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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he is "reviewing the conduct" of the FBI's Russia probe during the summer of 2016, and that the Department of Justice inspector general will release a report on the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process and other matters in the Russia case in May or June.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016," Barr said in public testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

The remarks came as the attorney general faced a barrage of tough questions from the Democratic-controlled House panel Tuesday morning regarding Mueller's report, telling lawmakers he would release a redacted version of the original document "within a week."

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Barr defended his handling of the document, listing several areas that he believes should be redacted, including grand jury information, information that the intelligence community believes would reveal sources and methods, information in the report that could interfere with ongoing prosecutions and information that "implicates the privacy or reputational interests of peripheral players where there's a decision not to charge them."

The attorney general said that Mueller is working with him and his team through the process and that they will "color code" the redacted areas in the report and provide explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction.

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Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the full Appropriations Committee, expressed incredulity that Barr was able to fully digest the Mueller report and compile a summary of it in 48 hours.

"It seems your mind must have already been made up," she said.

Barr responded that "the thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people of the Department of Justice prior to his submission of the report. He had been interacting, he and his people were interacting with the deputy attorney general."

Asked whether Mueller or anyone on his team reviewed Barr's summary of the report in advance, Barr said that Mueller's team "did not play a role" in drafting that document and that he did give Mueller an opportunity an opportunity to review it, but he "declined."

Lowey pointed out that while Barr's summary of the Mueller report said that it was inconclusive about whether Trump obstructed justice, it also said that it did not exonerate him. Lowey added that Trump, meanwhile, has stated publicly that it represented a complete and total exoneration.

Asked who is factually accurate, Barr demurred. "It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of that report, isn't it?" he said.

Barr said several times during the hearing that he was technically operating under a regulation established under the Clinton administration, which he said does not provide for release of the report, and so he is relying instead on his own discretion.

Interesting repartee between Lowey and Barr about Mueller's conclusions not being a mystery in the DOJ and his final comment about it being difficult to have a conversation about Trump's claims of exoneration "without the contents of the report."

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 03:56 PM | Reply

'Lowey added that Trump, meanwhile, has stated publicly that it represented a complete and total exoneration.

Asked who is factually accurate, Barr demurred. "It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of that report, isn't it?" he said'

In other words, it's neither complete nor total.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 03:59 PM | Reply

#2

In other words, it's neither complete nor total.

Which is exactly what Barr said, glad you are catching on.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:02 PM | Reply

Which is exactly what Barr said, glad you are catching on.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019

What Barr said was that he wasn't going to say anything.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 04:03 PM | Reply

Barr's product needs to answer about a dozen vital questions to the satisfaction of people not named Trump.

To this point Barr has behaved like just any other mealy-mouthed Donald Toady.

He gets one chance to save his reputation. He says that happens next week. Bet you he ----- it.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 04:05 PM | Reply

The report release aside, if I was Comey and company I would be more than a little concerned that this is the same Inspector General that made the following findings in his last investigation:

• discovered text messages and instant messages between three FBI employees which expressed hostility toward 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and support for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and stated that he was "deeply troubled" by text messages sent between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

• examined the texts of three anonymous FBI agents assigned to the Clinton investigation, which were critical of then-candidate Donald Trump. Some of the messages exchanged between FBI employees derided Trump supporters as "retarded" and "lazy POS," also writing "screw you trump[,]" "---- trump," and "Vive le Resistance".

• said it was "extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to conceal his intentions (about the Clinton press conference) from his superiors", and that "we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies."

• discovered that another FBI attorney was found to have sent anti-Trump texts and had been assigned to the Clinton investigation, the investigation into Russian interference, as well as the Mueller probe. Described as "FBI Attorney 2" in the report, he lamented Trump's victory the day after the election, stating "I just can't imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years," and called then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence "stupid" in another text.

• referred Strzok, Page, and the three unnamed FBI officials (including FBI attorney 2) to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility for potential disciplinary action as a result of their politically-charged communications.

• concluding that Andrew McCabe "lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the [Wall Street Journal]" in violation of FBI policy, and that his "disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct."

There are more findings that should be deeply troubling to those who participated in the FBI Counterintelligence actions in 2016, but these are the main ones.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6

Seems scary.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-04-09 04:16 PM | Reply

I like how Zed seems to think that Barr, by his actions thus far, has put his reputation in jeopardy.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-04-09 04:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What Barr said was that he wasn't going to say anything.

#4 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2019-04-09 04:03 PM

Do you just vomit out talking points from your dungeon o' dispair or do you actually use your brain?

Here is the exact quote, from Barr's letter, on obstruction, which is what Barr and Lowey were talking about:

"The Special Counsel states that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Read that, slowly, as many times as you need to and make sure you sound out each word.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:19 PM | Reply

#6 It's amazing that Flynn and Padapolous had the book thrown at them but McCabe is out writing books with no apparent repercussions for lying to investigators.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-04-09 04:21 PM | Reply

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Has anyone looked into the leaks from the NY field office (aka Trumpland) to Rudy in the fall of 2016? If the answer is no, then I think a pro-Trump fix has been in for several years now.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 04:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7

I think Barr is more concerned, along with Mueller and his team while they work with Barr, about not committing their own felonies by releasing GJ testimony and evidence than they are in satisfying Zed and the rest of the hyperventilating loons.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:22 PM | Reply

#11

LOL, really?

This is for you, Gal:

House Majority Leader and America's Sweetheart Nancy Pelosi today condemned President Donald Trump for his lack of fiscal responsibility during the Mueller Investigation.

Speaking to a group of Democratic backers in a strip-mall parking lot, the Speaker lashed out against the spendthrift President's failure to fire Special Investigator Robert Mueller in the first three months of the investigation.

"Mueller spent over twenty-five million taxpayer dollars on an investigation that the President knew to be based on false accusations, yet the President did not use his executive authority to put a stop to this wasteful spending," said Pelosi. "He simply sat back and let the Special Investigator plow through a mound of money knowing full well that the investigation would produce no evidence of his wrongdoing whatsoever."

The Speaker pointed out that as the chief of the Executive Branch, the President has the authority to fire personnel in the Justice Department, and that Mueller was an obvious waste of time and effort which Trump should have terminated. She further leveled the charge that the President had done so for partisan political reasons.

"The President knew full well that the Democratic Party was deeply invested in the Mueller Investigation, anticipating a political bombshell at any moment that would allow us to finally and fully discredit the results of the 2016 election," the Speaker reminded her audience. She was outraged that the President allowed the Mueller investigation to continue, as it ultimately blew up in the DNC's face. "Mr. Trump has weaponized the Department of Justice to use against his political enemies," she declared, "He knew that Mueller's failure to find any evidence of collusion would reflect badly on the Democrats, the Never-Trumpers, and the News Media. He made the conscious decision to waste taxpayer dollars on an investigation he knew would fail, just to embarrass the opposition party."

Pelosi: Trump Should Have Fired Mueller in 2017

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:25 PM | Reply

Has anyone looked into how the confidential letter Comey sent to Congress about reopening Clinton email investigation got leaked to the public in late October 2016? If not, then once again it's obvious that the pro-Trump fix has been in for several years now.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

McCabe is out writing books with no apparent repercussions for lying to investigators.

I guess lying to the FBI while in the FBI gets you a book deal.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:28 PM | Reply

nobody farts up their own thread quite like rightoecentre

I give this tripe a two week sell by date.

#16 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-04-09 04:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How Rogue Agents in the FBI's NY Field Office Helped Elect Trump
washingtonmonthly.com

Comey Tells House Panel He Suspected Giuliani Was Leaking FBI Information to Media
www.wsj.com

CREW SUES FBI FOR GIULIANI LEAK RECORDS
www.citizensforethics.org

Mueller isn't the one who was tasked for looking into these leaks. I suspect that task should have fallen to the IG.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"#11
LOL, really?
This is for you, Gal:"

Irrelevant to the questions I am asking. See my post above.

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 04:34 PM | Reply

James Comey's Letter and the Problem of Leaks
www.newyorker.com

How one Congressman punked the media on the FBI letter about Clinton's emails
No, the FBI did not say it would ‘reopen' its investigation.
thinkprogress.org

THE TRUE STORY OF THE COMEY LETTER DEBACLE
www.vanityfair.com

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 04:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

LOL, Gal is going all Corky on us in an effort to now show that Mueller has been a Trump plant since the beginning.

This must be Priorities USA's latest guidance in their panic that the Mueller report isn't all they thought it would be.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:45 PM | Reply

Read that, slowly, as many times as you need to and make sure you sound out each word.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:19

Talking about his testimony in Committee today, me boy. Beyond that, I'll master phonics when you do.

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 04:47 PM | Reply

Talking about his testimony in Committee today, me boy.

Pretty decent recovery after totally missing the landing. Well done, I guess.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 04:50 PM | Reply

I like how Zed seems to think that Barr, by his actions thus far, has put his reputation in jeopardy.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019

He's been hiding a few important things, like the Mueller Summaries, for instance. Not the only instance.

I get in trouble from some here by having higher standards than they do. I expect smart and honest men to behave exactly that way.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 04:51 PM | Reply

"LOL, Gal is going all Corky on us in an effort to now show that Mueller has been a Trump plant since the beginning.
This must be Priorities USA's latest guidance in their panic that the Mueller report isn't all they thought it would be."

My posts have nothing to do with Mueller. Mueller was tasked with investigating Russian interference in the election. His mandate had nothing to do with the FBI leaks to Rudy or the leaking of Comey's letter by someone in Congress to the public. I don't know anything about Priorities USA or their guidelines or their so-called panic. Like I said, it's the IG at DOJ who should be looking into these matters. If he doesn't, that is the fix that is in and has been in for several years now and is no reflection on Mueller's investigation. Please keep in mind, you are the one who brought up the IG in this discussion, and I responded.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-09 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#24

I'm just giving you a hard time, for that I apologize.

As for a pro-Trump fix being in at the FBI since 2016, all evidence out of DC so far indicates the exact opposite, as I reference in #6.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 05:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He's been hiding a few important things, like the Mueller Summaries, for instance. Not the only instance.

Except for the fact that an official DOJ statement from Friday said that those summaries also contained GJ materials and had to be redacted. How many and how much we won't know until the report is released next week.

#26 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 05:13 PM | Reply

This seems like its just partisan retribution and we should all treat it as such.

#27 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-04-09 05:29 PM | Reply

Except for the fact that an official DOJ statement from Friday said that those summaries also contained GJ materials and had to be redacted.

#26 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 05:13 PM | Reply

Not a logical assertion given that experienced professionals created the Summaries for public consumption.

#28 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-09 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#28

But according to the DOJ they still left GJ information in them, so they have to be redacted. As I said earlier, we will know very shortly whether that official statement was BS or not.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 08:10 PM | Reply

Looks like we may finally get that witch hunt Trump has been talking about.

#30 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-09 11:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

## 27 and 30

I agree, that is how this is shaping up.

#31 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-09 11:47 PM | Reply

I'm sure Robert the torture justifier Mueller and his team are pooping their pants now.

Seriously. Who wouldn't be?

Bill Barr looks like Steve Bannon after an episode of ----- eye for the straight guys.

#32 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-04-10 11:20 AM | Reply

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