enforcement officer”, a description usually reserved for the attorney general.
Additionally in February 2020, Barr declared that there would be a review of the criminal case of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to Trump, who had pled guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador. Flynn later attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, and had not been sentenced yet. Barr chose St. Louis’ chief federal prosecutor, Jeffrey Jensen, to conduct the review. Jensen himself was nominated by Trump for the St. Louis position. Trump had publicly called for the charges to be dropped against Flynn. In late April or early May, Jensen recommended to Barr that the charges be dropped.
The Justice Department announced in May 2020 that the charges against Flynn would be dropped, with Jensen stating that Barr had agreed with his recommendation. Shortly after, Barr was asked in a media interview if given that Flynn “admitted lying to the FBI. Does the fact remain that he lied?” Barr replied that “people sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes … the Department of Justice is not persuaded that this was material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation. So it was not a crime.” Barr denied that he was carrying out the president’s agenda on this case, stating that he was “doing the law’s bidding”. He also said that from this case, he wanted to show Americans that “there’s only one standard of justice”, instead of two standards of justice.
Barr’s firing of Geoffrey Berman was widely condemned, given that the Southern District of New York was actively pursuing criminal investigations into several persons and companies associated with President Donald Trump and The Trump Organization. Barr’s conduct was seen as sacrificing the independence of the Department of Justice to protect Trump and his allies. For these reasons, numerous groups have called for Barr’s resignation, including the New York City Bar Association.
On October 3, 2019, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. filed ethics complaints against Barr with the District of Columbia Bar and Virginia Bar associations. On February 14, 2020, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint against Barr with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the Inspector General, accusing Barr of “violating several Justice Department rules, guidelines and procedures.” On July 22, 2020, a group of 27 “legal ethics experts and former government lawyers,” including four former presidents of the District of Columbia Bar, also filed a complaint against Barr with the District of Columbia Bar. A bar association may take years to investigate an ethics complaint filed against a lawyer. If the District of Columbia Bar concludes that a lawyer has violated any of its Rules of Professional Conduct, that lawyer may be sanctioned in one of several ways, including admonition, suspension, and disbarment.
Halkbank Investigation and the firing of Geoffrey Berman
In June 2019, in violation of Department of Justice policy, Barr pressured Berman, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to drop an investigation into close allies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan involved with the Turkish bank Halkbank. The bank and the individuals in question were alleged to have broken U.S. sanctions on Iran, funneling billion of dollars to Iran and helping fund its nuclear ambitions. Barr’s demand followed a concerted pressure campaign by Erdogan and his close associates, including his son-in-law, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, and Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, a Trump family friend involved in developing the Trump towers in Turkey; Erdogan himself personally insisted to President Trump that the Halkbank investigation be shut down on at least two occasions, November 1, 2018 at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, and on a telephone call on December 14, 2018. According to former National Security Adviser John Bolton, a first-hand witness of many of the events in question, this sequence of events “does look like obstruction of justice.” After encountering legal complexities in firing Berman, Barr successfully ousted Berman over the weekend of June 19–20, 2020, citing Berman’s behavior in the Halkbank episode as a primary reason for his removal.
On December 14, 2020, Trump announced via Twitter that Barr would be resigning from his post as attorney general, effective December 23. Barr further confirmed his resignation in a letter to Trump on the same day.
In April 2019, Barr stated that he thought “spying did occur” against the Trump 2016 presidential campaign. The remark echoed unsubstantiated claims made by Trump and his supporters that the Trump campaign had been unfairly targeted or spied on by the FBI; Trump described it as an “attempted coup.” There is no evidence that government officials engaged in “spying” on the Trump campaign. Barr later said he was not sure what spying had occurred and he did clarify what he meant by “spying”. He also said he had no evidence of wrong-doing. Democrats criticized Barr’s statement as “incendiary”, saying the statement was intended to please Trump and that the statement lacked credibility following Barr’s misrepresentation of the Mueller report in March 2019. Barr said he thought there was not “any pejorative connotation at all” to the term spying. At the time, Barr said he would not launch an investigation into the origins of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
FBI officials denied Barr’s claims about spying. FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said he was unaware of any illegal surveillance by the FBI; he rejected the description of “spying”. Subsequently, Trump retweeted a far-right pundit who said the FBI had “no leadership” and that Wray was “protecting the same gang that tried to overthrow the president in an illegal coup”. Trump said Wray’s statement was “ridiculous.” Former FBI Director James Comey rebutted Barr, saying “The FBI doesn’t spy. The FBI investigates.”
In May 2019, Barr asserted, “Government power was used to spy on American citizens”. Barr did not identify the specific actions prior to the 2016 election that he considered spying.
Origins of the Russia investigation
Also in May 2019, Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to oversee a DOJ probe into the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian interference. The origins of the probe were already being investigated by the Justice Department’s inspector general and by U.S. attorney John Huber, who was appointed in 2018 by Jeff Sessions. Democrats criticized the decision, with Sen. Patrick Leahy saying, “Ordering a 3rd meritless investigation at the request of Trump is beneath the office he holds.” Trump ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr’s inquiry and granted Barr unprecedented full authority to declassify any intelligence information related to the matter.
In September 2019, Barr was reported to have been contacting foreign governments to ask for help in this inquiry, including personally traveling to the United Kingdom and Italy to seek information. At Barr’s request Trump phoned the prime minister of Australia to request his cooperation. Barr sought information related to a conspiracy theory that had circulated among Trump allies in conservative media asserting Joseph Mifsud was a Western intelligence operative who was allegedly directed to entrap Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos in order to establish a false predicate for the FBI to open an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. On October 2, 2019, Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump supporter and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to the leaders of Britain, Australia and Italy, asserting as fact that both Mifsud and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer had been directed to contact Papadopoulos. Joe Hockey, the Australian ambassador to the United States, sharply rejected Graham’s characterization of Downer. A former Italian government official told The Washington Post in October 2019 that during a meeting the previous month, Italian intelligence services told Barr they had “no connections, no activities, no interference” in the matter; Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte later affirmed this. One British official with knowledge of Barr’s requests observed, “it is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services.” The Washington Post reported on November 22, 2019 that the Justice Department inspector general had aggressively investigated the allegation that Mifsud had been directed to entrap Papadopoulos, but found it was without merit. The Post also reported the inspector general found the opening of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation was legally and factually predicated. The Post subsequently reported in December 2019 that Barr disagreed with the inspector general’s conclusion that there was adequate evidence for the FBI to open its investigation. The Post also reported in December 2019 that the inspector general asked Durham and several American intelligence agencies if there was evidence of a setup by American intelligence, but they replied there was none.
On October 24, 2019, two sources told The New York Times that the Durham inquiry had been elevated to a criminal investigation. The Times reported on November 22 that the Justice Department inspector general had made a criminal referral to Durham regarding Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI attorney who had altered an email during the process of acquiring a wiretap warrant renewal on Carter Page, and that referral appeared to be at least part of the reason Durham’s investigation was elevated to criminal status. Barr rejected criticism by Democrats in Congress that the transitioned investigation was designed to provide support to Trump during his impeachment inquiry in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. On August 14, 2020, Clinesmith pleaded guilty to a felony violation of altering an email used to maintain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, having added the phrase “not a ‘source'” to the original email. Carter Page had a prior operational relationship with the CIA from 2008 to 2013.
In November 2019, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded his investigation into the origins of the 2016 Russia probe, concluding that the investigation was not tainted by “political bias or improper motivation”, and that the initial information gathered “was sufficient to predicate the investigation” given the “low threshold” for opening an investigation. Barr rejected the conclusions of the report, declaring that the investigation was started “on the thinnest of suspicions that, in [his] view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.” This also contradicted FBI director Chris Wray, who interpreted Horowitz’s findings as the investigation having “appropriate predication and authorization”.
In December 2019, Barr claimed in an interview with NBC News that the Russia investigation was “completely baseless” and said he believed the FBI’s investigation may have been conducted in “bad faith”. Barr also refused to refute the debunked conspiracy theory of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election during the interview. In a subsequent interview on Fox News, Barr asserted, “the president bore the burden of probably one of the greatest conspiracy theories — baseless conspiracy theories — in American political history,” despite the recent inspector general report debunking several conspiracy theories Trump and his allies had promoted.
In January 2020, Barr prohibited the start of counterintelligence investigations related to presidential campaigns unless both the Attorney General and head of the FBI signed off on those investigations.
Barr defended Trump’s April 2020 firing of intelligence community inspector general Michael K. Atkinson. Atkinson was the inspector general who sought to get the Trump administration to the disclose the Ukraine scandal whistleblower complaint to Congress. In defense of the firing, Barr allegedly made numerous false claims about Atkinson’s actions during his tenure.
On May 18, 2020, Barr commented on prior investigations into potential collusion between Trump and Russia stating: “What happened to the president in the 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent…it was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history…the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of this country were involved in advancing a false and utterly baseless Russian collusion narrative against this president”.
Barr hinted in June 2020 that the Durham investigation would produce results regarding the “complete collapse of the Russiagate scandal” before the end of the summer. In July he told a Congressional committee that the results of the investigation could be released before the election, despite an informal Justice Department rule limiting release of such information. In August, Trump in public comments appeared to be getting impatient for the investigation to produce more prosecutions and suggesting that his opinion of Barr will be negatively influenced if it doesn’t. As summer ended there were reports that Barr was pressing for the Durham investigation to release its report. Colleagues of Durham have said they believe he is under pressure to produce something before the election. A top aide in the investigation quietly resigned on September 10; she gave no reason, but colleagues said she was concerned about political pressure from Barr. On September 18, 2020, four chairs of Democratic committees asked the DOJ inspector general to open an emergency investigation because “We are concerned by indications that Attorney General Barr might depart from longstanding DOJ principles to take public action related to U.S. Attorney Durham’s investigation that could impact the presidential election,” adding that Barr’s public comments may have already violated that policy.
On November 2, 2020, the day before the presidential election, New York magazine reported that:
…there has been no evidence found, after 18 months of investigation, to support Barr’s claims that Trump was targeted by politically biased Obama officials to prevent his election. (The probe remains ongoing.) In fact, the sources said, the Durham investigation has so far uncovered no evidence of any wrongdoing by Biden or Barack Obama, or that they were even involved with the Russia investigation. There ‘was no evidence … not even remotely … indicating Obama or Biden did anything wrong,’ as one person put it.
On December 11, 2019, former Attorney General Eric Holder, who had served under President Obama, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post claiming William Barr is “unfit to be attorney general” for his “naked partisan[ship]”, “attempts to vilify the president’s critics”, his attacks on the inspector general and his comments on ongoing investigations.
In a December 2019 opinion piece, former FBI director, CIA director and federal judge William Webster wrote of “a dire threat to the rule of law in the country I love.” Webster asserted that “the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order are, tragically, under assault,” writing that “aspersions cast upon [FBI employees] by the president and my longtime friend, Attorney General William P. Barr, are troubling in the extreme.” Since 2005, Webster had served as the chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Actions Barr took in the Roger Stone case led to an outcry from a bipartisan group of more than 2,000 former DOJ employees, who called on Barr to resign.
Sixty-five law professors and faculty from George Washington University Law School, Barr’s alma mater, wrote in a June 2020 letter that he had “failed to fulfill his oath of office to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” They wrote that Barr’s actions as attorney general “have undermined the rule of law, breached constitutional norms, and damaged the integrity and traditional independence of his office and of the Department of Justice.”
During a June 2020 House Judiciary Committee testimony, Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general for whom Barr worked during the George H. W. Bush presidency, asserted that Barr “poses the greatest threat, in my lifetime, to our rule of law and to public trust in it”. Three months later, Ayer claimed Barr “is on a mission to install the president as an autocrat.”
Barr with Senator Mitt Romney in February 2019
A lifelong Republican, Barr takes an expansive view of executive powers and supports “law and order” policies. Considered an establishment Republican at the time of his confirmation, Barr gained a reputation as someone loyal to Trump and his policies during his second tenure as Attorney General. His efforts to support the sitting president politically during his DOJ office tenure have been viewed as the most strenuous since those of another law-and-order Attorney General, John N. Mitchell.
As Deputy Attorney General, Barr – together with others at the Department of Justice – successfully led the effort for the withdrawal of a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule that would have allowed people with HIV/AIDS into the United States. He also advocated the use of Guantanamo Bay to prevent Haitian refugees and HIV infected individuals from claiming asylum in the United States. According to Vox in December 2018, Barr supported an aggressive “law and order” agenda on immigration as Attorney General in the Bush Administration.
Barr supports the death penalty, arguing that it reduces crime. He advocated a Bush-backed bill that would have expanded the types of crime that could be punished by execution. In a 1991 op-ed in The New York Times, Barr argued that death row inmates’ ability to challenge their sentences should be limited to avoid cases dragging on for years: “This lack of finality devastates the criminal justice system. It diminishes the deterrent effect of state criminal laws, saps state prosecutorial resources and continually reopens the wounds of victims and survivors.”
On July 25, 2019, Barr announced that the United States federal government would resume its use of capital punishment under his leadership, after nearly two decades without an execution. Barr ordered the Department of Justice to adopt a new lethal injection protocol, consisting of a single drug (pentobarbital), and ordered execution dates to be set for five inmates in December 2019 and January 2020.
On July 14, 2020, Daniel Lewis Lee became the first death row inmate executed by the federal government since 2003. Since then, nine other death row inmates have been executed, two in July 2020, two in August 2020, and another two in September 2020, one in November 2020, and two in December 2020.
In 1991, Barr said he believed the framers of the Constitution did not originally intend to create a right to abortion, that Roe v. Wade was thus wrongly decided, and that abortion should be a “legitimate issue for state legislators”. However, Barr said during his 1991 confirmation hearings that Roe was “the law of the land” and that he did not have “fixed or settled views” on the subject.
Barr supports a federal ban on marijuana. However, he has stated that the discrepancy between federal and state law is suboptimal, and that if a uniform federal ban on marijuana could not be achieved, then he would support the STATES Act on marijuana legalization. “I think it’s a mistake to back off on marijuana … However, if we want a federal approach, if we want states to have their own laws, then let’s get there and let’s get there the right way.” Barr also said DOJ policy should align with congressional legislation.
Barr donated $55,000 to a political action committee that backed Jeb Bush during the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries and $2,700 to Donald Trump during the general election campaign.
Barr is a proponent of the unitary executive theory, which holds that the President has broad executive powers. Prior to joining the Trump administration, he argued that the president has “complete authority to start or stop a law enforcement proceeding.”
In June 2020, amid the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, Barr said he rejected the view “that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.” In a CNN news interview in September 2020, Barr denied that systemic racism plays a role in police shootings of unarmed African American men and called such shootings by white police officers “very rare.”
In September 2020, Barr suggested bringing sedition charges against protestors, a legal tool that is rarely used by the United States government. Sedition charges are normally reserved for those who “conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States”, according to (18 U.S.C. § 2384). Such suggestions have brought fears that Barr is politicizing the U.S. Justice Department and, if enacted, would mean that the Justice Department could prosecute individuals based on political speech.
In July 2020, Barr condemned large American tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple, and Hollywood studios, accusing them of “kowtowing” to the Chinese Communist Party for the sake of profits. He said that “Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the world’s most powerful violator of human rights.”
Disputing President Trump, on December 1, 2020, Barr stated that the Justice Department “has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election”.
Barr has been married to Christine Moynihan Barr since 1973. She holds a master’s degree in library science, and together they have three daughters: Mary Barr Daly, Patricia Barr Straughn, and Margaret (Meg) Barr. Their eldest daughter, Mary, born 1977/1978, was a senior Justice Department official who oversaw the department’s anti-opioid and addiction efforts; Patricia, born 1981/1982, was counsel for the House Agriculture Committee; and Meg, born 1984/1985, is a former Washington prosecutor and cancer survivor (of recurrent Hodgkin’s lymphoma), was counsel for Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana.
Barr and Robert Mueller have known each other since the 1980s and are said to be good friends. Mueller attended the weddings of two of Barr’s daughters, and their wives attend Bible study together.
Now that we have a good working knowledge of Barr’s background, we can begin to see a few areas of concern, such as patterns in behavior and chosen alliances. But before We take our journey of discovery I would like to include a few appropriate quotes from some of our forefathers.
The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them. —Thomas Jefferson
If we are to keep our Republic, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice. —Learned Hand, Judge and Judicial philosopher
The men whom the people ought to choose to represent them are too busy to take the jobs. But the politician is waiting for it. He’s the pestilence of modern times. What we should try to do is make politics as local as possible. Keep the politicians near enough to kick them. The villagers who met under the village tree could also hang their politicians to the tree. It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. —G. K. Chesterton
We have a corrupt judiciary, a corrupt Justice Department and a corrupt FBI, and as Trump said when he was campaigning for the office of President in 2016, “The system is crooked.” We have an AG whose inaction is the definitive action regarding the outcome of the 2020 election.
Attorney General Bill Barr has stated, “The U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.” I could list thousands of pieces of evidence, but obviously there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. Here is the entire response by the Trump Legal Team.
Barr has not stood for truth, for justice, for accountability and for doing his job as AG; he told us he didn’t want to influence the election, but he’s obviously doing that now. Barr’s job is to bring justice and prosecute evil doers, many of whom surround him, not to worry about his influence or the election.
Where are the indictments of the Deep State Criminals? How long must we wait?
He said he would not prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and Obama or Biden in the Russia probe. We’ve waited almost two years for the results of Durham’s investigation, and it appears none is forthcoming. What happened to Anthony Weiner’s laptop and what happened to Hunter Biden’s laptops? The AG is supposed to treat the American people as his client, but as the top lawman, he’s been a miserable failure.
Bill Barr was recommended to President Trump by Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing. DiGenova stated in a recent email that he was proud of it. Now diGenova is on the Trump Legal Team investigating all the fraud and treason committed in the 2020 election, and our AG says there is none.
Barr is an overweight bagpipe playing Deep State impresario and FBI Director Christopher Wray should have been shown the door long ago, but there’s more…
Let’s revisit Barr’s questionable background.
William Barr’s father is Donald Barr, who was the headmaster at Dalton School in Manhattan which was founded by progressive educator, Helen Parkhurst who took her cues from developmental psychologist Jean Piaget and education reformers such as John Dewey and Horace Mann. Jeffrey Epstein became a professor at the Dalton School. Yes, really!
In 1983 President Reagan nominated Donald Barr to be a member of the National Council on Educational Research.
Donald Barr also had a stint in the precursor to the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during WWII. Prior to that, he described himself as having a Marxist upbringing in terms of his own memoirs and ruminations on education. He had a footnote on the dialectic and stated that as a child he enjoyed being a Marxist and reading Marx and Engels.
Barr wrote a book entitled, Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? wherein he claimed to have three very strange radical leftist mentors in his life who migrated toward establishment mainstream status basically infiltrating old right conservatism just as did William F. Buckley and Irving Kristol. Gordon Myrick, Ralph Lynton and Carlton Hayes were the mentors and Diana West is researching all three.
A little re-cap from his background to emphasize some of behavior exhibited by Barr.
Back in 1992, the first time Bill Barr was U.S. attorney general, New York Times writer William Safire referred to him as “Coverup-General Barr” because of his role in burying evidence of then-President George H. W. Bush’s involvement in “Iraq-gate” and “Iran-Contra.”
Barr expressed his support for gun control measures as well as confiscation during the hearings in 1991 for his first time as Attorney General for President George H.W. Bush. He is widely considered to be the author of PL 101-647, The Crime Control Act of 1990.
As President Bush’s most notorious CIA insider from 1973 to 1977, and as the AG from 1991 to 1993, Barr wreaked havoc, flaunted the rule of law, and proved himself to be one of the CIA/Deep State’s greatest and most ruthless champions and protectors.
AG Barr owes virtually his entire career to the Bushes, so where does his allegiance truly lie? Conservapedia gives us some important facts.
Barr donated $55,000 to establishment candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election, but after Trump became the nominee, Barr donated only $2,700. He was on the board of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, between 2009 and 2018, and he thus supported its merger with AT&T when conservatives and the Trump Administration opposed it.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was forced to resign from the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking information related to the Mena/Contra operation in 1987, was an enthusiastic Barr supporter. Bush DOJ official Stuart Gerson called Barr and Bob Mueller “folks of the establishment.”
Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Barr served as Chief Counsel for the CIA airline Southern Air Transport during Iran Contra. Robert Mueller served as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division during Barr’s tenure.
Barr and Robert Mueller are personal friends and actually worked together during Barr’s first stint under George H. W. Bush from 1991-1993. Mueller headed the FBI Criminal Division at the time of the Ruby Ridge killings and was infuriated that members of Congress and public officials dared complain about the FBI sniper shooting Vicki Weaver in the head while she held her 10-month-old baby.
In August of 1992 when the Ruby Ridge siege occurred, AG Barr was in charge. After he left office, he spearheaded legal efforts to assure total immunity for Lon Horiuchi, the sniper who killed Vicki Weaver, and any federal sniper who behaved similarly.
In late March of 2020, Bill Barr asked Congress to expand legal authorities to circumvent civil liberties because of Covid-19, which easily happened and gave governors dictatorial totalitarian powers over their citizens which we are still experiencing nine months later.
Barr was a full-time CIA operative, recruited by Langley out of high school, starting in 1971. Barr’s youth career goal was to head the CIA. See my previous article, AG William Barr, CIA Asset and Deep State Impresario.
In the final pages of Compromised, Terry Reed writes that in 1992, several years after working with CIA-connected Robert Johnson, he made the “miraculous find” that “Robert Johnson” was also William P. Barr.Reed’s CIA contact, William Barr, known at that time by his alias Robert Johnson, told Reed that Attorney General Edwin Meese had appointed Michael Fitzhugh to be US Attorney in Western Arkansas, and that he would stonewall any investigation into the Mena, Arkansas drug-related activities. This obstruction of justice by Justice Department officials did occur.
Don’t forget Edwin Meese’s involvement in the Inslaw/Promis software theft by the federal government.
When George H.W. Bush became CIA Director in 1976, Barr joined the CIA’s “legal office” and Bush’s inner circle, and worked alongside Bush’s longtime CIA enforcers Theodore “Ted” Shackley, Felix Rodriguez, Thomas Clines, and others, several of whom were likely involved with the Bay of Pigs/John F. Kennedy assassination, and numerous southeast Asian operations, from the Phoenix Program to Golden Triangle narco-trafficking.
The Church Committee was a U.S. Senate select committee in 1975 that investigated abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service. Barr stonewalled and destroyed the Committee investigations into CIA abuses.
A memo uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives shows that during his time at the CIA’s Office of Legislative Council, current AG Barr drafted letters calling for the end of the moratorium on destroying records imposed on the Agency ahead of the Church Committee hearings. We need to keep the docs showing the evil of the CIA, but Barr wants them destroyed.
And President George H. W. Bush was all for the destruction since he had headed the CIA and was likely culpable for many of the CIAs actions.
There is strong evidence that President Barack Hussein Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were involved in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and a conspiracy to criminality that shows the Justice Department wasn’t interested in following the corrupt trails to begin with.
AG Bill Barr has actually given a pass to former President Obama and VP Joe Biden saying there is nothing he has seen in John Durham’s investigation to suggest any wrongdoing by either Obama or Biden. Barr told reporters he has a general idea how Durham’s investigation into Obama gate and the conduct of the Obama era intelligence community is going, and he confirmed, “Some aspects are being investigated as potential crimes.” He did all of this standing next to Deep State FBI Director Wray on May 18th, 2020.
Barr made this statement, “What happened to President Trump throughout his 2016 campaign and election was abhorrent. It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history. As to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.” Coverup…no justice!
Barr said that while potential crimes by the Deep State are under investigation, it seems to be happening at an extraordinarily slow pace. It is even slow by DOJ standards established by the Obama presidency. Former CIA Director John Brennan (who voted for communist Gus Hall in the 1976 presidential election) was interviewed by Durham in August of this year. It was not a criminal investigation; he was interviewed as a witness.
Why did it take so long? Barr’s DOJ seems to be playing cover for the Deep State. Why did his investigation of the Clintons end with a whimper? Why did he refuse to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey for leaking memos with classified information? Why did he refuse to charge former FBI Deputy Director and then Acting Director Andrew McCabe for lying to investigators? It was Bill Barr who praised former Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein despite Rosenstein signing FISA’s and helping to launch the Mueller witch-hunt which was fraudulent from the very beginning.
AG Barr also played a role in the sweetheart deal for former senate aid, James Wolfe who served only two months in prison for leaking the Carter Page FISA warrants to four leftwing media, one with whom he was having an affair. Wolfe was never charged with leaking classified information. Politico reports that during the lame duck session after the 2018 midterms, Senators Warner, Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein asked for leniency in his case and received it. And Barr wants FISA reauthorized without any reforms.
John Durham has interviewed several of the FBI investigators who worked on Robert Mueller’s witch hunt. It remains unknown which ones are being investigated and it is also unknown whether any prosecutors are being investigated as well. If Durham follows the same model used by the Justice Department of late, justice will likely not be served.
If Trump ultimately loses despite the treason and fraud, Barr can bury it, but if he wins, then Barr has to have a scapegoat. Will the people stand for criminals going free and the innocents being destroyed?
Barr said it was just fine that the House went through with impeachment! But the impeachment was to cover Biden’s son Hunter and his Ukrainian Burisma dealings. Is Barr ruling that out of his investigation? And what about Pelosi’s son, Kerry’s step-son, Chris Heinz, and Mitt Romney’s top advisor, Cofer Black?
If the president wants justice himself, he cannot rely on these Deep State agencies that should have been cleaned out three years ago. He can and should appoint his own special council outside of the FBI and their investigators to do this. Sidney Powell is busy trying to save the Republic.
Barr’s appointment of U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen actually succeeded in getting exculpatory evidence to Sidney Powell and forced the DOJ to dismiss the case against General Flynn. This evidence should have been given to his attorneys prior to Flynn’s plea of guilty which was done to save his son from Mueller’s attack dogs.
The AG has now assigned Trump appointee U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, John Bash, to examine “criminal unmasking” by the Obama administration.
Sounds good, except for the fact that the DOJ is defending the president’s Deep State persecutors and they are suggesting they won’t do anything serious regarding criminal prosecution.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell did more in three months to declassify information about Obama administration officials who were behind the “unmasking” of Michael Flynn. Grenell declassified the transcripts of Flynn’s phone calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, which proves the General did nothing wrong.
There is wide spread domestic political spying, far greater than AG Barr will admit. Brennan and Clapper had their own secret surveillance system. Barr also has a long history of supporting expansive government surveillance programs and related legislation, including the Patriot Act.
As head of Trump’s transition team, Mike Pence chose his neo-con Deep State Republican establishment mainstay friend, Dan Coates as Director of National Intelligence. In two and a half years, Coates did nothing to release these materials. AG Barr and FBI Director Wray were mum.
Sidney Powell went to the mat for her client and clamored for the Justice Department to release the exculpatory evidence. They’ve never given the original 302s (reports of Flynn interview by Strzok and Pientka), which I believe were destroyed once Strzok and Page rewrote them. Neither Barr nor Wray acted to release the documents. Only last January, federal prosecutors wanted General Flynn to spend six months in prison.
Dobbs on Barr
Fox News’ host Lou Dobbs is not at all pleased with Bill Barr. “Where the hell are the indictments, where the hell are the charges against the corrupt, the politically corrupt deep state within the Justice Department, the FBI?” Dobbs asked. “Why in the hell are we hearing apologies from someone in that rancid, corrupt department?”
Dobbs has stated more than once that Barr should be more loyal to Trump and shot down the longstanding practice of impartiality for DOJ officials. Think of Bobbie Kennedy and his brother, President John Kennedy. As Dobbs says, “The Justice Department works for the president. It’s part of the executive branch.”
Since AG Barr took over for the impotent AG Jeff Sessions in February 2019, he has dropped the Clinton Foundation investigation, punted on charging Comey for leaking classified memos, and punted on charging McCabe despite a slam-dunk 18 USC 1001 false statements case.
By defending the corruption of others, Attorney General Bill Barr is revealing his own corruption in real-time, explained Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent.
Writing as Barr sat for the House Intelligence Committee, Barr continued the GOP’s false propaganda that somehow the streets of America are so unsafe that police can’t even do their jobs and federal agents must be sent in. It’s just another example of “clever hair-splitting and obfuscation, as all good personal attorneys do,” wrote Sargent.
He noted that Barr was hired for exactly that reason, so protecting President Donald Trump and hiding Trump’s campaign plots is what he was ordered to do.
“Barr’s statement already displays how fraudulent Trump’s claims to represent ‘law and order’ truly are,” wrote Sargent. “This will be evident from Barr’s defense of Trump’s corruption and his law enforcement crackdowns against protests.”
In his opening statement, Barr said he decided he would do everything in his power “to get to the bottom of the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal.” But it’s clear Barr has no intention of telling the truth, or if he can even recognize what reality is anymore.
“Note that Barr dismisses the entire Russia story as ‘bogus,’ including the established fact of a massive foreign effort to subvert U.S. democracy on Trump’s behalf,” wrote Sargent. “The special counsel’s report documented that attack in extraordinary detail, and it was fleshed out by a bipartisan Senate investigation.”
Barr has already been caught misrepresenting special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“The president has not attempted to interfere with these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right,” Barr claimed.
Sargent explained how disingenuous the claim was, saying, “Trump railed in public over the case” and on behalf of one of his only friends, Roger Stone, “openly attacking the Justice Department sentencing recommendation even as Barr and top officials reduced it, causing career prosecutors to quit in protest.”
When it comes to Russian interference, Trump called it a “corrupt hoax” and a “witch hunt” so many times it became a joke. It was enough of a message for Barr to know what was expected of him.
“The idea that Trump told him to exercise ‘independent judgment’ is like saying that when a mob boss says to an underling, ‘I know I can count on you to do the right thing,’ he means it literally,” wrote Sargent.
When it came to Trump sending federal agents into Democratic-run cities, Barr defended the move saying that the federal properties were under attack.
“What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called a protest; it is, by any objective measure, an assault on the Government of the United States,” claimed Barr.
Even Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed that the overwhelming majority of the “attacks” and “violence” targeting federal property was graffiti. Firing teargas, rubber bullets and beating protesters for graffiti seems consistent with complaints by protesters that police used excessive force. Instead of addressing whether the Department of Homeland Security overstepped their boundaries with an attack on protesters was never addressed by Barr. He turned it into a fight over protecting “federal property,” even going so far as to say the federal courthouses had scared workers inside the buildings after 10 p.m. despite the pandemic.
“The question is also whether Trump is sending in law enforcement for nakedly political purposes — to create televised imagery in swing-state living rooms that he believes will assist his reelection, imagery that literally matches what is in his political ads,” Sargent continued. “Another question is whether Trump is unleashing law enforcement to deliberately incite additional violent civil conflict to rescue his faltering campaign. Barr can spew fake pieties all he wants, but everyone knows it’s perfectly plausible that Trump is doing exactly this.”
It’s a move that Sargent said stripped Trump of any legitimacy in his attempt at copying Richard Nixon’s “law and order” campaign.
“’Law and order’ entails the weaponizing of the machinery of justice to obscure a massive crime against U.S. democracy that Trump has openly invited a second time, the weaponizing of it to protect Trump’s cronies, and the weaponizing of it to suppress domestic dissent and manufacture authoritarian agitprop for nakedly corrupt purposes — all with impunity. With the impunity that the imprimatur of his attorney general brings,” closed Sargent.
Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation from the role on Monday, President Trump announced, sparking joy on both sides of the political aisle.
Barr said he wanted to retire in time to spend the holidays with his family, but most speculate that Barr was fired by Trump — probably because he said earlier this month that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of widespread election fraud that would overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
Barr’s departure from the office was met with widespread excitement online Monday — from liberals who were glad that another shill for the Trump administration is out, and from Trump supporters who feel he didn’t do enough to prop up the administration and secure it the 2020 election.
Conservatives on Parler, the uncensored right-wing social media app, didn’t hold back in posting their criticisms of the Attorney General. Clint Eastwood was one of the users glad Barr is out — “Gone …..Don’t let the door hit you in your ass,” Eastwood posted, along with a meme of Barr’s face with the caption “I was hired to obstruct justice, I’m just doing my job.”
Some conspiracy theorists on Parler even called Barr a “deep state traitor,” and accused him of “suppressing” the investigation into President-Elect Biden, which in turn got Biden elected instead of Trump. Over the weekend, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro went on a televised rant calling Barr a Biden supporter.
MSNBC correspondent Joy Ann Reid tweeted a GIF of a paranoid Saruman from Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings,” with the caption, “live pics of William Barr after reading Trump’s tweet dumping him after he lied about the Mueller report for him, freed Trump’s friends and cronies from prison, lied about absentee ballots causing fraud and otherwise ensured he will go down in history as a corrupt, servile ogre.”
What’s Barr going to do with all his newfound free time? Some Twitter users were quick to recall the bagpipe performance Barr gave last summer at a Justice Department event, and wondered if he might go back to the hobby of piping out traditional Scottish marches. “Bill Barr retired to spend more time with his bagpipes,” Aaron Rupar said.
Diana West, author of American Betrayal and The Red Thread stated that when President Trump chose William Barr for his AG, her heart sank, and for good reason. Barr was a double agent during the Iran contra affair and a fixer for Poppy Bush. Barr wanted the Church Commission to remove the moratorium on the destruction of CIA documents…covering for his bosses. While at the CIA Barr drafted letters asking if the agency could again “start” destroying Church Committee records.
It’s been nearly two years since Bill Barr became the U.S. Attorney General. While skilled at coverups, he has been derelict regarding indictments of his Deep State comrades. Justice has been swept under the rug.
It is easy to see why AG Barr resigned, he is despised by the right and outright hated by the left. But he has only himself to blame for this. He tried to ride the fence instead of taking sides. He showed poor judgement and little moral character. The facts were staring him straight in the face and yet he was not strong enough to come down on the right side. The corruption in Washington DC is everywhere. How can you not see it. He had the opportunity to do the right thing and help drain the swamp, and he chose to punt instead of going for the first down. A football metaphor in case you are wondering. So while whether or not he is corrupt won’t be decided in this article, what is true is that he was the wrong man for the job. Maybe he would have been up to it 20 or 30 years ago.
To wrap up this posting I will include some of the thoughts of Sebastian Gorka. Speaking on Newsmax, Gorka said Barr failed the administration because he did not reveal the existence of federal tax investigations into Hunter Biden before the election.
“This man is a coward,” Gorka said.
“(He) promised us so much and delivered nothing.
Gorka’s comments come after the Wall Street Journal this week revealed that Barr reportedly went further than previously known to keep the investigations under wraps.
Barr and senior Justice Department officials specifically asked prosecutors if their staff members could be trusted and warned them against issuing subpoenas or taking other public investigative steps before the election.
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Previous Postings on my feelings about AG Barr.
12/1/2020 4:31 AM AG Barr has said there is no evidence of voter fraud. Has he even interviewed one witness, looked at any evidence? Has he actually accomplished anything, except to shine us n for the last couple of years? He is a bureaucrat, a swamp creature in disguise. I know President Trump has given up on him.
12/20/2020 8:41 AM Everybody says AG Barr did a good job. I am sorry I don’t see it that way. I judge a persons job performance on his/her productivity. He was the AG from Feb 14, 2019 to Dec 14, 2020. During his time in office, how many convictions were made? We all now that the people he investigated were culpable for numerous criminal actions, and yet nobody has served any time in jail or has even been charged. We have audio and written evidence proving that illegal activities were perpetrated. He also did not investigate the 2020 election. Despite thousands of sworn affidavits and video evidence. I believe this was a gross dereliction of duty. We can argue the fact that he should have divulged the fact that Hunter Biden was under investigation or not. Frankly I don’t think he divulged it because he never was investigated by Barr. So there was nothing to divulge. We will never know, because Biden and his team will sweep all the evidence under the rug. No AG Barr did a poor job. He was there simply to placate Trump. To make it look like he was actually doing something. I believe he was a Trojan horse just like “Dr.” Fauci was. I put quotes around the title because I think he is a joke. He has gotten by on other people’s hard work, and doesn’t deserve the reputation he has. Frankly he is not thought of very highly by many of his peers.
12/21/2020 9:00 AM So, does anybody believe that AG Barr is not a tool of the liberal party. The last hacker attack was Russia Russia Russia. No thought of China. Also he just said that a special Congressional council to investigate Hunter Biden is a waste of time. “Come on man”.
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