Kamala Harris Has Only Just Begun To Kick Bill Barr's Lying Ass
Bill Barr might be too chickenshit to show up and face the House Judiciary Committee, but that doesn't mean we're done talking about his disastrous and horrifying showing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. We already talked about how Mazie Hirono read Barr for filth and made Lindsey Graham so mad he died of consumption right there in the Senate chamber. (ALLEGEDLY.) Another senator who made news, because she is a badass prosecutor who often makes news, was Kamala Harris, who may not be president yet, but she's currently the president of getting Bill Barr to admit shit he probably didn't mean to admit.
Here's full video of Harris's questioning. While you watch Harris kick Barr's ass, also watch Cory Booker trying not to laugh as he watches Harris kick Barr's ass.
Harris started with an admittedly hard question: "Has anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?" Barr started with a typically evasive idiot answer: "Ummmmmm. I wouldn't. I wouldn't. Ummmmmmm." To which Harris replied, "Yes or no?"
Because to be clear, if the real answer was "no," if Donald Trump or others in the White House (but mostly Trump) hadn't been improperly discussing cases and possible investigations with Barr, then the answer Barr gave would have been an unequivocal "NO." If Barr was better at lying to Congress (he's already been caught!) the answer would have been "NO." Instead we got "Ummmmmm. I wouldn't. I wouldn't. UMMMMMMMMM."
Barr's next response: "Could you repeat that question?" Because obviously Bill Barr is very forgetful and couldn't remember what the fast-talkin' prosecutor lady had just asked him, or maybe he's just a stupid fucking liar, but was having a difficult time thinking on his feet and creating lies just then. Harris repeated the question, which was a waste of her time and America's time, and Barr replied, "Um. The president or anybody else?"
One question in and Kamala Harris tricked him! "Seems you'd remember something like that," replied the senator to the bumblefuck, who explained he was "grappling with the word 'suggest.'" (You know how Trump likes to talk in mafia code, relaying messages without saying them out loud!)
From this exchange we can infer that yeah, Trump has his Roy Cohn, they have all kinds of improper conversations, and both those motherfuckers should be impeached.
Later in the questioning Harris got Barr to admit that he didn't read any of Robert Mueller's underlying evidence before he decided to clear Donald Trump on obstruction charges, a decision he obviously came to long before he ever saw the report. (We already know Barr doesn't believe Republican presidents can commit crimes. Barr stated boldly for the Senate yesterday that it's OK for a president to fire an FBI director or end an investigation because the president believes he has been falsely accused. Did you know that was how obstruction of justice worked in America? Did you know you weren't even supposed to let the process play out, but could just obstruct the investigation, as long as you're pretty sure you didn't do anything bad? That is what Bill Barr thinks, at least about the president.)
BARR: We accepted the statements in the report as factual record. We did not go underneath it to see whether or not they were accurate. We accepted it as accurate.
Did Rod Rosenstein review it? Did anybody in Bill Barr's circle of circle jerking friends read the underlying evidence before deciding to throw Mueller's work in the trash and give Trump a clean bill of health?
HARRIS: Yet you represented to the American public that the evidence presented was not quote 'sufficient' to support an obstruction of justice offense.
The evidence he hadn't seen. Harris's point was that it was BARR who made the charging decision on obstruction of justice for Trump (which was actually not his job, as that was obviously intended for Congress). He testified that at that point, it was "his baby." But yet he didn't even check Mueller's work, most likely because his decision was a foregone conclusion. (Hell, after yesterday, we're not even sure Bill Barr has read the Mueller Report. He seemed genuinely confused about simple citations from the report, including the fact that Paul Manafort passed private Trump campaign polling data to a Russian spy with the understanding it would be passed to Putin's favorite oligarch.)
Mueller spent a very long time explaining the evidence for obstruction, and why he was not making a traditional prosecutorial decision, based on OLC guidance that you can't indict a sitting president (and obviously the fact that Barr would never sign off on such a thing). But it was extremely clear in his report that if Mueller had that power, he would have brought charges. There is no other valid reading of the Mueller Report.
Former SDNY prosecutor Mimi Rocah appeared on MSNBC yesterday and explained why this "underlying evidence" thing is so important. She said very often, when she worked for various US attorneys, they wouldn't go back into her work if they generally agreed with her charging decisions. BUT IF THEY DISAGREED, you'd better believe they got down in the weeds and reviewed the evidence for themselves, so they could credibly argue why they disagreed. This isn't simply dereliction of duty (though it is that), it's another example of Barr's fundamental disregard and disrespect for Robert Mueller. You know, the same guy whose pissed off letter about the mishandling of his work Bill Barr called "snitty" yesterday and dismissed as probably the work of his staff.
This is how positively jizzy Barr is for his god-emperor shit-king president, that he's willing to lie and obstruct justice and throw two years of Mueller's life's work in an incinerator, in order to protect his boss.
At the end of her questioning, Harris nailed Barr down further on the question of whether Rod Rosenstein (that shitheel) was cleared to oversee the investigation, considering how he was also a witness in the obstruction probe because of his role in the firing of James Comey. Moreover, was he cleared to help Bill Barr make charging decisions, including the decision where they decided Trump was 100 percent innocent and also eligible for sainthood? It ended up with this memorable exchange:
BARR: That's what the acting attorney general's job is. [HEH HEH CHUCKLE]
HARRIS: To be a witness and make the decision on being a prosecutor ... ?
Harris spoke after the hearing about what she had just witnessed, and called for Barr's resignation:
HARRIS; No prosecutor worth her salt would make a decision about whether the president of the United States was involved in an obstruction of justice without reviewing the evidence! This attorney general lacks all credibility, and has, I think, compromised the American public's ability to believe that he is a purveyor of justice.
REPORTER: Should he resign?
Yes. Simple as that. GTFO, Bill Barr.
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