Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Appropriations Committee today in a session that was supposed to focus on the Department of Justice budget. It’s an important subject, as it gives the country an idea of the department’s focus going forward. There’s no more telling metric than where a bureaucracy spends its money.
Alas, the stated purpose of the session would be little more than ancillary noise. House Dims had a rabid base to appease; one especially ornery from the collapse of the Russia narrative they’d been force-fed for two straight years. And so enter the new narrative: Shady Bill Barr is hiding something — it’s all a big cover-up.
In reality, it’s all a farce, and an especially embarrassing one for anyone with a semblance of regard for the Republic. But in this weird, wild world we’ve created, even farces warrant examination.
Let’s face it — it’s all we have anymore. But this one has a little different ending, and it’s not one our vagina-clad brethren will like. Let’s dive in.
The OMG Redactions
At the heart of Democrats’ latest conspiratorial fever dream is the issue of redactions. It’s a very disingenuous concern of those on the Hill, as anyone who’s been on a congressional committee more than 5 minutes knows that redactions are a rudimentary part of informational protocol. Some information gets protected for very good reasons. It’s common sense, really.
Nonetheless, AG Barr went to the trouble of explaining the redaction process for the class. He’s even devised a color scheme to help even the slowest commie keep up.
Barr explained that four categories of information could be redacted. The categories include:
• Secret grand jury information;
• Material that can compromise sensitive sources and methods;
• Information that could affect ongoing matters;
• And material that could affect the privacy and reputations of peripheral third parties.
In addition to this explanation, he and King Bob Mueller himself will be adding notes to explain exactly why each piece of information is being withheld. I mean, it won’t matter at all to those looking to make political hay, but no one can say he didn’t give it the ole college try.
The best part of of all this is the fact that Dims won’t be given the unredacted report. Contrary to their inflated sense of self-importance, they’re not privy to all classified information.
“I don’t intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee,” Barr said in response to questions from Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves about whether leaking the full, unredacted report by a member of Congress would be a crime. Barr also said, in response to questions by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), that the redacted version of the Mueller report that Congress would see would be the same one that the public sees. The one possible exception he left open: If the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees wanted to see the full report, Barr seems to suggest he would be willing to talk to them about that. What exactly he means by that is anyone’s guess, but my personal hunch is he means going item by item to weigh the oversight responsibilities of Congress against the sensitivity of the information.
Barr is very by-the-book.
I hope Dims will take that into account when they inevitably attempt to leak grand jury information they deem damaging to the president. Because if they get their grubby hands on it, that’s exactly what they’ll do.
Has PDT Seen the Report?
This was perhaps the most satisfying part of the day, at least for those of us who enjoy watching Marxists flail their limp-noodle arms in futility.
Barr repeatedly refused to answer a direct question as to whether the White House has seen — or will see — the full Mueller report prior to its release. That’s a change from Barr’s past statement just 11 days ago when he said the following in a letter sent to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees:
“Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.”
So, for those keeping score at home, as of March 29, there were “no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.” But as of today, Barr wouldn’t answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release. This non-answer has Dims going crazy with visions of PDT, Rudy Guliani and Jay Sekulow poring through the report in a dark corner of the West Wing, laughing maniacally with each incriminating line they wipe from existence with the broad eraser known as Executive Privilege.
In reality, Barr’s answer is borne of basic adherence to law. Dims essentially asked him to pledge that PDT wouldn’t see the report. As Attorney General, it’s not within his power to deny the president such a thing. PDT would be fully within his rights to see the report anytime he chooses. And while that power exists within the presidency, it’s not some unique, special courtesy afforded to Trump because he’s president.
See, here’s the thing about this constitutional republic we call America. When a man has stood accused of crimes and been investigated for said crimes, he has the right to see the evidence against him once prosecutors have made their case. The right to discovery, as it’s called in the legal world, is a fundamental element of our justice system. It separates us from tyrannical regimes, and it sure would be nice if Dims understood that. But let’s face it — they do understand. They simply don’t care. And as our would-be tyrants, why would they?
Take note when Democrats say, “The President isn’t above the law.” What they really mean is they’re going to put him below it.
The Real Headline
While the Fake News will undoubtedly harp on the prospect of Boogey Man Trump having seen the Mueller report in advance or Boogey Man Jr. Barr refusing to give Congress a fully unredacted report, the real news came in the form of bullets flying in the other direction.
Barr confirmed before the committee what I told my readers several weeks ago; that he will investigate how the FBI counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign came to be in the first place.
Jim Comey may want to head back to that redwood forest and stay there.
We should note that investigations into these matters have been ongoing long before today’s subtle declaration from AG Barr. DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to secure spy warrants on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — a man they knew not to be a Russian asset — less than three weeks from Election Day 2016.
But Horowitz proved himself a coward in his probe of the Clinton email investigation. While outlining a staggering amount of evidence of bias and corruption in the way the investigation was conducted, he threw Democrats a bone in his final conclusions by asserting that he couldn’t find a smoking gun. It was a cop-out to avoid rendering a decision that would put himself in the crosshairs of the Swamp. There’s little reason to believe he’ll show any more courage in this instance.
And that’s why Barr’s declaration today was so important.
The good AG made clear today that his review is distinct and more far-ranging than the current IG probe. It goes back to the moment when a probe code-named Crossfire Hurricane was opened on July 31, 2016, by card-carrying #Resistance member/counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok.
You’ll recall from previous analyses that the key to bringing down this house of cards is to get to the very beginning of the CI probe in 2016. The best information I have is that it began with an internal memo from the aforementioned Peter Strzok. So what information was he using as justification? And was that information repeatedly entered into the justification section of the FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign? Was it nothing more than the dossier? My spidey-sense tells me yes, and that opens a whole world of hurt for the senior Obama officials who orchestrated this travesty.
Perhaps the most promising sign for those of us seeking justice was Barr’s willingness to go even further than his questioner, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) demanded. He was more than happy to offer the following glimpse into his thinking and where things are headed:
“The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation. I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told,” Barr explained, giving the first concrete timetable for the IG probe to wrap up. “So hopefully we’ll have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the issue of the FISA warrants.”
But then Barr voluntarily took things to a new level: “More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”
Ladies and gentleman, HE GETS IT. He knows where the goods are and he’s actually doing something about it.
Another guy who gets it, Rep. Jim Jordan, had this to say upon hearing the news:
“I think this is huge. We’ve always wanted someone with authority to go back and see how this started and whether it was done by the rules. And now we have that chance.”
That we do. It’s been a rough couple years for those of us who have been paying attention to the naked corruption within our government and demanding justice from the top of our lungs. We don’t yet have it, but by God, things are looking better than ever before.
Democrats are going to use redactions in the Mueller Report to push a conspiracy theory about Trump and Barr working in the shadows to evade justice. It’s asinine and a complete waste of legislative time, but it’s all they have for now. They’ll have more ammo soon —within a week if Barr’s timeline is correct— given the sheer number of Clinton loyalists on Mueller’s team. There will almost certainly be a case laid out for obstruction of justice, with the heavy implication that since Team Mueller can’t bring charges, Congress should handle it politically.
The good news is if Dims pursue a kangaroo court for obstruction charges, they do so at their own peril. Political history is crystal clear that these sort of prolonged witch hunts adversely affect the party doing them. Pelosi and Schumer know it, hence why they threw cold water on the impeachment movement months ago. But they’ll have to show a little backbone to stand up to the rabid Marxist wing of their base who will pursue the fantasy of Trump in handcuffs at all costs.
And boy, will those costs be high if they’re not reined in.
On the flip side, Mueller has completely gutted the Russian Collusion narrative. And as such, the runway is wide open for serious investigations into the corrupt machine who birthed it in the first place. The next year will see IG reports being submitted, material witnesses being called before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and most importantly, the aforementioned full-blown investigation into the early days of the sham counterintelligence probe known as Crossfire Hurricane.
A good analogy would be a boxing match. We’ve been taking shots from these people constantly for the last two years. But none of them landed, and our opponent’s futile flurry has left his head completely exposed for a stream of counter-haymakers.
It’s a great position to assume.
I know there are many jaded Trumpers among us. And who can blame them? We’ve been screaming for justice so long that we’ve lost our voices, along with our hope for restoring our Republic. It’s been a hard existence for patriots.
But even with that in mind, I’ve never been more hopeful that law and order will be restored within our Justice Department.
Mr. Barr, you’re going in the right direction. We only need you to show the courage to follow the facts where they lead and hold bad actors accountable, even if they’re working one door down from your office, like Deputy AG Rosenstein. This will be the toughest task of your life, and you will never be welcomed to the DC cocktail circuit again.
But that’s a small price to pay to go down in history as the patriotic pitbull who said, “Enough!”
My sources tell me you’re the real deal, Sir. Please prove them right.
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