Questions Swirl Around AG Barr As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

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Alex - 3 months ago
Lies, Lies, Lies...
bethere5151 - 7 months ago
Stone should not have been charged ...unless the same standard is applied to all democrats. Most democrats would be in prison by now... when you think about it ... it's a good place to start.
Dana Sleeper
Dana Sleeper - 7 months ago
Donna Martins
Donna Martins - 7 months ago
Rudy is going to be vice president Trump loves you.Jay got 68 million for representing Trump still has 38 million of Ukraine maybe he'll give that. To you.Rudy you and Don are idiots.
Robert - 7 months ago
What questions ?
We know Barr is dirty.
Why ???
Barbara Clements
Barbara Clements - 7 months ago
Barr should have been removed after he lied about the results of the Mueller report and then held back on providing the unredacted form to Congress. That is a major coverup.
Question: what is holding up the extradition of Firtash to Chicago and his waiting trial?
Why has Giuliani not been indited?
Inspired Clarity
Inspired Clarity - 7 months ago
Indictments for all these F*CKERS! Plenty to go around!Let's go all real Americans!!!
ric barrera
ric barrera - 7 months ago
Democrats already on full CYA smokescreen mode to delegitimize Barr. This is gonna be fun.
Ethan Hill
Ethan Hill - 8 months ago
barr is a HACK.
John Jordan
John Jordan - 8 months ago
Trump told the Ukrainians to call Barr like 8 times...
Domino Ryan
Domino Ryan - 8 months ago
Poor rudy more evidence is coming out regardless
claire bigelow
claire bigelow - 8 months ago
Barr...Moscow Mitch and Miss Lindsay Graham should ALL recuse themselves !!!!!
Dan Fremont
Dan Fremont - 8 months ago
Lev Parnas!!! Love him!
Patricia roe
Patricia roe - 8 months ago
After Bar, Trump became more emboldened. He was so sure footed, on thinking he could do anything he wanted that he slipped and fell. (on his face)
Patricia roe
Patricia roe - 8 months ago
The rabiits are running scared.
Patricia roe
Patricia roe - 8 months ago
Barr is as corrupt as Trump. its like a new Reich being set up.
Shirley Hill
Shirley Hill - 8 months ago
Giuliani circumspect and careful? Now there's another whopper.
amiho gatai
amiho gatai - 8 months ago
a.g. barr is a sellout. he cares more about approval from individual-1 than upholding the law the safety of america. he is also scared out of wits from a tweet from twit-in chief.
Carla Costa
Carla Costa - 8 months ago
Either way, your dumb add should have never been there in the first place. No wonder they didn't want Lev Parnas on the stand.
steve wakeham
steve wakeham - 8 months ago
Barr is one of the biggest criminals of them all. Literally and figuratively.
canuck - 8 months ago
This all has to do with Russia taking over Ukraine resources, oil and gas, using Parnas, Trump et al, and the former energy minister. That is what Marie Y was blocking I bet.
canuck - 8 months ago
Maybe Rudy didn't but someone did. Parnas needs to be protected. He could have a lot of people after him.
Pumpkin Paxon
Pumpkin Paxon - 8 months ago
Rudy comes out and covers for Bill Barr while Barr is silent!
Risto Virtanen
Risto Virtanen - 8 months ago
Celebrating the unpresidented triumph of the patriotic GOP Christian government corruption inspired by the chosen one, very stable genius with best words, thoughts and covfefe prayers bigly as usual in the land of the free and the home of the brave…😖
Annie - 8 months ago
With Rudy saying- "I told Parnas I wouldn't include Barr because it would compromise him," he's admitting that they were doing criminal acts for Trump.
Nhat Le
Nhat Le - 8 months ago
Again.. They are setting the Barr!!
David h
David h - 8 months ago
Barr needs to be investigated what a pathetic excuse for a human being lock him up
Patrick Swezey
Patrick Swezey - 8 months ago
Hes not a g hes Trumps criminal buddy. Hes in the loop. Looks like about 29 or so should be fired by the amercian people.
Ann Moore
Ann Moore - 8 months ago
Marcia Bramson
Marcia Bramson - 8 months ago
ALL MUST GO GO GO GO! A must for our country to survive. You can see how quickly dt did damage. Jabberwocky doesn't care about anything except $$$$$$$$ for him & all other (loyal only) cockroaches. Began immediately; when scheming r's cheated w/election. For real ,,,,,, dt DID NOT win on his own. NO NO NO NO. Jabberwocky ALWAYS ALWAYS
C-H-E-A-T-S 😨
Doesn't matter what. Everything and anything.
BAD BAD SEEDS ,,,,,, all of em.
micheal conley
micheal conley - 8 months ago
How can u elect this criminal president again . Cover up
George Ulicny
George Ulicny - 8 months ago
So, when is Barr gonna get off his fat butt and start indicting these clowns ? Start with Joe... Enough evidence to indite / convict HRC a half - dozen times... Not much point in winning elections if the AG doesn't have the balls to go after corrupt politicians....
Matthew Molina
Matthew Molina - 8 months ago
Barr🐽should be in jail with Giuliani.
Surgical Nurse
Surgical Nurse - 8 months ago
Barr is up to his eyebrows in the Ukrainian deal. He'll g e t his.
WWG1WGA! USA - 8 months ago
Leftists will hang. I hope all you fools are ready for a glorious 5 more years. I hope you all jump off a bridge to aid in saving the climate as well.
James Campbell
James Campbell - 8 months ago
The main question swirling around him is which one of the crooks to indict first.
J. Muller
J. Muller - 8 months ago
I hope William Barr and Durham bring down the Deep State before they bring down America.
dr. rae christopher
dr. rae christopher - 8 months ago
dr. rae christopher
dr. rae christopher - 8 months ago
Naomi Ogle
Naomi Ogle - 8 months ago
That's a lie. Trump gave them missiles. Obama gave them blankets to fight off a Russian invasion.
Walter Mcneill
Walter Mcneill - 8 months ago
Barr knew about the whole thing .
foxdesignbuild foxdesignbuild
You know it's one thing to be a criminal. It's always been something else completely to be masquerading as law enforcement while being a criminal. It's always struck me these types of criminals do more to undermine faith in law than anyone else and should be punished double for the same crime. But to parade around as the AG of the United States while aiding and abetting the crimes of your gang and gang leader should only be punished like Mussolini was finally punished: Battered to death and hung up in the streets by your own people.
lmao6t - 8 months ago
every time Rudy talks he exposes every crooked plot!!!........GRANPA MUNSTER @ it again in tha dungeon cooking up some crazy shyt potion!!
Calkids Bradley
Calkids Bradley - 8 months ago
Any person with a working moral compass would never be involved with Trump. These people are motivated by greed, race dynamics and power. Hopefully, someday people of character will overcome gerrymandering, Russian interference & voter suppression or America will revert to when 90% owed their souls to the company store.
foamfingermaker - 8 months ago
Very careful not to compromise Bill Barr. Hmmmm. Everything about this statement is deceptive, first he was on a mission to find information that would help his client Donald Trump totally on the up&up. So why would honestly acquired truths compromise Bill Barr? Assuming that Guiliani didn't know about Parnas's corrupt campaign finance issues, he would not need to protect Barr from being associated with Parnas. So why did he need to make sure Barr was not compromised? The Truth plain and simple Barr did know everything. He knew about Rudy and Parnas what they were doing, he new about the quid pro quo, he new it all, infact he was probably the brains behind Guliani's little fact finding mission, because Bill Barr could not appear to be involved in a scheme to cover up a high crime committed by Donal Trump.
Rudy us no stranger to this game he knows that he is a lower ranking trump operative, he knows that he needs to take the heat off of his Boss, his own actions seem so inept that it is unfathomable that it was not orchestrated so as afford plausible deniability to Bill Barr. He got caught all that is left is to see Rudy fall on his sword. It's clear that Lev Parnas isn't going to.
Rich Winder
Rich Winder - 8 months ago
It's legal to lie on TV and the internet.
Neil Clarke
Neil Clarke - 8 months ago
SammyLove LH
SammyLove LH - 8 months ago
Barr is going to Prison💁🏼‍♀️ Wait and see 😎
Carolyn Talbot
Carolyn Talbot - 8 months ago
What would Hitler have been without Joseph Goebbels?
me - 8 months ago
Lithuanian Giant
Lithuanian Giant - 8 months ago
When I watch CNN, CNBC they have legitimate arguments presenting it with views that are well thought out. When I watch the Fox shows they use straw man and fear tactics.
Paul Henri
Paul Henri - 8 months ago
I do agree with some of the statements of what this woman is saying but the fact that there was actually a tale on a us sitting ambassador and everyone can read what those texts were saying that they were talking about putting a hit on a US ambassador. This is the difference between the rest of the world in the United States we're not brainwashed by our country like the United States has. So the hear of an actual assassination of a US ambassador and the doj not talking to Lev parnas is just incompetency on a level beyond comprehension. Cuz there is no doubt in any other democracy that person would be taken seriously. Unless the Americans don't really give a crap about their ambassadors
Astrobrant2 - 8 months ago
I actually did laugh out loud when Rudy said, "I have been circumspect, careful, exceedingly careful."
Paul Henri
Paul Henri - 8 months ago
And this is why No One believe in what Giuliani is saying cuz we know the facts to be true of what parnis is saying when it comes to Bill Barr we know this because of what happened with the previous Attorney General Jeff sessions. And this is why bar and more than likely going to end up in jail when this is all said and done
Chris Wise
Chris Wise - 8 months ago
Lev Paaaaaarrrnas
EUGENE KUPKA - 8 months ago
Questions have been swirling around Barr since Trump appointed him,started off bad and didn't improve a custom fit for Trump's uses as a defensive blocker !
ElPocho DelMundo
ElPocho DelMundo - 8 months ago
For Barr to be in on it, not necessary for Giuliani to converse with him. The Pig (Trump) told Zelensky (and a bunch of other Ukies) to talk to Barr about it, because he knows all about it. Or, as the Ambassador to EU says, "everybody was in the loop."
Rani Rich
Rani Rich - 8 months ago
As Lev Parnas is trying to save his own dingle berries by whoever is pimping him, AG Barr is not going to release any information regarding investigations, indictments and those going to a Grand Jury irregardless of accusations or pressure applied.
Shot out to Laura Ingraham ... That is what I call real investigative reporting!!! Looks like Pencil Neck Schiff's Mr. Kent and others will be going under oath but not necessarily the Senate Trial.
Gonny Govender
Gonny Govender - 8 months ago
This is a perfect crime, being tried by perfect criminal lovers, who will lie even under oath and not recuse themselves. It will be a perfect exoneration, even though this is simply a crime if tried in a court of law. GOP lost all respect. What has America become? This is the end of America. It will be ruled by the Russian Mobs.
Jack Gamboa
Jack Gamboa - 8 months ago
Barr's slimy with-holding then lying about then redaction of the Mueller Report was a clear indication of his contempt for America. "If you want the Grand Jury material, you can go to the courts for it." "If a sitting President cannot be indicted, then why even investigate him?" The words of William Barr, traitor.
Randy Smith
Randy Smith - 8 months ago
All fake news bullshi.
TNSamShiner - 8 months ago
1/23/2020 To any America that Vote Republican you are a Disgrace to America. You Support a Croupt Regime called REPUBLICANS. Anyone can see how Croupt the REPUBLICANS are by looking at McConnell and the Fake Trial by the Republicans. When the Senate Republicans announced they will not  convict Trump before hearing the evidence. You have a Fake Trial without Evidence and Witnesses. The Democrats and Adam Schiff has presented the Truth but the REPUBLICANS has blocked the Truth in every vote. Trump is dividing the country and destroying the Democracy of America with the helping of the REPUBLICANS and Putin. While Putin is laughing at us. Trump is a Evil People like Satan that is selling America out to Putin. And the people that back and support Trump and the Republicans is Supporting the process. Trump and the Republicans are destroying the Republic and turning America into a Dictatorship. The REPUBLICANS wants take over America as A COOP (meaning control in America  as the primary leader in the Courts, the Senate, Congress and President) and McConnell has endorsed this ideal. Why you may have not seen this coming it's the Plans of the REPUBLICANS and Trump. But Trump or McConnell wasn't planning on Adam Schiff. If you love your Country you will vote all Republicans from Office and Demand Trump be Impeached. America it is time to remove McConnell, Graham, Trump from Office. It's time to Jailed all that has Supported and Covered Up for Trump. It time to  Expose the Lies of Trump. Barr and Giuliani should be Executed with Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Graham, McConnell and other Republicans. When you say Corruptions you are speaking of Evil Republicans. As Stated if You Vote Republican you are Disgrace to America.
Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith - 8 months ago
Isn't the implication that he's spilling his guts now so he doesn't get murdered in jail to keep him quiet for what he knows. This is a dark guy who knows who he's dealing with.
John Rogan
John Rogan - 8 months ago
40 yea...20 nay... get the us marshal to evict this gangster and fraud POTUS!
John Rogan
John Rogan - 8 months ago
William Barr
..another brain dead cult member...amazing judge Ito Roberts can sit there and let Prez Dimbulb continue as the POTUS...a real Supreme court justice would recuse McConnell...Graham...tim scott...harris...booker and anyone who voted to appoint Kavanaugh...Manchin...I am thinking 2/3rd margin for removal might be 42/60...
Henry Martinez1060
Henry Martinez1060 - 8 months ago
Janet Falk
Janet Falk - 8 months ago
Barr should be impeached after Trump. Both should be in prison. Include all the Trumps and Kushner.
Deborah Wagner
Deborah Wagner - 8 months ago
Ball licker BArr has already blatantly spoke about how trump should have no limit to his power. Barr wants to support an authoritarian system
Fr ra
Fr ra - 8 months ago
lying Brian Fake news.
Fr ra
Fr ra - 8 months ago
lying Brian Fake news.................................................................................
Chris P. Bacon
Chris P. Bacon - 8 months ago
Republicans are terrible liars.
sandy frye
sandy frye - 8 months ago
Giuliani is lying through his teeth. They’re all in it together!
Alicia O.
Alicia O. - 8 months ago
"So I wouldn't compromise him"
Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson - 8 months ago
If anyone trusts "Truth isn't truth" Giuliani, they are truly stupid. Trump and Giuliani are two guys that LIE ALL THE TIME.....
dmoney668 - 8 months ago
Maya is so fine
dmoney668 - 8 months ago
I don't know what "THE Ukraine" is
Lynda Mackrous
Lynda Mackrous - 8 months ago
Off to fix they’re FAI , you’re not
Lynda Mackrous
Lynda Mackrous - 8 months ago
Parnas wants out of jail
Lynda Mackrous
Lynda Mackrous - 8 months ago
Since when does a trial demand the defence to bring witness against the defendant
Democrats have the laws upside down
Lynda Mackrous
Lynda Mackrous - 8 months ago
If gemovrats believe trump admin. Believe there conspired
It means democrats conspiracy too. They conspired from July 2016. Until the present
Bill P
Bill P - 8 months ago
I believe that William Barr is a religious fanatic,,, he is a supporter of OPUS DEI , the secret Catholic organization written about in the book, "The Da Vinci Code",,,,,,
DJ ZROCC1 LA 213 - 8 months ago
If you're fighting a case to prove your innocence of course you would want witnesses... The prosecutors will not want any witnesses in... Just like Mitch cowards face (Duuh).
Guy North
Guy North - 8 months ago
Yea, what is up with this, Parnas works for Rudy and trump, yet he is the one being indicted! Don't they usually go for the head guy, I wonder what changed?
rleb blco l
rleb blco l - 8 months ago
Ricky Ricjardson
Ricky Ricjardson - 8 months ago
Ricky Ricjardson
Ricky Ricjardson - 8 months ago
P Bo
P Bo - 8 months ago
Barr decided not to send the whistleblower complaint to congress so he knew... the whistleblower complaint implicated him to have knowledge of the phone call and the cover up, putting it into a code word top secret safe..
All the redacted e-mails that he completely covered up all words of any substance that later had to be un-redacted.. wow..
There is truly more than enough evidence to get him put into an impeachment trial of his own..
He decided to become a trump martar.. throwing himself under the bus, hoping him DOJ criminal attorney colleagues will rescue him..
And remember it wasn't until Barr got the whistleblower complaint and had it put into a code word safe did Trump and his admin finally release the aide.. it took that much to finally realize Trump's charade was up and they needed to focus solely on a cover up story..
This is why republicans and the wh admin don't want documents and witnesses... the truth will bring down the whole house of cards the GOP have been hiding anna protecting..
If so innocent, the evidence and witnesses will prove that.. so stop obstructing and allow the evidence to show nothing illegal happened..
What are republicans so scared of? Their shadows apparently these days..
Again, innocent people don't behave this way.. people hiding things do!!!!
Elizabeth Nash
Elizabeth Nash - 8 months ago
Maya Wiley for President!!!
John Wheaton
John Wheaton - 8 months ago
William Barr deserves scrutiny
Maureen Tate
Maureen Tate - 8 months ago
These are all thieves and crooked politicians and if the Republican Party doesn’t vote against Trump we will bury them as treasonous cowards!
dcoleman4444 - 8 months ago
Right, ANYONE believes Rudy, you don't believe him either.
W W - 8 months ago
Trump and the GOP are wholly owned subsidiaries of Koch Industries and are taking Russian Money by the millions.
The Koch Brothers are my Brother [HP]

--Facing accusations of patent violations, Koch looked abroad, including what was then Stalin-era Russia, where he set up Russia’s oil refineries. After setting up Stalin with refineries, Stalin kicked Koch out of Russia. Back in the US, Koch went about fighting Stalin for payback.

--The Koch brothers didn’t just inherit their father’s fortune. They also inherited his politics. In 1958, Fred Koch was a founding member of the John Birch Society, the right-wing extremist group that opposed civil rights and claimed that both the Democratic and Republican Parties were infiltrated by the Communist Party. In his 1960 self-published book, A Business Man Looks at Communism, Fred Koch wrote that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” and that welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks and Puerto Ricans to Eastern cities to vote for Communist causes and “getting a vicious race war started.” The John Birch Society helped fuel a wave of hysteria against unions, civil rights groups, intellectuals, public schools, liberal clergy and others whom they considered a threat to America…

The John Birch Society was instrumental in Trump’s campaign (Politico)

--You can see their father’s words in David Koch’s 1980 presidential campaign platform AND in the actions of the republicans of today.

Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

“Abolish Medicare and Medicaid”
“Abolish the Social Security system”
“Abolish welfare, relief projects, aid to children and ‘aid to the poor”
“Abolish government regulated schools and compulsory education”
“Abolish compulsory insurance/tax-supported health and abortion services”
“Abolish the regulation of the medical insurance industry”
“Abolish all taxation”
“Abolish minimum wage laws”
“Abolish the Postal Service”
“Abolish the Federal Aviation Administration”
“Abolish the Consumer Product Safety Commission”
“Abolish the Federal Election Commission”
“Abolish the Food and Drug Administration”
“Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency”
“Abolish the Department of Energy”
“Abolish the Department of Transportation”
“Abolish the Occupational Safety and Health Act”
“Abolish all public roads and national highways”
“Abolish requiring safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets”
“Privatization inland waterways and control of all water”
“Abolish all lending laws”
“Abolish all branches of the service except the Army”

Now, look at what the republicans are doing!

'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise [NPR]

--Fred Koch, the patriarch of the family, was an expert in building oil refineries, and he and a friend named William Rhodes Davis proposed building one in Germany during 1934, '35, that period in there. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in Germany, so this meant working under the Third Reich. And in order to get permission, they actually had to go to Hitler himself, and William Rhodes Davis did the "Heil Hitler" to greet Hitler, and finally they got Hitler to greenlight this proposal so that they could build an oil refinery in Hamburg. Koch still loved Nazism, so much so, he employed a Nazi party nanny to raise his children in the US.

Partnered with the Koch Brothers to take over the GOP

--“Over the years, Rich Fink, Charles Koch’s political adviser, and his various Koch protégés have occasionally talked publicly about what would be needed to take over one of the two national political parties from the outside and place Libertarian, free-market principles at its center.” The Kochs spent a billion dollars of dark money to purchase the republicans and put them into office. The republicans are a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

Trump and the Koch Brothers Are Working in Concert They disagree about trade, tariffs and immigration, but don’t be fooled. Neither side can get what it really wants without help from the other.

President Trump and the Koch brothers have made it clear that they don’t like each other. Politically speaking, they are in fundamental disagreement over trade, tariffs and immigration. Nonetheless, there is a functional Trump-Koch alliance, and the Republican Party has capitalized handsomely on it. Trump’s racially freighted, anti-immigrant rhetoric has been essential to persuading white voters to agree to Republicans’ long-sought tax and regulatory policies. These policies are inimical or irrelevant to the interests of low- and moderate-income Americans. They have been promulgated by the Trump administration, but many of them have been meticulously prepared and packaged by the Kochs’ massive political network.

Take a look at the ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council another Koch Industries subsidiary. The ALEC writes legislation and gives it to a republican representative. Without even transferring the legislation to Official Representative Paper, the republican brings it to the floor to be voted on. Corporations are writing legislation via republicans.

YouTube: State Legislatures and ALEC: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Koch Brothers Work to Rig the Courts

The Koch brothers are branching out – to the judicial branch, that is.

Having funded state-based think tanks and advocacy groups that are designed to write and enact anti-worker, anti-regulatory legislation, the brothers’ latest target is the federal judiciary. The goal is to ensure that the federal bench is full of judges who, for the next few decades, will issue rulings that enrich billionaires and CEOs like the Kochs – at the expense of working people.
W W - 8 months ago
How Putin’s oligarchs funneled millions into GOP campaigns [DallasMoriningNews]

--As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian government, investigators are taking a closer look at political contributions made by U.S. citizens with close ties to Russia.

--Buried in the campaign finance reports available to the public are some troubling connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to President Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders…In 2015-16 Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.

--In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund..
W W - 8 months ago

What is the criminal description of being in receipt of illegal political funds. Oh yea... Money Laundering!

Recently Indicted Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman face several felonies over their roles in various conspiracies and efforts to defraud the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) by allegedly misrepresenting the source of funds and for unlawfully soliciting foreign campaign contributions.

Parnas made 20 identical contributions of $661.90 to the:

North Carolina Republican Party
New Jersey Republican State Committee
South Carolina Republican Party
Tennessee Republican Party
Connecticut Republican Party
Wyoming Republican Party
Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania
California Republican Party
Republican Party of Wisconsin
New York Republican Federal Campaign Committee
Republican Party of Virginia
North Dakota Republican Party
Mississippi Republican Party
West Republican Party of Louisiana
Illinois Republican Party
Kansas Republican Party

Parnas made a donation of $2,700 to:

Candidate Trump
House GOP Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif)
Pete Sessions (R-Texas)

Parnas also showered cash on various electoral organizations.
Vice President Mike Pence‘s Great America Committee received $5,000
The GOP’s “Protect the House” joint fundraising committee received $11,000 The National Republican Congressional Committee received $3,800
The Republican National Committee received $33,400
The Trump Victory PAC received $50,000

Fruman has been slightly less active in his exploits as a donor for the GOP but doubly maxed-out to then-governor and eventual Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in May 2018. On the same day, Fruman donated $15,000 to the Rick Scott Victory Fund PAC. He later made two separate $2,700 contributions to Rep. Joseph Wilson (R-S.C.) in June 2018–one for the primary election; one for the general election.
W W - 8 months ago
Before Barr was taking money from the Russians.

Barr Once Contradicted Trump’s Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable [NYTimes]

In a memo for the Trump team during the Russia investigation, the attorney general wrote that presidents who misuse their authority are subject to impeachment.

WASHINGTON — Scholars have roundly rejected a central argument of President Trump’s lawyers that abuse of power is not by itself an impeachable offense. But it turns out that another important legal figure has contradicted that idea: Mr. Trump’s attorney general and close ally, William P. Barr.

In summer 2018, when he was still in private practice, Mr. Barr wrote a confidential memo for the Justice Department and Mr. Trump’s legal team to help the president get out of a problem. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was pressuring him to answer questions about whether he had illegally impeded the Russia investigation.

Mr. Trump should not talk to investigators about his actions as president, even under a subpoena, Mr. Barr wrote in his 19-page memo, which became public during his confirmation.

Mr. Barr based his advice on a sweeping theory of executive power under which obstruction of justice laws do not apply to presidents, even if they misuse their authority over the Justice Department to block investigations into themselves or their associates for corrupt reasons. But Mr. Barr tempered his theory with a reassurance. Even without the possibility of criminal penalties, he wrote, a check is in place on presidents who abuse their discretionary power to control the executive branch of government — impeachment.
W W - 8 months ago
Mitch McConnell openly speaking about Obstruction of Justice

(Before he and his wife were taking Russian Money)

--Mr. President, I arise to today to call attention to a serious and deeply troubling crisis in our country. This is a crisis of confidence, or credibility, and of integrity. Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth, or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth? I am of course referring to the investigation into serious allegations of illegal conduct by the president of the United States. That the president has engaged in a persistent pattern and practice of obstruction of justice. The allegations are grave, the investigation is legitimate, and ascertaining the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the unqualified, unevasive truth is absolutely critical. The search for truth is led by highly capable former Solicitor General of the United States and a former judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, Kenneth Star. Mr. President I am deeply troubled today because Judge Starr’s pursuit of the truth is being undermined every step of the way, every single day in the press by those whose sole mission is to attack and impugn the court-appointed independent prosecutor and the congressionally-created process. And these attackers are not the journalists or the broadcasters. Mr. President, what troubles me most here is that these reckless attacks, these ruthless onslaughts, are being carried out by the closest advisers to the president of the United States.The smear campaign is being orchestrated by the White House.
W W - 8 months ago
Senator Lindsey Graham speaks openly about impeachment!

(Before he was taking Russian Money)

--He has sullied our legal system in every way.

--Let it be said that any president that cheats our institutions,

-Shall be impeached.

--The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena,

-Is the day he was subject to impeachment,

-Because he took the power from congress…

--You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime

-To lose your job in this constitutional republic.

--Impeachment is about cleansing the office.

--He encouraged people to lie for him, he lied…

--I think he obstructed justice!
Jeannette Johnson
Jeannette Johnson - 8 months ago
Let's go Parnas, bring out the videos, and receipts. Time to send Fred Flintstone back to bedrock!
W W - 8 months ago
‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’[Politico]

--He’s met Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and he dined with him at the White House the day after the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office. He’s a regular presence on TV, especially Fox News, where he’s a reliable voice on the president’s side against the investigation. In April, following the Cohen raid, Dershowitz appeared on “Hannity” nine times—including three days in a row.
W W - 8 months ago
Why does Dershowitz keep appearing on Russian propaganda channels? [ThinkProgress]

--The president's most prominent legal defender has found a new outlet for his views.
Dershowitz’s multiple appearances on RT (RussiaToday) over the past few months come as questions continue to swirl about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia.

--Dershowitz’s multiple appearances on RT (Russia Today) over the past few months come as questions continue to swirl about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia. Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report on Russian interference last week, and Attorney General William Barr’s four-page synopsis cleared the campaign of collusion while also describing the multiple ways Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election.

--Following Barr’s letter, Dershowitz appeared on RT to condemn the entire investigation. “It was a mistake to appoint a special counsel because there was no evidence of a crime,” Dershowitz said, calling for contempt of court proceedings to begin against those who lobbied for FISA warrants.
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Alan Dershowitz’s Old Comments About Impeachment Come Back To Haunt Him [HuffPost]

--In 1998 ― when President Bill Clinton was facing impeachment … “It certainly doesn’t have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty,” Dershowitz said on CNN at the time. “You don’t need a technical crime.”

--Dershowitz also said impeachment was “like a nonviolent revolution” and had to be limited to great offenses of state.

--“We look at their acts of state, we look at how they conduct the foreign policy, we look at how they try to subvert the Constitution the way Iran-Contra did by going behind the back of Congress, by lying repeatedly and by misstating to the American public matters of great state issues,” he said.

--Dershowitz added that Iran-Contra, a scandal under President Ronald Reagan, was not an impeachable offense. However, his concession that abusing the trust was an impeachable offense seemed to be at odds with his current belief that abuse of power
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