From the moment AG Barr took over as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Democrats have been shaking in their shorts.
Barr isn’t the pushover Democrats are used to. And he isn’t intimidated by anyone. He’ll stand up to Trump just as fast as he stands up to the left. This is why Barr is so valuable, especially when it comes to sorting out the investigations of the investigations.
Now that the Horowitz report is in, Barr had one thing to say. Democrats should tread carefully. Because impeachment isn’t some silly little game politicians play.
As Fox News notes:
Attorney General Bill Barr, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, warned that impeachment could be “trivialized” by Democrats’ efforts to remove President Trump, while also firing back at ex-FBI Director James Comey‘s reaction to the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the Russia investigation.
Barr sat down with Martha MacCallum as the House of Representatives was debating two articles of impeachment ahead of an expected floor vote. The top law enforcement officer noted that the Constitution specifically includes a high standard for impeachment, and said he does not believe the allegations against President Trump meet that standard.
“As a general matter, I think we have to be careful about trivializing the process and they put in a hurdle of high crimes — of treason, bribery and other high crimes,” Barr told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday night. “The articles of impeachment here do not allege a violation of law, and it looks as if it’s going to be along partisan lines — I think — you know, I’m concerned about it being trivialized and used as a political tool.”
Of course Democrats brazenly ignore Barr’s warning, and they’ll pay dearly for that in the long run.
Meanwhile, Barr also addressed former FBI Director, James Comey.
Comey seems to think the Horowitz exonerated the FBI. In fact, he’s been downright giddy over the IG report. He actually tried to take a victory lap around CNN.
But as we previously wrote, James Comey is a partisan political hack. And his so-called loyalty was actually treason, bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and her failed campaign.
However, just a few days ago, Comey admitted his failures.
Wallace: 17 significant errors in the FISA process, and you say it was handled in a thoughtful and appropriate way.
Comey: He’s right, I was wrong. Sure, I’m responsible. As a director I was overconfident in the procedures that FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA, I was overconfident in those, cause he’s right there was real sloppiness. 17 things that either should have been in the applications or at least discussed and characterized differently, it was not acceptable. So he was right I was wrong.
Wallace: But you make it sound like you’re a bystander an eyewitness, you were director of the FBI while a lot of this was going on, Sir.
Comey: Sure I’m responsible for that’s why I’m telling I was wrong.I was overconfident as director in our procedures. It’s important that a leader be accountable and transparent. If I were still director I’d be saying exactly the same thing that Chris Wray is saying that we are gonna get to the bottom of this, because the most important question is, is it systemic and are there problems in other cases.
Too Many Mistakes
Both Horowitz and Barr agree, the FBI made way too many mistakes for an investigation of this caliber.
“There are so many errors, we couldn’t reach a conclusion or make a determination on what motivated those failures other than we did not credit what we lay out here were the explanations we got,” Horowitz told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a Wednesday hearing.
This is similar to what Barr said during an NBC News interview after the report’s release.
“These irregularities, these misstatements, these omissions were not satisfactorily explained, and I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith,” he said.
Yet Comey called this “an irresponsible statement,” telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Barr “does not have a factual basis as the Attorney General of the United States to be speculating that agents acted in bad faith.”
Barr said he does not view the situation the same way as the former FBI director.
“One of the things that I object to is the tack being taken by Comey, which is to suggest that people who are criticizing or trying to get to the bottom of the misconduct are somehow attacking the FBI. I think that is nonsense,” Barr said. “We’re criticizing and concerned about misconduct by a few actors at the top of the FBI. And they should be criticized if they engaged in serious misconduct.”
Of course this isn’t what Comey wants to hear. He worked hard to protect the Clintons and the Obamas. He expects Democrats to repay him by keeping the criticism in check. Unfortunately for Comey, Barr can’t be bought. On the other hand, some might consider Comey lucky. Crossing AG Barr doesn’t have the same ominous implications as crossing a Clinton carries.