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Thursday, February 13, 2020

In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump "has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case" but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets "make it impossible for me to do my job."

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I suspect that Barr is setting the scene for a DOJ action that Trump is NOT going to like. He's using this moment to establish a 'history' of him NOT kowtowing to Trump and will then use this action as proof.

As for that what this action might be, I can think of a couple. First, his 'witch hunt' that he started looking into the FBI, Comey and McCabe by that US Attorney from Connecticut, well it's going to come-up as a big nothing-burger. The other possibility is that the DOJ is going to go ahead with it's indictment of Erik Prince for lying to Congress, the FBI and selling nuclear technology to foreign entities.

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-13 10:55 PM | Reply

Not saying it's happening, but...
Imagine being William Barr, fixer of Presidential crimes, and deciding you've seen enough from the President.
This is literally why we are required to swear an oath before we work for the government.
The Founders thought that would prevent corruption from taking root, how f@#$ing quaint is that!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-13 10:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Plausible Deniability... someone knows the investigations are about to start again.

#3 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-13 11:00 PM | Reply

OCU, that would make sense, but his credibility is so far in the negative he is in an irreparable state of persona non grata. The one thing he could do to save himself from perdition would be to lead a movement in the cabinet to implement the 25th, and make it happen.

#4 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-02-13 11:07 PM | Reply

But he'll continue to do Orange Adolf's bidding.
This is just for show.

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-13 11:34 PM | Reply

Best case scenario for both Barr and Trump is to shut up and let the judge take the hit.

Trump can always pardon the old fart later when it doesn't cost him votes in November.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-13 11:35 PM | Reply

#6... Best case scenario would require something Trump doesn't have... restraint.
My bet would be he opens his trap and makes it worse by tomorrow night.

#7 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-02-13 11:42 PM | Reply

Rats are jumping a sinking ship.More to come,stay tuned.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-13 11:46 PM | Reply

503JC69

My bet is Trump runs with one of his famous distractions.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-13 11:53 PM | Reply

Hmmmmm posters 1-9 haven't read up on Barr. The DR had a Barr article up. Maybe I posted it?

Barr believes GOP POTUS is all powerful. He needs Trump to stop putting his opinion on Twitter so he can do his will to describe it in terms that are acceptable for an AG.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-14 12:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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Fake news. This is just a PR move on Barr's part. Pay attention to what he does. Trump's bidding, always, and he does it willingly. He doesn't need to be bullied. Or encouraged. Please don't swallow this hogwash.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-14 12:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The only beef Barr has with Trump is that he is airing their scheme for the world to see. This just Barr covering for himself.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-14 12:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

BB Gun needs to increase his self-flagellation by at least 50%, tighten up his hair shirt, and quit scratching.

#13 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-02-14 12:50 AM | Reply

#12 Exactly.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-14 12:56 AM | Reply

Fake news. This is just a PR move on Barr's part. Pay attention to what he does. Trump's bidding, always, and he does it willingly. He doesn't need to be bullied. Or encouraged. Please don't swallow this hogwash.
#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

You had me in the first half -- not gonna lie.

#15 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2020-02-14 01:00 AM | Reply

GAL

"This is just a PR move on Barr's part."

I always thought this was more like a CYA move on both their parts ~ for when the finger pointing starts.

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-14 03:45 AM | Reply

Bill Barr's words are meaningless. His actions are all that matters.

#17 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-14 06:58 AM | Reply

NIXON

"Bill Barr's words are meaningless. His actions are all that matters."

True but Barr's name is not on a ballot. If you want to kill a snake you cut off it's head, not it's tail.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-14 07:12 AM | Reply

Barr cleared his "critique" of Trump with Donald in advance.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-14 07:33 AM | Reply

The degree to which Barr is correct in his statement is wholly undercut by how self serving it is and by how much he has contributed to and enabled Trump's behavior. Zero points.

#20 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-14 07:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ZED

"Barr cleared his "critique" of Trump with Donald in advance."

I wouldn't write that off. But the question is, did Barr threaten to resign?

He sorta has Trump over the barrel on this one. The proof will be in Trump's future tweeting.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-14 08:23 AM | Reply

True but Barr's name is not on a ballot. If you want to kill a snake you cut off it's head, not it's tail.
#18 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

That's based on the assumption that Trump is the head.

I don't think so. He's too erratic and short sighted.

It's the people around him that are "the head". People like Roger Stone, Giuliani ect who have used Trump's ascension to put themselves in positions of power they have no business holding.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-14 08:28 AM | Reply

"make it impossible for me to do my job."

I don't now what is going on in the administration but it must be getting serious if Barr is coming out saying things like that. I fear that Trump is so unhinged that even his closest advisors are becoming frightened.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-14 08:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Barr is just trying to quell criticism of his corrupt actions:

39 prosecutors blast Attorney General Barr for dangerous and failed' approach to criminal justice

www.msn.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-14 08:46 AM | Reply

Slow your roll if you think Barr is breaking from Trump. This was a carefully staged message to cool down pissed off DOJ attys whom Barr undercut & to avoid any further internal strife. This message does not get sideways with Trump because he's already done what Trump wanted. https://t.co/jYWYJFovpO" Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) February 14, 2020

#25 | Posted by qcp at 2020-02-14 09:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

.@RepValDemings says she wouldn't be surprised if Attorney General William Barr and the President were "in cahoots" regarding Barr's comments about Trump's tweets.https://t.co/jZ6NkoORWt pic.twitter.com/nWZHud9po3" OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) February 14, 2020

#26 | Posted by qcp at 2020-02-14 09:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Notice: Barr does not complain about Trump interfering in DOJ matters (Mueller Report, Cohen case, Stone case, etc). No, he just wants Trump to stop tweeting about it. If you were partner in a shady activity, would you want your partner tweeting to the world about it? ... Barr is asking a baby not to cry.

#27 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-02-14 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield

Or maybe Barr is worried that the New York City Bar asked Congress to investigate whether he's corruptly using the "levers of government."

(Narrator: Barr is corruptly using the levers of government)

And Congress IS investigating.

NYC Bar Association Asks Congress to Investigate AG Barr for Bias

www.bloomberg.com

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-14 09:45 AM | Reply

Congress won't do squat. Barr won't answer, claiming omnipotent privilege.

This is all BS as stated in #5, #11, #12, #19, 324, #25, etc.

"make it impossible for me to do my job."

Barr's job, as he sees it, is to do Trump's wishes. He's only complaining because Trump's bright light on him is making him harder to do unethical crap in the dark.

#29 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-14 10:31 AM | Reply

making it harder - though he might be, too...

#30 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-14 10:31 AM | Reply

though he might be, too...

He probably is.

Perverting the law is how he gets off.

#31 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-14 10:34 AM | Reply

Yav,

Honest question: Do you think Stone's original sentencing recommendation was just?

Another honest question: If Barr felt the sentencing recommendation was overly harsh do you feel it was inappropriate for him, as head of the DOJ, to step in and make a reduction to the sentencing recommendation based upon statutory guidelines?

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 10:40 AM | Reply

Do you think Stone's original sentencing recommendation was just?

The Judge did.

But, Stone is a Republican.

So, you don't believe it's justified.

He should be awarded a medal of freedom.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-14 10:50 AM | Reply

I do, Jeff.

The time for that discussion was way before Barr jumping in at the last moment.
The recommended sentence is directly from the guidelines on sentencing.
The actions of the 4 Attorneys illustrated how out of the ordinary Barr's action was.

I don't have any doubt at all that the original recommendation was just. None at all.

The recommendation is not the sentence, though. That's up to the judge. That's what makes Barr's interjection at this late stage even more egregious and unnecessary. He did it for one reason - to send a message to Trump and to those other DOJ employees.

Now he's pretend pissed because Trump was too vocal about it.

#34 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-14 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is nothing more than slight of hand by Barr. From the beginning of the Drumpf Regime his people have known that if you want to get Dotard's attention you talk to him through the TV. This is Barr telling Combover Quisling that by tweeting. he's saying the quiet, criminal part out loud.

It's a difference of opinion: the Cover-Up General believes the crimes should be committed in secret; while Diaper Donnie and somehow the rest of Cult45 believe that if you announce what you're doing in the media and Twitter that you can't be accused of wrongdoing.

#35 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-02-14 10:59 AM | Reply

Yav,

Thank you for the thoughtful response.

Here is why I disagree - the sentencing was elevated based upon a threatening text that Stone sent to the witness. The problem is the witness didn't actually feel threatened and testified to this - it was just Stone being Stone, all bluster but no bite.

It's been reported that the prosecutors misinformed Barr about the sentencing. Further, he went into action prior to Trump's moronic tweets.

This is a 67 year old first-time offender being charged with a victimless crime. 7-9 years is overly harsh IMO. In no way did Barr interfere with the trial; he simply viewed the sentencing guidelines as overly harsh (due to a lack of perceived threat) so he stepped in.

Had Trump not idiotically tweeted about this Barr's action here probably wouldn't have even been newsworthy. I set up a thread about the sentencing guidelines on the back page.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-14 11:01 AM | Reply

The irony is that the sentencing guidelines which were used to come up with the 'severe' recommendation of 7 to 9 years for Roger Stone, those guidelines were written as a result of the direct orders of one Donald J. Trump, who demanded that convicted criminals get the maximum possible jail time. If they had used the guidelines which had been in place when Trump first came to office, guidelines written under the Obama administration, it would have produced a much lighter sentencing recommendation.

OCU

#37 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-14 11:02 AM | Reply

www.newyorker.com

William Barr, Trump's Sword and Shield
The Attorney General's mission to maximize executive power and protect the Presidency.

David Rohde
January 13, 2020

#38 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-14 11:06 AM | Reply

Also see: www.cnn.com

#39 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-14 11:06 AM | Reply

Had Trump not idiotically tweeted about this Barr's action here probably wouldn't have even been newsworthy.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-1

You are completely out of you mind.

That happens when you flack for Trump.

#40 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-14 11:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Those of you who think the fact that Person 2 was not in fact actually intimidated by Stone's witness tampering efforts are missing the point. Stone was charged with attempted witness tampering as one of four crimes charged within Count 1 of s total of seven counts.

Attempted witness tampering isn't any less attempted because it didn't work.

#41 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-02-14 12:57 PM | Reply

It's been reported that the prosecutors misinformed Barr about the sentencing.

Easy solution. Come out and say it to end all controversy.

Barr has a press conference about Giuliani and Ukraine.

But they don't on this. Which leads to doubt, especially with Trump Tweeting his BS nonsense.

#42 | Posted by brass30 at 2020-02-14 01:07 PM | Reply

those guidelines were written as a result of the direct orders of one Donald J. Trump, who demanded that convicted criminals get the maximum possible jail time.

Interesting, but do you a have a link? The only thing I remember concerning this is prison reform. I'd think sentencing would be less so.

#43 | Posted by brass30 at 2020-02-14 01:10 PM | Reply

Interesting, but do you a have a link? The only thing I remember concerning this is prison reform. I'd think sentencing would be less so.

#43 | Posted by brass30

Here's an item from before the election:

Donald Trump wants to bring back the "tough on crime" policies that helped cause mass incarceration

www.vox.com

From the item above:

A clear trend emerged: Trump would very likely be "tough on crime" " he would very likely back tougher prison sentences and invasive policing practices, and would likely continue the more punitive aspects of the war on drugs.

This item is from after Trump took office:

The Justice Department Made Some Major Changes to Its U.S. Attorneys' Manual

www.teenvogue.com

From the item above:

The manual's "Principles of Federal Prosecution" section previously encouraged prosecutors to determine charges for crimes "based on an individualized assessment" that "fairly reflects the defendant's criminal conduct" in each case (consistent with the policy Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, touted. BuzzFeed News reported that the new version directs attorneys to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offenses" which "carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences."

Mandatory minimum sentencing (which disproportionately affects people of color), imposes harsh, inflexible prison sentences on defendants regardless of the specific details of their case. Under this policy, which Sessions directed prosecutors to follow in a May 2017 memo, people who commit minor, non-violent drug offenses could potentially face longer sentences. Under Holder's leadership, DOJ prosecutors were encouraged to reserve the most serious charges for high-level, violent offenders.

While prosecutors can pursue lesser charges under Sessions's policy, they must get approval from a superior to do so " and the updated manual no longer contains language on circumstances that might warrant such action. The revision also did away with statements that seemingly warned against going too far with charges, such as the sentence that read, "The bringing of unnecessary charges not only complicates and prolongs trials, it constitutes an excessive " and potentially unfair " exercise of prosecutorial direction."


OCU

#44 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-14 01:53 PM | Reply

Smoke and Mirrors.

#45 | Posted by DMTDust at 2020-02-15 12:30 AM | Reply

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