We must recognize the authoritarian threat directly and clearly, and highlight the continuities between Putin’s anti-LGBTQ politics and those in Republican America.
Now, that it is time to sell books former Attorney General Willliam Barr said that he told Trump that his big lie is BS.
By the end of Donald Trump’s term, all of the people considered to be the “adults in the room” had quit. John Kelly, Rex Tillerson and James Mattis were all long gone.
William Barr became Attorney General because of his loyalty to Donald Trump. He had practically auditioned for the role by writing an pro-Trump op-ed in the Washington Post.
But amazingly enough, there were lines that even Barr wouldn’t cross. Politico is reporting that Barr stopped Trump from firing FBI Director Christopher Wray by threatening to quit.
Trump was particular incensed by Wray’s comments about Russia. Wray was always forthcoming about Russian meddling and how it benefited Trump and put the country in danger. Trump and his team wanted to replace Wray with Kash Patel, a Devin Nunes ally.
Daniel Lippman reports:
“Patel — in an earlier role as a top adviser to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee — had led the California lawmaker’s efforts to rebut special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He later joined the staff of the National Security Council, where he became the senior director for counterterrorism. At the time of the White House meeting in April, Patel had recently switched jobs to become a senior adviser at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”
Former Attorney General William Barr has denounced President Donald Trump after rioters, spurred by the president’s incendiary language and baseless claims of election fraud, stormed Capitol Hill yesterday in a bid to overturn the election results.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Barr said Trump’s conduct amounts to a “betrayal of his office and supporters,” adding that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”
Barr was once one of Trump’s most loyal defenders, though their relationship soured when Barr pushed back against the president’s claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Those claims are baseless: There is no evidence to support Trump’s claims. Barr, several weeks after the election, announced that he has “
not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” much to Trump’s chagrin.
Donald Trump and his administration are on an execution spree, rushing to expedite as many state-sponsored murders of federal prisoners as they can before his term ends on January 20. Between last December 10 and the end of his term, Trump has scheduled five executions, bringing his total since last July to 13. Since Trump and Attorney General William Barr effectively re-instituted federal executions, which had basically been suspended for the past 17 years, Trump has acted fast and furiously with this license to kill. In the words of Joanna Walters, writing in The Guardian, he has solidified his legacy as “as the most prolific execution president in over 130 years.”
Being a Republican in this day and age requires complete fealty to Donald Trump. To maintain the president and his supporter’s backing, one must fully aid in all of Trump’s fights no matter how ridiculous.
And to not back Trump is to immediately be attacked. Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch drew the ire of some Conservative media members after the Supreme Court refused to take up Texas AG Ken Paxton’s frivolous lawsuit.
William Barr was next in line. He’s been ripped by the likes of
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr announced that he will be stepping down from his position shortly before Christmas. His replacement will be Jeff Rosen, who is currently serving as Barr’s number 2.
Rosen, of course, won’t be holding his position for very long. Joe Biden will be taking over as President on January 20th and will be selecting his own Attorney General.
There are a few different names on Biden’s short list, including Merrick Garland and former Alabama senator Doug Jones. Another potential candidate, Sally Yates, is drawing the ire of GOP lawmakers.
While Yates is incredibly qualified and experienced, Republicans are still angry about her role investigating the ties between Donald Trump and Russia.
When asked if he would consider approving Yates as Attorney General, Texas’ John Cornyn simply said, “no.”
Chuck Grassley gave a longer answer. He told reporters, “
I think there’s plenty of people that he wouldn’t have to take a chance on her.” The Iowa senator also referred to Yates previous investigation into Trump as “very worrisome.”
Ironically, Fox News made the most impactful media call of the presidential race when they called Arizona for Joe Biden on election night. This thwarted Donald Trump’s hopes of falsely claiming victory on election night.
And while it has been a long couple of weeks, it seems that all of the network’s stars are willing to acknowledge that Biden will be president. And there is a clear pivot now to attacking the president-elect and his family.
Upon the resignation of William Barr, the Fox Business host is now calling for an investigation into the Biden family. Dobbs discussed the matter with Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton.
Referring to Barr’s replacement, Jeff Rosen, Fitton said, “Rosen is Barr’s hire. We’re not going to get anything different from the acting Attorney General.”
Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family…
According to a source within the Justice Department who did not go on the record, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr had a “contentious” meeting after the president summoned Barr to the White House following the Justice Department’s announcement that it did not find evidence to support the president’s claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
Barr had told The Associated Press about the Justice Department’s findings and his interview angered the president, who has continued to push baseless conspiracy theories and mounted flimsy legal efforts in a bid to overturn election results.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.
But President Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and
Jenna Ellis disputed Barr’s statements, arguing that Barr’s “opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.”
For much of the year, polling showed Donald Trump trailing Joe Biden. It may have taken a while, but Biden has won the election and it’s not particularly close. As votes slowly trickle in, it looks like the former Vice President will prevail by more than 7 million votes.
Trump was expected to lose, but he also hoped to have contingencies in place to overturn the election. This was an admitted reason as to why he rushed the Amy Coney Barrett nomination. And of course, the president had high hopes that his hand-picked Attorney General William Barr could help him out.
But Barr did not jump in to save the president. In fact, the AG told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there was not enough evidence of election fraud to overturn the election.
This statement enraged Lou Dobbs. The Fox Business host told his viewers that Barr was either a liar or had been compromised in some way.
Dobbs stated, “For the Attorney General of the United States to make that statement, he is either a liar or a fool but both. He may be perhaps compromised. He may be simply unprincipled. Or he may be personally distraught or ill.”
Lou Dobbs absolutely loses it over Bill Barr saying there's no evidence of widespread voter fraud, accusing Barr of joining "the Deep State and the Resistance" before saying this:
"He is either a liar or a fool or both. He may be – perhaps compromised." pic.twitter.com/x9kU5xkctV
For months now, the Trump administration has known that it was going to have a hard time winning the election. While it was closer than Democrats hoped, Joe Biden prevailed by a significant margin.
The Republicans had multiple contingency plans in place following Biden’s win. There have been lawsuits filed in a number of states. The president even tried to convince Michigan electors to change their votes for him.
Some Republicans have also hoped that the Justice Department, led by William Barr, might step in on behalf of Trump. On Monday, former Trump campaign chief Steve Bannon ripped the Attorney General for his lack of action.
The host of War Room: Pandemic began:
“Today the leadership of the legislature is coming to the White House. That’s what’s got the mainstream media in meltdown. Donald Trump’s intruding in this. Well, he needs to intrude in this. Last time I checked, he’s the chief magistrate. In fact, what I would recommend is he call this guy Bill Barr. I don’t know where — I hear Bill Barr is on vacation, somebody told me he’s out somewhere hunting. Hey brother, go hunting for some — go hunting for some illegal ballots, how about that? Why don’t we hunt for that?”
There are some at Fox News that think it is time for Donald Trump to move on and accept that he has lost the election. This was clear today when Neil Cavuto shut off Kayleigh McEnany’s press conference after she made baseless accusations of voter fraud.
That does not mean, however, that all the hosts at Fox have decided that the election is lost. During a Monday radio show, Maria Bartiromo said that she hasn’t given up on Attorney General Bill Barr getting involved in the election lawsuits.
The host made the comments while speaking to Sean Hannity. Hannity asked her, “All right, so what does your gut tell you? You saw [Justice] Alito‘s statement. You saw the Supreme Court. You see these other — we know that there are going to be other judicial challenges, that is what the role of that extra branch of government is. Do you see any of this going anywhere?”
Bartiromo responded, “
Well, look, at this point in time, Sean, I have not given up on the Department of Justice
Last Monday the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a case brought by Kim Davis, a former country clerk who, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case legalizing same-sex marriage, who refused to issue certificates for such marriages because of her religious objections to them. She was sued and even jailed for this refusal and was appealing her case.
Hundreds of attorneys and judges have signed an open letter offering support to any Trump administration officials opposed to “political misuse” of the Department of Justice.
“We, the undersigned, are attorneys from across the political spectrum and across the country. We write to express support for Department of Justice (“DOJ”) professionals who may face difficult choices about participating in political misuse of the DOJ in the election period ahead,” reads the letter from Lawyers Defending American Democracy. “The public and these professionals should know that if they stand up to such misuse — whether via resignation, public statements, or other forms of expressive dissent — they will have broad support in the legal profession, whose best traditions they will be upholding.”
The signatories said Attorney General William Barr “has demonstrated a willingness to politicize the DOJ by backing and helping to implement the President’s most partisan and extreme views” and criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power, saying it “heightens our concern about what actions the Attorney General might take that would undermine the vote and the rule of law.”
The group also pointed to Barr’s “intervention in DOJ cases against presidential allies Roger Stone and Michael Flynn,” actions that “prompted more than 2,000 DOJ alumni to speak out in protest.”
“We support DOJ attorneys and personnel who stand by the oaths and the Department of Justices’ duty to do justice for the public and by not participating in partisan misuse of the DOJ,” the group wrote. “They honor the rule of law, our profession, and the country as we face this crucial test for our democracy.”
The letter’s signatories include such individuals as:
Attorney General William Barr has removed a long-standing prohibition against the DOJ interfering in elections.
The legal team for journalist E. Jean Carroll, who last year accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s, has moved to block the Justice Department’s attempt to intervene and replace the President’s private lawyers.
“There is not a single person in the United States — not the President and not anyone else — whose job description includes slandering women they sexually assaulted,” Carroll’s lawyers said, calling the Justice Department’s move “another stratagem” for Trump to “avoid accountability” after they argued Trump was “acting within the scope of his office” when he accused Carroll of lying.
Walking down Main Street, couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, cannot be legally denied the right to hold hands, share a hug, or kiss–if Main Street is part of the public square, that is.
A 19th-century German philosopher once asserted that the educators must be educated, the point being what was passing for knowledge and learning in the world seemed, based on the state of the world and its lack of universal well-being, perhaps more than arguably was not serving us well.
Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon are jurisdictions “permitting violence and destruction of property” and are subject to funding cuts per an executive order from President Donald Trump to slash the budgets of cities “permitting anarchy.” The news release cites the decision by New York and Seattle lawmakers to cut police department budgets and the existence of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) in Seattle, a self-declared autonomous zone that police cleared of protesters in July.
The United States has had over 6 million COVID-19 cases. The death count from those cases is nearing 200,000 and the country is regularly seeing over 1,000 deaths a day.
Americans have also been waiting on a decision about expanded unemployment benefits since the end of July. Since Republicans in the House seemingly have nothing better, though, they’ve decided to ask William Barr to prosecute Netflix.
The GOP lawmakers are concerned with what they see as the hyper-sexualization of young girls in the film, Cuties. The film-makers say they movie is meant be a criticism of this sexualization.
33 Republican Congresspeople wrote in a letter to Barr, “
We’re writing to recommend you bring charges against Netflix, Inc. for the distribution of the film ‘Cuties,’ which contains child pornography.”