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You saw the pictures! The walls are finally closing in; or maybe it’s the floor that’ll finally move in on Trump! Or maybe everyone should cool their jets, as our guest Bill Barr might recommend. The former Attorney General joins us again to discuss what we know (and don’t know) about the latest legal troubles for the former president. Without getting ahead of the facts, Barr thinks through the search itself; partisanship in the Justice Department; and the kind of fighters the Republican Party needs.

And John O’Sullivan joins the gang at the top to remember his and Peter’s old foe, Mikhail Gorbachev. They dispel the lefty fantasy that Gorby was the real hero of the Cold War, but also give credit where it’s due. Plus, Peter recounts the time he got the man to scribble on a baseball.

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  1. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Uh-oh.  The flagship podcast has decided to kill Bill Barr when he comes on the show.

    EDIT: I was riffing on the “2A” evidence tag in front of the locally added Barr portrait.  Follow the logic.

    Anyway, I did not realize at the time that this preposterous (that is, not yet made into a poster) image was only a slight modification of the also not-yet-posterized actual image submitted by the FBI.

    It’s difficult to do sarcasm these days.

     

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  2. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    @GlennAmurgis

    Meanwhile. those who pushed the Steele Dossier, held up investigation of “Biden Inc” and allowed HRC to use “BitBleach” are kept in power – Durham investigation got no where and the permanent bureaucracies can keep attacking parents at PTA meetings

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  3. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):

    Meanwhile. those who pushed the Steele Dossier, held up investigation of “Biden Inc” and allowed HRC to use “BitBleach” are kept in power – Durham investigation got no where and the permanent bureaucracies can keep attacking parents at PTA meetings

    But they’re rock-ribbed patriots, every single one of them!

    Just ask Bill Barr and Andy McCarthy.  They’ll tell you!

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  4. psmith Coolidge
    psmith
    @psmith

    The left wing media would LOVE DeSantis to “distance himself from Trump.” It would give them yet another excuse to focus on Trump instead of the real issues. DeSantis is doing fine without advice from Bill Barr.

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  5. Smokedaddy Inactive
    Smokedaddy
    @Smokedaddy

    A few things.

    A. Does the president have the power to legally declassify documents. Or not? And there’s no ex-post facto reclassification.

    B. This was a Judge’s assistant, a magistrate, and a clearly biased one at that, who issued a blanket search warrant. How is that constitutional, legal? 

    C. Nice snark everyobody on Trump’s lawyers. Well, It’d nice to hear a little snark from Bill & the panel on the professional & personal attacks made on lawyers who deign to represent Trump or any poor dumb slob associated with MAGA. Maybe there’s a connection here. 

    D. As for these Professional, patriotic DOJ & FBI staff, witness the leaks, the lies, the conspiracy theories foisted upon us the past six years and I think you have your answer as to the motive for this raid.

    As one of thirteen million reformed NeverTrumpers who voted for the man in 2020, its becoming more and more clear who has a stake in the perpetuation of a fundamentally corrupt administrative State. Hint- They’re not all Democrats

     

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  6. James Hageman Coolidge
    James Hageman
    @JamesHageman

    Loved the livestream; but what was @jameslileks fiddling with?

    • #6
  7. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Smokedaddy (View Comment):

    A few things.

    A. Does the president have the power to legally declassify documents. Or not? And there’s no ex-post facto reclassification.

    B. This was a Judge’s assistant, a magistrate, and a clearly biased one at that, who issued a blanket search warrant. How is that constitutional, legal?

    C. Nice snark everyobody on Trump’s lawyers. Well, It’d nice to hear a little snark from Bill & the panel on the professional & personal attacks made on lawyers who deign to represent Trump or any poor dumb slob associated with MAGA. Maybe there’s a connection here.

    D. As for these Professional, patriotic DOJ & FBI staff, witness the leaks, the lies, the conspiracy theories foisted upon us the past six years and I think you have your answer as to the motive for this raid.

    As one of thirteen million reformed NeverTrumpers who voted for the man in 2020, its becoming more and more clear who has a stake in the perpetuation of a fundamentally corrupt administrative State. Hint- They’re not all Democrats

     

    Somebody commented that Donald Trump has a hard time getting good legal representation because ambitious lawyers are afraid of being “Dershowitzed” — ostracized.

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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Smokedaddy (View Comment):
    C. Nice snark everyobody on Trump’s lawyers.

    Snark from the Ricochet PTB? Unpossible!

    /sarc

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  9. Hang On Member
    Hang On
    @HangOn

    Trump took lots of bad advice. Ever appointing Barr as AG was one of them.

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  10. Paul Dougherty Member
    Paul Dougherty
    @PaulDougherty

    Taras (View Comment):

    Smokedaddy (View Comment):

    A few things.

    A. Does the president have the power to legally declassify documents. Or not? And there’s no ex-post facto reclassification.

    B. This was a Judge’s assistant, a magistrate, and a clearly biased one at that, who issued a blanket search warrant. How is that constitutional, legal?

    C. Nice snark everyobody on Trump’s lawyers. Well, It’d nice to hear a little snark from Bill & the panel on the professional & personal attacks made on lawyers who deign to represent Trump or any poor dumb slob associated with MAGA. Maybe there’s a connection here.

    D. As for these Professional, patriotic DOJ & FBI staff, witness the leaks, the lies, the conspiracy theories foisted upon us the past six years and I think you have your answer as to the motive for this raid.

    As one of thirteen million reformed NeverTrumpers who voted for the man in 2020, its becoming more and more clear who has a stake in the perpetuation of a fundamentally corrupt administrative State. Hint- They’re not all Democrats

     

    Somebody commented that Donald Trump has a hard time getting good legal representation because ambitious lawyers are afraid of being “Dershowitzed” — ostracized.

    Or getting paid?

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  11. Paul Dougherty Member
    Paul Dougherty
    @PaulDougherty

    “…Republicans feel obliged to man the ramparts every time he does something stupid.”  -Bill Barr

    Thumbs up.

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  12. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):

    “…Republicans feel obliged to man the ramparts every time he does something stupid.” -Bill Barr

    Thumbs up.

    As opposed to helping Barr and the rest of them, tear everything down?

    Even if technically true, it sounds pretty wise!

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  13. Paul Dougherty Member
    Paul Dougherty
    @PaulDougherty

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):

    “…Republicans feel obliged to man the ramparts every time he does something stupid.” -Bill Barr

    Thumbs up.

    As opposed to helping Barr and the rest of them, tear everything down?

    Even if technically true, it sounds pretty wise!

    So if Trump goes down, it all goes down? Civilization falls?

     

    This is a problem.

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  14. kedavis Inactive
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    @kedavis

    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Paul Dougherty (View Comment):

    “…Republicans feel obliged to man the ramparts every time he does something stupid.” -Bill Barr

    Thumbs up.

    As opposed to helping Barr and the rest of them, tear everything down?

    Even if technically true, it sounds pretty wise!

    So if Trump goes down, it all goes down? Civilization falls?

     

    This is a problem.

    Kinda depends HOW he goes down, doesn’t it?

    Because if it’s phonied-up nonsense, it would be far easier to do the same to any of us.

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  15. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Smokedaddy (View Comment):
    As one of thirteen million reformed NeverTrumpers who voted for the man in 2020, its becoming more and more clear who has a stake in the perpetuation of a fundamentally corrupt administrative State. Hint- They’re not all Democrats

    If nobody has said it yet, Welcome to the dark side, Smoke!  We have cookies.

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  16. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Or I could watch Bill Barr today on CNN. I think I’ll skip both.

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  17. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Imagine what they could have talked about if they’d just held off a day instead of settling for Bill Barr, who has nothing new to say.

     

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  18. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    I skipped both guests, but I like to hear James.

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  19. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    @drewinwisconsin — Suddenly Gina Carano’s comparing present-day America with Germany in the 1930’s doesn’t seem so fat-fetched …

    Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.

    Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews.  How is that any different from hating someone because of their political views?

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  20. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Taras (View Comment):

    @ drewinwisconsin — Suddenly Gina Carano’s comparing present-day America with Germany in the 1930’s doesn’t seem so fat-fetched …

    Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.

    Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone because of their political views?

    Yes, and as I pointed out in another post/thread, there are some people who would never believe it’s at all similar until there are actually people being put into railroad cars and taken to death camps.  And even then, if there were just the slightest difference, like maybe people are being herded into freight trucks instead of railroad freight CARS, they’ll claim that means it’s totally different.

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  21. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Taras (View Comment):

    @ drewinwisconsin — Suddenly Gina Carano’s comparing present-day America with Germany in the 1930’s doesn’t seem so fat-fetched …

    Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.

    Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone because of their political views?

    Yep. I obliquely referenced that here:

    https://ricochet.com/1307446/biden-warns-that-maga-republicans-pose-clear-and-present-danger-to-nation/#comment-6408750

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  22. Rōnin Coolidge
    Rōnin
    @Ronin

    Loved the John O’Sullivan segment.  Bill Barr is useless.  

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  23. T.C. Member
    T.C.
    @TCNYMEX

    I was kind of hoping the  segue really was about a laptop repair service, I could use a new battery in mine.

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  24. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    Remind me again the list of govt officials AG Bill Barr succeeded in prosecuting and jailing for a significant time?

    There was always that wink and a nod that they were coming.

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  25. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    @ drewinwisconsin — Suddenly Gina Carano’s comparing present-day America with Germany in the 1930’s doesn’t seem so fat-fetched …

    Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.

    Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone because of their political views?

    Yes, and as I pointed out in another post/thread, there are some people who would never believe it’s at all similar until there are actually people being put into railroad cars and taken to death camps. And even then, if there were just the slightest difference, like maybe people are being herded into freight trucks instead of railroad freight CARS, they’ll claim that means it’s totally different.

    “Never again?”  Never again,what?  If a ranting Austrian with black hair and a toothbrush mustache shows up, we’ll be ready!

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  26. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Taras (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    @ drewinwisconsin — Suddenly Gina Carano’s comparing present-day America with Germany in the 1930’s doesn’t seem so fat-fetched …

    Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…. even by children.

    Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone because of their political views?

    Yes, and as I pointed out in another post/thread, there are some people who would never believe it’s at all similar until there are actually people being put into railroad cars and taken to death camps. And even then, if there were just the slightest difference, like maybe people are being herded into freight trucks instead of railroad freight CARS, they’ll claim that means it’s totally different.

    “Never again?” Never again,what? If a ranting Austrian with black hair and a toothbrush mustache shows up, we’ll be ready!

    Rather than “history repeats itself (to every little detail)” it’s more like “history doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it rhymes.”

     

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  27. kedavis Inactive
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Meanwhile, even if he just called himself Mr Hilter, those doofs wouldn’t get it.

     

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  28. randallg Member
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    @randallg

    James Hageman (View Comment):

    Loved the livestream; but what was @ jameslileks fiddling with?

    There’s always noise in the background when James is on. You should hear Duane’s Aftershow when James is on on Fridays. Reminds me of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL7qSHJAm9Y

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  29. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot
    @ScottWilmot

    Rōnin (View Comment):

    Loved the John O’Sullivan segment. Bill Barr is useless.

    Yes.

    More John O’Sullivan.

    No more Bill Barr.

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  30. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot
    @ScottWilmot

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Imagine what they could have talked about if they’d just held off a day instead of settling for Bill Barr, who has nothing new to say.

     

    Yes indeed. We need a MAGA extremist on the pod. This guy would do:

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