William Barr Will be Confirmed - Then All Hell Will Break Loose

William Barr’s memo on the faulty logic behind the obstruction of justice charges that Trump opponents would love to see brought against the President may indeed have helped get him the job of Attorney General, should he be confirmed. Which is looking likely given his polished and experienced performance at the hearings.

But he will need all his polish and all his experience to survive as AG in a Department of Justice filled with Obama appointees and with lawyers and officials who simply dislike Trump and his policies, and always have and always will. And he will be pushed to take what are essentially partisan positions by both opponents of Trump and by the President himself and his advisors in the White House on the other side.

Look at the questions he's faced in the hearings:

  • Will you shut down the Mueller probe? No he won't and yes he's apparently friends with "Bob" Mueller and his wife. Washington, they say, is a small town.
  • Do you believe the Mueller probe is a "witch hunt"? No, he doesn't think his friend Bob is involved in a witch hunt.
  • Will you make Mueller's report available to the public? As much of it as he can, and we won't know what wasn't released or why. No surprise there, unfortunately.
  • Will you recuse yourself? No, not likely he won't shirk his responsibilities apparently.
  • Will you look into the NYTimes article on the FBI investigation of President Trump himself? Yes, he would.
  • Will you look into text messages between Stzrok and Page? He would look into "what happened in 2016" is how he responded.
  • What does he think of border security? Here's what he said:
  1. would like to see a deal reached whereby Congress recognizes that it's imperative to have border security, and that part of that border security is barriers.
  • What does he think of Trump using some sort of executive authority to build the border wall? Here's Barr's answer:There are monies that the president may have power to shift because of statutory authority.
  • On Roe v. Wade when asked by Senator Blumenthal (a staunch supporter of abortion rights) if he would defend Roe v. Wade if it was challenged, Barr answered:Would I defend Roe v. Wade? Usually the way this would come up would be a state regulation. I would hope the solicitor general would make whatever arguments are necessary to address that.
  • When asked if he would commit to implementing The First Step Act (the recently passed prison reform bill), which rolls back and eases much of the tough-on-crime legislation that Barr was personally involved in implementing as Bush 41's AG from 1991 to 1993, Barr said: In 1992, when I was attorney general, violent crime rates were the highest in American history. The sentences were extremely short. Typically, in many states, the time served for rape was three years, for murder, the time served was seven years.

The system had broken down. I think through a series of administrations--Reagan, Bush, Clinton--the laws were changed, and we targeted chronic violent offenders--especially those using guns. And I think the reason the crime rate is much lower today is because of those policies.

I don't think comparing the policies that were in effect in 1992 to the situation now is really fair. And I've said, right now, we have greater regularity in sentencing. There's broader recognition that chronic violent offenders should be incarcerated for significant periods of time to keep them off the streets. And I think the time was right to take stock and make changes to our penal system based on current experience. I have no problem with the approach of reforming the sentencing structure. And I will faithfully enforce that law.

Whether a nominee for Supreme Court Justice or for Attorney General (and from now on any FBI Director or head of any Intel Agency and others as well), your competence is not what matters. It is trying to deduce what your rulings or policies may or may not be on the issues of the day. Senate confirmation hearings are barely even concerned with keeping up the appearance of a neutral look at a nominee's qualifications. Such objectivity was always a theoretical, a goal. But it was a goal that mattered. Alongside all the partisan reasons for accepting or rejecting any given nominee.

That balance, however hypocritical, is now gone. What your policy positions are is the only thing that matters in a hearing, regardless of whether it's a hysterical theatre of the absurd - as in Kavanaugh's hearings - or a more sober affair as we have witnessed over these past few days.

Barr's nomination will be easy sailing compared to the maelstrom he'll be sailing into on his first day in office. The future of the DOJ, and in a sense the Constitution, will be his bailiwick, and not the mere administration of justice in the world's oldest and most powerful republic.


Posted by Keeley at January 18, 2019 12:18 PM
Comments
Comment #436920

The only question should be whether or not we can get back to “normal” after Putain’s puppet is gone. He should have already been executed by now.

I’m glad you acknowledge how absurd rapist Brat Kava Nought was as a nominee for the SCOTUS. That matter isn’t over yet.

Barr worked hand in glove with GHWB, who voted for HRC in 2016, but he has also gone along with the foreign directed conspiracy theories so popular with the reich wing scum. What is needed is a program of de-nazification as happened in Germany after WW2.

Posted by: ohrealy at January 18, 2019 1:20 PM
Comment #436932
ohrealy wrote in apparent confusion, and/or due to cognitive dissonance, and/or due to the usual (hate and vitriol): I’m glad you [Keeley] acknowledge how absurd rapist Brat Kava Nought was as a nominee for the SCOTUS. That matter isn’t over yet.

… because Keeley’s comment from above was referring to the Democrat’s “guilty until proven innocent”, without any evidence, and other despicable and low-life tactics used by Democrats (Diane Feistein, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Chris Coons, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Dick Durbin, and another Dick Blumenthal) during the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Keeley wrote: What your policy positions are is the only thing that matters in a hearing, regardless of whether it’s a hysterical theatre of the absurd - as in Kavanaugh’s hearings - or a more sober affair as we have witnessed over these past few days.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 18, 2019 6:29 PM
Comment #436970

Ed O’Realy only has vitriol and hate to offer.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 19, 2019 7:10 PM
Comment #437018

As this latest attack, and the coming attacks, on the Covington kids show, it will be the leftists hate for their country and fellow Americans that brings about ‘all he11 breaking loose.’ Not political theater.

Posted by: kctim at January 21, 2019 11:01 AM
Comment #437023

The Main Stream Media (a.k.a. FAKE NEWS) tries to frame the students from Covington high school makes an ass of themselves (again).

Posted by: d.a.n at January 21, 2019 2:19 PM
Comment #437026

Thanks for the “Covington” link d.a.n.

There is no honesty left with much of the media. What should be shame for them is celebrated as great reporting.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 21, 2019 3:14 PM
Comment #437038

Looks like many Democraps and others on the left are still mob-like.
And the Main Stream Media is a joke (as usual), with another example of being 180 degress from the truth.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 21, 2019 8:32 PM
Comment #437040

Hey, j2t2, have you, Democrats, and many others on the left no decency?

Posted by: d.a.n at January 21, 2019 8:42 PM
Comment #437102

No, they have absolutely no decency left at all: https://us.cnn.com/2019/01/21/politics/hakeem-jeffries-grand-wizard-trump/index.html

Posted by: kctim at January 22, 2019 1:59 PM
Comment #437114
Hey, j2t2, have you, Democrats, and many others on the left no decency?

D,. I doubt you would recognize deency if it bit you on the a**. You have already found the dems and “MSM” guilty! But hey lets face it when you aren’t projecting you are propagandizing. You also seem to be confusing social media with the MSM.

The MSM is still digging on this issue as new video comes out. But all of us have missed the important issue here. WTF were the CAtholics doing sending a bunch of CAtholic school kids to a political ralley. Since they has a tax exempt status shouldn’t they stay out of politics?

Posted by: j2t2 at January 22, 2019 3:41 PM
Comment #437130

Kctim, are you equating tax-exempt religious schools with public schools? Why?

Posted by: j2t2 at January 22, 2019 7:03 PM
Comment #437132
j2t2 wrote: WTF were the CAtholics doing sending a bunch of CAtholic school kids to a political ralley. Since they has a tax exempt status shouldn’t they stay out of politics?
We realize this is difficult for you [j2t2] to understand, but NOT everything is political. Members of a church are free to promote their opinions (i.e. pro-life beliefs), in the same way they promote other basic values. Stating those values does not equate to politics, or other violation However, the church would forfeit their tax-free status if they started campaigning for politicians, or started giving money to persons or entities to change certain laws and government policy.

Private Inurement:
A concern with any 501(c)(3) is that the organization’s assets will be transferred to insiders instead of being used to pursue the organization’s purpose. This transfer is called private inurement; it can result in loss of 501(c)(3) standing. Church insiders could include clergy, board members, officers, and even employees. Examples of private inurement include insiders receiving excessive compensation for their duties, distributions of funds, or property received by insiders in exchange for less than market value compensation.

Private Interests:
A church’s actions can only benefit recognized groups in need of charity or the community at large; it cannot act in a way that benefits a select, non-charity worthy group. One example of a group of individuals in need of charity that a church could serve is the poor. If a church’s actions benefit a private interest, it is subject to losing its standing as a 501(c)(3). The private interest does not have to be related to an insider for the church to lose its standing. Tangential, minor benefits to a private group are not enough for a church to lose 501(c)(3) status; the benefit must be substantial.

Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992):
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 22, 2019 7:13 PM
Comment #437134

Why would an innocent catholic boy need a PR firm and why would Momma’s tweets be deleted? If he were truthful of course.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 22, 2019 8:52 PM
Comment #437137
j2t2 wrote: WTF were the CAtholics doing sending a bunch of CAtholic school kids to a political ralley. Since they has a tax exempt status shouldn’t they stay out of politics?
j2t2 wrote:Why would an innocent catholic boy need a PR firm and why would Momma’s tweets be deleted? If he were truthful of course.

Perhaps because Nick Sandmann, his family, and friends were getting death threats (more evidence of mob-like leftists), and perhaps because RunSwitch PR wanted people to know that truth (which proved that Nick Sandman did NOTHING wrong).

So, j2t2, your comments above about Catholics are belligerant.
Why ?
Go ahead, and spit it out. Say what you’re itching to say.
Please give us some more of your “words of wisdom”.

Posted by: d.a.n at January 22, 2019 11:00 PM
Comment #437148

J2, their tax-exempt status does not preclude them from activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process’. It does not strip away their ability to host or attend voter education activities.
These rallies are nothing but get-out-the-vote drives.

IF you read the links, you would see that they are examples of how other schools participate in the electoral process without violating the rules that they are bound by. Charter buses, volunteers, individual funding etc…

As far as the Covington kid, everybody has now seen the whole video and what actually happened. The kid did absolutely nothing wrong.
Stop trying to defend the hateful racist jump to conclusions, learn from mistakes, and do better next time.

Posted by: kctim at January 23, 2019 10:13 AM
Comment #437169

Also, Nathan Phillips (the elderly man that got in the face, of a Covington student) lied about being deployed to Vietnam veteran.

Nathan Phillips was never deployed to Vietnam.

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