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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Eric Holder: As a former U.S. attorney general, I am reluctant to publicly criticize my successors. I respect the office and understand just how tough the job can be. But recently, Attorney General William P. Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America's chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office. read more


Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas got $1 million from an account in Russia in September, a month before he was charged with conspiring to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, according to U.S. prosecutors who asked a judge to jail him for understating his income and assets. read more


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

For the past three months, Trumpworld has been both abuzz and baffled by Christianné Allen, a little-known Instagram personality who became Rudy Giuliani's director of communications in September. read more


On the whole, the IG report dispels the charges of political bias against Trump, illegal spying on his campaign, and even "treason" that have been levied against the FBI and DOJ. It shows that there was a legal basis to investigate attempts by Russia to coordinate with the Trump campaign, and to use various investigative techniques to obtain information " but also identifies several areas where reforms and additional oversight will be necessary moving forward.


Thursday, December 05, 2019

A lost passport at a Portuguese airport is the latest bizarre clue in the search for the elusive Maltese professor. read more


Comments

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.

Welp, Durham has a lot to prove to vindicate Barr's current talking points:

William Barr Says Obama Administration Posed Greater Threat To U.S. Than Russia

John Harwood @JohnJHarwood

in interview w/@PeteWilliamsNBC, Attorney General Barr suggests the Obama administration and its FBI posed greater threat to American democracy than the Russians

he continues to question the opening of the FBI investigation that the Justice Dept inspector general said was justified

he's talking about Hillary's "secret server"

all-out defense of Trump

12:33 PM - Dec 10, 2019


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