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Two Former U.S. Attorneys Say William Barr Is Facing Criminal Charges

It’s no exaggeration to call Attorney General William Barr was once the second-most dangerous person in the federal government, behind only his lord and master, President Donald Trump. After all, it’s Barr who has provided cover for many of Trump’s illegal and unethical actions, willingly obfuscating the most damaging portions of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller and even interfering in ongoing Justice Department investigations.


Last May, when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr made it sound like he would never allow Trump to pressure the DOJ into doing his political bidding.

In a back-and-forth with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the attorney general was asked directly:

“Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested you open an investigation into anyone?”

Barr:

“I’m trying to grapple with the word ‘suggest.’ I mean, there have been discussions of matters out there that… they have not asked me to open an investigation but…”

Harris rephrased her question:

“Perhaps they’ve suggested? Hinted?” Inferred?”

Rather than answer directly, Barr merely responded:

“I… don’t know.”

But as we recently learned, Barr has indeed been running interference for the president and his allies when it comes to criminal investigations that might implicate Trump or those close to him.


The latest revelations regarding the attorney general suggest that he has lied under oath and lied to Congress, both of which are criminal offenses he could be charged with.

Two former U.S attorneys were asked about Barr’s culpability on charges of perjury and contempt of Congress by MSNBC host Joy Reid:

“Is what we saw from William Barr when questioned by Kamala Harris perjury or contempt of Congress, in your view?”

Former Eastern District of Michigan U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade replied:

“Well, we have to know the facts. It’s very difficult to prove perjury. You have to prove that he, then and there, knew what he was saying was false. With further investigation, a case could be made.”


Joyce Vance, who served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, agreed with Vance, commenting:

“I agree with Barb. This turns on what conversations Barr had with people inside of the White House, or perhaps with people at DOJ, on this same timeline. If he, in any way, had the suggestion planted that he should open investigations — and we know that he did, by the way, in his early days as attorney general, he began to revisit all of these key steps in the Mueller report investigations — so, if there is evidence that he lied in response to Kamala Harris, he could open himself up to prosecution.”

How sweet it would be to see both Trump and Barr in the dock, having a criminal indictment against them read aloud in court! And if Joe Biden is president, we don’t have to worry about him pardoning either of them, or any of the other many criminals from the current administration. He’s already said he won’t.

Lock them all up!

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Trump Accused Of Diverting Nearly $1 Million In Taxpayer Money To His Resorts

Donald Trump and his surrogates love to brag about the fact that he refuses to accept his $400,000 annual presidential salary and instead donates it to various federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security or the Interior Department, as if he’s some sort of world-famous philanthropist whose personal charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, wasn’t shut down by the Attorney General of New York for stealing from donors (including money donated to help children with cancer) to enrich him and his family.


And now, thanks to some excellent reporting from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post, we learn that Trump has actually been fleecing American taxpayers to the tune of nearly $1 million by steering government business to resorts such as his Mar a Lago golf club in Palm Beach, Florida:

“Trump has brought the Trump Organization a stream of private revenue from federal agencies and GOP campaign groups. Federal spending records show that taxpayers have paid Trump’s businesses more than $900,000 since he took office. At least $570,000 came as a result of the president’s travel, according to a Post analysis.”

One of the underhanded ways Trump managed to assure he could suckle off the public teat was to charge his Secret Service security detail premium rates for staying in rooms so they could do their job of protecting him:

“New federal spending documents obtained by The Post via a public-records lawsuit give more detail about how the Trump Organization charged the Secret Service — a kind of captive customer, required to follow Trump everywhere. In addition to the rentals at Mar-a-Lago, the documents show that the Trump Organization charged daily ‘resort fees’ to Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Pence in Las Vegas and in another instance asked agents to pay a $1,300 “furniture removal charge” during a presidential visit to a Trump resort in Scotland.”


Art of the deal? Art of the grift would be more accurate.

Shortly after he was elected, the president promised the American people he would “completely isolate” himself from the Trump Organization, which is ostensibly run by his two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, neither of whom could run a faucet without assistance.


How blatant has the failure to “isolate” from his business been? Consider the following examples:

“He tried to award the massive Group of Seven summit to his Doral resort in Miami, dropping the idea after a public backlash. He filmed video messages for big-spending private clients at Mar-a-Lago. He suggested that Pence visit a Trump property in Ireland, according to the vice president’s chief of staff. Pence then shuttled back and forth across Ireland, at U.S. taxpayer expense, to do government business on one coast and stay at Trump’s hotel on the other.

“But the most frequent way Trump is known to have helped his properties has been just to visit them, with the vast, big-spending presidential entourage in tow.”

Donald Trump is president of the United States in name only. In reality, he’s nothing more than the Swindler-in-Chief.

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Trump Told Former White House Official He Had ‘Magical Authorities’ To Break Any Law

Miles Taylor served as chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2017 to 2019, and he’s warning that President Donald Trump must be defeated or the United States is in grave danger.


Taylor has written a powerful opinion piece for the Washington Post and also endorsed Joe Biden in a video produced by Republican Voters Against Trump.

Noting that American voters must defeat Trump in November or face serious consequences with another four years of Trump as president, Taylor recalls his time at DHS and comes to this conclusion:

“The president has tried to turn DHS, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, into a tool used for his political benefit.

“It is more than a little ironic that Trump is campaigning for a second term as a law-and-order president. His first term has been dangerously chaotic. Four more years of this are unthinkable.”


In the video, Taylor says Trump often told staffers that he had “magical authorities” and unchecked power. If Trump didn’t like a law, he would ignore it. All because Donald Trump doesn’t think the law applies to him. He never has.

This country cannot afford four more years of Trump. The republic cannot survive with a man who is hell-bent on becoming a dictator and ruling by fiat in the White House.

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Attorney General William Barr Is Facing Disbarment For Multiple Ethical Violations

Ever since he was confirmed as attorney general, William Barr has proven eager to do anything and everything his boss, Donald Trump, asks of him, whether it’s whitewashing the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to dismissing any U.S. attorney who might be investigating the president or his friends and associates.


But karma appears to finally be catching up with AG Barr, and he could soon be looking at losing his law license and the right to practice as an attorney.

Politico reports that Barr has been referred to the District of Columbia Bar for a thorough investigation and punitive actions if it’s determined his behavior were in violation of his oath to uphold the law:

“Four former presidents of the D.C. Bar Association have signed a letter calling on the group to investigate whether Attorney General William Barr has violated its rules.”


More specifically, Barr is accused of violating ethical rules in at least four instances:

“His characterization of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s 2016 election interference, his criticism of an inspector general report on the Russia probe, his criticism of FBI officials in a TV interview, and his role in the disbursement of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square, outside the White House.”

The letter to the Bar Association goes on to note:

“Mr. Barr’s client is the United States, and not the president. Yet, Mr. Barr has consistently made decisions and taken action to serve the personal and political self-interests of President Donald Trump, rather than the interest of the United States.”


Addressing the matter of the Mueller report and the way Barr misled the public and Congress about what was contained in it, the former presidents of the DC Bar argue that Barr’s assertion the FBI premise for beginning the Russia investigation was “very flimsy” was dishonest and not accurate, writing:

“Indeed, the notion that the legitimacy of an FBI investigation’s initiation should be judged by its end, if applied broadly, could easily chill the initiation of wholly legitimate inquiries for fear of being second-guessed.”

Attorney General Barr is facing criticism from other quarters, too. In June, the president of the New York City Bar Association sent a letter to Congress calling the AG “unfit” while referencing some of the same concerns as the letter to the DC Bar Association.

Just imagine the irony if after being a loyal lapdog for Donald Trump, William Barr is unable to practice law ever again. It would be a fitting end to his checkered career and also a humiliation for his presidential master.

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Two Whistleblowers Will Testify That AG William Barr Has Used The DOJ To Serve Trump

Two Justice Department prosecutors will testify next week before the House Judiciary Committee about how Attorney General William Barr has politicized the DOJ for the purpose of doing the bidding of President Donald Trump.


According to Politico, the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced Tuesday that Aaron Zelinsky and John Elias, who Nadler called “whistleblowers,” are prepared to explain how the DOJ has repeatedly acquiesced to the wishes of the White House on matters of who to charge with crimes and who to drop charges against. In a statement, Nadler said:

“Again and again, Attorney General Barr has demonstrated that he will cater to President Trump’s private political interests, at the expense of the American people and the rule of law. He has abruptly reversed course on prosecutions against the President’s allies and friends. He has pursued pretextual investigations against the President’s perceived political enemies. He has failed to defend the Affordable Care Act, and he has helped to roll back important civil rights protections.”

 


The two men have information regarding specific instances of the Justice Department being used in way that are in keeping with Trump’s wishes.

Zelinsky will speak to the sentencing of longtime Trump protege Roger Stone. Elias is expected testify about improprieties committed by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, which has allegedly been used to punish “enemies” of the administration while refusing to initiate prosecutions against those who are friends or allies of Trump.


Even though the two agreed to voluntarily testify, Nadler issued formal subpoenas to protect them from possible obstruction from the White House, which might have otherwise tried to claim executive privilege.

William Barr is without question the most corrupt person to ever serve as Attorney General of the United States. From his actions in hiding the full report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to his insistence that charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn be dropped, the current AG is little more than a lapdog for a president bent on absolute power without any oversight.

The Department of Justice is meant to be independent and fair. Under Barr, it’s nothing but a rubber stamp for a corrupt president.