She eviscerated him…
Excellent 3 min. summary of Barr’s disgraceful performance before the Senate Judicary Committee.
Hilary Clinton on Rachel Maddow said the same thing!
Interesting details from the FBI counterintelligence operation “Crossfire Hurricane” or as Trump called it “Spygate”.
Here’s a teaser
The conversation at a London bar in September 2016 took a strange turn when the woman sitting across from George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, asked a direct question: Was the Trump campaign working with Russia?
The woman had set up the meeting to discuss foreign policy issues. But she was actually a government investigator posing as a research assistant, according to people familiar with the operation. The F.B.I. sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer to better understand the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.
The American government’s affiliation with the woman, who said her name was Azra Turk, is one previously unreported detail of an operation that has become a political flash point in the face of accusations by President Trump and his allies that American law enforcement and intelligence officials spied on his campaign to undermine his electoral chances. Last year, he called it“Spygate.”
The decision to use Ms. Turk in the operation aimed at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the F.B.I. during a frantic period when the bureau was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 election, but could also give ammunition to Mr. Trump and his allies for their spying claims.
For what it’s worth:
I have nothing but contempt for Barr. However, if this sourcing is correct, his narrative that Mueller should testify will severely undermine Trump efforts to the contrary.
Yes…I have been watching what everyone is saying whether Mueller can testify and Barr did openly say he can. However Mueller’s testimony could potentially be curbed perhaps IF he was a DOJ employee.
I am hearing via MSNBC legal pundits that they believe Mueller will be leaving the DOJ shortly, which would free himself up from any DOJ rules. I believe that Mueller wants to defend his position, but will not rock the boat too much in terms of recommending whether he thinks T is guilty or should be impeached. Mueller is a by-the-book kind of lawyer…someone on MSNBC, Betsy Woodruff/Daily Beast referred to him as “Boy Scout-like” when it comes to sticking to the rules.
Even Fox’s Legal eagle Napolatano is saying the same thing…
NAPOLITANO: Bob Mueller can negate all of this by resigning from the DOJ, saying my job is over. Then he’s a private citizen and nobody can stop him.
The number of former federal prosecutors who signed this statement was 370 when @Pet_Proletariat posted the announcement just 11 hours ago. According to Huffington Post, that number has shot up to 560!
Here’s the statement and list of signatories. The total is shown at the bottom of the list (# of records). Since I started writing this, six more former prosecutors added their names – we’re now at 566.
Developing story… I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this as analysts pour over the new reasons given for redactions.
The Department of Justice on Monday released a new version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s campaign, shedding light on why significant portions of the 448-page document were redacted before it was released to the public earlier this month.
The new version was released by the Department of Justice in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and a subsequent lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News and separately by the Electronic Privacy and Information Center.
Go Buzzfeed! Go EPIC!
Here’s one example of how this updated version sheds additional light on the report while also raising new questions:
…on page 9 of volume one of the version of the report Barr released last month, DOJ explained that a couple of sentences related to Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen are redacted because it would cause “harm to ongoing matter” if details were released. But the copy of the report DOJ released Monday further explains that the sentences were redacted because it relates to an ongoing investigation; “pertains to records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication”; and personal privacy.
For Mueller Report sleuths, here’s the new version.
Update: The total keeps climbing – it’s now 735!
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