Looking for some great weekend reading? Look no further than the transcript of the CBS News interview with Attorney General William Barr.
Calling it a bombshell doesn’t do it justice. The interview is chock-full of one explosive comment after another about special counsel Robert Mueller, the media and Barr’s own investigation of the investigators.
Here are some nuclear-grade examples of what the AG has to say:
- “So it was bogus, this whole idea that Trump was in cahoots with the Russians is bogus.”
- “It’s hard to read some of the [FBI] texts and not feel that there was gross bias at work, and they’re appalling.”
- “The use of foreign-intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.”
- “The media reaction is strange. Normally the media would be interested in letting the sunshine in and finding out what the truth is.”
- “One of the ironies today is that people are saying that it’s President Trump that’s shredding our institutions. I really see no evidence of that . . . From my perspective the idea of resisting a democratically elected president and basically throwing everything at him and you know, really changing the norms on the grounds that we have to stop this president, that is where the shredding of our norms and our institutions is occurring.”
There’s much more, making the interview, on top of other things Barr has said, like Christmas, July 4th and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. A new era in Washington has begun. Hallelujah!
The old era will not be missed. Recall a revealing moment on
Jan. 3, 2017, just weeks before Trump took office, when Sen. Chuck Schumer warned the president-elect against feuding with the CIA. “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” he said.
Perhaps Schumer knew then how far intelligence leaders under Barack Obama had gone in spying on Trump and how far they were willing to go to bring down a president they opposed. The effort continues to this day by those same people — James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper — even though they are out of office.
While there is still much we don’t know, Barr seems absolutely determined to learn it all — and tell the public as much as he can.
Hence his mocking of the media for trying to quash his probe and the declassification of key documents by claiming he would reveal sources and secrets. The New York Times, the errand boy for the deep state, actually said in a news story that Barr could “weaken the CIA” and endanger the lives of sources.
It cited the example of one intelligence source it said was close enough to Vladimir Putin to tell Obama’s team that Putin had personally ordered Russian meddling in 2016.
The paper, quoting “former intelligence officials,” almost certainly including Brennan, wrote that the then-CIA chief “would bring reports from the Russian source directly to the White House, keeping them out of the president’s daily intelligence briefing,” and instead “place them in an envelope for Mr. Obama and a tiny circle of aides to read.”
But wait — didn’t the Times just give Putin a big clue about a CIA source in his inner circle? And didn’t the paper just admit that the agency’s conclusion about Putin’s role came from a single source?
The answer to both questions is yes, making the Times far more of a danger to CIA sources and secrets than Barr.
In the same article, the Times also buries a rather startling fact: The CIA and the National Security Agency took part in the “inquiry” into the Trump campaign.
Then again, the Gray Lady, The Washington Post, CNN and others long ago stopped being real news organizations. They were cheerleaders for the coercive liberalism of the Obama years and marched in complete lockstep with the assumption that Hillary Clinton would and should be the next president.
In the beginning, they laughed at Trump and looked down on his supporters as unwashed interlopers. Once he got the GOP nomination, they turned their blowtorches on him to make sure he never sat in the Oval Office.
After his election, they became part of the resistance or, in Steve Bannon’s memorable phrase, “the opposition party.”
Despite their abandonment of all journalistic standards to become partisan shills, the anti-Trump media remain a powerful force in American life. Democrats and the rest of the left, ranging from academics to late-night comedians, take their cues from the Times and its ilk.
For two years, the paper and its fellow travelers led the charge on Russia, Russia, Russia and routinely called Trump a traitor. Like crazed Dems Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, the left-wing media are still dead-enders for a lost cause.
All the more reason why Barr must charge ahead. He knows the personal smears already thrown at him are just the start, but he told CBS reporter Jan Crawford he feels a sense of duty because, at 69, “it really doesn’t make any difference.”
“I realize we live in a crazy hyperpartisan period of time and I knew that it would only be a matter of time if I was behaving responsibly and calling them as I see them, that I would be attacked because nowadays people don’t care about the merits and the substance,” he said. “They only care about who it helps, who benefits, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits, everything is gauged by politics.”
His commitment to protect the rule of law is twinned with a fatalistic view of the future.
“Everyone dies and I am not, you know, I don’t believe in the Homeric idea that immortality comes by . . . having odes sung about you over the centuries.”
Maybe not Homeric odes, but if Barr can get to the bottom of the insider plot against Trump, America will be forever in his debt.