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"mr. bars" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"And federal Judge Reggie Walton, appointed about George W. Bush declared a ruling that your summary was quote distorted unquote and misleading unquote. And that the court could not trust you further, Judge Walton stated. The report was quote a calculated attempt to influence public disclosure about Mueller reports and favor President Trump Unquote. This committee still does not have the unredacted Mueller report. America is still not seeing the unredacted Mueller report. Your excuses for not releasing it because it had to do with ongoing cases no longer exist because those ongoing cases have been completed or commuted or finished. Other Attorney general's work with this Judiciary Committee to see that the American public and that the Judiciary Committee had unredacted copies of that report. You have not gone to court to stall. This report needs to be given to this committee and Michael Cohen. You've treated him differently than Michael Flynn and Roger Stone in Michael Flynn. You've attempted to dismiss the charges even every twice guilty and Roger Stone. You went further, Mr. Bar John Lewis said to us, if not me, who, if not now, when that's why introduced a Tres 10 32 which would require this committee to investigate your conduct as attorney general and determine whether you should be in peace. That is my constitutional duty. You back the balance of my time. Attorney General William Barr, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee earlier today, we have a full port. We have full segments of that. 2.5 hour five. Rather should say five. Our hearing on C span dot org's WCS pfm Washington Coming up next Washington today This's Washington today for Tuesday, July 28 2020 on your host John McCardell Negotiations over the next Corona virus relief package. You're coming down to the wire on Capitol Hill. Top negotiators for President Trump and congressional Democrats were meeting again late this afternoon as major relief programs from the cares act that was passed in March are now just days away from expiring, Meanwhile, on the Capitol grounds today at this hour members of the Public continue to wait in line to pay their respects. The civil rights icon John Lewis, flag draped casket bearing the Georgia Democratic congressmen's remains was placed at the top of the East front steps of the U. S Capitol early this morning and will remain there for Mourners to view until 10 PM tonight and inside the Capitol today, Attorney General William Barr testified for five hours before the House Judiciary Committee, taking questions from some his and president Trump's biggest critics on Capitol Hill, including Chairman Jerry Nadler. But we begin today with Senate Majority Leader.
Is Trump abusing his power over the judiciary?
"This is news in focus where we offer our insights into the stories that matter before we go any further. I want to address today. Sentencing of a man Roger Stone Roger Stone. He's become the sentencing of Roger Stone. A LONGTIME CONFIDANTE DONALD TRUMP for lying to Congress obstruction and witness tampering was mired in controversy. Over how the. Us Justice Department handled the case under public pressure from the president. Mr Stone received a forty month sentence whereas prosecutors had recommended that he serve up to nine years. This followed seven cases of presidential clemency for White Collar criminals whose convictions included extortion fraud and lying to White House officials. Yes we have commuted. The sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail We have Birdie character we have Mike Milkin. Who's gone around and done an incredible job? Offer is the independence of America's judiciary under threat. Or as Mr Trump simply using the powers a lot to him on the line with me to discuss this is ed loose. Us National Editor and columnist and Cottam Schober US legal and enforcement correspondent. I let's hear a clip from president trump taken. Just a couple of days before stone sentencing. Just so you understand. I chose not to be involved. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually I guess the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country but I've chosen not to be involved but he is a man of great integrity. But I would be. I could be involved if I wanted to be man of integrity he is referring to is the US Attorney General William Bar but is this credible given the tweets he published before the sentencing of Roger. Stone got tell us first about the case of Roger Stone which you've covered for the F. T. Who was he exactly? What was his crime? And was the sentence particularly lenient for this kind of case. Roger Stone is a flamboyant veteran political operative in the US. His career goes all the way back to working on Richard Nixon's election campaign and he has basically been the person you call as a Republican presidential candidate. When you want to get your hands dirty. He called himself a dirty trickster and he is an expert in this sort of Makir side politics in the two thousand sixteen election. He was a sort of informal adviser to Donald Trump. And one of the things he was trying to do was make contact with wikileaks. When it became known that wikileaks had a trove of hacked emails from the Democrats to use it for political gain. The thing that he was convicted of is in two thousand seventeen when Congress began investigating. What exactly went on to twenty sixteen election? The House Intelligence Committee called on Mr Stone and asked him about some of the comments he had made during the campaign and Mr Stone lied to. Congress about who is intermediary was or who he was referring to when he was talking about having an intermediary allied when. He said that he didn't have any documents or any written materials or any taxed of his conversations with that intermediary. The sentence he eventually received was actually probably pretty in line with what other sort of white collar criminals convicted of lying to. Congress or the government have received the key issue in his case was he had threatened a longtime friend of his who was also another witness. Basically saying don't contradict my story and those thrashed included threatening his dog for example the key issue at stake was whether he was serious about that and whether therefore has sent should be jacked up significantly because he had made violent threats and eventually the judge took the view that although it was serious that he'd made violent threats. The person that he had threatened didn't actually feel like they were going to experience violence. Ed Tell us a bit more about Mr Stone. And the history of his friendship with the President and whether you think Mr Trump's tweets constituted interference in the judicial process. Yeah as I said. He's a flamboyant dirty tricks. Who GOES WAY BACK TO LATE? Six hundred seventy trump maximum in the late seventies. He was introduced to try but he quickly hit it off. They shed philosophy of you know playing to win that no method is invalid. Never apologize never explain. Stone set up with couple of other people are very well known lobby group in Washington. One of his clients was trump who was seeking tax breaks a casino. He was setting up in Atlantic City. And really they've been great friends since then so the ties between trump and stone go along way that very deep and they're often allegedly nefarious in terms of the League outlook from this. I have no doubt that trump will seek to podcastone fast opportunity. Trump's on the Guy Senate acquittal spring cleaning of his administration ruthlessly seeking out anybody who isn't very very loyal so to get rid of weather that Meghan appointees the civil savage. Anybody perceive does slightly disloyal. Not Enough is being pledged. Loyalty is a hugely important hugely. Important thing to trump and stern has shown loyalty he has not. He is not divulged things that have damaged the president. He's showing toughness. He's been very Trumpian in how he's dealt with. Franchi's accused the judge me by of being a biased judge which she's rejected this very trumpian and I have no doubt that it will culminate in at some point. President trump pardoning Roger Stern question about what trump actually did part of the reason. Roger Stone was so controversial. Was that line prosecutors involved in this case we're uncomfortable with what Mr Trump and the justice department we're doing. Can you explain that to viewers and why it was such a problem so there are four prosecutors who secured Mrs Jones conviction trial so the trial team? They filed their sentencing recommendation which was seven to nine years which there's no bones about it. That's a serious sentence for anybody to serve and then that evening all of a sudden early hours of the morning so after midnight trump tweets calling it a miscarriage of justice. He says this is unacceptable and Lo and behold the very next day the DOJ which is the US Department of Justice DOJ officials. Start saying that they agree that the sense would be unwarranted and adair kind of reverse it. The following day afternoon we see all four the prosecutors quit the case including one of them actually quits his job at the DOJ entirely and subsequently a new sentencing recommendation is put forward. Which says we'RE NOT GONNA ask for a particular sentence but it ought to be far less than seven to nine years. The idea that four prosecutors would quit a case. All at once is astonishing and it was a very serious and important moment and DOJ his trip shook the DOJ. It was a very dramatic moment in Washington and the question then was was doj senior leadership. William bar the. Us Attorney General. Was He reacting to an order from trump or was something else going on now the lion that DOJ has stuck to is that there was a miscommunication between the US Attorney's office in Washington DC and between main justice headquarters also in DC? But they're separate offices. Basically Mr. Barr says he was not expecting to see a seventy nine year recommendation. The new prosecutor brought on sat at the sentencing that the prosecutors who filed a recommendation that you good faith and thought that they had been given approval to do so and so Mr Bar said listen. This is not about trump. This is about. I think that that sentence was appropriate and I was not told about what was going on. The important thing here is whether or not Mr trump explicitly ordered the attorney general chains recommendation. It's still gets to this question about how our friends of the president being treated in their cases now it's pretty common across the US for federal prosecutors to request tough even harsh sentences. That's not unknown. You don't often see the attorney general weighing in to ask for lighter sentences and certainly DOJ policy at the moment is to prosecute people to the fullest extent of the law to secure the longer sentences possible so whether or not Mr Trump's tweets were an express order to Mr Bar that he followed a whether he was acting independently. It still gets to this question about if your friend of the president. How are you going to be treated by this? Doj while we're on the subject of Friends of the president. The other thing that happened last week was a series of presidential pardons for White Collar criminals specifically several that have connections to Mr Trump. I talk about Michael Milkin. What did he do and why does it matter that he was pardoned? Michael Milkin is to people on Wall Street a hero. He effectively invented the junk bond or high yield bond market in the eighties and then he was brought low by prosecutors and the SEC and eventually guilty to securities fraud and nine hundred ninety. He served about twenty two months in prison after being initially sentenced to ten years. Ever since then he's been rebuilding his reputation. He's a philanthropist. Now has the Milken Institute and for a long time people on Wall Street rich and powerful people have felt that he was prosecuted unjustly and deserved a pardon. The other person. Mr Trump pardon rod blagojevich is perhaps less of a popular figure in any area. He was the former Democratic governor of Illinois and was prosecuted for trying to extort a children's Hospital for campaign contributions and also trying to sell the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama when he became president his case involves some quite lurid wiretap quotes. Where he talked about Mr Obama's Tennessee. Being a very valuable thing with various explosives and that he wasn't going to give it away for nothing. The fact that these pardons came just a day or two before Roger. Stone's sentencing is pretty mistake -able signal of Mr Trump's power to grant clemency. Whatever case that he wants so prosecutors can go after his fans and associates. Jerry can commit crimes. Judge can sentence them to however long they want ultimately. Mr Trump has under the constitution the pardon power and that was a pretty stark exercise of that pardon power on the eve of a close friend of his being sentenced. Ed Do you think we're gonNA see more interventions this spy trump perhaps related to the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the election. People like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Who Manafort I think would definitely be a case for another pop and I would be very surprised if Michael Cohen Without Him. Because Michael Cohen Tablet Trump describes a rat in that inimitable. Kind of multi language that the president sometimes uses Michael. Cohen testified to Congress very damagingly against president. Trump's he's considered to be a tax cut. The thing that links you know all these Haden's whether it's Michael Milkin Rod Blagojevich Obama Carrick. Us police commissioner who was the security guard incidentally for Rudy Giuliani. The thing that links all of them is that they're pretty well connected people who've committed white-collar crimes and who have upbeat through Fox News. In some cases that Bregovic wife spoke on Fox News. He carrots by on Fox News to capture the president's attention and I think the pattern is again very trumpian thing. It's it's about. People who trump identifies with he feels as acute. Did he feels. He's fatty toxic at he. Identifies WITH OTHERS. Who fit that description again though. The role of connections and of mutual friends and a Fox as dishing platform for pardon. These are very common. There's a pattern here. How big a cause of concern is all this. I mean it's trump's use of the pardon power markedly different from other presidents will Clinton famously on his last day in office Rich Hedge Fund billionaire and friend of the Clintons Madonna to the Clintons and that caused a lot of bad blood. Clinton was heavily criticised for intervening on behalf of a friend and it stood out and I guess the reason I mentioned that is it. Was Fatty unusual. It's now completely normal. Trump has happened many many people who under the inventions of us? Pardon history wouldn't ready quantify so I think he has changed quite dramatically and just to add on. There's an interesting historical link year. Another controversial use of the pardon power in the past was George H W Bush who infamously pardoned a whole swath of former officials who are indicted in connection to the Iran Contra Scandal and bill bar the current. Us Attorney General was back then also attorney general and so Mr Bar He had pushed not just for one. Pardon of Caspar Weinberger. Who was the former Secretary of defense? He said listen. If you're gonNA pardon any of these people you have to pardon all of them. I think his quote was in for a penny in for a pound and so you may have the curious historical echo if MR trump loses later this year of his attorney general at the end of his time in office being the same attorney general at the end of George W Bush's time in office advising him on. You know who to pardon before he leaves Hamas all this been received in Washington and then around the US do people care. It's been received as many other actions by president trump being received with a high temperature reaction inside the Washington. Beltway and shrug outside the GNOMES that being trashed here in a row very significant look at the powers of the presidency. The procedures the the president uses before he acts and the conventions so that being shredded caused great angst in Washington. Dc across the political divide and almost badly registered a ripple outside of Washington. The same of course applies to impeachment. It really didn't resonate much isn't resonating match in the Democratic primaries. In places like Iowa New Hampshire and so I think this is far far lower. It may be it should be different than ideal while but it registered FAFA LOA on the vote says right of than than even impeachment.
The Most Important Man in Trump's Life is William Barr
"The most important man in president trumps life right now is Mister Barr the Attorney General yet Mr trump may not understand that however they hate trump media brigade certainly do if Mr bar where to turn against the president his reelection chances would be damage significantly that's because William bars a tough prosecutor who is trying to uphold the crucial constitutional mandate of equal justice for all that means a corrupt media is not the dispenser of justice nor is a sitting president who may have a personal agenda the latest controversy over Roger stone accompanied by presidential tweets as put the AG in a tough spot Mr stone was convicted of lying to authorities about his role in seeking damaging information against Democrats during the two thousand sixteen presidential campaign this sentencing recommendation from justice department prosecutors is seven to nine years in a federal penitentiary on average a convicted rapist in this country serves four and a half years in prison so you know something is amiss almost immediately president trump tweeted his outrage targeting the prosecutors a short time later four of them quit that cause great joy in The New York Times and Washington post to organizations that are devoted to injuring president trump what in the middle of the chaos is William Barr who then told ABC news that Mr trump's tweeting about active criminal cases makes it hard for the AG to do its job whereupon fox business channel finder Lou Dobbs question bar's loyalty but an attorney general's loyalty is to uphold the constitution not to any human being so now the president and the Attorney General are well let's use the word on several and they didn't have to happen all president trump had to do was wait until Roger stone is sentenced and then issue a pardon press dole Mister strong could go bowling with us that very night when waiting is not Donald Trump style confrontation is if you read my book the United States of trump you know the president always relishes the fight but a battle with William Barr is not like the dust up with the week former Attorney General Jeff sessions bars not a man to be pushed around and he does not want his professional reputation solely the crucial Dorham investigation into federal corruption is under way and president trump would be well advised to stay out of all justice department business and let those chips fall Mr trump should also understand that the national media is heavily invested in diminishing William Barr because it fears what the door I'm investigation might break the president would be foolish to help his enemies marginalize the Attorney General who could expose disturbing FBI corruption that damaged Donald
Parnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation
"The attorney general in on whatever was going on there in the Ukraine I have never spoken to attorney general bar. You're about this investigation ever. I have been circumspect. Careful exceedingly careful. Not only that Parnasse knows that. I told a several times that I would make sure I would never go to the attorney general with it so I wouldn't compromise it. That's really on Fox News tonight making his own case while his has indicted one time. Buddy is doing the same Lev Parnassus attorney today requested that. Attorney General William Bar recused himself take himself out of the federal campaign finance case against Parnis. He's also calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Claiming prosecutors have refused to meet with him and receive receive information on the president. Giuliani and the other significant players here is a reminder of what parnes told Rachel Matto about the role all that Bill Barr played. Do you know if Mr Giuliani was ever in contact with Mr Bar specifically about the fact that he was trying to get Ukraine to announce these investigation into Joe Biden. Absolutely Mr Bar knew about that. Mr Bar known everything. The difference between white trump so powerful now. He wasn't as powerful in sixteen seventeen. He became the powerful when he got William Bar. That gets your attention as they say and with us for more tonight Maya wildly former assistant. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York now with the new school here in New York. And Rick Wilson Longtime Republican strategists co-founder of the Lincoln Project A SUPERPAC created created by conservatives with the aim of defeating trump and trump ISM. His new book goes a long way toward that very ideal running against the devil. A plot to save America got from trump and Democrats from themselves. We welcome you both tonight. Maya Wiley in normal times would love to have a lock accenture. Deal with the Fed's New York. Would there be an investigation. Launched as in. Do you hear what this guy is saying about people at the highest levels of of our government. That's a hard question to answer quite honestly Brian. And here's what I mean by that. I don't think there's any question that William Bar has earned earned himself and impeachment inquiry. So that's clear and that starts from his misrepresenting the muller pro report before. It's it's released knowing that Robert Mueller have some issues with the way he's handling it that goes to the fact that he himself has personally flown around the globe helping helping to kind of try to stir up some of the dirt that Donald Trump wants all kinds of reasons that we could list about. Why William Barr himself deserves some scrutiny? In some oversight that's very different from saying in in different world where Donald Trump was not president accident love. parnassus would be would have some kind of cooperation agreement. Or where William Sorry was not attorney general and that's because we just don't know enough about all all the evidence that the US Attorney's office has if your in the US Attorney's office and someone just doesn't have anything to offer you if they cooperate great. Meaning you don't believe they're telling the truth or you have so much evidence that you don't believe they can add to the evidence that you have or both you would have a legitimate reason not to enter into a cooperation agreement with someone and left Parnasse. We should remember eleventh. PARNIS is has some of his assertions and the Rachel maddow interview have documents. Those are documents the. US Attorney's office had and enabled him to share their other allegations allegations that he makes that. He says he believes but he doesn't necessarily offer any directed specific knowledge to suggest just that he could offer anything more substantive so. I think we have to separate out whether there's huge issues of public trust with William Bar and there's it's a question about whether I think the. US Attorney for the Southern District. Berman should cues with regard to Rudy Giuliani because he is the one who recommended Rudy Giuliani for US attorney spot with Donald Trump and appearance of conflict or appearance of impropriety. It is enough to recuse because we have to have the public believing in the institutions. But I don't want to go so far as to say that just by definition because left Parnassus is saying. He should have a cooperation agreement. He should have a cooperation agreement. Rick Wilson at a more basic societal level. When you think about it ah in the last seven to ten days we have come to know a landscaper from Connecticut? Who pardoned the double negative left? Parnis said he has never never seen him not drunk and now the European guy in the Maga- hat with a Belgian ip address. How is it that we we come to meet these characters? Surrounding in the orbit of the President of the United States there are some mystical gravitational force surrounding Donald Trump that attracts the worst griff tres scales scumbags roadside hobos incipient serial killers weirdos. These guys are attracted to him. Because they're like the d the D and E and F level operatives in this world and for whatever reason they feel empowered and it's pretty easy you show up at the trump hotel if you can afford the twenty two dollar cocktails. You're in the club. And so that's why we see guys like hide showing up and that's why you see all these all these other sort of oddball characters always surrounding trump and and and it's also because you know most of the people that that are in this rudy PARNIS orbit in particular. You know they come out of this eastern European whatever version of of of Hustle. Oh they're running is always inflected with whatever the sort of post-soviet corruption vibe and it seems to be very much definitional additional trump's orbit rick starting with you I want you and my answer the same question and I hate that. It's an a negative vein about the impeachment in trial. What are you girding for or resigned to girding for Mitch McConnell to choke this thing out as quickly as he can? There's no other option for McConnell right now if the dam breaks on any vote and the reason he didn't go for an immediate dismissal. Vote obviously as everyone else's covered was that he knows was if he loses one. It shakes the idea that he can control this process completely. So he's going to be very careful. He's going to move as quickly as he possibly can. He's going to try to make this as Dulles he can. Which I think is why as as clean with chain you earlier? He thought he thought he's GonNa win. By moving into the night. I think there's enormous public interest in this but on the optimistic side there will always be more information coming and these senators are not blind to the fact that trump lies to them all the time and that every time. They think they've gotten to the bottom of something with trump. There's worse things below it so I think you're going to see some skepticism building especially as the outside outside coverage continues to roll on in terms of both the story and the other revelations about Ukraine situation I can offer you my upwards of thirty seconds before I have to take our first break. I agree with
Trump to square off in court with House Democrats over financial records
"Bill bars justice department. I'm trying to rewrite history in a bid to personally protect trump. This is a response to justice department apartments somewhat unusual step. They're asking the court to block on otherwise lawful subpoena to get trump's financial records house democrats say is request has quote no grounding in history law and that the arguments here represent what the department wishes law were they are not the law now bars attorneys here have been arguing in court that the banks and other entities shouldn't have to comply with these as i say otherwise lawful subpoenas claiming the probes could quote distract donald trump from the energetic performance of his constitutional duties. Now one question is how energetic is he. We have charted his daily schedules before but more broadly look at this twenty two hundred and twenty one days on golf properties unprecedent amount of executive time tweeting watching television so that goes to the factual side what about the legal side the argument that no matter who's president no matter how they keep their schedule you would be too distracted to deal with the courts with these otherwise lawful requests well president clinton did argue at one point that if he complied with every investigation gatien he would be distracted away from his duties and here's what supreme court justice scalia said about why they ruled against him president is it's a full time job and he's very any intrusion upon his time is intriguing. I must say i don't find that terribly persuasive auntie the president's riding horseback chopping firewood fishing for fish playing golf and so forth and so on i'm joined by congressman came jeffries who's on the judiciary committee and a member of democratic leadership. Thanks for being here because it's great to see you as you know. That was a slightly different context. Justice scalia was speaking for part of why the court what ruled ultimately that being president is not a get out of subpoena free card well. That's correct. Donald trump is not a part time school board member with all due respect to hardworking school board members. He's the president of the united states of america. The leader of the free world the most powerful individual on the global stage. He has a responsibility responsibility in the context of our constitutional democratic republic to recognize that the house and the senate were designed assigned to be separate and coequal branches of government for the people. We don't work for donald trump we work for everyday americans and so we have have a constitutional responsibility serve as a check and balance one and out of control executive branch. We are undertaking a lawful constitutional legislative oversight oversight responsibilities. Bill bar is rewriting the constitution claiming we have no legitimate purpose. The constitution is our legitimate purpose and that lays out sort of the battle in the courts then you have the specific issue of mr bill bar dahlia. Let's make sure you know is a legal scholar. She's independent pendant expert. She's not a part of your democratic team but she has has argued here in the beat that really there is a problem with how mr bars carrying out his role to take a look it feels like bar sort of leaping in front of the president yet again and saying first and foremost my interest is not the justice department or the united states people people. It's protecting this president win or lose. I mean the courts are ultimately going to decide and it could go to the supreme court which we just heard from in a different context about what the president has to has to deal with are you at all concerned that mr bar though has interceded in cases that seem more personal than public in nature definitely and you know the so-called attorney general has long since flushed his personal integrity down the toilet. That's a shame and so many members of the trump cabinet have done that over the last last three years or so and i expected that will continue because the president surrounds himself with sycophant but look at what is at stake we want those deutsche bank records because we believe that they could show potential evidence of criminality that deutsche bank employees on the ground recommended that suspicious activity reports be filed as it relates to donald trump's business activities and transactions in two thousand thousand and sixteen in two thousand seventeen higher ups at deutsche bank vetoed that recommendation and squelched and we want to know what donald trump is potentially hiding as part of our oversight responsibilities so we can share that information with the american
Warden at New York jail where financier Epstein died is removed
"More fallout from the apparent jailhouse suicide of Jeffrey Epstein the financier accused of sex trafficking women and young girls as the justice department ramped up its investigation to jail staffers who were guarding Mr Epstein's unit the ninety died have now been placed on leave and the warden of that New York prison was reassigned more from this morning's my cabin a suicide reconstruction team yesterday began analyzing how and why Mister X. team is able to kill himself meanwhile the Wall Street journal says one of the guards overseeing Mr apps dean wasn't even a correctional officer at the time also Mr Eckstine cellmate reportedly was gone leaving him alone and unsupervised jail officials had told the justice department that they would monitor Mister Epstein every thirty minutes and keeping with the cell mate at all times after he was previously found unconscious with marks on his neck Gordon thanks Mike Mr bar place the blame for Mr abstains deafened failures at the Manhattan jail but oversight of the bureau of prisons falls to Mr Barr's justice department which can control staffing levels another safeguards Mister Barr has acknowledged the personnel
"mr. bars" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"T. A. R. congresswoman Debbie Lesko just finished questioning former special counsel Robert Muller the man who produced the report on the Russian government's attempts to sway the presidential election of two thousand sixteen and to get to the bottom whether the trump campaign engage in a conspiracy to help the Russians and whether president trump tried to engage in obstruction of justice by trying to stop Miller and others from completing that investigation here is congresswoman Debbie Lesko chairmen just recently Mr Miller you said that to Mr Lou was asking you questions and Mister Lewis question I I quote the reason you didn't indict the president is because of the well see opinion and you answered that is correct but that is not what you said in the report and it's not what you told the tourney general bar and in fact in a joint statement that you released with the O. J. on may twenty nine after your press conference you're offered your office issued a joint statement with the department of justice that that the Attorney General has previously stated that the special counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that but for the LC opinion he would have found the president obstructed justice this special counsel his report in his statement today made clear that the office concluded it would not reach a determination one way or the other whether the president committed a crime there is no conflict between these statements so Mr Miller do you stand by your joint statement with DOJ that you issued on may twenty ninth as you sit here today I would have to look at it more closely before I went and said I agree with well so I the you know my conclusion is that what you told Mr Lou really contradicts what you said in the report and specifically what you said apparently repeatedly to Attorney General Barr that and then you issued a joint statement on may twenty ninth saying that the Attorney General as previously stated that the special counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying but for the all see a port that we would have found the president obstructed justice so I just say there's a conflict I do have some more questions Mr Miller there's been a lot of talk today about firing the special counsel in curtailing the investigation were you ever fired Mr Miller from what we ever fired a special concert rooms Mr moderate enough now where you were you allowed to complete your investigation unencumbered yes and in fact you resigned as special counsel when you close at the offices in late may twenty twenty nineteen is that correct correct thank you Mister Miller on April eighteenth the Attorney General held held a press conference in conjunction with the public release of your report did Attorney General Barr see anything in accurate either in his press conference or his March twenty fourth letter to Congress summarizing the principal conclusions of your report well what you are not mentioning is a letter we sent on March twenty seventh to Mr bar that raised some issues and that letter speaks for itself but then I I don't see how you could that could be a sense Eiji bars letter detail the principal conclusions of your report and you have status before that that there wasn't anything in an inaccurate in fact you have this during statement but let me let me go on to another question Mister Miller rather than purely relying on the evidence provided by witnesses and documents I I think you relied a lot on media I'd like to know how many times you cited The Washington Post in your report how many times I one sided The Washington Post in your report I do not have knowledge of that yeah I think here but I well I think I don't have knowledge of that for you I counted about sixty times how many times did you say the New York times I counted at no idea I counted about seventy five times how many times did you cite fox news I had a lot as with the other two I have no idea about twenty five times I gotta say it looks like volume two is mostly regurgitated press stories honestly there's almost nothing in volume two that I print already here or no simply by having a fifty dollar cable news subscription however your investigation cost American taxpayers twenty five million dollars Mister Miller you cited media reports nearly two hundred times in your report then in a footnote a small footnote number seven page fifteen of volume two of your report you wrote I quote this section summarizes insights various news stories not for the truth of the information contained in the stories but rather to place candidate trump's response to those stories in contact since nobody but lawyers reads footnotes are you concerned that the American public took the embedded news stories and I'm in the gentle lady's expired the gentle lady from Washington all right that it was that Debbie Lesko questioning Robert Muller of produced of course that report on the Russian attempts to sway the presidential election of two thousand sixteen so we've now heard from both Arizona Republican house members who sit on this Judiciary Committee we are still awaiting a democratic congressman Greg stand and when his questioning happens we'll bring it to you twenty three right now from the valley Chevy dealers traffic.
"mr. bars" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Is the Honey badger running slow motion. Look runs all over the place. Watchhouse at that bird got a snake jackal. Oh my gosh. Oh, the Honey badgers at just raising the Honey badgers referred to by the Guinness Book world records, the most fearless animal, and all of the animal kingdom. It really doesn't get if it's hungry. It's what's that? And it's now no regard for any other animal. Whatever looking just running -ill eating snakes mouse. So you got to watch the whole, it's not a PG thirteen video. We had to bleep a little bit there. But the Honey badger is the meanest animal in the forest and that's what we embark nickname is Honey badger, and the Wall Street Journal, has an editorial this morning. William bars fresh air. If you want to know why William bar is under political attack considering his interview this week, with Jan Crawford of CBS news. It's a hump Dinger in which the attorney general challenge the received wisdom about the investigation to Trump Russia, collusion nearby. We exert Mr. bars comment about the behavior. Former top FBI officials James Comey, Andrew MacKay known how he disagrees with president charge of treason as the points out the constitutionally specifically defined treason, his only in the loving of war against the United States or adhering to their enemies, giving the maiden comfort. But no to that Mr. bar. Take seriously, the bias displayed FBI officials against Mr. Trump and he calls up the press for double standard in failing to be alarmed about a potential abuse of power by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and spying on American presidential campaign, quote the fact that today people just seemed to brush aside, the idea is okay. You know, to engage in these activities against the political campaign is stunning to me, especially when the media doesn't seem to think that it's. Looking into mR Barr says they're supposed to be watchdogs, you know of our civil liberties. This was not something the press corps likes to hear about its own bias this Crawford. So when we talk about foreign interference versus say a government abuse of power, which is more troubling, Mr. bar. Well, they're both. They're both troubling. Ms Crawford equally, Mr. bar in my mind. They are sure, I mean, republics have fallen because Pretoria Guardmen, Taliban were government officials get very arrogant. They identify the national interest with their own political preferences, and they feel that anyone was different opinion. Now, some of the enemy of the state, you know, that is the tendency that they know, better in that, you know, they're, they're protect protect us as guardians of the people that can easily translate into a sensually supervising, the will of the majority and getting your own way. As a government official, Mr. bar, writes, the Wall Street Journal, won't win any popularity contests in Washington with these words, but the public should be encouraged that he is looking closely at FBI actions that so many prefer to ignore Bill bar is. The Honey badger. When I said that yesterday, Chuck Todd rolled his eyes on meet the press. I also said this, by the way about the Democrats do I have? I don't have time. I'll play it. When we come back relief factor relief, factor dot com and headed down to Quantico today. So I got to be ready to run. Wind sprints with the Marine Corps museum for a change of command ceremony. But Louis factor dot com will be with me. There's my packet of the four essential natural supplements that keep you moving should be reading along the river before that. And. Omega raspberry Choi carrying Kirkman. That's how he used to take with lukewarm copy, relieffactor dot com, keeps you and I, I shouldn't say, it'll be running I- trundle these days, I don't call myself a runner anymore, long ago and far away. I was talking to the deputy associate attorney General Department of Justice was over for dinner last night. Stephen Cox, how much are you running? I run a trundle run three twelve marathons, but I was warning tiny is wonderful wife that you got to be worried about how far you run when you're young because when you're older catches up with you need relief factor dot com because, you know you're right. But a lot of miles on the wheels when you're young it shows up when you're all, but it was worth it. Could you get the cardiovascular system that will keep going long enough to do radio till, I'm a hundred and ten so get out there and get your relief factor dot com and stay acted relieffactor dot com coming right back Selena Zito.
"mr. bars" Discussed on 600 WREC
"You really don't, but I know we used to litigate this. But anyway, go ahead. Okay. They are not allowed to release Donald Trump taxes or anybody else's then allowed to. It's illegal. Do you know under that section of the code? They're not even allowed to tell the public, or members of congress have somebody's being audited. Imagine. But they go back to nineteen twenty nineteen twenty four statute that says congress has a right to have access to these tax returns. Well, we'll see go ahead and let a gate it. But the fact that the president challenges this they said, well, that's obstruction thinks he's a king, these slime balls are now accusing the president of what they're doing. Mark can I just say one more thing yesterday? I, I feel like I've known you for at least two minutes. Okay. Now, I know you longer believe me, what's listen to Irish releases that they have for Bernie Sanders and Biden beta. Whatever did you what I care about is their charitable contributions. They basically give a thousand dollars which compare essentially nothing which compared to Donald Trump ratio is one penny to the millions, Eddie giving in, in, in chatter to me. It's more important to see how generous you, they are such a bunch of misers, but they're very easy spending our money too many. How many tummy how many jobs has Bernie Sanders created for African Americans Latinos, Asians, lesbians, what I wear are we LGBTQ whatever how many jobs has he created for that group of people none? And yet, Donald Trump is created God knows how many jobs for everybody. All right. Judy. Thank you for your call. Excellent call. I may say so I just did Diane Sacramento, California. How are you? Hello. I have a question, look when Adler and congress say to Mr. bar or to President Trump. You know, you, you have to turn over all. Oh, protected, even the redacted information for us, right? And they say, no, we can't, we can't unredacted things because it's illegal isn't, and they say, okay, well, if you don't then we're gonna hold you in contempt. That's like entrapment and it goes beyond politics and the media, and laying blame. It's like setting up someone to break the law or else they're going to get punished. That goes beyond politics. So tell me this, how many so-called journalists on CNN and MSNBC have in plain English coherently, explain to their audiences exactly what you just said. Well, I. That's not the point. It's the law has to step in and we know that and will step in. It's going to go to court. Good. Go to court. We don't get an Obama judge because, you know, they use all kinds of laws that have actually been written. Right. But this is a fortune cookie, and that's where they get their advice from go ahead. But this is this is intrepid. Okay. The technically entrapment because he's not gonna do it, what it is violation of, of a federal statute, but they're insisting that he do. He's a smart man. He's not going to do it. And they're gonna go to court to protect themselves, and if they want him to violate it. So then they could really don't want him the violate it. They're trying to create an impression among their constituency, which actually is pretty stupid. Apparently that this administration is obstructing their magnificent subpoenas. Now, let me just tell the American people just because congress issues a subpoena. So what depends what it says? Thank you for your call. I am only saying that because I know you're gonna repeat yourself. We got set. K Don K, D, W, and Las Vegas Nevada, go. Hey, Mark longtime listener first-time. Caller. You got. I'm curious about this whole thing show every thing because I've always thought that, you know, if you know the laws that the federal government doesn't do aren't left to the state, but the federal government does have the immigration laws. So how can these days, just go out and say, okay, well, well, you make an excellent point. It's called plenary power..
"mr. bars" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"Institution riding at national review online about compared contrast to attorney generals, and contempt citations the news is that the attorney general Mr. bar has been now a by vote of the judiciary committee and the house of representatives led by Jerrold Nadler cited for contempt from the threat to the actual vote was about nineteen days. I learn, but this is a very unusual behavior because we have a previous attorney general who was cited by and voted for contempt by a previous house of representatives. And that example teaches us that this present conduct might. The irregular a professor a very good evening to you. The previous attorney general was Eric Holder and congress did vote him in a lopsided vote. You side to fifty five to sixty seven for contempt because of the matter had to do with a matter of guns at the time and the Obama administration, citing executive privilege to protect the attorney general. How does that may? I correct. What can I just correct? You surely wasn't about guns. It was about lying. There was terrible operation involving guns. But the administration sent a letter to congress saying that it knew nothing about it. When in fact, they knew everything about it. And so the hearings and the controversy was how the Justice department came about and how it plotted to deceive congress about the fair so wasn't just guns. It was it was out in outlying. Thank you. Because I wanted to get to ask you how this. Contrast with the executive privilege that is now contemplated with the president contempt citation of the attorney general and your column in the national review set tells me amateur reader that there's very little in common between these two episodes. Well, I think to the sons that their differences muster bar offer. A well, I mean to begin with, you know, bar has released all but tiny portions of the Muller report. He didn't have to release any of it at that under the under the law that were pointed to him on a confidential basis he is the one who chose to give any of it, the congress, and the fact that he has made minor reductions. It's just it it it is so strange that the committee would would make such a big deal about that. But the second thing is that the reductions are required by law that these reductions has to do with grand jury materials, which are among the most confidential documents that we have on our system is actually a criminal offense for an official to release grand jury materials outside of the exceptions provided for in the law. You know, maybe I mean, it used to be up until recently that there were courts that would order that would give orders allowing the release of grand jury materials, but you know, the most recent precedent in the DC circuit is that that is not permissible, but whether that's right or wrong. Certainly no such a court order has been given. And so, you know, bars. Being held in contempt for not violating the criminal law of the United States. The the holder case you report this goes back to twenty twelve the first term of the Obama administration. The holder case involved a congressional subpoena. And also the matter of the separation of powers, and in that instance, the president invoked I believe executive privilege could the White House. Follow the the present White House follow that pattern it today and be within its power. Well, the pro President Trump has already invoked executive privilege which protects bar from being criminally prosecuted for contempt citation. So in other words, the I meant executive privilege about the unredacted of the redacted part of the molar report is executive privilege to help here. Because this matter of what a court can or cannot. What I court permits to be released to congress to members of congress as confused me is executive privilege a blanket that could stop the congressional inquiry entirely. So that's a difficult question. The word executive privilege does not actually appear in the constitution or in any laws. That is a long standing practice that this is a general term for a wide variety of reasons, why the executive refuses to provide documents to congress or to the courts, it might include national security, it might include presidential communications. This is to my knowledge. The first time that grand jury materials have ever been involved and executive privilege of determination. So it can cover a lot of different things. You have to look at the details and the holder affair of bomb administration vote executive privilege because of. Of internal deliberations within the department of Justice about what they were going to tell congress and the press. Now, those internal deliberations are pretty low level so far as we know they did not involve presidential communications. I think most lawyers having to do with executive privilege believe that executive privilege is actually reserved for presidential communications, or at least high level communications that the ideas that several PR flunkies down on the Justice department can can discuss, you know, not turning over documents to congress, and that gets executive privilege is I think if it startling you recommend a resolution here similar to what happened in twenty twelve which is when the Republican House of representatives went to court is that something that would work here to resolve this dispute. Well, we probably would you know, all there's. Very little precedent for any of this in in the past. I mean, we got on for hundreds of years without a single cabinet official being subpoenaed for documents or held in contempt in connection with documents. It's this is really quite recent phenomenon and the first time in American history that the congress or or in that case that house for presentative went to court was at the end of the Bush administration demanding testimony documents from the White House counsel and the presidential chief of staff. Many people thought at that time that the court would say that it isn't a matter for the courts, not just icial controversy. But the district court did take touristic, and and then the administration was over. So it was really never resolved. Then the same thing happened with holder. So we have to district court decisions. Now holding that that eight branch of congress can go to the courts to enforce a subpoena. Now, it's never gotten above the district court. We don't we do not have an appellate decision. We do not have a supreme court decision. And we don't really even have long standing practice. But it may make sense that this is a peaceful way of resolving it. If if the two sides can't get together the way, you know, they've been able to do for hundreds of years, if you know, if the house, you know, demands that the executive turnover whatever they ask for the president refuses to turn over anything. And there is no cooperation, no negotiation. No compromise. You know, how is this going to be resolved their constitutional issues on both sides. And maybe the best thing is for them. Just to go to court. Michael McConnell is the Richard and Francis. Mallory professor of law Stanford. University law school in addition to being director of Stanford's constitutional Law Center and a senior fellow of the Hoover.
"mr. bars" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"This is textbook kind of attack Crecy, and I am very much warming to my old idea of number of weeks ago that if they're not ready to impeach Mr. Trump, maybe they should start with Mr. bar, and he is behaving in ways that are completely inappropriate for an attorney general. And it'll be very interesting to see what happens if in fact, the entire house votes him as someone who's in contempt of congress and. Then what happens beyond their, but he's behaving in ways that I think are really unprecedented in DOJ history. And I feel for the people who work there. There is a cloud hanging over them. And they are led by someone who does not have credibility who seems to willing to anxious to do the president's bidding. And for all those professionals who are at the Justice department. I'm sure they're keeping their nose to the grindstone and trying to be professional, but they must be aware that there's something rotten in the Justice department. Rocca you have this question of what is done Mcgann going to do this? He's got a subpoena to testify to the judiciary committee in the White House is saying, no, no, we don't want him testifying that's all executive privilege, which is a difficult argument for them to make since he's already talked about it. But then the president comes out and publicly attacks Don Mcgann that in effect is pushing done Mcgann toward the judiciary committee. Well, maybe I think that's in part. What happened with for example? Michael Cohen, I think Trump alienated him in some of its statements so much that it pushed him more and more to the government that didn't totally work out for Michael Cohen the way he expected it to our hope that it would. But yes, I think that is a possibility. But I, but I also think I mean, I think and I that I think people could disagree with this reasonable. Prosecutors could disagree. But I think that what Trump is doing publicly with Mcgann in my mind is attempt at witness intimidation. He is trying to show him. I can hurt your reputation. He's already pulled his business from his law.
House Judiciary to vote on holding Barr in contempt
"The demand from House Democrats for version was nothing blacked out. Republicans like congressman Andy Biggs say it's overreached. Recreated Hobson choice. We said guess what? Mr. bar, either get held in contempt or violate federal law because that's just the way we do things judiciary committee. These days. Jared Halpern is live on Capitol Hill. The House Judiciary committee is planning to advance a contempt of congress, or as Aleutian against attorney general William bar for failing the too subpoenas deadline to hand over the full unredacted version of the Muller report, no person, and certainly not the top law enforcement officer in the country can be permitted to flout the will of congress and to defy valid subpoena. A committee chairman Jerrold Nadler's contempt resolution has been met by an assertion of executive privilege by President Trump. A Justice department letter. Says complying with the committee's request would be unlawful. Lisa Jared, different house committees till hoping to force the IRS to hand over the president's tax returns. But older returns have already been leaked to the media prompting the president to fire
"mr. bars" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Enter at the top let me begin by telling you right now place about Kimberly straddles column in the Wall Street Journal. I gotta read it to you. The only thing uglier than an angry Washington is fearful. In Washington writes, can in theory is what's driving this week? Blitzkrieg attorney general William bar, Mr. bar tolerantly sat through hours of democratic insults. At a Senate Judiciary committee hearing Wednesday. His reward for his patients was to be labeled in the space of a new cycle. A lawbreaking dishonest obstructing hat speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly accused Mr. bar of lying to congress. But she added is considered a crime, by the way, that's just slander spoken, defamation slander, and I said so on on Twitter yesterday back to Kim. House Judiciary committee, chairman Jerrold Nadler said he will move to hold Mr. barn contempt. You mean like Eric Holder, which did nothing, of course, unless the attorney general acquiesces to the unprecedented demand that he submit to cross examination by committee staff attorneys if not happening that is a constitutional showdown no crisis custody showdown. And I believe that article three judges will side with article two executives like the attorney general against article one staff attorney, Jay. Komi former director of the Federal Bureau of investigation himself under a cloud says Kim, strassel lamented that Donald Trump had eaten Mr. VAR soul. Rarely Jim Comey, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demands, the attorney general resigned, California Representative Eric's while while Watson impeached, these attacks rights, Kim strassel are not about special counsel, Robert Muller, his report or even the surreal debate over Mr. bars. First letter describing the report the attorney general delivered the transparency Democrats demanded he quickly released a lightly redacted report, which portrayed the president in a negative light. What do the Democrats object to some of this frustration continued Strauss? Democrats foolishly invested two years of political capital in the idea that Mr. Muller would prove President Trump had colluded with Russia. Mr. Muller, left them empty-handed. Some of it's personal Democrats resent that Mr. VAR will cower or apologize for doing John some bitterness than Mr. bars performing like a real attorney general making the call against obstruction of Justice charges rather than back and forth. Letting Democrats have their fun with all of Mr. Mueller's obstruction innuendo, but she continues. Most of it is likely fear, Mr. barmaid, real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn't notice Democrats did set it. I've studied everyone on talk radio Senate, everyone in the conservative media. He turned Gerald said he'd already assigned people at the Justice department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump Russia probe. He said is review would be far reaching that. He was obtaining details from congressional investigation from the ongoing probe by the department's inspector General, Michael Horowitz, and. Even for Mr. Muller's work. Mr. VAR said that the investigation wouldn't focus only on the fall twenty sixteen justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members. But would go back months earlier. He also said he'd focus on the infamous dossier concocted by opposition research, firm, fusion, GPS and four British former spy Christopher Steele, which the FBI relies so heavily and its pro. Mr Barak knowledge is concerned that the dossier itself could be Russian disinformation possibility described as not entirely speculative. That means there's something their friends. He also revealed that the department has quote multiple criminal leak investigation that away multiple criminal leak investigation into this closure. Classify details about the Trump Russia investigation. I think Jim Komi has got to be worried in lawyer it up and his buddy leaked all that classified. Material has got to be worried about it as well. Do not underestimate rights camp. How many powerful people in Washington have something to lose from Mr. bars probe among? Among them. Former current leaders of the law enforcement and intelligence communities, the Democratic Party poobah you've paid a foreign national Mr. Steele to collect information from Russians and delivered to the FBI. The government officials who misused their position to target a presidential campaign, the leakers the media more than reputations are at risk. Revelations could leave the lawsuits formal disciplinary actions loss of jobs, even criminal prosecution. The attacks on Mr. bar are first and foremost rights, Kim, strassel an effort to force him out to prevent this information from coming to light until Democrats can retake the White House in twenty twenty as a fallback the coordinated campaign works as a preemptive smear diminishing credibility, the ultimate findings by priming the public to view him as a partisan not working, by the way. And I'll tell you why in a second you tax. That's why Mr. bar isn't alone getting slide Natasha, but Tron political last month pen to hit piece on the respected, Mr. Horowitz. It's clear that the inspector general is asking the right questions, the political article -nology, honing in on Mr. Steele's credibility, the dossiers veracity, and it goes on to provide a defence of Mr. Steele dossier. Well, quoting unnamed sources, do derive the quality of the Horowitz probe and hilariously claim that the long tenured inspector general of not well versed in the core Justice department function we have to stop using the criminal Justice process as a political weapon, Mr. bar set Wednesday, then line didn't get much notice but the worthy goal. Increasingly looks to be a reason Mr. bar accepted this unpleasant job stopping this abuse requires understanding how it started the liberal establishment, including journalist friendly with it doesn't want that to happen. And so it was made it its mission to destroy Mr. bar. The attorney general seems to know what he's up against and remains undeterred. That's the sort of steely will necessary to right the ship at the Justice department, and the FBI now I will at hughhewitt again here in the New York Times broke the story that George popadopoulos was approached not only by Stephen helper in London by but by an individual working for the FBI. I'm not sure the New York Times not tell us whether or not that individual wasn't FBI agent. Whether she was a CIA operative whether she was working for 'em. I six or m I five we don't know. We just know that she pretended to be someone. She wasn't and that there was an operation run against George popadopoulos with the intention of penetrating. The Trump campaign allegedly according to. This leaked article at of the report to protect the country. But in fact, it was to destroy Donald Trump. It's become so obvious as the end of your nose. And here's why it's not gonna work the attempt to destroy bar because of me because of Mike Gallagher because Dennis Prager because of seven Gorka, Larry elder because of rush because of Levin, the great one because of Sean Hannity because of Fox News because there are many many more people listening to me and them than there are two the spin doctors in left wing media, spin doctors in left wing media reach about one to two million people a day, we reach thirty to forty million people today, and the issue here is whether or not a coup was attempted during the transition against the president to take him out, whether the FBI attempted to ruin his campaign. Peter Struck Lisa page, Andrew McCabe navy James Comey who broke the law, and when did they break it and who. Was running the agents in London. Those are the questions that Bill bars focused on and we're all telling you, and I am reading Kim strassel column to you. So that you are equipped to go out and find the straw, Colin. Right. Over the Wall Street Journal in the opinion section doesn't cost any money to go. See it just go and find it. But the title of it is called for fear of William bar and the Google S T R A F SEAL and the third way and bar. Then said it to everybody, you know, send that on everywhere. Everywhere tweeted out Facebook, make sure everyone knows what's going on. Cover up one Cohen. Somewhere in the world uses happening. You'll hear it here first. But only if you're here when Hugh Hewitt continues. Air for.
"mr. bars" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Week? Blitzkrieg attorney journal embar Mr. bar tolerantly sat through hours of democratic insults. At a Senate Judiciary committee hearing Wednesday. His reward for his patients was to be labeled in the space of new cycle. A lawbreaking dishonest obstructing hat speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly accused Mr. bar of lying to congress, which she added is considered a crime, by the way, that's just slander spoken, defamation slander, and I said so on on Twitter yesterday back to Kim House Judiciary committee, chairman Jerrold Nadler, he will move to hold Mr. barn contempt. You mean like Eric Holder and did nothing, of course, unless the attorney general acquiescence to the unprecedented demand that he submit to cross examination by committee staff attorney v not happening that is a constitutional showdown constitutional crisis custody showdown. And I believe that article three judges will side with art. To executives like the attorney general against article one staff attorneys. James comey. Former director of the Federal Bureau of investigation himself under a cloud says Kim, strassel lamented that Donald Trump had quote eaten Mr. bar soul. Rarely Tim Comey. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demands, the attorney, general resigned. California Representative Eric swallow wants him impeached. These attacks rights, Kim strassel are not about special counsel, Robert Muller, his report or even the surreal debate over Mr. bars. First letter describing the report they turning general delivered the transparency Democrats demanded he quickly released a lightly redacted report, which portrayed the president in a negative light. What do the Democrats object to some of? This is frustration contained travel. Democrats foolishly invested two years of political capital in the idea that Mr. Muller would prove President Trump colluded with Russia. Mr. Muller left them empty-handed, some of it's personal Democrats resent that Mr. bar won't cower or apologize for doing job some bitterness than Mr. bars performing like a real attorney. General making the call against obstruction of Justice charges rather than sitting back and forth. Letting Democrats have their fun with all Mr. Mueller's obstruction innuendo, but she continues. Most of it is likely fear, Mr. barmaid, real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn't notice Democrats did. So did I so did everyone on talk radio Senate, everyone in the conservative media? He turning journal said he'd already assign people at the Justice department to assist is investigation of the origins of the Trump Russia probe. He said his review would be far reaching that. He was obtaining details from congressional investigation from the ongoing probe by the department's inspector General Michael Horowitz, and even for Mr. Muller's work, Mr. bar said that the investigation wouldn't focus only on the fall twenty sixteen justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members. But would go back months earlier. He also said he'd focus on the infamous dossier concocted by position research, firm, fusion, GPS and forbade. Former spy Chris. For steel which the FBI relies so heavily. And it's pro Mr. bark knowledge is concerned that the dossier itself could be Russian disinformation possibility described as not entirely speculative. That means there's something their friends. He also revealed that the department has quote multiple criminal leak investigation that away multiple criminal leak investigation into this closure classified details about the Trump Russia investigation. I think Jim Komi has got to be worried lawyer up and his buddy leaked all that classified materials. Got to be worried about it as well. Do not underestimate rights Kim, how many powerful people in Washington have something to lose from Mr. bars probe among them former and current leaders of the law enforcement and intelligence community, the Democratic Party poobah who paid a foreign national Mr. Steele to collect information from Russians and delivered to the FBI the government officials who misuse their positions. Target a presidential campaign, the leakers the media more than reputations are at risk. Revelations could lose the lawsuits formal disciplinary actions, lots of jobs, even criminal prosecution. The attacks on Mr. bar are first and foremost rights, Kim, strassel an effort to force him out to prevent this information from coming to light until Democrats can retake the White House in twenty twenty as a fallback the coordinated campaign works as a preemptive smear diminishing credibility, the ultimate findings by priming the public to view him as a partisan not working, by the way. And I'll tell you why in a second attacks. That's why Mr. bar is alone getting slide. Natasha patrol and political last month pen to hit piece on the respected, Mr. Horowitz. It's clear that the inspector general's asking the right question, the political article -nology, honing in on Mr. Steele's credibility, the dossier veracity, and it goes on to provide a defensive Mr. Steele dossier, quoting unnamed sources to deride the quality of the Horowitz probe and Larry claim that the long tenured inspector general not well-versed in the core Justice department functions we have to stop using the criminal Justice process as a political weapon, Mr. bar set Wednesday and line didn't get much notice but the worthy goal. Increasingly looks to be a reason Mr. bar accepted this unpleasant job stopping this abuse requires understanding how it started the liberal establishment, including journalists friendly with it doesn't want that to happen. And so has made it its mission to destroy Mr. bar. The attorney general seems to know what he's up against and remains undeterred. That's the sort of steely will necessary to right the ship at the Justice department and the FBI now I will at. Hugh Hewitt again here in the New York Times USA broke the story that George popadopoulos was approached not only by Stephen helper in London by but by an individual working for the FBI. I'm not sure the New York Times on not tell us whether or not that individual wasn't FBI agent. Whether she was a CIA operative whether she was working for 'em. I six or m I five we don't know. We just know that she pretended to be someone. She wasn't and that there was an operation run against George popadopoulos with the intention of penetrating. The Trump campaign allegedly according to this leaked article ahead of the report to protect the country. But in fact, it was to destroy Donald Trump, it's becoming so obvious as the end of your nose. And here's why it's not gonna work the attempt to destroy bar because of me because of Mike Gallagher because Dennis Prager because of said Gorka, Larry elder because of rush because of Levin the great one because. Sean Hannity because of Fox News because there are many many more people listening to me and them than there are two the spin doctors in left wing media, spin doctors in left wing media reach about one to two million people a day, we reach thirty to forty million people day, and the issue here is whether or not a coup was attempted during the transition against the president to take him out, whether the FBI attempted to ruin his campaign. Peter Struck Lisa page, Andrew McCabe, maybe James Comey who broke the law, and when did they break it and who was running the agents in London. Those are the questions that Bill bars focused on and we're all telling you, and I am reading Kim strassel comb to you. So that you were quick to go out and find the strassel, Colin right over the Wall Street Journal in the opinion section done cost any.
"mr. bars" Discussed on KSFO-AM
"K s. Good morning to you. Let's get into these big stories the big stories. So this first one comes to us from woman named Kimberley strassel. She's a Wall Street Journal journalist real journalist, and she's talking about attorney general bar and the attacks on attorney general bar now, keep in mind when attorney general Bill bar was confirmed both he was confirmed by member you had Democrats voting for his confirmation. This is a guy who was familiar in Washington for years, and he was respected by both sides. He really was now the sudden he's a pariah. So here's bar tolerantly sitting through five hours of democrat insults at the Senate Judiciary hearing this week. And he was you know, the course of one news cycle. He was a law breaker. He was dishonest. He was an obstruction hack. That's Pelosi actually comes before the cameras and says what he did is quote considered a crime. James komi? The former director of the FBI said that Donald Trump had eaten bars soul. In other words, the impact of Donald Trump, Mr. bar was that bar was no longer no longer even had a soul. Can you imagine? This Elizabeth Warren said he should resign. That absolute idiot from Hayward Eric Saul wants him impeached, guys. I've never seen that that's all. Well guy. I've never seen a bigger ego. And he is so full of himself. He comes off as a real airhead to. Oh my gosh. He just he loves being on camera and he's on camera on a regular basis. Even a Fox News because they know that he's going to say something wacky. Oh, he's gotta be just this huge star of the left these days growing in importance. So what we have here is the Democrats foolishly investing two years of political capital in the idea that Muller would prove Trump colluded with Russia problem is Muller left them completely empty handed. So bar made real news in that Senate hearing. He made some real news. Some of us noticed. The establishment media certainly didn't pick up on it. But you know, who did the Democrats? They heard him say a few things that got their attention. And that's why when it came time to member yesterday. We'll you bar was supposed to speak before the house of representatives judicial committee. And it was all set up ready to go at the last minute. They did a bait and switch if he were to show up. He would not be questioned by elected lawmakers. He would be questioned by attorneys. And he withdrew the opportunity to go before that committee because these would have been professional sharpshooters who are trying to trap him into saying something that would that he would regret and he saw it. He wasn't going to be interviewed by lawmakers elected by the people he was going to be interviewed by attorneys, and he wisely said that I'm not going. I'm not going. That was the trap. They set for him. He did not walk in the trap. He's been around too long. So here's what he said. In the hearing before the Senate are Wednesday. He said that he's already assigned people at the Justice department to assist in his investigation of the origins of the Trump Russia probe just what they don't want. He said his review would be far reaching. He said he's a he's obtained details from congressional investigations that have already taken place because there's an ongoing probe at the inspector general's office. And they've also looked into a lot of Muller's work on this particular case as well. So bar said the investigation would focus only on the fall twenty sixteen justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump. But it would go back months earlier as well. So they're going to get to the Genesis of how all this began. And he also said this. This went down that Senate hearing. He said this and the Democrats heard it and they began to shudder in their boots. He said he'd focused on the infamous dossier concocted, by that opposition research firm, fusion GPS that you've heard about Christopher Steele. The British spy you've heard about which the FBI relied so heavily probe. At are. Also acknowledged his concern that the dossier itself could be Russian disinformation. And he also well he also revealed that the department has quote multiple criminal leak investigations underway. What repeat that multiple criminal leak inventions investigations underway into the disclosure of classified. Details about the Trump Russia investigation. In other words. He's getting to the bottom of this thing. And when he gets to the bottom of this thing, what's he gonna find. There could be members of the Obama administration who are guilty. Now, that's one story. Here's the other story. This is former assistant US attorney General Andrew former assistant US attorney Andrew McCarthy. So I mentioned in the last segment. He's the guy that brought down the blind shake the nine hundred ninety three World Trade Center attempted bombing. So Andrew McCarthy is saying in the coming weeks, we're going to see. An expose of the true Genesis of Muller's Russia investigation, and how it's tied to some of the the highest Obama era officials. Continuing. He said this on Fox News yesterday. Quote, we're going to start getting the answers in the next four to six weeks when we can expect that inspector general Horwitz's reports are going to start flowing out. We know that attorney general bar has said he has personally looking into this. And he has a team of people in the Justice department, helping him. He also was asked if he believes bar has been under such intense fire from some quarters in an attempt to debt his credibility. I mean, he sat there for five hours. Take it from all these Democrats. They were trying to dent his credibility. And mccarthy. Agreed. He said, that's exactly what's happening here. They're trying to destroy this man's credibility. They want him impeach. They want. It thrown out because they know he is now on the case to determine the Genesis of this entire Trump investigation. Andrew McCarthy also said when Trump won what that meant was ten weeks. He was going to be president. And he was going to have access to all of the intelligence files of the executive branch. All of the top secret information government. So during those ten weeks. He would have information to all of this. And suddenly people behind the scenes would understand this would serious business. There was some interesting funny stuff going on that could be criminal. So what they did was create an impression that there was this big Trump Russia collusion thing to be worried about sit Andrew McCarthy. And the reason they did that was they knew that this was eventually going to come out and they need to justify why they use the government's extrordinary counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition presidential campaign. Okay. So I've got I've just given you a lot of information and the gotten into the weeds perhaps a little too much, but those are two gigantic stories we'll touch on those a little bit later in the program as well. So if you're an early riser, you just tuned in I hope he caught all of that. Because man alive the Democrats are quaking in their boots. And that's why they want to tar and feather bar. The meantime, I'll tell you something I hope. This doesn't bother Donald Trump. This does not bother Donald Trump. I think he I think this emboldens Donald Trump and the administration at large twenty seven minutes past five o'clock here on case before one five eight zero eight fifty six hundred that's our phone number got traffic. Check for you in just one moment. Stay tuned. So what do you do and you got this harder money? What's your hedge? What do you do to prevent say? There's some inflation. What are you gonna do? Are you going to dive into the market now start buying stocks? Well, some say.
"mr. bars" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Ninety redeye he is Eric Harley and I'm Gary McNamara. William bar before the house or me before the Senate yesterday. He will not be testifying before the house today. But here's some of the back and forth. This was democratic Richard Blumenthal and William bar talking about the Muller letter. He's a career he's had a law enforcement professional, right? I know of no other instance, of, but he was also political appointee. And he was a political appointee. With me at the department of Justice. I don't, you know, the letters of bits navy, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people. That were moments. There were moments when I thought you know, what? Yeah. Let's let's be direct about it. This hour for Freightliner run smart, helping you run more efficiently. Freightliner's number one goal. But when you look when you look at it. I said the same thing about the president throughout all of this. And I'll say it about attorney general bar. He's he's not flinching. His demeanor is not one where he looks like he's trying to hide something cover up something or afraid to talk about something. You know, they they made the in the coverage of the hill, the five takeaways article that they wrote you know, he seemed to be splitting hairs at one point in that article. They made that that point. I might be paraphrasing just a bit. But I don't think so they they did use the word. Splitting hairs. Your. Is it? Splitting hairs or is. It trying to the fine the role of the attorney general or not the role. But in this case, what the what a crime might be what a political crossing of the line might be. I guess. I guess that's the the difference. I would say there because we can we can sit here and split hairs about splitting hairs, but the fact of the matter is is that he's the attorney general and he deals with the the law. He doesn't deal with the political aspects of someone thinking, well, this may have crossed a some kind of ethical line or not even an ethical line. But this isn't a good thing. That's not a good thing. The fact of the matter is is he's there to talk about the mullahs report and also answer questions about how it applies to the law and the president himself in just seemed like a, you know, a desperate attempt by the Democrats to try and bring him down they failed at every turn in my opinion. Well, when as reading the Wall Street Journal editorial on it saying, a real attorney general saying that the reason that. The reason there's any questions for him is because Muller didn't do his job. That if you look at what mother did he as they right here of Democrats in the Meteo turning the into a villain for doing his duty and making the hard decisions that the special counsel. Robert Muller would not do. Mr. bars testimony Wednesday testimony of the Senate Judiciary committee was preceded late Tuesday by a leak of a letter Mr. Milord sent to the attorney general on March twenty seven Mr. Muller griped in the letter that Mr. bars for page explanation of congress of the principal conclusions of Muller report on March twenty four did not fully capture the context nature and substance of the Muller's teams work and conclusions. Then they write only in Washington could this exercise in posterior covering be puffed into a many outrage Democrats leapt on the letter as proof that Mr. bar was somehow covering for Mr. Trump when he covered up nothing. Hawaii Senator maisy Geraldo the democrat answer the runoff excuse me, accused Mr. bar of abusing his office in line to congress. And demanded that he resign. The only thing she lacked was evidence, right, Mr. bars four-page. Letter couldn't possibly have covered all the nuances of a four hundred and forty eight page report. It was an attempt to provide Mr. Muller's conclusions, by the way, I keep thinking office space jump to conclusions and to congress and the public is quickly as possible while he took the time to work through the entire document to make reductions required by law and Justice department rules, right, right? Oh, by the way. He did. I do wanna play this. This is the back and forth. Just a brief back and forth. Between Representative Tom Republican Senator Tom Tillerson and William bar. On the whole exonerating thing Muller. Put it in the report. Here we go. All right. It's interesting me. And the report about that we found no evidence that was sufficient to indict. But then they went on to say, nor can we exonerate him. What is the special counsel in the business of exonerating subject of an investigation? They're not they're not. So what would somebody put something like that? In the report. I don't know. And look you brought this up I in one of our midshow meetings, which is every commercial break. And and, but but you you said that if Democrats if if Democrats were being upfront. They would be furious at Adam Schiff, right? Yes. Right. If they were being intellectually honest because he has said all along for the last two and a half years, even though nobody could find collusion. He has seen the evidence of criminal collusion. Right. Why doesn't he bring it forward? The if you know because asking saying that the on on Wednesday morning calling for attorney general bars resign. You should resign. He should resign. You're you're the head of the house intelligence committee. You're the chairman you've been saying all this time that you have evidence of collusion that you've seen it that you have seen the evidence of how many times has he said it. So you need to be presenting that to the American people. Why would you not present that to the American people? Why would you not go forward? Clearly, you have something that Muller. Didn't even see. Well, why aren't the rank and file Democrats who still believed that Trump committed collusion? Why aren't the rank and file Democrats furious? And why isn't the media furious at Adam Schiff and ship says he looked he adds strutting Justice. Wait a minute who else is out here? Right. Justice who else is out there and has been out there for two and a half years saying he has seen the evidence of collusion. It is clear and it will come out, right? Why out if you're a democrat? Why aren't you furious at Adam Schiff for not telling you the evidence that he has because we have the mullahs report we've seen it? So at the very least Adam Schiff point to us in that report where you think the collusion is where's the evidence evidence is what he said evidence evidence. Now, the discussion in the in the in the in the media on social media and the back and forth about the vessel guy. Trump junior meeting that was collusion. Right. Remember that? That was well, that's that's collusion. That's delusion. Well, no, no, no, no, no. We're talking about at that time the top democrat while he wasn't chairman yet top democrat on the house intelligence committee kept saying I have seen the evidence. So. When he was gentleman that he has seen the evidence of collusion. So let's let's see it. Why aren't people upset at him? Why aren't people upset? That Muller didn't go and look at where the cl- the best evidence for collusion was and that would be in the dossier. Right. And report on that evidence to you. Why aren't Democrats upset? Why isn't the media upset at Adam? Chef. He's the one that claims there's nobody out there claiming I don't know any other politician out there claiming that he has the evidence of collusion. And now he's the head of the house intelligence committee. He's the one that's been saying for over two years. He has the evidence Muller doesn't have the evidence. Let's so let's sit bar doesn't have the evidence. Because Muller doesn't have the evidence. So let's see the FBI never found the evidence. The intelligence agencies. Brennan, never found Brennan never found the evidence Brennan made all these accusations against Trump. And then after the Muller report came out and said, well, it must've got bad information. Well, did Adam Schiff combat information? But why if you're, but this shows, you if you want to know why you know, the Democrats are okay with Democrats line. And why the media's okay, but Democrats line and why they know their line is because they're not questioning why Adam Schiff doesn't come forward. That's the first thing. I'd say, right. He said, it's all evidence. Not that someone told him Riber even with Brennan Renan gets the walkaway why. Because the the the Monday morning after the Friday mull report being handed over to the attorney general he says, well, I guess my sources were wrong. I guess I got bad information. That's not how Adam Schiff has. Phrased it all this time. He's seen the evidence. Not sources of his have seen the evidence. He has seen that. He's. The evidence, and he won't tell Democrats, and he won't tell the American public about it. That's obstruction of Justice. It is under the new definition of obstruction of Justice. Here's the thing. I don't want him to resign though. Because he's making our job as true. Keep it up has he ever been asset question. You claim you have it. What is it man? They just keep lobbing loser. Loser. After loser loser. And this desperation here. What's going on right now? And we set it. We said it. It was probably the the within a few days of the mole report being handed over to bar. We said here's what you're seeing. Here's what you are looking at they're going to go after the attorney general because they know where he's headed. Then he talked about it. Remember, they were supposed to be talking about appropriations at the last hearing where he testified hearings re testified, but it ended up being about the mullahs report. And the and we said, okay, here's further evidence of this desperation by the Democrats. They've got a discount him. They've got to that. He's lost credibility, by the way, the the media's carrying water to their. I forget who it was. I don't know if it was politico, or I really don't know. But I read the line. He's lost credibility. It may have been the hill. Go back and see if I could find that. So I can be accurate, but, you know, the the left basically sang left media saying, you know, he's lost all credibility. Now. He has no he hasn't. You guys want people to think that he's lost credibility because it doesn't work to your narrative. It doesn't work to what you have helped build along with the Russians. For the last two plus years, nip CNN, the Democrats and their allies Russian intelligence futon. Right. Who's in bed with Putin Trump or the Democrats? Zac, losing who's in bed with their who's in bed with Putin Trump or CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times and MSNBC to name a few right? Why aren't they focusing on the dossier? The closest you got from for recently in recent weeks to anyone in the left media discounting the dossier is Chuck Todd calling it a conspiracy theory. His predecessor well his early predecessor. Would have done if you can you imagine what Tim russert would have done with the dossier thing. Uh-huh. Because he was a journalist because he knew that you're going to you're going to have to do the homework on this because he didn't want to be wrong. He didn't want to be inaccurate. And. He did his homework which Todd closed the door on it. And I don't know anybody else. That's really discounting the whole dossier thing, they're not covering it. But they're not challenging the dossier. They're not challenging the near the New York Times article. That's that that is that right after the mother report came out, and where where critics of the way that the media's coverage said, okay is this the turn coming in now where they're trying to save face because they did. And I'll see if I can find the quote for you. We brought it up on yesterday's show the article that came out that that said, you know, there's a there's the other train of thought that the the dossier, you know, might be Russian disinformation. Maybe not only did they go after Hillary, but they were going after Trump Russians, right, right? So they're starting the net. That's the winning of the door. The turn may slowly be starting right now of something that we have been talking about for the longest time challenging the those. And at the two-day overnight can do it. And we don't have nearly the resources of the New York Times or the Washington Post or CNN or MSNBC if we can figure out what's going on. They know what's going on. They just forgot to cover. Exactly.
Barr grilled about Mueller letter in heated Senate testimony
"And extrordinary revelation by the New York Times that in late March the special prosecutor, Mr. Muller wrote a letter to the attorney general complaining thought they're complaining. The matter here is Russia gate, the context and here is the molar report. The weekend of the complaint was the one where the attorney general received the Muller report, and then issued an executive summary, pending the reduction of the Miller report, which came some weeks, later, gentlemen, a very good evening to you. Go to the letter that we now have written by we're told the special prosecutor. Mr. Muller, he signed it. But the sentence that seems to have the most complaint in it, quote, the summary letter the department sent to congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March twenty fourth did not fully capture the context nature and substance of this offices work and conclusions and quote and a. I'm puzzled about this complaint to the attorney general. The word context throws made the word nature is a total. Puzzling and substance of this offices work is this something that's regular exchange between serving a prosecutors and the in the office and the boss himself. Does this happen all the time? Good evening to you. Andy. Good evening, John. No, it's extrordinary. I guess part of it is explained by, you know, people do all kinds of things when they're on their way out the door as some of the staff of this mullah's, and this more self they're apt to do all kinds of stuff when they're going out the door and no longer even cells in the chain of command. But they wouldn't dare have done before that maybe a little of that going on my sense, John is that the sequence of events that's important as attorney general bar pointed out in his testimony was that before bar put out his March twenty four th letter outlining conclusions of Muller's investigation, which he received on two days early on much second before the March twenty four bar letter goes out he gives molar these special counsel an opportunity that we've you the letter before issuing it and Muller declines that opportunity. Bars letter conveys, and this is not something I think that's contestable. That Muller did not make decision on the obstruction charge. Which was quite surprising since that was the main thing that he was brought in I believe to the side. And I think what happened was when bar revealed that Muller had abdicated on the main job that Muller was given to do. There was a lot of press criticism that arose from that. And after hearing all that stuff couple of days, they got miffed, and they sent this letter in and then when bar confronted baller about the letter the day after receiving it PS and quite blank point blank, rather. Are you saying that the letter is inaccurate and Muller, according to bar said, no the letter the complaint was not that. The letter was inaccurate. Was that the press? Coverage was an accurate. So here I think we get to the two things that are of concern to the tender sensibilities of people on Muller staff. One is that they got negative press coverage and because they were the avengers against Trump. They didn't get any negative press coverage. So this was something that was new to them, and I think probably difficult to deal with. And then the second thing is that. Bar is a prosecutor in the old school mold of the Justice department, which is at the prosecutor's job, which is the one that that Muller didn't do on obstruction is to make determination about whether there's enough evidence to charge. Well, whether there's not that's what we need to hear from. Prosecutors not the mood music around the determination, we need that determination that is. Well, part of the problem that it seems from this letter that they've inverted the master server relationship is not the special counsel work for the attorney general. Yes. The the normal chain of command is that the the special counsel reports to the attorney general, but I think that is what happened here was first of all we shouldn't have had a special counsel because there was no crime, and there was no conflict, which the two things you need under the rigs to justify special counsel. They were given that as the Democrats who complained about the firing of me were given a special counsel. Anyway, by Mr. Rosenstein, the the then deputy attorney general, and he made a commitment to the Democrats because they were saying mean things about him in the media. And he wanted them to stop that. He would give Muller basically carte lunch. Muller would have no restrictions. He'd be able to take the investigation wherever he decided to take it. So that would no crime no crime, no parameters. No restrictions on Muller. And then what happened that of importance in the last two months? Is that you know, we got an actual attorney general now who thinks that his job is to be the attorney general, which means he gets to supervise the prosecutors and Muller and his staff got used to operating for two years without any real to provisions, and as a result of that they did things like for example, the microcosm. I think that captures best with the report is like is the George Papadopoulos or the Roger stone indictment. You can pick either one. But both of them are the same thing, you have basically a relatively tiny in the scheme of things process crime that a normal prosecutor would charge a one half power graph indictment saying on you know, on such and such day, the defendant knowingly willfully lied to the FBI, you know, by saying X, and that would be the end of it. Instead with Muller what we got was fourteen. Pages of almost collusion. Nearly collusion. Lots of Russians around here who knows when collusion will happen. And then you put to the last page, and it's got nothing to do with collusion process crime. So that was the way he ran the investigation. And then when we got to the end, he hopes that that would be the way his report would go out. And instead what bar told him essentially was, you know, this is like a prosecutor's office would not writing screenplay and the public with the bottom line in the investigation, which is what you're supposed to get. The attorney general has now spoken to the Senate Judiciary committee and two members of the committee following the end of the testimony Senator Harris of California's Senator Geraldo of Wii have called for the attorney general's resignation. So this matter is now partisan contest is no longer. Just a search for the facts. However, I mentioned that. In addition, the House Judiciary committee. Cities expecting to turn general to testify and the latest news. The attorney general will not because of unusual demands by the house committee for the terms of that testimony. So we're thrown back on this dispute, and I want to identify the dispute in common in terms of what of us was not a lawyer, which is make you to our lawyers. It very much looks like and the word rift was used in an interview on the New Yorker with a Mr. mazzetti and Mr Schmidt, the two times reporters working this story and first revealed the bar. They Muller letter the word rift was used it very much looks to me as those who seek the president's unhappiness impeachment removal from office are siding with Mr. Muller those who seek to support right now. The Trump administration are siding with Mr. bar that looks? To me. I'm non lawyer to be an. An unequal match Mr. bars, the attorney general, and Mr. and Mr. Mueller is a serves the attorney general, do you believe that there is a head of us that scale of contest he said he said they're going to pick these two men against each other in a pending impeachment inquiry. Well, I think John that the way that that that is being teed up as if it was a contradiction makes an assumption. That's not true. And that is that what congress would have to find for impeachment is the same thing that a prosecutor would have had to sign for indictment and important. A fact they're very different. So what I think happened here is not necessarily that that bar and Muller are in conflict, at least in terms of what the facts love, I think they have some legal disagreements, but I think the thing to keep your eye on here is that bar as the attorney general is conducting himself as a prosecutor. And what prosecutors concern is is is there enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. To prove a penal offence in court. That was supposed to be Muller's job too. But I believe, and this is the whole thing about, you know, context and substance, and what I call mood music, and and narrative what Muller decided to do and to make his investigation was not the finding of charges or the decision. Whether charges were justified or not what he decided to do with to craft the narrative, and what you know, the the if there's a conflict here, it's that mo- that bar believes consistent with the with the old line Justice department way of thinking about the job of the prosecutor your job is to find out. There's enough evidence to charge or there, isn't what Muller seems to think is that a prosecutor's job is to write a screenplay of a narrative, which is peppered occasionally by things like processed primes. But otherwise what what your job is is to is to crap a story. That paints the president in as unflattering alive as possible mindful of the fact that congress doesn't need a penal offence in order to impeach. So I think they're serving different purposes more than being in in sexual
William Bar, Lindsey Graham And Attorney discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"One of the things we're watching tonight because it's still developing tonight is this now slightly bizarre standoff involving attorney general William bar and congress on Wednesday day after tomorrow attorney general bar is scheduled to testify before the judiciary committee in the Senate where Republican chairman Lindsey Graham will fluff the seat cushions before Mr. bar sits down. He's then expected to ask Mr.
"mr. bars" Discussed on KTRH
"There is no reason for this report, you understand the attorney general was not obligated to release it at all. And you can see is I will repeat that Muller, basically, set up the attorney general he may not understand that many people may not understand it. Nobody's talked about it henceforth. So I'm raising it. As I MO these things over and over and over again in my head. There was no reason that virtually every page of this report would have secret grand jury information in it. Because Mr. Mueller knew that Mr. bar was unable to reveal that. There's no reason to have significant amount of classified information in this report because Mr. Muller knew that Mr. bar would have to redact that as well. There was no reason to include individuals in the report to simply barris them because Mr. Muller understood that Mr. bar would have to redact that too. Some Mr. Muller prepared a report that he knew would be considered controversial just by the process of applying federal law. And traditional practices. In scrubbing the report before it's released. Thereby giving him you Nisshin to the Democrats and the media for the last three weeks. How long it's been to be claiming cover up and sell out and all the rest of it a Muller and his team had to know exactly what they were doing this issue of obstruction? They also knew that because during his confirmation hearings bar said he would release as much of the report as possible. Rather than say, no, we don't believe we had enough information pursue.
Political fight over Mueller report intensifies
"Meanwhile, the escalating political battle over the report centers on reductions, which lawyerly editing process, Mr. bars redacting at least four categories of information before issuing it to congress and the public Devlin Barrett who covers the Justice department and the F B I at the Washington Post says the fight over blackout boxes is likely to lead to months of battles between congress and the Justice department. Devon, what's up here? The attorney general is is looking at a number of different types of material that we would be redacted and what I try to describe in the piece was just how some of those categories are fairly flexible, particularly the grand jury material category. And we really don't know how he's going to. Decide those reductions, but because this is such a politically charged issue. It's just an incredibly tense and people are already accusing him of acting in bad faith before they even see what he's done. He's working with Robert Muller on this. Correct. That's right. And he's working with Robert Muller, and he's working with deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, who's been supervising this this investigation from the beginning. All right. So I mean, this thing could come out and be virtually three hundred eighty eight pages are so out of the four hundred that are completely blacked out in theory. Right. A lot of grand jury stuff. I'd imagine this with all those subpoenas that were issued well in theory, but there's a couple of things to remember one bar has publicly pledged to be as transparent as possible now transparency is often in the eye of the beholder. The other issue is grand jury material can be interpreted different ways. I think prosecutors genuinely interpret the category, very broadly. But I think when there's this much attention on such a high profile case, especially a case in which congress also has. Vested interest in knowing what happened in the course of the investigation. I think there's some pretty good arguments to define grandeur material material narrowly,
"mr. bars" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"The first time ever on MSNBC, the now famous convicted ex Trump aide who sparked the molar probe then went to prison. We'll get into all of it with. Yes, George popadopoulos. I'm even going to get into a big question that I think we're all still wondering and trying to figure out why so many lives, including his confessed lie when there was no chargeable collusion. Also, what was it like in prison? Everything's going to be on the table, George popadopoulos here tonight on the beat and later there is big news on ObamaCare. We're going to show you that later in the show we begin with what is known about what? Bob Muller found for all the talk about Muller's findings, no one outside of the DOJ. As of this hour has seen them yet. Instead, we have attorney. General Bill bars. Now famous letter, some Democrats are calling it basically a press release, it States, Mr bars view of things and his attorney general we report on his view. It's important. But Democrats are now dialing up the pressure in a big way. They're demanding the public report within the week one week, and there's new sides as I mentioned, the DOJ sort of responding because they're saying tonight it will come out within weeks, but not by that deadline in that big letter that you see on your screen. Dem say they have some leverage because they will issue a subpoena. If needed and speaker Pelosi now taking a pointed shot at Mr. bar, Donald Trump's newly-installed attorney general. See the report we don't need an interpretation by attorney general who is appointed for particular job to make sure the president is about the wall. We need to see the report. What you heard there is the sitting speaker making a serious allegation against the person in charge of holding the law. The sitting attorney general we should know Pelosi. There is going much farther than President Obama's attorney general Eric Holder who had critique criticism for bar, but not quite to that degree. He made his first comments on the way bars handling this and his letter telling us last night that he viewed the way bar is doing this. As raw take a look. I think he's wrong. I think he is taking onto himself a role that has not typically been used by people in the position that Bob Barr has had it seems hard for me to imagine that Bob Muller asked Bill bar to do this that seems that would be Bob Muller, shifting the responsibility from eating the call to the attorney. And that's just not the way in which Bob Muller is well, I'm joined tonight for the kickoff of our show by Jim Walden. A former federal prosecutor who also has represented a Muller witness bear burger, a former federal prosecutor in the southern eastern district of New York and NBC's Heidi principal who joins us live on Capitol Hill where this big fight is going. Jim your view of a what Eric Holder said and what Nancy Pelosi supersized? Well, really there's a problem here on the one hand he was clear. Trump was cleared of collusion on the other hand, we had this big riddle the big mystery, which is what is the evidence of obstruction, and what did Muller say about it. I certainly agree with Eric Holder that I've never seen anything like this before. Usually where you have a report you have a recommendation, we have a recommendation in the report with respect to collusion..
Trump calls Mueller report summary a 'complete and total exoneration'
"President Trump is wrong. This report does not amount to a so-called total. Exoneration special counsel Mueller was clear that his report quote does not exonerate close quote, the president his conclusions. Raise more questions than answer. It is unconscionable that President Trump would try to spin the special counsel counselors findings as if his conduct was remotely acceptable. Let me just tell you about this character. He's for thirty years. He's been trying to get at the President Trump any can't presents mocked him mercilessly mercilessly when he was a state Senator whether it was right or not. That's a fact and now report comes out they does exonerate him. In those words, and he wasn't want the president to do. It's unconscionable. He could sit there in the street and get heckled only once which I give the MVP award to the heckler. In New York. You just started yelling Adam during it. It might have been Howard Stern guy. I'm not sure. But I only regret that he stopped Nadler's an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. If you want that to be that person to be your Representative and the person that the average American has in mind when they go to the voting booth in twenty twenty good luck. Scotland's in whol in Dayton, Ohio. He's got. Thanks for your show. Have hats off to you. It's time for this to be done was. It also positive scattered agenda of America back on track for all of the feelings that he's had to Bill what he's doing a good job. And. Bowel cancer thing. Boy, there's a ROY. America's just you know, the people running the country at Sterry always contenders, sir. Oh my goodness. In the stuff. They're running on from the new green deal that the governor of Washington is backing to come LA Harris. Let's have free pot free prostitution. Let's start. Elizabeth warren. Let's start breaking up companies to free healthcare free free college free preschool. I mean, it's impossible to do what they're doing Scott. I don't know what they're doing right now. But the president got an opportunity just get stuff done start knocking things off his list. This is a this is his second biggest day since he won the election. No one ever give him credit for it. Remember, they said, well, you didn't win the popular vote. Then we had one of these independent candidates demanding a recount, three states, president of gaining more votes than the electoral college, the delegates who ceremonially supposed to back up with the state. Does they started to be try to flip? And some of them didn't do what they were supposed to be doing. Then incomes the Russia investigation, and some people just keep on looking at for another reason not to not to look at one of the biggest upsets in political history in any country any time. That's what happened in two thousand sixteen. Don't want want to acknowledge it now. Molly Henneberg weighed in and said, yeah, this is a coastal one chapter. But. Opens up another cut Twenty-eight buying into this dossier that now today we know not anything in that dossier led to has has proven to be correct. So this is this is a very important moment in the story. But it doesn't mean it's over because. Yes, the one storyline is done. But now the other storyline. We'd better get we'd better see a lot more about what was going on. I like to see it done and by the way after impeachment when Hillary co when Bill Clinton was impeached in the house, and it stopped in the Senate. They they stopped investigating. They are going to keep continue to investigate now after the Robert Moore probe Eric who's on news ninety six five in Orlando hair. Brian. It's so sickening. The media for two years told us that Robert Mueller had the greatest integrity in DC. And now they're actually on MSNBC saying that oh to the Russians. Right. And did he did he sell out? I think what Trump should do is. Now, put them on the defensive. Have Adam Schiff declassify all of it. Let them see the Adam Schiff was leaking. Let them see what McCain did. And then Friday, five o'clock. So that they have to wait for the week, and he should say, I'm I'm asking Mr. bar to investigate what really happened 'cause Robert Mueller Alice h he's a witness and Rosenstein, he wrote the letter to fire each he's a witness. How the heck did he wind up having this whole thing? I'd like to hear your could on that. But I tell you what I love the I love the tactic of leaving them there for the final summary. Don't you Eric? So instead of saying, well, he jettisoned the guy who's going to wear a wire rod Rosenstein, and he said, no come here, you read with Robert Muller said, and I want you to Luke over my shoulder win and writing this summary, and you tell me ride am I doing anything that you don't trust Rosenstein was there for the letter to fire Komi Rosenstein was there for the meeting with McCabe after Komi was fired and launched the Robert Mueller investigation. He signed the FIS away. Aren't and he was there when he got exonerated. So I love for people just to looking for an opening and Robert Mueller. Oh, now robber mo-. He might have been compromised or they're doubting. Robert Muller, really, Robin Mullah who's good friends with Bill
Jerrold Nadler, House Judiciary Committee And William Bar discussed on This Morning With Gordon Deal
"And members of both parties continue to push for the public release of as much of the Muller report as possible democratic lawmakers and aides of the summary letter alone from attorney general William bar would not transform their strategy that committees in the democratic controlled house would continue their investigations House Judiciary committee, chairman Jerrold Nadler said he planned to call Mr. bar to testify before his panel shortly. President Trump is wrong. This report does not amount to a so-called total. Exoneration special counsel Mueller was clear that his report quote does not exonerate close. Quote.
"mr. bars" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"This is Bloomberg radio. Now, a global news update. The Muller report ISIS defeat. I'm Anne Cates. Congress has been told that attorney general William bar will not be providing an overview today of the special counsel report on Russian interference in the election. Then he Trump campaign connections to Moscow correspondent, Sunlen Serfaty reports. Capitol Hill Democrats while the conference call this afternoon, we have heard from many Democrats saying that they want not only the full Malla report released to them. But especially and notably. The underlying documents the supporting evidence that Muller used in his investigation. Listen to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, it's imperative for Mr. bar to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to congress. Isis has been defeated by US-backed forces in Syria. The correspondent Ben Wedeman says the terrorist group could rebuild. Elsewhere problem. Is that the fertile soil upon which ISIS grew and thrived is still there. And that is. The autocratic regimes that spread across the Middle East. And therefore until those problems are addressed you will always have those who go to the extreme to the most fanatical solutions that might be out there. And that's what ISIS represents millions of disaster. Victims are being told there at increased risk of identity theft and fraud the inspector general at the department of homeland security says personal information like Bank account numbers belonging to two point three million hurricane wildfires survivors was given to a federal contractor that was helping them. Find temporary housing FEMA says it began filtering the data in December of last year to prevent the information from being shared, but a more permanent fix may not be finalized for months. Jan johnson. Washington. A flare up at a petrochemical plant near Houston has been contained after sending up a thick black plume of smoke..
Waiting for Mueller
"Robert Miller is thought to be near the end of his investigation into attempted Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential elections Kadam Chaba discusses what to expect with the F. Jeff dyer. So welcome Kadam. We've grabbed ketamine is usually based in DC, but he's passing through London the moments. We grabbed him to pick his brains and all to do with the Russian vista Gatien. Ketamine have been reports in the last week that Robert Mueller the special counsel looking into plenty of links between the Trump campaign twenty sixteen in Russia that he's about to finish his investigation. What does that actually mean? What does it mean to say that he's going to finish the investigation or we're going to get the report sometime very soon? Well, he began Anna's work in may twenty seventeen. So we're coming up to the two year Mark this year when he finishes his investigation when he's decided that there are no more indictments. He wants to bring when he decided the investigatory work that he's doing his completed then he will file a report to the attorney general. And we assume there will be some announcement that Mr. molars finished his work, the probe is completed. And then the question becomes whether. We're going to get to see that report. So you took us through the actual process. What then happens the report when it goes from Miller's office to the attorney general. So this is going to be the big bone of contention in the coming months mobile file report to the attorney general who is William bar. He's was recently confirmed to the position at his Senate confirmation hearings. He shifted the ground quite remarkably previously. Everyone had assumed an expected that we're gonna get to see the report that Moore writes, he pointed out that regulations governing Muller's work, call his report, a, quote, unquote, confidential document, and so Mr. bar has said I will get polars report that report is going to be confidential and I will do my own summary of the airport, which I will give to congress in the public. That's going to be the thing that folks are battling over in the months. Democrats have said they will subpoena millers report, they'll do everything in their power to make it public Mr. bars being quite clear that he considered it become. Dential the other thing that we don't have a good sense of at the moment is what Muller's report actually looks like. So you mentioned the Democrats are going to do what they can get this report into public. The Democrats do not control the house of representatives of what tools do they have to take anything that moolah reveals and put it into the public domain how much power do they actually have no was primarily two things. One is that they can subpoena the documents and the DOJ resists, and that will ultimately go to court, and a judge will decide whether the documents have to be turned over or not the other thing they can do is demand that Muller himself or prosecutors on his team come and testify for the house, and they can also subpoena those individuals, and again, if there's resistance to that, and it will go to court, I think it's quite likely. We'll see Muller call testify, and I can't imagine why there'd be objections that question is what he would say what he would reveal. I mean, there's an expectation that Mr. Mueller throughout his career has not been someone who is prone to. Divulge incomes and tons of gossip information, he's a very by the book kind of guy he's brought several indictments. And what we may see him do say, well, I brought in diamonds where I thought it was appropriate to do. So and I didn't bring diamonds where I didn't feel as appropriate, and it wouldn't be right for me to start criticizing people for stuff that I didn't charge them for some of our listeners might remember back in the Clinton presence say the report by Ken Starr, which was a very long and at times, extremely lurid document detailing goings on in the Oval Office when Bill Clinton was president. Should we expect something some though this time or is it going to be very different? I think if anything we should expect the exact opposite of that the regulations Muller works under were introduced in nineteen ninety nine as a direct reaction to the independent counsel investigations that had gone on before William bar said at his Senate hearings at you know, steal J palsy, not to criticize people I thought that you don't charge them for rod Rosenstein at a conference. From Washington this week made the same point, which is the DOJ shouldn't be criticizing people. If they're not going to charge them for that conduct. I'm particularly after the two thousand sixteen election where you had famously or infamously James Komi to former FBI director when he gave conference announcing that he wouldn't bring charges against Hillary Clinton. He also criticized the way she handled her emails, and there's no total agreement amongst DJ and former DOJ folks in Washington that that was the wrong thing to do. I think what you're going to see here is if Muller hasn't charged someone it's likely that we're not gonna see a lot of
"mr. bars" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"LA the home of lightning hockey. Speaking of the devil. We're just talking to hear about Bob Barr. Bill bar sorry. Bob Barr from gerbil bar, the attorney general nominee. And it was reported about twenty minutes ago is an audio clip of Chuck Schumer saying that he has reservations about Bill bar and cannot vote to confirm him because he Chuck Schumer cannot get enough assurances that bar will not interfere with the Muller investigation. Apparently, they had a private meeting and bar did not slit his wrist. And swear that he would get rid of Trump, which is what they're asking the guy. Did you watch any of this? This attorney general designate will you promise not to interfere with the mother. Well, you'll promise that Muller will be allowed to go as long as he needs to dig up. Whatever dirty on Trump. We get rid of Trump. Yes, Senator that's my intention within the bounds on the rules. Mr. bar, will you guarantee that Trump can't fire? I'll do everything I can in terms of the constitution Senator to make. We'll you make sure that the mama report says what we want to hear that Trump colluded with Russia, and they gotta go. I'll do whatever the special counsel tells me is proper under the rule. That's what it was the arrogance of these people as though Muller is God. And nobody's going to get in the way of writing the ten commandments. It's obscene, and it's offensive to me. And apparently Chuck Schumer was not satisfied enough in his private conversation with bar apparently bar would not commit to standing aside and letting Muller do whatever he wants and say, whatever he wants and report, whatever he wants. With no involvement by anybody else. So take that for what it's worth this is Frank up next Grand Rapids. Minnesota is their Grand Rapids. Minnesota. Is. Well, it's great to have you from there. How are you? Good. It's an honor to talk to you. I just want to get your thoughts on Donald Trump or anyone else doesn't have to apologize for listening to the American people and changing his mind winter last time that we had a president that actually listened to the American people, and it what they wanted and your you and your program, you're the nucleus of of a bunch of like minded people that Donald Trump wants to listen to and I just don't I don't think anybody has to apologize for that. I think it's it's an amazing thing that we have in our in our president. I'm proud of it. I agree with you one hundred percent in in fact, probably even more than that, the the idea that Trump would be listening to this program is though that somehow illegitimate the fact that Trump will be listening to people voted for him is that somehow sick. This is exactly what I'm talking about. Folks. That's what they believe. I don't know how to tell you how how beside themselves people in Washington are over the simple fact that Trump's strives to keep promises. In the world politics. Those are gimmicks. Nobody means any of that. And everybody knows. That's why there are never any news stories on presidents and candidates breaking promises. It's expected. It's a gimmick everybody. Does it? You're not supposed to actually try to keep them. Because that would mean the people have some power in things, and that's not supposed to happen. But the constant attacks on me and this program in you. It's thirty years on that peop- they've been doing this. And the reason for it is to discredit. In the eyes and minds of people that don't listen they have given up on trying to get you to stop listening to me. They figured out. They can't do that. And they've tried just like they've tried to separate Trump's voters. So what they're doing now is personal attack in salt and all this to damage my credibility and Trump's everybody else's among people that don't listen. So that our audiences won't grow. And so more importantly than that that we will not be influential with people who who don't listen, and that's part and parcel of their approach is to discredit anybody to de-legitimize anybody. They are threatened by. There's no desire for compromise at working together to crossing the island all of that garbage. It's always..
"mr. bars" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
"They have we have so prepared in advance for something happening in that chamber. The secret service says they are fully prepared for the state of the union. The address is currently scheduled to take place on January. Twenty ninth panel of witnesses offering perspective during the confirmation hearing for William bar a nominee for attorney general. Linda Kenyon has the story from Capitol Hill over attorney General Michael new Casey says bar certainly has the qualifications. He has done literally everything that you could possibly do including serving as attorney general Mr. bars record Okla Justice is abysmal. President and CEO Derrick Johnson as attorney general he championed massacre and deprive countless persons of color of their liberty bar who served as a Torney general during the George H W Bush administration told senators yesterday, if confirmed he would not interfere with the special counsel's Russia probe and that he was not asked to do. So by President Trump. Linda Kenyon, Capitol Hill. The city of Nashville is moving closer to granting Amazon a fifteen million dollar reimbursement for work on roads, sewer and other parts of where the company will build its new hub downtown the ordinance passed last night on its second of three readings. But not without some pushback. The Tennessee says some council members think the is giving away too much money, including one member who says it would be wiser to spend that money in neighborhoods council members. Larry Hager, Steve Glover. And Kathleen Murphy voted, no, Ken Weaver. WTN news cycle vote on the infrastructure. Reimbursement will be February the fifth and finally. Testers outside the headquarters of Sony Music in New York City are calling on Sony Music ended subsidiary RCA records to drop our Kelly in the wake of the lifetime docu series surviving R Kelly in the series women detail decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by the singer activists say RCA records, not only an abled R Kelly, but they also profited from him news brought to you by P three portable protein packs. The more interesting way to get your protein traffic. Faking trees is like taking care of your body. Don't wait until it's an emergency. Pentecostal service are the professionals Nashville has trusted for years to keep their trees..
Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census
"This is NPR. And you're listening to WNYC in New York at five oh four. I'm Jamie Floyd legalizing, recreational marijuana, passing congestion pricing and rapidly increasing renewable energy usage. These are just some of the items on New York governor Andrew Cuomo to do list for this legislative session at the state of the union address this afternoon governor Cuomo conceded, the laundry list may seem ambitious. It's a lot no doubt about it. But there's been a lot that has been bottled up for many many years that we couldn't get done. And in many ways, I feel the state is now liberated with the Senate Democratic caucus. And of course, it's the state of the state the governor called on lawmakers to continue passing progressive legislation in the coming weeks among his top budget priorities. Cuomo said our public transportation and infrastructure, healthcare and cutting taxes for the middle class. For years, the NYPD's response to questions about its use of surveillance technology has been to neither confirm nor deny whether records bowed. It exists. It's called the glow more response. But now in New York state court judge has ruled in a case over whether NYPD spied on the cell phones of people attending black lives matter protests that the police can no longer keep that claim of confidentiality. It's a win for civil libertarians. And state supreme court Justice, Arlene, blue shot down, the NYPD argument that responding to complaints would compromise counterterrorism or criminal efforts because the police in question, we're not the people in question rather were not breaking the law at the time New York Times reporter, Ali Watson covered the case. Judge's ruling right now, depending on whether or not the NYPD appeals actually puts a very firm boot the neck of his response. They can't really use it in the future. The NYPD does have thirty days to appeal. The ruling. A statement a spokeswoman said that it uses the global response exceedingly sparingly and only after careful consideration of the interests involved tonight, mostly clear, a low around twenty seven degrees. Currently, it's thirty four degrees. The time is five oh six support for NPR comes from C three providing a software platform that enables organizations to deploy artificial intelligence in IOT solutions at industrial scale. Learn more at C three dot AI. From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelley, and I'm Ari Shapiro in a Senate hearing room today attorney general nominee William bar has been walking a fine line bar is pledging to protect the Justice department. But he also says the president has sweeping constitutional authority NPR national Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been following these confirmation hearings and joins us now to talk about them. Hi, hey, okay. He has been nominated to lead the Justice department at a time when the president is attacking it. So how did bar address that tension today? Well, Bill Maher said he has a very high opinion of deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, he says he has no reason to doubt that the Russians attempted to interfere in our elections. And he says he doesn't believe that special counsel. Robert Muller would be conducting a witch hunt in fact, Barr says he would quit rather than fire Muller. If there were no good cause to get rid of him. And as one of Muller's friends for thirty years Barr says it's unimaginable that. Muller would do anything to prompt? A firing Senate Democrats went into this hearing wanting bar firmly committed to protecting the Russia investigation. Did they get that commitment? Not affirm one Ari Dianne Feinstein, the top democrat on the committee was pressing Bill bar a lot about what people will learn in the end about the Russia probe. Will you commit to making any report Muller produces at the conclusion of his investigation available to congress and to the public as as I said, my statement, I am going to make as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations now Bill bar talked about wanting transparency, but he also said that he s the attorney general make the ultimate call about what becomes public and later on Senator amazing. Geraldo, Hawaii said just asking us to trust. You is not enough. She said this president will do anything to protect himself, and Mr. bar was kind of tough in his response. He said, I'm not going to surrender the responsibility of the attorney general. To get this title. We know that bar has had some contact with lawyers involved in the investigation. Did we learn anything new today about his interactions with the White House? We did bar told lawmakers he actually met with President Trump awhile ago, and the president seemed to want bar to join his legal defence team bar politely declined. He said he didn't want to stick his head in a meat grinder bar. Also said he discussed some legal theories with attorneys for the president the vice president and with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, but bar said he didn't recall learning anything of substance. Anything confidential about the pro from the beginning of this investigation. The issue of recusals has been a very big deal. What had bar say about recusals today? He said he thinks Jeff Sessions. The former attorney general probably did the right thing to recuse himself in Democrats pressed bar to step aside to given this context with lawyers involved in this investigation and a memo he wrote criticizing the investigation, but here again, far would not commit. He says he will ask career. Ethics officials at Justice to evaluate the question, but he won't necessarily do what they advise. He also said the president is not above the law. The president can't for example, offer pardons to people who promise now to incriminate him taking a step back. There is one question about Bill bar that people on both sides of the aisle have which is why would he come back to lead the Justice department after twenty seven years to be attorney general again in excellent question bar, basically says because he loves the Justice department as an institution he says, he's sixty eight years old, and he has nothing to lose. If you take this job, you have to be ready to make decisions and spend all your political capital and have no future because you have to have that freedom of action, and I feel I'm gonna position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences and Ari so far nothing has emerged to block Boris path confirmation. NPR national. Justice. Correspondent Carrie Johnson. Thank you. My pleasure for analysis of the hearing and of what Bill bar may do if he's confirmed. Let's bring in Jennifer dascomb. She's an associate professor of law at American University. She used to work at the Justice department. Professor Daska welcome. Thank you. So to the central question today, which is whether bar will protect the Muller investigation based on what you heard from his testimony. Are you persuaded that he will? So he he answered that pretty clearly he said that he he likely I mean, he had he would protect mother and the absence. Something extraordinary that mother would be allowed to continue. I think the key question and the one that several senators pushed on the a question of what is going to be made public, and what's going to be made available congress. We heard Bill bars say repeatedly that he was committed to transparency, but transparency considered students consistent with the law transparency consistent with rules and regulations and bar. Has a very broad view of executive privilege and a very broad view of executive power including power over criminal investigation. So when he says he needs to be consistent with rules and regulations on the question of whether whatever final report Muller producers should be made public. That's what he would be referring to executive privilege that the president might say, no, exactly executive privilege abroad claims our national security, our range of different reasons. Why transparency would be limited according to his his views and the president's articulation of of what's necessary to keep private secret. He also as we just heard there from Carrie Johnson did not seem to suggest that he's likely to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation. Did that surprise you in any way? It comprises me only because it seems like a clear case where recusals would be appropriate, but he has been consistent on along in suggesting that he would not recuse himself. And I wasn't surprised that he didn't change his mind today. But giving his engagement given the nemo that was that he chose to write and to send to the president about concerned about obstruction of Justice charges targeting the president and given what he acknowledged today about conversations, it seems like this would be a clear case for recusal has been consistent about that. Well, that prompts my next question, and it's one that he was asked today by senators in in one way or the other a number of times, which is would he protect the independence of the Justice department against executive overreach. Do you think when push comes to shove Bill would tell the president? No, no, sir. You can't do that. So again, I think it depends on what's being asked. And he did get today that there were certain red lines that he went cross, but that being said he has an expressed repeatedly previously very broad views of executive power and executive privilege, and there are certainly in a whole range of areas in which the president could assert executive privilege in my assumption is and based on bars previous, writings and statements. That bar would agree. Did you learn anything about Bill today that you didn't already know? Some of the contacts that he's had were interesting to hear about you know, he is as as expected he was incredibly articulate and and respectful. I think that the key is is reading the testimony in light of what he started written in the past. Did you hear anything today that might derail this confirmation that poses a serious threat to his chances of being confirmed? I'm just given given the politics and given the makeup of the Senate unlikely at this point is there a question to you to you would have asked him that the senators did not. Again, I think that really pushing him on this question of transparency what happens when the president asserts a claim of national security what happens when the president says, you know, we just want a very brief cursory summary of this report sent up to congress. What do you do? Then you would have liked to have heard an iron clad, whatever Muller wants to be made public. I'll back. Exactly, that's Jennifer Gasco. She she choose constitutional and national security law at American University Jennifer desk, thanks so much for taking the time. Thank you.
"mr. bars" Discussed on AM Joy
"Mr. bar, hugs relationship with Mr. Muller terrific. We embar Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general of the United States made the Senate rounds ahead of his confirmation hearing next week you face tough questions about his prior criticism of the Muller investigation, namely a memo in which he called a quote fatally misconceived to say that a president could be accused of obstructing Justice for firing the director the potential confirmation of bar also comes as deputy rod Rosenstein, who's overseeing the investigation is set to resign leaving the department of Justice and potentially the Muller probe in bars hands once he's inevitably confirmed by Senate Republicans joining me now is Joe Coniston editor in chief of the national memo and author of man of the world the further endeavors of Bill Clinton back with me, Barbara mcquade and Elliot Williams. Thank you very much. I'm gonna come second. But I wanna start with Barbara Elliot on just the question of whether now William bar is going to have to answer some pretty pointed questions because his memo about obstruction not being possible because the president. Has the right to fire. The FBI director Elliott I'll start with you. Well, that's real different now because the FBI the New York Times story says that the obstruction is the collusion. Oh, absolutely. Look, let's start with a really really big point. There's a lot of chatter about the fact that bar was attorney general in confirmed once for attorney general before and that should take away a lot of the questions of his integrity and his fitness for the job just to make something clear having been attorney general or in any government position before doesn't entitle you to the position for life. And you need to be the American people deserve full and thorough vetting on all of the important questions in issues that might become before this individual, including whether whether he ought to be off to recuse himself or has compromised himself based on positions. He's taken with respect to the investigation. Now based on the reporting we've seen from the New York Times, a significant amount of time should be spent on his confirmation here in getting into these questions of you know, I would he take the advice. Ice of career officials at the Justice department, which predecessor did not as to whether to recuse with respect to the investigation. Would he? Would he commit to making any report public based on everything we know now? And so yes, this reporting from yesterday raises a number of significant questions that he needs to be able to answer and clear answers on otherwise he's just simply can't demonstrate merely having had the job twenty five years ago doesn't render him fit eternally. Yeah. Absolutely. And because Barbara the investigation of the counterintelligence investigation really now is about potentially Moscow ongoing influence over the sitting president of the United States. Here's a clip from this New York Times story that criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation former lawn investment fourth officials said in interviews in recent weeks because if Mr. Trump had ousted the head of the FBI to impede or even end the rush investigation that was both a possible crime and a national security concern that leads me to ask. And I will ask you that six suggest to me that if Mr. Barwa, then becoming Torney general, and he were to fire Robert Muller at the behest of the white. House wouldn't that put him in jeopardy of being investigated for potentially a counterintelligence criminal probe? Well, possibly, but it would all come down to his intent. What was his purpose in doing? So if he did it for a legitimate reason, the no, but if he to doing it for some corrupt purpose to derail a counterintelligence investigation than certainly I think Elliott makes a really good point in saying that just because he had this job twenty five years ago. Doesn't mean he's qualified to do it today. And I would submit that in some ways, it may make them even less qualified because so much has changed in those twenty five years. I think this story demonstrates that hazards of offering an opinion when you don't know all of the facts, what has happened since nine eleven is congress. The Patriot Act has brought down the wall that previously existed between criminal investigations and counterintelligence and counter counter-terrorism investigations it used to be that those two things were kept completely separate. They are. Now shared that information shared because we wanna make sure that the FBI has the ability. To connect the dots. It's the phrase that they use so often..
Is Robert Mueller besties with Trump's new pick for Attorney General?
"Next week. We'll bring a Senate confirmation hearing for the president's pick for attorney general USA radio networks. Chris Barnes reports. While democratic opposition is not expected to derail William bars, alternate confirmation to be attorney general the top. Senate democrat Chuck Schumer says bars to bias to earn most Democrats support. And in fact, they're calling on President Trump to find a new nominee last month. We learned that Mr. bar sent the Justice department and unsolicited memo criticizing the special counsel's investigation, Mr. Rosenstein, potential departure, only heightens the stakes for Mr. bars nomination humor referring to deputy AG rod Rosenstein, who is reportedly planning to leave the Justice department as soon as a new agey comes aboard
"mr. bars" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"Whittaker after meeting with them if the president nominate them as a permanent replacement. Could you imagine supporting them? Too early detail. You know, he was yes. Attorney for five and a half years. He was sessions deputy for year and a half. He said some things that would probably be problematic to be confirmed. But having said that I was very impressed. With his attitude is professionalism, and he's got a very solid resume. So I would encourage the president to pick somebody fairly soon. So we can heavy permanent attorney general going into the first part of next year. Does that mean not Mr. Whittaker when you say like him to nominate someone very soon? No. I mean that's up to the president US me about missed Whitaker nothing against in. I don't know if he's the best choice you hear about Mr. bar. Former attorney general that's a good choice. There are a lot of good names out there. I would just encourage the president to start twenty nineteen as soon as we can with the new attorney general that he has confidence in we can get confirmed. The fact that you named drop the former attorney general Mr. bar does that mean, that's your preference that your first choice. No means I read the paper and his a lot. So. So. It won't be me less Jin with it. It's not gonna be me. He's got a lot of good choices. I'm not one of I take your point on that one. Let me ask you about you. Have you have indicated an openness to a second special counsel? You're now likely going to be headed to dish. Sure committee. Why jumped to a second special counsel when it comes to the FBI's handling of all of these investigations. Why can't you do it? I why can't it be done in congress of before you decide you need a special counsel. Well, the one thing I'm not suggesting that we go back and try to repress acute secretary Clinton. That's not what I'm suggesting amp suggesting that people department Justice FBI in the early stages of the Russian investigation. The dossier was used to get a warrant that. I think was very inappropriate. They seems to be some political bias about how the Clinton Email investigation was handled. We need to get to the bottom of all of that. But I'm not suggesting we prosecute her. And let me take a shot at this. And maybe you're right. Maybe the committee can do it. But I'll I'll let you know more early next year. But we're going to definitely look at this stuff. Speaking of the committee. Let's be Frank. It feels as if senators Grassley and Feinstein. The relationship broke apart. Okay. And we can come up with a lot of theories as to why what are you going to do to to repair the damage that was done during the cavenaugh hearings at the district committee. Well, the cabin or hearings were I think did a lot of damage to the committee and to the judiciary. And we got to start all over the good thing about elections, Chuck is restored as a reset of democracy. We got a new group of people coming in a fresh start a like, Diane. I don't think she did anything inappropriate individual in the cabin hearing worth her the best. I can prison in sin. It soon reform. I know you're going to ask me about that. You know, I promise. Well, I think there's something I think is something we can do in the lame duck here. But I promise Diane and all the Democrats on the committee to try to find a way to do something on immigration. There are a lot of things we could do on that comedian about partisan passion. What it really means? You're in the middle of a lot of stuff impact. I do a lot to get to here..
Stocks drop broadly as new China tariffs rekindle trade-war jitters
"Fox in for john farrow tom keene in london we are two hours away from the opening bell on wall street let me get you updated on the news that you need to know at this hour investors around the world are selling stocks after the us fired a new shot in its brewing trade war with china the trump administration releasing a list of two hundred billion dollars worth of trade tariffs on chinese goods china is vowing to retaliate no details yet as to the exact nature of the retaliation and the bidding war over britain's top paytv company it is increasing as the bid for twenty by twenty first century fox's increasing for sky tv at values the company now at thirty two billion dollars that is twelve percent more than the offer that was made by comcast of course they're all in a bidding more disney comcast for those assets of twentieth century fox and trench coats not loved so much the shares a burglary falling as much as five percent in london the luxury goods makers saying that revenue rose just three percent in the second quarter as it trails rivals in the all important china market all right it's time to find out what's going on in the world we've got to mr michael barr mr bar tom thank you very much nato secretary general jens stoltenberg says he agrees with president trump that nato allies should contribute more to the alliance in terms of defense spending but he also defended nato saying that there is strength in unity and while talking to cnn ahead of the summit stoltenberg was asked about his earlier breakfast meeting with president trump extent orange juice toll stunts all fruit solid on good breakfast.
Redstone weighs CBS-Viacom merger with or without Moonves
"A degree of recognition of areas of responsibility or areas of operation willingness not to kind of step on one another's toes and that's probably what israel would be looking for here but at the same time this depends on the internal dynamics of the israeli government coalition at this point how much procedure uranian threat and what it feels it must do politically to after that very good thank you so much we've got to move on with verse verse maeve across the news flows extrordinary this headline just out moments ago from cnbc pimm fox i don't even know what to do with this moon moon vis maybe fired is cbs head if no deal while we know that viacom sherry redstone control cbs while through the ownership yes that comes from buy com and they've been trying to figure out a way for cbs viacom to combine les moon vests just received a nearly seventy million dollars pay package because of his performance last year it's no secret that he would like to remain in charge of the company and perhaps the deal doesn't get done according to the likes of sherry redstone that happened cbs off almost two points one one dollar eighty one right now that news just coming out seconds ago moon viz maybe fired his cbs head of no deal that according to cnbc this is bloomberg what's going on in the world we got mr michael barr mr bar 'em tom thank you very much republican house speaker paul ryan will not run for reelection at gordon to people close to the wisconsin lawmaker ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation amid republican concerns over keeping their majority in the house of representatives ryan ed may tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda and congress delivered on that late last year ryan plans to face reporters in about twenty minutes bloomberg radio will carry it live after russia warned the us against military strikes in syria president donald trump says missiles will be coming trump tweeted this morning russia vows shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria get ready russia because they will be coming nice and new and smart russia lawmakers have warned that moscow would view an air strike on syria as a war crime.