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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The video is 24 minutes long and I normally prefer to link transcripts, but I feel this interview needs to be watched, not read. It was nice to see Pete Williams conduct a professional interview and act like a real journalist in the process.

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I found this interview to be very informative, especially in light of the IG report that was just released.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-11 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It would be better if Fixer Barr were being interviewed behind, you know, bars.

Read this, Heffy. Be enlightened about your heros.

nymag.com

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-11 07:11 PM | Reply

Cork,

The problem with your linked hit piece is the date - April 2019.

I promise I will scroll through it, but a hit piece that is dated to the point that it doesn't really pertain to the Durham investigation....

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-11 07:24 PM | Reply

Fixer's history of politically expedient fixing pertains to his full history of the abuse of facts.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-11 07:56 PM | Reply

How much are they paying you to carry water for Trump??

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-11 08:03 PM | Reply

Excellence is in the eye of the beholder I guess:

American Democracy Needs Better Reporters than Pete Williams

Bill Barr made big news yesterday saying intemperate things in what has charitably been called an "interview" with NBC's Pete Williams. Those comments have distracted from other details of the so-called interview, which deserve further attention for the way that Williams was utterly useless in guiding the interview towards any of the questions that needed to be answered. Given Barr's assault on the rule of law, garbage interviews like this undermine the Constitution. . . .I wouldn't be surprised if Williams were using a script DOJ gave him, because Williams asks none of the questions that remain unanswered about DOJ's role in the Ukraine investigation[.]

www.emptywheel.net

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-11 10:22 PM | Reply

Bill Barr, awarded the position of AG doesn't perform as an AG, he's Trump's personal fixer, replacing Michael Cohen who is in prison for doing exactly what Donald Trump told him to do. That is not how our system is supposed to work and, in itself, should have been another charge of impeachment. The Democrats have failed in doing their jobs by bringing only two charges against Trump when many more were available. I'm not going to blame any particular Democrat but the leadership of the party is pretty damn weak. We need new leadership.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-12 06:38 AM | Reply

Williams asks none of the questions that remain unanswered about DOJ's role in the Ukraine investigation[.]

The interview wasn't about the Ukraine investigation.

Democrats and their allies are getting desperate.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-12 07:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The interview wasn't about the Ukraine investigation.
Democrats and their allies are getting desperate.
#8 | Posted by JeffJ

You are the one who is getting desperate, Jeff, and showing your true GOP-always-and-forever colors in the process:

Williams helps Barr continue to cover up his role in the Ukraine investigation

First, consider the exchange that Williams and Barr have to exonerate the Attorney General in involvement in Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine conspiracy.

Williams: Were you ever asked by the White House to talk to anybody in Ukraine about an investigation of Joe Biden? (18:40)

Barr: No.

Williams: Are you concerned that Ukraine has a missing server from the Hillary Clinton emails?

Barr [searching look]: Fortunately I haven't gotten into the Ukraine thing. I don't know. I'm not even sure about the nature of these allegations.

Williams: What about the allegation that it was the Ukrainians who meddled in the election, not the Russians. Are you satisfied that's not the case?

Barr: I am confident the Russians attempted to interfere in the election. I don't know about the Ukrainians. I haven't even looked into it, frankly.

Williams: What was your involvement in the Department's decision not to investigate the President's phone call to Ukraine?

Barr: We put out a statement that explained the process, which was the Criminal Division made that decision and in the process consulted with the senior most career employees who are the experts on campaign finance laws and that process was supervised by the Deputy but I'm not going to go beyond what we've already said about that process.

Williams: Well, were you satisfied that everything that was done--

Barr: Absolutely.

I wouldn't be surprised if Williams were using a script DOJ gave him, because Williams asks none of the questions that remain unanswered about DOJ's role in the Ukraine investigation, such as why they didn't do the bare minimum of connecting the dots implemented after 9/11, why the didn't refer the complaint to the FEC, why they didn't abide by the whistleblower protection act, why (on demand, apparently) they issued a statement exonerating the President, or who the three Ukrainians that DOJ admitted have been fed into John Durham's investigation are.

Instead, Williams lets Barr ignore his question about his role in reviewing the whistleblower complaint and claim " as the person who knew of the Lev Parnas investigation that also knew of the whistleblower complaint " he has no role in the Ukraine thing. This exchange raises more questions about Barr's involvement, but Williams instead allows him to claim a clean bill of health.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 07:59 AM | Reply

Gal,

This interview was primarily about the predicate for launching Crossfire Hurricane.

the excerpt you produced happened at the very end of the interview and was just a random thing that Williams threw in at the end because he had Barr's attention.

This may be tough for you to swallow but that Horowitz testimony was an unmitigated disaster for the Democratic Party and I'm going to predict that whatever Durham uncovers is going to be even worse.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-12 08:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the excerpt you produced happened at the very end of the interview and was just a random thing that Williams threw in at the end because he had Barr's attention."

The fact that you call the questions about Ukraine "a random thing" says it all.

"This may be tough for you to swallow but that Horowitz testimony was an unmitigated disaster for the Democratic Party.'

I didn't see it that way at all.

"and I'm going to predict that whatever Durham uncovers is going to be even worse."

Time will tell, but thanks for going on the record about this.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 08:42 AM | Reply

Trump-Barr/Prison 2020

#12 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-12 10:00 AM | Reply

I didn't see it that way at all.

You honestly think that exposing the Obama-lead FBI unlawfully obtaining FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page (among other abuses) is good for the Democratic Party?

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-12 10:04 AM | Reply

This may be tough for you to swallow but that Horowitz testimony was an unmitigated disaster for the Democratic Party and I'm going to predict that whatever Durham uncovers is going to be even worse.
#10 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

There is no doubt in my mind it will be worse, but I have known this since Feb 2017.

#14 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-12 10:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Barr is scum.

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-12-12 05:35 PM | Reply

"Barr is scum."

He seems like a decent guy personally, but he's clearly acting as a partisan and Trump's advocate, which raises questions about him professionally. No need to sink to the level of personal attack that Trump and his parroters engage in.

#16 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-12-13 02:21 PM | Reply

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