Sideshow Of The Day

I have been watching and writing about politics and such for more years than I care to remember and I can say without flinching that yesterday was the biggest clusterf*ck I have ever witnessed.

Yes Irene I watched the congressional hearings with the AG yesterday….and I went through a wide array of emotional reactions from pity to disgust to amazement…..To me Barr looked and sounded like a defense attorney and that is NOT his job…..but others saw different things during the course of the day…….

These are the early reports……

  • “I’m not really sure of his reasoning,” Barr said of Mueller’s obstruction analysis, which neither accused the president of a crime nor exonerated him. “I think that if he felt that he shouldn’t go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision then he shouldn’t have investigated. That was the time to pull up.”
  • The Guardian reports Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Barr about the exchange detailed in the Mueller report where Trump instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller pulled from his post and then deny it. Barr said this doesn’t add up to obstruction because he wasn’t solely saying to have Mueller fired, but to have him fired due to conflicts of interest (in which case a new special counsel would be named).
  • Barr said that after receiving a letter from Mueller that criticized Barr’s four-page letter about the report as “not fully captur[ing] the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s “work and conclusions,” Barr called him. He says Mueller told him “he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report.”
  • The Washington Post reports Barr was asked by Sen. John Cornyn about whether the Steele dossier could be an element in a Russian disinformation campaign, and he allowed that it’s possible. “That is one of the areas that I’m reviewing and I’m concerned about it, and I don’t think it’s entirely speculative,” Barr said.
  • Barr repeated that he would have “no objection” to Mueller testifying, but that it would be the president’s “call” as to whether McGahn should testify due to his knowledge of “privileged matters.”
  • Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono launched an aggressive line of questioning against the attorney general, asserting he hadn’t been honest with Congress and calling on him to resign. Hirono also asked Barr if it was OK for a president to ask one of his aides to lie, referencing the report’s examination of whether Trump obstructed justice. When Barr equivocated, Hirono grew angry, saying, “Mr. attorney general, please give us some credit for knowing what the hell is going on right now.” Graham shot back: “You have slandered this man from top to bottom.” Barr himself chimed in, asking “How did we get to this point?”
  • Barr said he didn’t exonerate the president because that’s not the job of the Justice Department. “I didn’t exonerate. I said that we didn’t believe that there was sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction offense. … The job of the Justice Department is now over. That determines whether or not there is a crime. The report is now in the hands of the American people. Everyone can decide for themselves: There’s an election in 18 months.”
  • The Post reports that what might be Barr’s “most robust defense of Trump of the day” came during questioning by Sen. Marsha Blackburn. He said he thinks the evidence demonstrates Trump was “falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a Russian agent” but that “to listen to some of the rhetoric, you would think the Mueller report found the opposite.”
  • During her questioning of Barr, Sen. Kamala Harris accused him of failing to review the evidence before deciding not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. After the hearing, she told reporters “yes” when asked whether she thought Barr should resign, CNN reports. “No prosecutor worth her salt would make a decision on whether (the president) was involved in obstruction of justice without reviewing the evidence,” she said. “This Attorney General lacks all credibility and I think has compromised the public’s ability to believe he is a purveyor of justice.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also called on Barr to resign, per the Washington Post.
  • CNN also notes that during his questioning by Sen. Cory Booker, Barr appeared to be unaware that Trump’s campaign chairman sent internal polls to a Russian oligarch.
  • As Graham wrapped up the hearing, he said he would invite Mueller to speak to the committee, if needed, to clarify any of Barr’s testimony.
  • The Post has four early takeaways here.
  • More from the AP: The airing of disagreements over the handling of the report was notable given the highly secretive nature of the special counsel’s investigation and the public appearance for at least most of the probe that the Justice Department and Mueller’s team were unified in approach. But Barr sought to minimize the rift by suggesting the special counsel’s concerns were largely about process, not substance.

Reaction to William Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. “He must resign as attorney general,” states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. “William Barr torched his reputation,” cries the Washington Post. On the other side: “No, Bill Barr Didn’t Lie or Mislead,” per the National Review. Much of the discussion revolves around a letter from Robert Mueller criticizing Barr’s four-page summary of the special counsel’s report, revealed Tuesday night. What does Barr have to say about that? Did he lie in testimony last month when he said, “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion”? The real head-turner was likely Barr’s characterization of Mueller’s letter as “snitty.” Let’s start with that:

  • “Barr seemed to be admitting, finally, that the letter was what it was: a diplomatically worded but pretty direct rebuke of him and his actions,” writes Aaron Blake in the Washington Post. “…If only Barr had provided that fuller picture from the beginning.”
  • “It’s true that Barr could have revealed the Mueller letter in this exchange, but he also might have considered their back-and-forth private (although the letter was clearly written to leak),” writes Rich Lowry at the National Review.
  • Barr “was clearly peeved, even defiant, at the criticism that his actions had played a distorting role in molding the narrative of the Mueller report in a way that benefited his boss,” per the New York Times.
  • “William Barr can no longer effectively serve as the attorney general of the United States,” writes Rocah at NBC News. “…We should expect and demand objectively, neutrality, honesty and integrity from our top law enforcement official.”
  • Barr said President Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller over alleged conflict of interest, which differs from a “firing”: “That’s slicing the onion very, very thinly,” writes Chris Cillizza at CNN.
  • “There’s no great mystery about what Attorney General William Barr did Wednesday,” writes Andrew Cohen at Rolling Stone. “…[He] spent hours spinning like a defense attorney with his client’s liberty on the line.”
  • Barr “spent five hours Wednesday attempting to lay waste to the central findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation, taking cutting—sometimes personal—swipes at the man he once described as a friend, and cementing his alliance with President Donald Trump,” per Politico.
  • On Barr’s apparent surprise that Mueller punted on obstruction charges: “I was not surprised” by Barr’s surprise, Ken Starr tells Fox News, per Yahoo. “That was Bob Mueller’s job. And why Bob Mueller did not bite the bullet and come to that decision remains a bit of a mystery.”

The only thing today’s hearing did was illustrate just how badly broken the system is and how badly it needs a major upgrade so that the nation can get back to a nation of laws and sanity…those two characteristics are sadly missing in today’s government.

I originally gave Barr a chance to redeem himself and act like the AG of the nation but instead he sound like a 5th grader trying not to answer a question without answering a question……I said he was a crony or lackey of the prez and that he had done his part to help Trump and that it was time for him to resign…I stand by that thought.

May I add…it was a bloody mess and a bloody comedy in progress.  To watch the top attorney of the nation to sit and look like a deer in the headlights when asked a question was just too perfect to be believed…..

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Time For Barr To Go

The “Report” is out for all to see…..AG Barr has done the job he applied for as the defense council for the president……so it is time for him to go….he is NO longer needed……

Even the site The Hill thinks Barr should resign also…….

After Attorney General William Barr releases his redacted version of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, he should resign. His blatant partisanship disqualifies him from continuing as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. Neither Congress nor the public will trust that he has been objective and fair in what he has decided to make public of the report, nor will they believe that he can handle any further issues surrounding wrongdoing by President Trump with integrity.

Let us consider the record of Barr in his short time as attorney general in this administration. After two years of constant attacks by Trump on the Justice Department and special counsel for investigating the possible collusion between the campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, Barr could have been a breath of fresh air as an attorney general who would firmly stand up for the rule of law. Instead, he just joined in the attacks, calling for yet another investigation into FBI actions during the campaign and releasing a biased summary of the special counsel report.

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/439386-why-william-barr-should-resign

Time for Barr to tuck tail and leave before he gets himself into real difficulties……his reputation is in the toilet….his master is smiling….and the American people are more divided thanks to his narrative…..so time for Barr to back into the shadows and count his blessings.

Submit your resignation…..

In no small part because of the performance on Thursday of Attorney General William Barr, history will treat his Justice Department as it treats the Justice Department under Richard Nixon’s one-time attorney general, John Mitchell—an institution compromised by rank partisanship and more committed to ideology than the rule of law. Barr’s spin on special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s report all but ignored the report’s damning findings, misrepresented significant parts of Mueller’s reasoning, and described President Donald Trump’s motivations and supposed cooperation in terms straight out of White House talking points. Barr engaged in word-splitting pettifoggery that would make even Bill Clinton blush. Barr is clearly compromised by the partisan goals of this White House to the point where he cannot be trusted in the job. He should resign immediately.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/william-barr-resign-mueller-report.html

Time for this embarrassing chapter to come to a conclusion.

Go Now!

Report Of The Day!

All day long!

TV pundits have been waiting for this chance….they will have an entire day to pass on their opinions on what is the report and what it means…..the rest of us will have had enough by lunch.

Today is the big day……..the Mueller Report will be released to the public sans the sensitive stuff that Barr does not want the public to see….

America is on the edge of their seats awaiting this report…..we want to see what is what for ourselves…..without the editorializing by AG Barr….

So here is everything you need to know when the report is finally released……

Almost two years in the making, a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election is expected to be made public Thursday morning.

Mueller’s team of 19 lawyers and 40 investigators interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, reached out to 13 foreign governments and executed almost 500 search warrants in the probe, which began in May 2017.

Many of those interviewed included those who’ve been at the highest levels of the White House, including former chiefs of staff John Kelly and Reince Preibus, and ex-White House counsel Don McGahn. The probe led to 35 people and three companies being criminally charged, including former nationa for I want to see who is going to experience that ire and the retaliation of a weak ego-centric president.l security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/your-guide-mueller-s-report-trump-what-s-it-what-n995251

I cannot wait! I shall read all 400 pages for I want to see who will experience the ire and the retaliation of this weak ego-centric president.

Who will be the first to get their own Tweet from Herr trump lounging in his silk PJs while eating a Big Mac?

Who will it be?

The next question we should be asking……why is the AG acting as the PR person for the president?

For instance…..Barr will have a Presser to answer questions before the report is seen….

President Trump may not be too surprised by what’s in the soon-to-be-released Mueller report. Turns out the Justice Department has discussed it several times with White House lawyers, in effect helping them plan a counter-attack against Robert Mueller’s findings, insiders tell the New York Times. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr has announced a 9:30am Thursday press conference before the redacted report comes out; Congress is expected to get a version with fewer redactions by around noon, per the AP. President Trump says he might hold his own presser about the Mueller report on Thursday, ABC News reports.

And finally……how can the president and his toadies prepare a rebuttal to a report they supposedly have not read?

So many questions for so many aspects of this situation.

The Man Is A D/Bag!

While my better half is looking the other way……

We had the AG of the United States, a person who works for the people of the US, testifying before the House.

First let me say…the man was a condescending twat…he treated the people the represent the people of this country with utter contempt….a smug a.hole that was doing nothing to answer question accurately…his only concern was to brown nose his way with Trump for another job…..

This cue ball d/bag should have NEVER been allowed anywhere neqr a government job….for he cares little about the nation only what he can squeeze of the government…..a dick!

That is what I saw with this smug wanker……

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker appeared before the House Judiciary Committee Friday for a hearing that was as contentious as expected. Democrats repeatedly grilled him about the Robert Mueller investigation, and Whitaker insisted he has not “interfered in any way” with the inquiry, reports Politico. One of the more notable moments came as committee chairman Jerry Nadler was questioning Whitaker. “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said, drawing laughter, reports the Washington Post. (See video of the exchange here; it’s around the 1:40 mark.) Whitaker also told lawmakers that he has not spoken to his boss about the Mueller probe.

“I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel’s investigation,” Whitaker said. He declined to say whether he agreed with the president’s view that the investigation is a “witch hunt.” GOP Rep. Douglas Collins called the hearing “pointless” and accused Democrats of “character assassination.” Whitaker, meanwhile, seems to be near the end of his temporary tenure. The Senate is expected to confirm William Barr for the permanent position as early as next week. (Whitaker appeared only after Democrats agreed not to subpoena him.)

All in all this mental midget was a total embarrassment to anyone that has every held a government position.

I stand by my analysis……the MAN IS A DOUCHE BAG…kinda like his boss.

Passing The Barr

Last week we had hours upon hours of the silly politicians playing to the cameras…..the hearings for the AG replacement, Barr.

I say silly because he has got to go through the Senate and those goddamn cowards have already decided what to do so why bore the piss out of the rest of us to make some partisan point?

But okay let’s look at the new AG….William Barr (he is the wrong person to lead DoJ in my opinion he is a political hack…perfect for the Trump admin that is top heavy with political hacks)……

While the hearings focused on Mueller…there is so much more that needs telling about this person…..

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr have focused heavily on Barr’s views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But nobody is asking about Barr’s legal crusade for blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens.

Barr received a routine questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee asking him to disclose his past work including pro bono activities “serving the disadvantaged.” The “disadvantaged” that Barr spent the most time helping was an FBI agent who slayed an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992. Barr spent two weeks organizing former Attorneys General and others to support “an FBI sniper in defending against criminal charges in connection with the Ruby Ridge incident.” Barr also “assisted in framing legal arguments advanced… in the district court and the subsequent appeal to the Ninth Circuit,” he told the committee.

 
But there is more to this nominee…including a possible stint with the CIA……
 

Why was Barr chosen, given his shocking and deeply criminal/cover-up kingpin background?

Was Trump duped by Deep State enemies, who have placed another predator into his administration with the power to destroy his presidency? Or has Trump co-opted and turned Barr, in the hopes that Barr will do Trump’s bidding? Why would Barr ever turn against his own Deep State cronies?

Does Trump have a plan? With Barr in place, is Trump signaling to his enemies that “I now own the Deep State”? Or is Barr the Deep State’s ultimate and final weapon against Trump, who remains surrounded by Bush/Clinton “swamp creatures” such as National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is one of Barr’s many fellow Iran-Contra co-conspirators, Vice President Mike Pence (who is in ideal position for a coup against Trump, and remains very cozy with the Clintons, dozens of Obama appointees that remain in place, and Republican “Never Trumpers”, all of whom continue to undermine Trump.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/ciabushiran-contra-covert-operative-fixer-william-barr-nominated-attorney-general/5662609

Just a little background that is lacking in his run for the head chair of the DOJ…..interesting that very little of this has come out in the hearings….the questioners had an agenda and they blotted out all other concerns.

This person should NOT be allowed to control the DOJ it will be a mistake.  (Personal opinion)

Closing Thought–09Nov18

By now we all know that Our Dear Supreme Leader has fired AG Jeff Sessions after belittling him for almost a year he waited to the results were in of the Midterms and he felt he had to act to cover his ass (the “HE” here is in reference to Trump….so there is NO confusion)…..

News has come out the Sessions is so depressed about losing his cushy gig that he has attempted suicide……

Following months of bruising criticism from Democrats and President Trump alike, an inconsolable Jeff Sessions was reportedly trying to commit suicide Thursday by smoking a joint. “I swore I’d never take the coward’s way out, but what choice do I have?” said a teary-eyed Sessions, carefully laying a sealed envelope containing his farewell note on a tool bench in his garage as he raised a lighter to the marijuana cigarette with trembling hands. “This is it. I’ve taken four puffs to make sure there’s no chance of survival. It should only be a matter of minutes now. Oh, what a wretched, ignominious ending. Goodbye, cruel world, I’m sorry I’ve failed you so.” At press time, Sessions reportedly realized he had died after being overcome by a euphoric, floating feeling.

Before you go off and pass on the info…please read closely…..this is a satirical piece from The Onion

Everyone knows the Jeff Sessions hates marijuana……

It is Friday and I leave you, my reader, with this small attempt at humor……I start my weekend as soon as I sign off for the week……enjoy yourself….be well, be safe…..chuq

Closing Thought–07Nov18

Now the fun begins for the next 2 years…….

The ink is barely dry from all the analysis of the midterms….and the blood is already flowing from the Trump White House….could we be seeing the modern update of the “Saturday Night Massacre”?

Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general, report CNN and the AP. President Trump reportedly asked him to resign Wednesday, and Sessions’ resignation letter has been delivered to White House chief of staff John Kelly. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in the letter, which was obtained by ABC News. “Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Jusitce every day determined to do my duty and serve my country. I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice.”

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,” Trump announced on Twitter, adding, “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.” (Trump hedged when asked about Sessions earlier Wednesday.)

AG Sessions was fired!

Trump is started to try and bring the investigations to an end before it is too late…….

Keep an eye on Don Jr…..I feel he is in the cross hairs…..soon to be rattling the gates of jail.