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Throughout his tenure, William Barr has been on a largely unchecked spree of corruption. Tomorrow,

Oh, I wish Kamala Harris was there also.



Throughout his tenure, William Barr has been on a largely unchecked spree of corruption.

Tomorrow, for the first time, he will have to answer questions in the House Judiciary Committee. Here are my five things Barr must be pressed on, for ⁦@CNN
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https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/opinions/attorney-general-barr-crossexam-honig/index.html


Five questions the House Judiciary Committee must ask Bill Barr

Opinion by Elie Honig Updated 2:58 PM ET, Mon July 27, 2020


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(CNN)During his nearly 18-month tenure, Attorney General William Barr has done profound and pervasive damage to the Justice Department. He has trampled on the two core virtues that have long defined the Justice Department, through administrations of both political parties: credibility and independence.


Barr has bent the truth, distorted the law and undermined his Department's own prosecutions, with one consistent outcome -- to protect and advance the political interests of President Donald Trump.




When Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he should face pointed questioning from the House Judiciary Committee. That is, if Barr chooses to show up.

Barr has routinely ignored Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler's largely ineffectual efforts to ensure accountability; at times, Barr has openly defied Nadler's subpoenas, and at others he has casually no-showed when summoned.




Indeed, Tuesday's hearing will mark the first time during his current tenure as attorney general that Barr would testify before the House Judiciary Committee if he appears.


Nadler and the Judiciary Committee have plenty of work to do. Barr's abuse of power has gone largely unchecked, and Tuesday's hearing could mark the last time in his tenure that he faces meaningful questioning in anything other than his own hand-picked forum.



And Barr himself is a one-man target-rich-environment. By his own conduct, Barr has created an indisputable factual record that -- if deployed properly -- could expose publicly the full extent of his abuses.


Here are the five most important questions the House Judiciary Committee must ask Barr.


Voter fraud and the 2020 election. Mr. Barr, you claimed publicly in a June interview with NPR that an election conducted largely by mail would not be secure; that "there's so many occasions for fraud there that cannot be policed"; and that the possibility of counterfeiting ballots was "obvious." On what specific evidence do you base those claims? During your tenure as attorney general, how many cases has the Justice Department charged for voter fraud relating to mail-in ballots? Will you commit not to permit the Justice Department to be used to challenge any 2020 election without specific evidence to indicate that voter fraud actually changed the outcome?...............
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Reply Throughout his tenure, William Barr has been on a largely unchecked spree of corruption. Tomorrow, (Original post)
riversedge Jul 2020 OP
UncleTomsEvilBrother Jul 2020 #1
wcmagumba Jul 2020 #2
underpants Jul 2020 #5
lagomorph777 Jul 2020 #16
Thomas Hurt Jul 2020 #3
blueinredohio Jul 2020 #7
redstatebluegirl Jul 2020 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2020 #4
LEW Jul 2020 #6
lagomorph777 Jul 2020 #17
Atticus Jul 2020 #9
procon Jul 2020 #10
Blue Owl Jul 2020 #11
TheRealistRealist Jul 2020 #12
soothsayer Jul 2020 #14
soothsayer Jul 2020 #13
riversedge Jul 2020 #15

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 03:57 PM

1. First...

...I'll be surprised if he shows up. Secondly, I'll be surprised if all his answers won't be responded to with "executive privilege."

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 03:58 PM

2. Exactly UTEB....nt

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:02 PM

5. The Republicans will provide him as much obstruction and cover as possible

It should be truly embarrassing

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:15 AM

16. He must be desperate. By amazing coincidence, Jerry Nadler's car got hit on the way to the hearing.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 03:59 PM

3. First I doubt he will show, second if he does, it will be continual smug disdain of Congress.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:05 PM

7. Agreed

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:13 PM

8. Absolutely! He feels the executive branch is autonomous.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:00 PM

4. Bet he's a no-show.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:05 PM

6. What time does testimony start?

n/t

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Response to LEW (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:16 AM

17. Coincidentally, delayed by Nadler's car getting hit on the way in.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:16 PM

9. He should be "cuffed and stuffed" for aggravated smarmery. nt

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 04:17 PM

10. There's no guarantees that he'll even bother

to appear. Seriously, why should he? He's gotten away with al the evil things he's done so far and it barely gets mentioned in the news let along generated any forceful legal reaction.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:13 PM

11. Work that fat fuck over like a goddamn speed bag

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:28 PM

12. Barr will not show and Nadler will do nothing.

I do not trust Nadler. He has a long history with Trump and may be subject to blackmail or in his pocket. He has no control over the proceedings and allows Trump's minions to hijack the hearings. Lastly, looking at him makes me depressed as hell. He always has the look of defeat on his face.

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Response to TheRealistRealist (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:35 PM

14. He lets me down every time

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:34 PM

13. I'd add that Turkey business (connected to the Berman thing, I believe)

Just to get it out there more widely.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2020, 05:10 AM

15. and Tomorrow has arrived

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