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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:31 am 
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John Newton Mitchell (September 5, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon and a convicted criminal.

After his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he served as chairman of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. Due to multiple crimes he committed in the Watergate affair, Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months.

WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:17 pm 
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Barr "Unmasking" Probe Is a Dud

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Bill Barr, who is Donald Trump's fixer...er, his Attorney General, would very much like to serve his boss a James Comey-style October Surprise on a silver platter. To that end, Barr has commissioned several "investigations" that are meant to turn up dirt on Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller, and other prominent folks who are not—you might notice—on the ballot in 2020.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post learned that at least one of Barr's probes came up empty. By default, the identities of American citizens are redacted in intelligence documents. However, high-ranking officials can "unmask" those names and undo the redactions, if they so choose, and they sometimes do so for various reasons (for example, to make a document more readable). Barr (and other Republicans) were absolutely convinced that the Obama administration was extremely careless about its unmasking practices, particularly as regards former NSA Michael Flynn. U.S. Attorney John Bash looked very carefully at the matter, and concluded there was no smoke, no fire, and that the Trump administration is actually looser about unmasking than the Obama administration was. That would not make a very good report, so Barr chose to release nothing at all on the matter.

It is theoretically possible that one of Barr's other wild goose chases will produce something that the President can wield as a weapon, but it's not very likely. And with just three weeks until election season reaches its conclusion, time is running out. The key to the Comey revelation in 2016 was that it came very close to the election (11 days prior), and it caused the great majority of the undecideds to break for Trump. But this year, there are considerably fewer undecideds, Joe Biden is in a stronger position than Hillary Clinton was, and there will be considerably fewer ballots cast in the last 11 days before the election. So, if Barr is going to keep his job (and, potentially, keep himself out of the penitentiary), he likely needs to pull something bigger than the Comey revelation out of his hat, and it really needs to be this week.

full story here :arrow: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/barr-unmasking-review-no-charges/2020/10/13/0f63fd2e-0d67-11eb-8074-0e943a91bf08_story.html


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Attorney General Bill Barr was on the cusp of getting fired, his sin being that he failed to flip the election to Donald Trump. The possibility was discussed in White House meetings this weekend, and last weekend, and Trump could have gotten his phone out and swung the axe on Twitter at any moment. To spare himself that ignominy, Barr resigned on Monday, with his final day on the job to be Dec. 23.

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When all is said and done, Barr will go down as the most corrupt attorney general in history, outpacing A. Mitchell Palmer (of Palmer Raids infamy), John N. Mitchell (who went to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal), and Alberto Gonzales, who rode roughshod over civil liberties, suborned torture, and set the template for politicizing the Dept. of Justice. Barr, for his part, helped kill the Mueller Report, stepped in to get convicted felons like Roger Stone and Michael Flynn off the hook, and did his very best to deliver an "October Surprise" for his boss. And that is in addition to numerous other ethical lapses, not to mention Barr's role in burying the Iran-Contra scandal during his first term as AG.

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Interestingly, Barr seemingly found his moral compass in the last month or so, announcing that there was "no evidence" of widespread vote fraud in November's election, and also taking steps to make sure that the ongoing investigation of Hunter Biden did not go public until after the ballots were cast. Only the AG knows the reason for his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act, but it means—as CNN's Chris Cillizza points out—that the next guy could plausibly be a step backward. The next guy is going to be Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, who will have about a month on the job; we shall see what he does with it.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 10:14 am 
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When it came to sweeping the Iran-Contra Affair under the rug, George H.W. Bush's AG William Barr did a heckuva job. Virtually nobody, outside of Oliver North, paid for their misdeeds, and even Ollie basically got a slap on the wrist, while using his "service" to Ronald Reagan to launch a long career as a right-wing radio pundit.

Barr tried to work his magic again during his second stint as AG, this time sweeping the Mueller Report, and its unsubtle hints that Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, under the rug. As any magician will tell you, however, you never do the same trick in the same place twice. And so, the rug-sweeping failed this time. A potentially major piece of the puzzle is about to be revealed on orders of Judge Amy Berman Jackson, in response to a Freedom of Information Act filing made by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Mueller Report all but accused Trump of obstructing justice as he tried to stop connections between Russia and his 2016 campaign from being investigated. However, special counsel Robert Mueller held back from saying it directly, or from bringing charges, because he felt bound by a 1970s Dept. of Justice memo that asserts a sitting president cannot be prosecuted. Barr took it from there, and said that he'd looked into it and, based on the advice in a memorandum from the Office of Legal Counsel, decided there was nothing there to pursue. It is that memo, which has remained secret to this point, that will now be released.

Current AG Merrick Garland has been on the job for less than 60 days and, like the pro that he is, has not tipped his hand as to what he plans to do. Heck, he may not even know, since he's barely had time to familiarize himself with the obstruction situation, to say nothing of the Ukraine situation, the insurrection situation, the emoluments situation, etc. Once on hand, presidents of both parties (though Republicans in particular) have gotten a bit too comfortable with a "L'état, c'est moi" point of view, and if there is anyone who could and should be made an example of in order to remind everyone that the president is not above the law, it is Donald John Trump. On the other hand, charging Trump with a federal crime (whether obstruction or some other) would spark a political firestorm, and might well lead to rioting in the streets. Garland would need to be damn certain he had the goods; otherwise, he might be better served letting things in New York and Georgia play out.

Obviously, the release of the memo introduces a new wild card into the equation. If it says something really troublesome, like, "Of course Trump obstructed justice, but admitting it would destroy the Republican Party and cause us all to get fired," then Garland's hand might be forced. He might also have to think about bringing charges against Barr, too, and Barr in turn might be a potential canary who might sing in order to save his own skin (his own feathers?). So, there are a lot of moving pieces here. And given the five-year statute of limitations on obstruction, Garland has just about a year to figure it all out.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:09 am 
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Former AG William Barr is trying desperately to salvage what is left of his reputation, something he mauled rather badly during his (second) time running the Dept. of Justice. ABC's chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl is writing a book about the Trump administration entitled Betrayal. For the book, he interviewed many people, including Barr. Monday, The Atlantic published an excerpt from the book. (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/06/william-barrs-trump-administration-attorney-general/619298/) In the excerpt, Karl reports that Barr betrayed Trump on Dec. 1, 2020, during an on-the-record lunch with AP reporter Michael Balsamo in the AG's private dining room. Between bites of his salad, Barr told the journalist: "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election." Balsamo couldn't believe his ears and asked Barr to repeat it. Barr repeated it. Balsamo then wrote a story saying that the Dept. of Justice could not find any evidence for the claims Trump was making that the election was stolen from him. In effect, Balsamo was quoting Barr by name calling Trump a liar. Balsamo's story went out right after lunch.

When Trump got wind of the story, he blew a gasket. Witnesses said that he had "the eyes and mannerism of a madman." He confronted Barr. The conversation went like this:

    Trump: "Did you say that?"
    Barr: "Yes."
    Trump: "How the fuck could you do this to me? Why did you say it?"
    Barr: "Because it is true."
    Trump: "You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump."

Barr thought Trump was trying to control himself, but he was angrier than Barr had ever seen him before. And by then, every cable channel except OANN was covering Balsamo's story. Trump kept peppering Barr with all kinds of claims, and then switched to old grievances like Barr not prosecuting Hunter Biden and James Comey. He told Barr that he was worthless.

Karl also related that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), ever the coward, was afraid to come out and say that Biden won and Trump was lying. Instead, he wanted Barr to do the heavy lifting so all of Trump's ire would be directed at Barr, not himself. Well, it wasn't only that McConnell was a coward. He was also afraid that if he (McConnell) came out and said that Biden won, then Trump would be so angry with McConnell that he (Trump) would sabotage the Republicans in the Georgia runoffs they needed to hold the Senate. So by letting Barr be the fall guy, McConnell hoped to salvage the Senate. It didn't work, of course.

Barr also told Karl that he wasn't surprised by the election outcome. He had expected Trump to lose. When Trump started whining, Barr said it was all bullshit. He did look for fraud, but there wasn't any. For example, Trump's allies had videos of boxes and boxes of ballots from Wayne County being trucked to the TCF Center in Detroit. Aha! Ballot box stuffing! But upon investigation, Barr learned that, unlike other Michigan counties, Wayne County always trucks the ballots to a central location for counting, so this was completely expected.

He also looked into allegations that the voting machines were rigged against Trump. From the start, he thought the claims were bullshit, but after the hand counts done later agreed with machine counts, he was positive they were.

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The above-captioned cartoon by conservative Dick Wright is an example of how certain right-wingers just don't get it. :roll:


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