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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:02 PM

Barr has ties to Russia

"A few of Barr’s previous employers are connected to key subjects in the probe. And some argue that, even if Barr didn’t break any rules, his financial ties to companies linked to aspects of the Russia investigation raise questions about whether he should—like his predecessor, Jeff Sessions—recuse himself.

“The legal standard is really clear about these issues. It’s not about actual conflict, it’s about the appearance of a conflict, about the appearance of bias,” Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham University’s School of Law and an expert on judicial and government ethics, tells Newsweek . “The problem is that we have so many flagrant conflicts that are so obvious, we get distracted from what the legal standard is.”

This much is known: On Barr’s public financial disclosure report, he admits to working for a law firm that represented Russia’s Alfa Bank and for a company whose co-founders allegedly have long-standing business ties to Russia. What’s more, he received dividends from Vector Group, a holding company with deep financial ties to Russia.

These facts didn’t get much attention during Barr’s confirmation hearing, as Congress was hyperfocused on an unsolicited memo Barr wrote prior to his nomination, which criticized the special counsel’s investigation—and whether he would release an unredacted Mueller report to Congress. Much of the information is public, but it has so far been unreported in relation to Barr..."


Link To Newsweek article:
https://www.newsweek.com/so-many-conflicts-so-little-time-1396435

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Reply Barr has ties to Russia (Original post)
Cetacea Apr 2019 OP
Hekate Apr 2019 #1
sheshe2 Apr 2019 #2
malaise Apr 2019 #8
sheshe2 Apr 2019 #10
Mr. Evil Apr 2019 #28
tblue37 Apr 2019 #36
drray23 Apr 2019 #3
Shell_Seas Apr 2019 #12
rusty fender Apr 2019 #22
pangaia Apr 2019 #32
uponit7771 Apr 2019 #38
Cracklin Charlie Apr 2019 #4
Cetacea Apr 2019 #7
lindysalsagal Apr 2019 #5
Mc Mike Apr 2019 #6
Shell_Seas Apr 2019 #9
Stinky The Clown Apr 2019 #11
coti Apr 2019 #13
PeeJ52 Apr 2019 #14
drray23 Apr 2019 #16
empedocles Apr 2019 #20
KPN Apr 2019 #47
Botany Apr 2019 #25
Golden Raisin Apr 2019 #26
triron Apr 2019 #31
dameatball Apr 2019 #46
Glimmer of Hope Apr 2019 #15
Grasswire2 Apr 2019 #17
BigmanPigman Apr 2019 #18
UpInArms Apr 2019 #35
SHRED Apr 2019 #19
kentuck Apr 2019 #21
sandensea Apr 2019 #23
Amaryllis Apr 2019 #24
uponit7771 Apr 2019 #39
crazytown Apr 2019 #27
Initech Apr 2019 #29
Takket Apr 2019 #30
dlk Apr 2019 #33
UTUSN Apr 2019 #34
Wounded Bear Apr 2019 #37
Lonestarblue Apr 2019 #40
Evolve Dammit Apr 2019 #53
RayStar Apr 2019 #41
Vinca Apr 2019 #42
toddwv Apr 2019 #43
GoCubsGo Apr 2019 #44
lagomorph777 Apr 2019 #45
Linda Ed Apr 2019 #48
Linda Ed Apr 2019 #49
AdamGG Apr 2019 #50
democratisphere Apr 2019 #51
ancianita Apr 2019 #52

Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:03 PM

1. Oooooh dear

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:05 PM

2. Anyone surprised by this?

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:10 PM

8. I'm shocked I tell you

NOT

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:12 PM

10. LOL.

I didn't think so.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:02 PM

28. It seems to be enevitable with Trump appointees.

I would've been more shocked if he didn't have ties to Russia. Barr is a typical party above country RWNJ.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:13 PM

36. Well,

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:06 PM

3. damm. am i the only person left in the usa that does not have ties with russia ???

each and every one of those guys have ties with russia one way or another. maybe i do and dont realize it..

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:14 PM

12. Да, да.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:36 PM

22. You may be

Have you bought Russian dressing, lately

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:13 PM

32. probably. I have 'tied' to Russia.

I have a bunch of musician friends in St Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk,......

And one living in Den Haag who had to leave the Soviet Union. Can't go back... And another living in Manchester, UK.....

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Response to drray23 (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:53 AM

38. IKR !?!?!

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:07 PM

4. He must recuse, or submit Mueller's report unredacted.

Or they can all resign, and let President Pelosi take over.

Traitors.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:09 PM

7. He's far too cocky

But dems need to at least bring this up.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:08 PM

5. Filthy. Rotten. Scoundrels.

G.O.P.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:12 PM

9. Isn't it too late for this?

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:13 PM

11. How special

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:16 PM

13. Just call them the Russia Party. nt

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:16 PM

14. Wasn't it the Alpha bank that was mysteriously communicating with Trump Org computers...

 

before the election?

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:18 PM

16. yes indeed. nt.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:29 PM

20. barr may be vulnerable to blackmail by trump or putin. Could explain his sucking

up to WH. Justice Kennedy ties to Deutsch/trump. The plots thicken.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #20)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:04 AM

47. What crossed my mind while I was reading

the piece. Maybe Barr got a “suggestion” that he write that memo to tRump that got him the “job”?

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:10 PM

25. Yup the computer @ Alfa Bank had links to Putin, the Trump Campaign, Cambridge Analytica,

Wikileaks, the Mercers, and Facebook.

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:12 PM

26. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

Back in 2016 Alfa Bank and Trump Organization servers tried to communicate or had "repeated activity" with each other.

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Response to Golden Raisin (Reply #26)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:13 PM

31. Yep, Alfa bank was in on the conspiracy.

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Response to triron (Reply #31)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:49 AM

46. I think the DeVoss organization was the third leg on this connection, if memory is correct.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:16 PM

15. That explains things a bit.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:24 PM

17. I wondered what his tax returns would show.

Damn.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:25 PM

18. Something's rotten all right!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:09 PM

35. This entire maladminstration and

Re-russlican party

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:28 PM

19. Our Democratic Party leaders

 

They need to start fighting like our lives depend on it.
Because they do.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:34 PM

21. Not surprised.

They are all connected to Russia, is some manner or other.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:40 PM

23. And worse still, the Bush crime family



"As you've all heard I'm out of the loop - and here's the guy who keeps me out of it."

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:54 PM

24. Rusian ties are a rerequisite for a position in the Trump Admin.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #24)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:54 AM

39. THIS !!!!

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:22 PM

27. Bogus.

Barr employed by Law. Employed. Not linked to individual clients. Not a conflict of interest at the time, let alone now.

Barr is corrupt. He has disgraced the office of Attorney General for the most base political motives. The Elephant is the room is Trump himself who by his own words expects the AG to do as he’s told. As Cohen said- Trump expects you to protect him, to lie and to stand over others. Barr knew , he applied for the job as has acted accordingly.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:07 PM

29. I'm shocked!!! Shocked!!!



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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:12 PM

30. it is only a conflict if he worked on cases involving alpha bank (Did he?)

and receiving dividends is okay as long as he divested himself from that holding company prior to becoming AG. (Has he?)

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:19 PM

33. Are There Any Republicans, in Office, Not Connected to Russia?

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:55 PM

34. K&R

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:36 PM

37. So Barr is the "unrelated 3rd party" he's protecting...

That would not be surprising.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:54 AM

40. This makes me wonder just how deep Russian connections go in the Republican Party.

I assume all of the Republican leadership in Congress has illicit ties to Putin. Perhaps that conversation when Kevin McCarthy said he believed that Putin was paying two people, Trump and Rohrabacher, has deeper meaning in that Ryan and others all had liaisons with Russia but they weren’t being paid directly, maybe just through campaign contributions to PACs. And why did Paul Ryan leave at the height of his power and without achieving two of his goals by killing social security and Medicare?

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #40)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:18 PM

53. I agree and believe this is the much bigger issue. Protection redactions Thursday.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:54 AM

41. Russian connections

Is anyone #45 picks for a position in his administration NOT connected to Russian banking or finances?

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:56 AM

42. WTF? He should be considered a co-conspirator not Attorney General.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:21 AM

43. Alfa Bank

https://www.businessinsider.com/deutsche-bank-tried-to-shed-loan-it-made-to-vtb-group-a-russian-bank-2019-2

Deutsche Bank reportedly tried to jettison a $600 million loan it made in 2016 to VTB Group, a Russian state-owned bank, amid questions over Russia's meddling in the 2016 election that made Donald Trump president, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Deutsche sold $300 million of the loan to Alfa Bank in December 2016, and wasn't able to sell the rest of loan, according to The Journal. VTB Group paid the rest of loan back in full in August 2017.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:24 AM

44. I wouldn't be surprised if he has ties to China, as well.

Just like the rest of them.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:24 AM

45. This could feed MSNBC all day.

Let's get their attention.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:50 AM

48. Barr withheld the full OLC opinion from congress

Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989
It is better to think of Barr’s summary as a redacted version of the full OLC opinion. That’s because the “summary” took the form of 13 pages of written testimony. The document was replete with quotations from court cases, legal citations, and the language of the OLC opinion itself. Despite its highly detailed analysis, this 13-page version omitted some of the most consequential and incendiary conclusions from the actual opinion. And there was evidently no justifiable reason for having withheld those parts from Congress or the public.
https://www.justsecurity.org/63635/barrs-playbook-he-misled-congress-when-omitting-parts-of-justice-dept-memo-in-1989/

And also this https://www.washingtonpost.com/

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Response to Linda Ed (Reply #48)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:56 AM

49. Walter Shaub quote...

If Barr had a concern about the investigation and wanted the truth, he'd cite facts and rely on the IG. If he wanted to provide his boss political cover or intimidate investigators so they won't investigate his boss again, he'd cite a conspiracy theory and launch his own inquiry.

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:49 PM

50. EVERY member of this administration is grotesquely fox guarding henhouse corrupt

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:51 PM

51. What has Russia got on Barr?!

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Response to Cetacea (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:58 PM

52. Why didn't this info come up during the confirmation process?? This should piss people off.

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