Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. [They] Must All Hang Together, or Assuredly [They] Will All Hang Separately (Comey, Clapper & Brennan Edition)

 
Attorney General Bill Barr Photo: Screenshot from CBSNews.com

Like all of us who have followed the activities of the extraordinarily competent new Attorney General, William Barr, I have heard all manner of spin put on his statements, letters, memoranda, casual meetings in hallways with various Government officials such as Nancy Pelosi, and testimony before Congress. Somewhere in that storm cloud of words, one line in his recent interview and earlier in his testimony to Congress kept coming back to me, and so I sat down and read, closely studied in this case, the actual transcript from CBS News of his interview with that network’s Legal Analyst, Jan Crawford, to be absolutely certain I was on sound footing when I used one of the phrases I thought I had heard in that discussion. Sure enough, there it was on p. 13:

JAN CRAWFORD: What have you seen? What evidence? What makes you think, I need to take a look at this? I mean, what have you seen in the summer of 2016?

WILLIAM BARR: Well, I’ll say at this point is that it, you know, I- like many other people who are familiar with intelligence activities, I had a lot of questions about what was going on. I assumed I’d get answers when I went in and I have not gotten answers that are well satisfactory, and in fact probably have more questions, and that some of the facts that- that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened. (Emphasis mine)

Those two little words kept coming back to me, like an “ear worm,” and finally it popped into focus when I remembered Dr. Franklin’s use of those words to describe the potential jeopardy in which all the signers of the Declaration of Independence found themselves after that heroic but dangerous act.

I am quite certain that anyone who has read this transcript carefully has to come away feeling that if certain of our “former law enforcement and intelligence officials,” to use the weasel phrase so lovingly employed by the Lamestream Media for their favorite leakers (as if we did not know their names were, among others, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper) have not obtained the best criminal defense lawyers can buy by now, they are even crazier than I think they are. And, that is clearly a rather high (low?) bar, to be sure.

Other members of “our betters,” to borrow one of Dr. Sowell’s favorite sobriquets, who fall into the Praetorian Guard mentality to which the Attorney General made reference (p. 11), such as Felonia von Pantsuit, might also want to take a look at other passages in this interview, such as this passage, which can be found, for the ready reference of her defense lawyer, at pages 12-13:

JAN CRAWFORD: Um, what’s the status of Huber’s investigation in Utah? I think the former Attorney General Sessions had asked him to look at this.

WILLIAM BARR: Right, so Huber had originally been asked to take a look at the FISA applications and the electronic surveillance but then he stood back and put that on hold while the Office of Inspector General was conducting its review, which would’ve been normal for the department. And he was essentially on standby in case Mr. Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. So he has not been active on this front in recent months and so Durham is taking over that role. The other issues he’s been working on relate to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully we’ll be in a position to bring those to fruition.

Perhaps Madame Secretary can free up some time from her new gig as a keynote speaker at conferences about Cyber Security (giving new meaning to the old phrase “you cannot make this stuff up”!) and making speeches attacking Bernie Sanders as a “sore loser” (see above) to share this passage with her defense attorney.

Other members of our elite who may wish to have some specific expressions used by the man who will be making prosecutorial decisions on their future to refer to their defense attorney would most certainly include the “FBI lovebirds” to whom the Attorney General was clearly referring when he made these remarks (p. 15):

JAN CRAWFORD: But it seems like you have a concern that there may have been a bias by top officials in the FBI as they looked at whether to launch and conduct this investigation?

WILLIAM BARR: Well it’s hard to read some of the texts with and not feel that there was gross bias at work and they’re appalling. And if the shoe were on the other–

JAN CRAWFORD: Appalling.

WILLIAM BARR: Those were appalling. And on their face they were very damning and I think if the shoe was on the other foot we could be hearing a lot about it. If those kinds of discussions were held you know when Obama first ran for office, people talking about Obama in those tones and suggesting that “Oh that he might be a Manchurian candidate for Islam or something like that.” You know some wild accusations like that and you had that kind of discussion back and forth, you don’t think we would be hearing a lot more about it?

This interview was truly a treasure trove of “fascinating details,” as Mollie Hemingway put it in her excellent review this morning in The Federalist entitled “Top 28 Moments from Bombshell Interview,” shedding so much of the kind of light so many of us had almost despaired of ever hearing again from a high public official.

What was that sound I just heard? Was it possibly the sound made when the plug is pulled and a body of liquid — in this case a muddy, slimy mixture of muck and corruption and sleaziness — begins the sure but slow process of draining?

What a great day for our Beloved Nation! Hallelujah!

Sincerely, Jim

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    Let’s not celebrate until the work is done.

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    • June 3, 2019, at 4:59 PM PST
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  2. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Jim George: bring those to fruition

    I find “fruition” to be a word that gives me a warm and optimistic feeling.

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    • June 3, 2019, at 5:20 PM PST
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  3. PHCheese Member

    Barr will be in the history books (Kindle) as the adult in the room that set the legal system back on course.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 4:42 AM PST
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  4. Arahant Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Barr will be in the history books (Kindle) as the adult in the room that set the legal system back on course.

    From your keyboard to Cod’s monitor.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 4:55 AM PST
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  5. EDISONPARKS Member

    I’m still not convinced any of these Obama DOJ/FBI/IC miscreants will be held to account.

    The best I can hope for is the Barr DOJ lays it out there for all to see and the voters punish the (D) Party of corruption and thugs.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 4:58 AM PST
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  6. Jim George Member
    Jim George Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Let’s not celebrate until the work is done.

    Perhaps I did get a little carried away with the last line, but I for one have gotten very weary of not celebrating, for all the good reasons we have all had for not celebrating over the past years, but this time I see real, solid, substantive evidence to support more than a little optimism. This is a very solid person who, I believe, will just keep grinding away unless given an order to stand down. Considering there is only one person who can do that, given what we know about that one person, what are the chances of such an order coming down? All the best, Jim.

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    • June 4, 2019, at 6:47 AM PST
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  7. The Reticulator Member

    Jim George (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Let’s not celebrate until the work is done.

    Perhaps I did get a little carried away with the last line, but I for one have gotten very weary of not celebrating, for all the good reasons we have all had for not celebrating over the past years, but this time I see real, solid, substantive evidence to support more than a little optimism. This is a very solid person who, I believe, will just keep grinding away unless given an order to stand down. Considering there is only one person who can do that, given what we know about that one person, what are the chances of such an order coming down? All the best, Jim.

    I recommend placing less emphasis on predicting how this will turn out, and more on figuring out what each of our roles could or should be in bringing about reform. 

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    • June 4, 2019, at 6:50 AM PST
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  8. Old Bathos Member

    The problem is that (a) there is no way anybody is going to frog-march a dozen or so Obama appointees and staff to the criminal courts and (b) precisely because there is almost no one who shines like a beacon of integrity in that whole crowd such that there is some contrast to the general arrogant sliminess that was the Obama governing culture it is hard to isolate the crimes. 

    Barr seems like a different animal but I need proof he will go for the jugular against members of The Club. One can hope, however.

    How the Obama crowd could believe themselves so smart when they overlooked one of life’s most obvious rules. Everybody knows you don’t get involved in a land war in Asia or go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line but mostly you never, never try to cover up for the Clintons because you will wind up ruined one way or another and they will skate. Vince Foster, Web Hubbell, the McDougals… and next up is Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Brennan, Clapper and (the name of my soon to be formed rock band) Idiot-boy McCabe & the Lovebirds.

     

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    • June 4, 2019, at 11:58 AM PST
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  9. Jim George Member
    Jim George Post author

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    (the name of my soon to be formed rock band) Idiot-boy McCabe & the Lovebirds.

    @oldbathos, you really rang the bell with that one! I assume the Ricochetti will get notice of the first performance! :-) Jim

    PS: I know this line about “the Lovebirds” is getting a little old, as I have said it over and over again, and I know many have thought this time and again — when in the world did those two get any actual work done? That much have been some different kind of lawyering than the kind I did for so many years, which involved (if you wanted to have any chance of winning!) a lot of very hard work and very long hours!

     

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    • June 4, 2019, at 12:15 PM PST
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  10. Jim George Member
    Jim George Post author

    “……must have been……” Sorry. 

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    • June 4, 2019, at 1:46 PM PST
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  11. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Let’s not celebrate until the work is done.

    I’m not celebrating, but I am smiling.

    They also say the process is the punishment. I’m looking forward to many months or perhaps years of enjoyment seeing the process work and the possibility of seeing some of them hang separately. 

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    • June 4, 2019, at 7:26 PM PST
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  12. Barfly Member

    Anybody got an ear tuned to the weirdo right these days? I was thinking about looking in. Specifically I wonder whether Q is now making rosy predictions of trials and imprisonment based on Barr’s public statements. Back when Q was going strong there was no basis for any of his (its?) optimistic fantasies. Now that there is actual basis, I’m betting I find Q going along some other path entirely. That would tell me the conspiracy mindset has to actively avoid reality even when it cooperates. 

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    • June 6, 2019, at 11:47 AM PST
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