Friday, May 8, 2020

What Has Barr Been Doing?

AG William Barr was interviewed by Catherine Herridge.

Major takeaways:

We've been wondering what Barr has been doing if anything.

Herridge: So this decision to dismiss by the Justice Department, this all came together really within the last week, based on new evidence?

BARR: Right. Well U.S. Attorney Jensen since January has been investigating this. And he reported to me last week.

Herridge: What should Americans take away from your actions in the Flynn case today?

BARR: Well, as I said in my confirmation hearing, one of the reasons I came back is because I was concerned that people were feeling there were two standards of justice in this country. And that the political and that the justice, or the law enforcement process was being used to play political games. And I wanted to make sure that we restore confidence in the system. There's only one standard of justice. And I believe that this case, that justice in this case requires dismissing the charges against General Flynn.


No, not at all. And, you know, I made clear during my confirmation hearing that I was gonna look into what happened in 2016 and '17. I made that crystal clear. I was very concerned about what happened. I was gonna get to the bottom of it. And that included the treatment of General Flynn.

And that is part of John Durham, U.S. Attorney John Durham's portfolio. The reason we had to take this action now and why U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen came in was because it was prompted by the motions that were filed in that case. And so we had to sorta move more quickly on it. But John Durham is still looking at all of this. 

This is one particular episode, but we view it as part of a number of related acts. And we're looking at the whole pattern of conduct.

This is so heartening. Jensen was looking into this for months.
And it has come to light.

Next up. Durham. I have hope. and reason for it.


  1. There's light at the end of this tunnel, but it's been a very long tunnel.

  2. GB: "Do you think felons should go to jail?"
    Lib: "Certainly".
    GB: "Do you think hiding or destroying subpoenaed evidence is a felony?"
    Lib... (beginning to realize the trap): "Well, yes."
    GB: "If Hillary destroyed emails with Bleachbit, should she go to jail?"
    Lib: Crickets.

    1. "Could you repeat the question?"
      "Well sure, but Trump......."

  3. We are not a patient people. We often say that justice delayed is justice denied. I think ... this is only occasionally true IF we really are a nation of laws. Investigations done correctly must be emotionally and politically detached, objective, in search of facts. The facts always lead to the truth. Always. Investigators always develop theories about the crime under scrutiny; with revelation of additional facts, theories can and often do change. Theories are not always predispositions; they are only assumptions that help investigators complete their work. More often than not, it takes time to uncover the facts. It isn’t enough to uncover the fact of the matter; the facts, as they reveal themselves, demand that investigators vet them. All the “t’s” must be crossed; all the “I’s” dotted. If we really are a nation of laws, then we should be patient enough to wait for the investigation to run its course. To emphasize my point, did you notice how quickly Mueller’s investigation produced charges against Flynn? Mueller didn’t investigate; he concocted entrapment. Entrapment is not justice; entrapment is against the law. We avoid injustice (as in the case of Flynn) when we take our time and do it right. Our honesty as a society demands no less.

    My guess is that Mr. Durham is doing it right.

  4. And we still need to see where Flynn's lying comes into this...if he did, in fact, lie. WSJ has a good article on that...but even it ends up "We just don't know why he lied"

    I hope Durham's doing it was due a while back and I've been thinking it was going to disappear just as ALL things which condemn Democrats do (ALL).

    I just saw the comment about Hillary...Flynn lied. Hillary destroys 30,000 emails which belonged to the gov't....and says she didn't know...ANYTHING. Who's worse? Hint: Married to the biggest liar of all presidents who DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN!

    1. Flynn never lied to the FBI. That is well established.
      Did he lie to Pence? He was never charged with that, only fired.
      And given what the FBI was doing to him, he may have been in self-defense mode.
      I don't believe in relativism, such as "Clinton was worse", but I don't believe in two separate legal systems either, and I believe that's what you were getting at.
      As to Durham? Who knew that Spencer was working in the background? And so well?
      I still wonder what Huber is up to.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. If Trump is not elected, whatever Mr. Durham is doing will vanish right down the memory hole.

    So, Mr. Durham had better be moving as fast as he can on this.

    My two cents.

    1. So true. Hopefully it won't be an October, but rather a July or August "Surprise ".
      And that it affects the election.

    2. 1. I think Trump will be re-elected but take this with a grain of salt because I never imagined re-election of Barack Obama.
      2. In July-August, people remain focused on recovering from the nation’s shutdown, which means that even among conservative-minded people, prosecuting low-life’s will occupy a bottom rung on their list of priorities. It isn’t that conservatives no longer care about justice, it is just that (a) no one has confidence that political operatives will ever see the inside of a court room, and (b) everyone knows that a court battle will last for years. In effect, our political system is wearing everyone down. An indictment of H. Clinton is a meh moment at this stage, which does bring us to the point of all this press coverage on Covid-19. The press offers death counts every day, but there is no mention of allegations that Biden sexually assaulted one of his staffers.
      3. That said, I shudder to think that the prosecution of insurrectionists, which is a serious matter, has become another episode of political kabuki. If this is all we can ever expect from our political establishment then our conclusion must be that there is no justice in America, all politicians place party before country, and nothing that concerns “we the people” really matters to anyone inside the beltway.
      4. Our duty is simple:“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; render unto God the things that are God’s.

    3. Great comment. Insightful as we've come to expect from you.
      "Render unto Caesar..." I literally can't argue with that!
      God has given me a gift. I shall not take it lightly or squander it.
      Death to tyrants. If Caesar deserves a trial and a hanging, Render unto Caesar.

    4. Ed,
      Death to tyrants. If Caesar deserves a trial and a hanging, Render unto Caesar.

      Well said!

  6. Yep, That is the bottom line. The swamp is still very deep. We need to get them 4 more years of flushing the DC septic system.

    1. I was telling a guy this morning at the diner about a tree stump I had from a tree I had cut down due to carpenter ants.
      The stump was riddled with ant tunnels.
      I poured gasoline in and lit it.
      Burned for a couple days.
      And the ground caved in.
      That's the swamp.

    2. Mr. Tump should work that into his campaign, Mr. Blade. VOTE TRUMP: AMERICA'S ROTOR ROOTER. I know it's a deep swamp, but I don't think it would take more than two or three MOABs to clean out DC.

    3. I like my gasoline approach.

  7. Mustang typed in the following:

    If this is all we can ever expect from our political establishment then our conclusion must be that there is no justice in America, all politicians place party before country, and nothing that concerns “we the people” really matters to anyone inside the beltway.

    For now, the battle to keep one's head above the waves in our devastated economy have much of middle-class America, understandably, too busy to think much about other matters.

    I did a bit of driving around while I was running errands last Friday. Not quite a ghost town, but close. The strip malls were completely deserted -- and most of those businesses will find it impossible to open during Virginia's Phase One, which lasts at least another two weeks.

    1. There should be stores opening with armed guards in front.
      The guards should be to keep the cops away.

  8. To all the mom's who visit here, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.