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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Attorney General's mission to maximize Republican executive power and protect GOP Presidencies.

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"His position on executive power wavered over time, depending on which party controlled the White House. When Clinton was under investigation in the Whitewater affair, a Senate committee subpoenaed documents, and Clinton's team claimed that they were protected by lawyer-client privilege. Barr called the rationale "preposterous," and later complained that Clinton had diminished his office: "I've been upset that a lot of the prerogatives of the presidency have been sacrificed for the personal interests of this particular president." When George W. Bush entered the White House, Barr resumed his arguments that the President should have "maximum power" in national security. In op-eds and in congressional hearings, he spoke in favor of military tribunals, the Patriot Act, and sweeping surveillance. In the Obama years, as Republicans in Congress launched a campaign to thwart the President's initiatives, Barr largely went silent again."

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#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 08:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump found his Roy Cohn. What the country needs now is its Mark Felt:

Barr is raising the threshold needed to open counterintelligence investigations of presidential campaigns "" requiring signatures of the FBI Director AND the AG.

www.reuters.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-14 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Barr is raising the threshold needed to open counterintelligence investigations of presidential campaigns

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday a

Barr is smoothing the way for Putin.

I realize these people don't think of themselves as traitors but their behavior gives them away.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-14 09:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Barr is trying to assist Republicans in a slow coup by eliminating any checks and balances over the Presidency.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-14 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 | POSTED BY DANNI

I dont understand the thought behind that either. Anything they allow in this president will then be precedent for the next. Eliminating checks and balances because they want dictator trump could instead give them dictator warren. What is the upside here for them?

#5 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2020-01-14 09:50 AM | Reply

The upside is if they consolidate presidential power enough while a Republican holds the office, there won't be a Democratic president again for a long time to come--if ever.

Trump went from "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." to, with the help of people like co-conspirators like Barr and McConnell, "When you're president, they let you do it. You can do anything."

It's not a coincidence that there is now talk of a Trump political dynasty with either Don Jr or Ivanka succeeding him in office.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-14 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Gal -- Presidential power isnt going to get someone else elected though is it? Are you saying they would do away with the term limits and keep Trump in office? The way I see it a Dem will be voted in at some point.

#7 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2020-01-14 10:47 AM | Reply

"Anything they allow in this president will then be precedent for the next."

No it won't. Barr has been here before and later Dem. Presidents still expected the AG to act independently from the President. Democrats do believe in the rule of law, Republicans only believe in the rule of law when Democrats are in office.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-14 11:23 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 5

Presidential powers could allow a president to cheat, or to call on others to cheat of his/her behalf, with no means to hold that president accountable. With Barr and the GOP Senate working to protect Trump so that no one can hold him accountable, we're almost there now. If the courts, which Trump is stacking, follow suit, there will be a snowballing effect of non-accountability with regard presidential corruption. The president's party and supporters acquiescing to that corruption in order to maintain their own power seals the deal. An outgoing president could also cheat, or again call on others to cheat, on behalf of his/her handpicked successor. Right now the GOP is in effect keeping anyone from running against Trump. I suppose they could push for eliminating term limits at some point, but for now they are consolidating power in a way that must be stopped before it can't be, IMO.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-14 11:26 AM | Reply

Last week I heard someone on MSNBC talking about how easy it would be for Russia to hack the election in 2020 because small county boards of election are no match for Russian military intelligence cyberwarfare experts. I think 2016 was a dry run for what will be more significant and substantial 2020 election interference. I also think the lack of this type of interference in 2018 was designed to loll the American public into complacency. Democrats will become further divided and self-destruct when the Democratic candidate doesn't win, and I fear s/he won't win regardless of who the nominee is because the race will be stolen from him/her in a handful of battleground states. Dems will turn on each other just as they did in 2016 but with even great intensity, unfairly blaming whoever the candidate is. At this point, I am more than half-hoping Iran interferes as well in ways that hurt Republicans. It would be karma and our best hope for not losing the election as well as our best chance of getting the GOP to give a damn about foreign election interference in the future. My pessimistic 2 cents worth.

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-14 11:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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Joshua A. Geltzer @jgeltzer

"Those charged w/ protecting US elections face the same challenge they did 4 years ago: to spot & head off any attack before it can disrupt voting or sow doubts about the outcome."

But they also face a new challenge: a President who ADDS to the threat.

Chaos Is the Point': Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020

www.nytimes.com

Or try this link:

U.S. election defenses have improved since 2016. But Russian hackers and trolls are growing more sophisticated than ever ahead of 2020.

www.chicagotribune.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-14 11:48 AM | Reply

I see where you are coming from. It is probably made all the more likely because most Americans view this as far off conspiracy theory stuff and are either led to believe our elections are safe, or believe that their votes dont matter and stay home.

#12 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2020-01-14 12:04 PM | Reply

"My pessimistic 2 cents worth."

Pessimism or realism? I'd say the latter.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-14 01:14 PM | Reply

I dont understand the thought behind that either. Anything they allow in this president will then be precedent for the next. Eliminating checks and balances because they want dictator trump could instead give them dictator warren. What is the upside here for them?

#5 | POSTED BY JUSTAGIRL_IDAHO AT 2020-01-14 09:50 AM | FLAG:

See comment #1. They are installing things that work the way they want. Importantly, the US President has enormous power to sway elections.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 01:28 PM | Reply

Look Barr covered for Reagan and George Bush - somewhat ironically on Iran-Contra. Of course that's why he was brought in though. Barr is your classic Rightie - it's only wrong when the other side does it and nothing is "barred" when it's your side.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-14 04:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15 Interestingly, earlier in his life, he lamented the weakening of the CIA. Now he is working to weaken it further.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 04:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"As the Watergate scandal unfolded, the former Kennedy aide Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published an influential book called "The Imperial Presidency," in which he enumerated the habits of potential autocrats: "The all-purpose invocation of national security,' the insistence on executive secrecy, the withholding of information from Congress, the refusal to spend funds appropriated by Congress, the attempted intimidation of the press, the use of the White House as a base for espionage and sabotage directed against the political opposition.""

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-14 05:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Id say just the counter-point for Holder and Lynch who 'carried the water/shielded' for obama and hillary.

#18 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-01-14 05:28 PM | Reply

Trump-Barr/Prison 2020

#19 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-01-14 05:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump's sword and shield, or maybe "wingman".

#20 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-01-14 07:14 PM | Reply

or maybe "wingman".

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-01-14 08:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Id say just the counter-point for Holder and Lynch who 'carried the water/shielded' for obama and hillary.

#18 | POSTED BY MSGT

Shielded them from WHAT? Nobody ever even accused Obama of any crime, and Hillary was just exonerated by Trump's DOJ.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-01-14 11:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Wake me up when Barr even hints at politicizing the DOJ to the degree that Holder and Lynch did.

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-15 07:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#23

Wake up, JEFF.

#24 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-15 07:35 AM | Reply

Shielded them from WHAT? Nobody ever even accused Obama of any crime, and Hillary was just exonerated by Trump's DOJ.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan at

They hold onto the mythology they've been fed dearly.

Meanwhile, every criminal act committed by Donald Trump they let go by.

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-15 07:48 AM | Reply

Is JEFF awake yet? There's some coffee he needs to smell.

#26 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-15 07:49 AM | Reply

Barr is not a public servant. He's an employee of Donald Trump. Barr is an ideologue who has a genuine vision of an American-style dictatorship. He also hopes to be a Supreme Court Justice.

#27 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-15 08:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wake me up when Barr even hints at politicizing the DOJ to the degree that Holder and Lynch did.

#23 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Bull hockey.

Maybe you need to remind us how Holder weaponized the Justice Department to go after the president's enemies like Barr is.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-15 12:05 PM | Reply

Wake me up when Barr even hints at politicizing the DOJ to the degree that Holder and Lynch did.

#23 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Wake me up when your head isn't up your ass.

#29 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-15 12:09 PM | Reply

Last week I heard someone on MSNBC talking about how easy it would be for Russia to hack the election in 2020 because small county boards of election are no match for Russian military intelligence cyberwarfare experts.

Think about this, ponder it ....

Its actually, statistically pretty easy to determine if a sample like a "county" has been "hacked".

The other GREAT thing about this, is that there is no "Standard" and there never should be a "Standard" because it becomes anti-fragile.

If there was a standard, then you only need to learn to hack on system, if there is a mix of systems and applications, and technologies used, it makes hacking the election on a grand scale nearly impossible.

If you are worried about "hacking" then voter ID cards with a VID number and receipt, that you can look up your vote/info online, is a pretty darn good way to go.

#30 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-15 12:30 PM | Reply

Fun fact: the sword and shield is the symbol for the (old) kgb.

Coincidence? Perhaps.

#31 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-01-15 12:54 PM | Reply

Wake me up when your head isn't up your ass.

#29 | POSTED BY JPW

If you're suggesting that the DOJ wasn't politicized under Holder/Lynch I've got a bridge to sell you.

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-15 01:28 PM | Reply

"Wake me up when Barr even hints at politicizing the DOJ to the degree that Holder and Lynch did."

Oh please, he's already so far passed anything they ever even imagined that there is no comparison.

#33 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-15 03:58 PM | Reply

Barr is trying to assist Republicans in a slow coup by eliminating any checks and balances over the Presidency.

#4 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2020-01-14 09:42 AM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 1

No, he's reining in former leadership of the FBI and the CIA who because they had no checks and balances forgot that they were supposed to be an impartial branch that ran that branch without political influence. It got totally out of control and because of Barr and Durham hopefully it will be put back together to work as it was intended. Every American should hope that happens. Liberals like Danni just want to degrade Barr because it was her party that benafited from the corruption and now they are getting called out on it.

#34 | Posted by fishpaw at 2020-01-15 04:33 PM | Reply

"Its actually, statistically pretty easy to determine if a sample like a "county" has been "hacked"."

This "fact" was pulled directly from your ass.

#35 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-16 07:01 AM | Reply

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