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Barr Will Not Testify Tomorrow Due To the Committee’s Unreasonable Conditions by The Elephant's Child

Attorney General William Barr was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, but he’s doing just what he said. The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee demanded that when he testifies about the Mueller report, he do so under extraordinary conditions.

One of the conditions was that he be questioned by non-members of the Committee, meaning staff lawyers. Paul Mirengoff, one of the lawyers at Powerline, explained:

According to the Washington Post, the last time committee lawyers questioned a Cabinet official during open hearings was in the mid-1980s when Attorney General Meese testified about Iran-Contra. And Ed Meese was testifying about substantive matters, not about a memo regarding findings made by someone else in a publicly-available document.

Kamala Harris attempted to depend on the public’s lack of understanding of the way things work in Congress. She tore into Mr. Barr for only reporting on what the Mueller report said, and “not examining the underlying evidence” — and how did he dare to not examine the evidence.? What kind of a report was he giving without reporting on the evidence? Trying to give the impression that therefore his report was false.

That is not the Attorney General’s job. His job is to present the report to Congress. The job of examining the evidence  was done by Mr. Mueller and  his attorneys, and Mr. Barrs’ job was to assume that Mueller did his job competently, and report the findings to Congress.

Committee Democrats have nevertheless insisted that Barr agree to be questioned by non-members, he has refused. Unless something dramatic happens, Barr will not testify.

Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, called Barr’s decision part of the administration’s “complete stonewalling of Congress, period.” That statement is so wide of the mark as to be a lie.

It’s not “complete stonewalling” when Barr agrees to be questioned for hours by Senate Judiciary Committee members on Wednesday and by House Judiciary Committee members for hours the following day, as Barr was willing to do. It’s not stonewalling at all. Nor is it stonewalling to insist on procedures that have been used, apparently without exception, for more than 30 years when Cabinet members testify publicly before Congress.

Democrats are trying to gin up controversy in order to convince the public that there are discrepancies between Mueller’s report and Barrs’ submission to Congress. They may have already gotten as much mileage as they can out of that “controversy,”and now they will probably try for a new one about Barr refusing to testify. They are milking it for everything they can. But is anyone paying attention?

Yoo Hoo, Hawaii!! You have a problem here! by The Elephant's Child

Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senator Mazie Hirono D-HA made  a disgraceful spectacle of herself, calling Mr. Barr every name in the book. Reading from a prepared script, she started her questioning with: “The American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or KellyAnne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputations for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.”

Hirono also accused the attorney general of trying to “clear Donald Trump before anyone had a chance to read the special counsel’s report and come to their own conclusions.”

“You put the power and authority of the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice behind a public relations effort to help Donald Trump protect himself,” she charged.

My goodness. I understand that the Democrats were expecting the Mueller Report to give them the evidence they needed to put President Trump in prison, and are deeply disappointed that it didn’t, but really? Democrats are, of course, angry about loosing the election, so much so that they want to destroy the Constitution, rewrite the whole thing so they never loose another one — because they must be in control.

Hirono wrote her whole screed down so she wouldn’t forget any of her carefully prepared insults.  It’s not about Hillary – they clearly don’t care about her. They have convinced themselves that Donald Trump is an evil demon sitting up there in the oval office deliberately destroying the country before our very eyes.

You hear some of the celebrities from Hollywood blathering on like this, but when they attempt to come up with a specific, it’s usually putting little children in cages — which I guess is the baddest thing they can think of — which the Trump administration has never done. The pictures are all from the Obama administration, which did. It’s just a bubbling rage, simmering there in their heads, and they not only cannot control it, but they can no longer even make sense.

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