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emptywheel 1 May 19
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One of the Democrats should ask Barr whether he's investigating how FBI predicated an election year investigation into Clinton Foundation based off oppo research. 5 second question. Really important Q.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono: American people know you're no different from Rudy G or Kellyanne Conway of people who sacrifice reputation for the grifter in WH. You've chosen to be POTUS' lawyer and side with him.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono's leadup is a two drink question for Barr. Hitting him on his PR hackery.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono accuses Barr of lying out right. keeps calling his memo a "so-called summary."
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono: You did exactly what I thought you'd do. Now reviewing his past cover-ups. Go go go Mazie!!!
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono: Now we know more about your deep involvement in trying to cover up for Donald Trump. You should resign. Is WH exerting any influence over mueller testimony. No.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Hirono: You seem to think if it's not a crime then it's no problem. Do you think all the things Trump did are okay? Are they what POTUS should be doing? Barr: I think report is clear ... Barr: I do think it's okay to do what he did. Hirono: OK to ask WHCO to lie?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr won't answer question about whether it's okay to float pardons. Hirono: Give us some credit for knowing what is going on around here. Lindsey: You have slandered this man.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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While Blackburn is blathering let's review: Barr says you only have to call the FBI if offered dirt by foreign spies, not just foreigners. Won't answer abt whether threatening witnesses and floating pardons is wrong. Won't answer if it's wrong to order WHCO to lie.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr won't say that Mueller's team is best and brightest.
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emptywheel
Barr says again that Mueller canvassed the evidence exhaustively. NO THE EVIDENCE IS NOT THAT HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED YOU FAT LYING FUCK.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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How can Mueller be said to have exhausted the investigation w/o interviewing Trump?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Once again, for the benefit of the Attorney General, the report is silent about the key incidents that raise questions abt Trump's relationship w/Putin.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Booker: You're sanctioning stuff. Lies, deceit misconduct, POTUS instructing people to lie & be deceitful, stuff that on its face is morally wrong, whatever legal standard. That is beginning of normalization I want to explore. Excusing a campaign for failure to report contacts.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Booker: They seemed to capitalize on foreign influence. Illegal to sharing polling data w/SUPERPAC, sharing polling data with foreign adversary.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Should American people be grateful that campaign sought to benefit from stolen docs. Barr: I don't know what you mean by seek to benefit. None that was criminal. REminder: most of this was redacted bc Stone was at the core of it.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Booker: Should American people be grateful POTUS attempted to thwart investigation into attacks and his campaign? Barr: I'm not sure what you're talking about.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Booker: Should American people be grateful that Trump people had more than 200 contacts and lied about them? Barr: Foreign govts make a lot of attempts to contact. Barr is pretending not to know abt Manafort sharing polling data w/Kilimnik.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Well done, Corey Booker.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Booker made the point, repeatedly, that doing what Manafort did -- sharing polling data -- would be illegal if done w/a SUPERPAC (which he also did, btw). But bc he shared it with a guy his own deputy believed was a spy, it's not illegal?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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BREAKING: The AG made the exoneration about obstruction w/o knowing (at all, apparently) that one thing Manafort obstructed about in hopes of getting a pardon was sharing polling data w/someone his own deputy thinks was a Russian spy.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr claims he put in "the sentence" about the report not exonerating Trump. He did not put in a single full sentence.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr says his people will be working closely with Horowitz. That's. ... a problem.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr, again, falsely claims that the report found no underlying crime. That is wrong. Mueller said the campaign finance crimes were crimes, just ones he couldn't prosecute. Also, the hush payments are discussed.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: Has WH ever asked to open investigation into anyone. Barr; Ummm. Can you repeat question? Barr: Ummm. I'm trying to grapple with word "suggest." They've not asked. Harris: Perhaps they've suggested?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: In reaching your conclusion did you review underlying evidence? Barr; no. Harris: Did Rosenstein? BArr: Accepted statements in report as factual record. Harris; Reoprt=evidence.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: Did Rosenstein? Barr: not to my knowledge. Harris: Did anyone in your office. Yet you represented that evidence not sufficient to reach obstruction.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: If any USA when asked to make critical decision, would you accept them making a charging decision to you w/o referring to evidence. It was you who made the charging decision. You said it was your baby, what did you mean by that?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: Who had the power to make decision about whether evidence sufficient to charge obstruction. I think you've made it clear that you've not looked at the evidence. Consult w/career ethics officials abt recusal? Barr: I don't see any basis. Harris: you have consulted?
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: Conflict of interest, clear conflict of interest. Barr; I haven't been only decision maker, Rosenstein. Harris; I'm glad you brought that up. Barr filibusters. Harris: In response to graham, you consulted constantly, but DAG key witness.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Harris: Did you consult w/ethics officials abt Rosenstein being involved in charging decision abt effort he was a witness. Flipflop in this case appears to be your refusal to answer a question.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Ted Cruz apparently missed all the discussion of Russia.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Ted Cruz apparently can read through redactions.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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OMIGOSH Ted Cruz finally got someone to like him!!!!
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Ted Cruz apparently thinks the Mueller report--which specifically said it wasn't about collusion--was about collusion. But then, so does Barr.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Guy who just admitted Trump had suggested he investigate people says doing so is an abuse when it happens.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Cruz: DO we know whether Obama investigated any other candidate? Barr notes he did investigate Hillary, wrt emails. But apparently doesn't know about the Clinton Foundation investigation.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Leahy: Will you commit you will not interfere w/referred investigations. Barr: I will supervise as AG. Sort of not the right answer.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Leahy: you said Mueller didn't tell you he wanted Congress to decide. Barr: That's not appropriate. YOU FAT FUCK EVEN YOU SAID THE PROPER REMEDY FOR WHAT TRUMP DID IS IMPEACHMENT.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Again, there is ZERO question there was an underlying crime. Mueller says there was. Barr: The President does not have to sit there and allow investigation to run its course, bc he was being falsely accused. Most of obstruction do involve exercise of constitutional authority.
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emptywheel 1 May 19
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Barr keeps claiming that Trump was being falsely accused. That's ... not what the Mueller report shows.
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