Attorney General Bill Barr was sucker punched just prior to his scheduled Senate Hearing on Wednesday. The night prior to testifying, Tuesday, the public learned that on March 27, 2019, three days after Bill Barr has written and published his four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s 448 page report, Robert Mueller wrote to Bill Barr, stating his dissatisfaction with the misleading review, and his disregard of the summary that he had submitted as part of his report. Mr. Mueller’s letter to Barr was clear; he was not happy, Bob.
During a Senate hearing on April 10, 2019, (which, btw, comes after March 27, 2019), Barr had the following exchange with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)—
Van Hollen: “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusions?”
Barr: “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusions.”
As you see, Bill Barr committed perjury on April 10, bringing the total to three Attorney Generals, so far, who have committed perjury on Trump’s behalf.
Bill Barr, this weeks Attorney General, may have come to the end of his long and shady career. I could summarize his achievements, but Senator Hirono (D/HI), did so yesterday, perfectly.
Marie Hirono, Amazie, handed Barr his ass. She used her time to read him his biography, because what is the point really of asking a liar questions? There are no consequences for perjury under this administration.
Another strong woman, the unrelenting Kamala Harris, used her prosecutorial skills to nail Barr to the wall. He admitted to her that he had not looked at the evidence in the Mueller report. The man who called the report ”his baby,” who said it was his decision what to do with it, did not look at the corresponding evidence.
Do you know who else admitted they had not read the entire report, besides Trump? Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham disclosed that has not read the entire report.
Lindsey Graham opened the hearing with an ode to Hillary Clinton’s emails, then went on to read an investigators opinion of Trump, that mirrored his own in 2016.
Another noteworthy moment came at the end of the hearing, literally.
Senator Blumenthal questioned Barr about Robert Mueller’s letter stating his dissatisfaction with Barr’s summary.
Barr tried to dismiss the letter as water under the bridge, claiming he called Mueller upon receipt of the letter, and that Mueller was not upset with Barr’s four-page summary of the report, but that Mueller was upset with the press’ handling of his review.
Barr claimed there were witnesses to the phone call because it was on speaker phone. Blumenthal asked if anyone took notes during the call, which led to the following exchange between Blumenthal and Barr:
Blumenthal: “May we have those notes?”
Blumenthal: “Why not?”
Barr: “Why should you have them?”
Lindsey Graham cut in: ”I’ll tell you. We’ve got to end this. But I’m going to write a letter to Mr. Mueller and I’m going to ask him is there anything you’ve said about the conversation that he disagrees with and if there is he can come and tell us, so the hearing is over.”
After the hearing, Lindsey Graham, overcome with a fit of the vapors, told the press he would not ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify.
”I’m not going to do anymore. Enough already. It’s over.”
Then he pendulated off to the nearest fainting couch.
He had just, minutes before, said he would ask Bob Mueller to testify to clear up the letter.
I haven’t discussed the GOP side, except for Graham, because they could have been one person, repeating lies, praising Barr for his “service to the American people,” bowing to his superior legal mind, and talking about Hillary Clinton.
The one exception was Ben Sasse, the Senator from Nebraska, who, seemingly by accident, landed on a line of questioning Barr was hesitant to discuss.
Oligarch, “bottom feeding scum sucker,” bad dude, murderer, Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska benefitted from Trump and Mitch McConnell’s efforts to lift Russian sanctions, which resulted in Deripaska dropping $200 million in Kentucky to build an aluminum plant.
Oops… Sasse must have missed the planning meeting the GOP must have held on how they would handle the hearing.
That was yesterday, May 1, 2019. Today, Barr was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee; you remember the House now has a democratic majority. Chairman of that Committee, Representative Jerry Nadler (D/NY) announced sometime after the end of the Senate hearing that Barr informed him he would not appear as scheduled today.
He’s not there👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Nadler also received a letter from the DOJ informing him that they will not comply with the Judiciary Committee’s subpoena for the full, unredacted Mueller report, and it’s corresponding evidence.
Barr is now in Contempt of Congress. Contempt of Congress is an obstruction of justice offense that could result in up to a year in prison and a $100k fine.
Can we please see some consequence now?
*No, I guess not now. An update to the Congressional response— Rep Nadler has announced he will give Barr 48 hours to comply, by turning over the full, unredacted report and corresponding evidence or be charged.