Jun 11, 2021
Remember When Kamala Harris Grilled Bill Barr About White House Requesting DOJ Investigations, and the AG Went Full Ralph Kramden?
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It was May of 2019 when then-Senator Kamala Harris grilled William Barr on whether former President Donald Trump—or someone else at the White House—requested the former Attorney General to investigate anyone. Barr hemmed at the answer before admitting “there have been discussions.”
This moment from two years ago is suddenly relevant now after the NY Times bombshell report that Trump’s DOJ was so concerned about the leaks of classified information that it took the extremely rare step of subpoenaing Apple for private personal data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides, and family members, including a minor.From the NY Times report:
All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry. Representative Eric Swalwell of California said in an interview Thursday night that he had also been notified that his data had subpoenaed.
“Has the president or anyone at the White House asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?” Harris asked, to which a struggling Barr said “um, I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t” before asking her to repeat the question.
“I will repeat it. Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone, yes or no, please, sir?” she replied. “Seems you would remember something like that and tell us.”
“But I’m trying to grapple with the word suggest,” Barr shot back, before explaining why he is struggling with the wordage: “There have been discussions of matters out there but they have not asked me to open an investigation.”
“Perhaps they’ve suggested,” the 2020 presidential candidate said, which Barr denied and said, “I don’t know.”
“Inferred?” she continued. “You don’t know? Okay.”
Trump and his allies had repeatedly called for an investigation to be opened into Robert Mueller‘s investigation and the origin of the special counsel report.
Rep. Schiff has called the report of the DOJ seizing his personal records a “shocking abuse of power.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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Trump Denies He Wanted DOJ to Go After SNL, Ends Statement With Cryptic ’2024 or Before’ Message
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Former President Donald Trump put out a statement on Tuesday night denying that he wanted the Department of Justice to go after Saturday Night Live. The statement also included a cryptic (or trolling) message that seemingly alluded to an insane theory going around about the 2020 election.
The Daily Beast reported Tuesday morning that Trump “asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the court system, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.”
Trump publicly went after SNL several times during his presidency and even said in late 2018, “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”
In a new statement Tuesday night, Trump calls the Daily Beast report “total Fake News.”
“It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it,” Trump says. I did say, however, that Alec Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me. The one who had what it took was Darrell Hammond.”
The statement also contains a rather baffling “2024 or before!”
Trump releases a statement denying he asked his DOJ to go after SNL. He then concludes the statement with "2024 or before!" — a nod toward the idea he could be reinstated (He cannot be reinstated) pic.twitter.com/C9NAytESCO
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) June 22, 2021
Recent reports have said Trump is telling people he will be reinstated in August (which again, to be clear, is not a thing that would actually happen).
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