When Attorney General William Barr was appointed to lead the Justice Department he was reputed to be a straight shooter who played by the rules. We know he is also unflappable and combative after his performance at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Democrats intended to launch a full scale attack on Barr over the prosecution of cases involving Trump associates, the police protests, and his removal of a US attorney. It turned out to be a disaster for them after they refused to allow Barr to get a word in, and they ended up looking like ill-mannered, thuggish buffoons.
His academic credentials are impeccable and his experience is unassailable. He served in this capacity before as the 77th attorney general from 1991 to 1993 during the George H. W. Bush administration. But does Barr know how to be a street fighter? It doesn’t mean getting his hands dirty — it just means having the ability to stare down his weaponized opponents unflinchingly and refusing to allow them to move the goal posts so they can gain an advantage in the turf war.
Was he prepared to fight on a battleground where there are no rules except the ones your opponent enforces against you? If he does not aggressively prosecute the FBI and intelligence officials who abused our justice system in an orchestrated plot to inflict damage to their political opponents with improperly predicated interrogations and imprisonments, Barr will signal that he is just like Democrats. It will appear that he is more consumed by political considerations than equal justice and the enforcement of the rule of law.
Key players in the Russia probe and the Robert Mueller investigation have now established lucrative careers in media and other arenas after President Donald Trump ousted them. Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok is getting ready to cash in on the release of yet another ballyhooed book about Trump and Russia ahead of the election in November, detailing his concerns that the president could be “compromised.”
What could he possibly have to add to the public discourse, given recently declassified notes where he admits, “We have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with [intelligence officers]” from Russia. He was debunking a February 14, 2017 article in The New York Times which purported to show evidence of Trump Campaign collusion with Russia.
Former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have each released books about the investigation of Trump. Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department prosecutor who served on Mueller’s team, is due out with a book in September. He was hired as an MSNBC legal analyst in 2019 and McCabe was hired as a CNN contributor.
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, best known as Strzok’s ex-lover, was hired by NBC News and MSNBC as a national security and legal analyst. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper joined CNN as a national security analyst in 2017. Former director of the CIA John Brennan serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
They are all waiting in the shadows for what pollsters are expecting to be a blue wave which would enable Democrats to wrest control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, a chilling prospect.
Barr’s opponents are radical and evil enough to accuse political opponents of crimes they didn’t commit and watch as they are perp walked and incarcerated while they laugh cold-bloodedly in amusement.
They are now guarding over and shielding protesters affiliated with leftist organizations like Antifa and Black Lives Matter which have been engaged in violent demonstrations aimed at dismantling our judicial system by attacking police, jails and even the courts.
They are also radical enough to let people die as they fight for their various causes, if that’s what it takes to win. Their radical activities are spreading to Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Phoenix, Arizona and all across the country.
As things stand at this juncture in Bill Barr’s America it is the evil aggressor that wins, not the good guy who plays by the rules.