In a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr proved why he is exactly the right person to lead the Justice Department.
Before he was appointed by President Donald Trump, many believed he would turn out to be the same kind of D.C. Swamp creature as those who were already undermining the administration and the White House at every turn.
But Barr, though he has served as AG in the past and definitely has longstanding ties to “official Washington,” owes his allegiance to a higher authority: The Constitution of the United States and the branches of government it guides and empowers.
AG Bill Barr: "Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they call 'The Resistance' and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch." pic.twitter.com/HJJMczuEpd
— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2019
“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” Barr said to open his speech. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”
But, he said, “Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they call ‘The Resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the Executive Branch,” he continued.
In other words, with the blessing of the previous Obama administration, self-empowered, self-important deep state operatives began carrying out a carefully orchestrated coup attempt against a duly elected president they didn’t like and who wasn’t part of their ‘swamp.’
In fact, they were offended — and probably frightened — that Trump the Outsider would actually follow through on his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.”
Barr knows this. Barr has seen the evidence. So Barr pointed the finger directly at the guilty parties.
“The fact of the matter is, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of resistance against this administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms in undermining the rule of law,” he said. (Related: New AG William Barr MUST act against Deep State treason by McCabe and co-conspirators to save our republic.)
Ouch. He may as well have said, “We know who you are, and we’re coming after you. Because I don’t answer to the swamp, I answer to the Constitution and the president, and the president has a case.”
Remember, Barr’s first D.C. ‘controversy’ occurred during his confirmation hearings when he used the term “spy” to describe what had occurred against the 2016 Trump campaign.
What’s more, as the New York Post noted afterward, Barr did not regret saying it.
“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word spying,” Barr said during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “My first job was in [the] CIA and I don’t think the word spying has any pejorative connotation at all. To me the question is always whether or not it’s authorized and adequately predicated spying.”
We know, based on boatloads of reporting, that indeed “Spygate” was not properly authorized because the surveillance warrants obtained via the FISA court by James Comey’s FBI against the Trump campaign were based on a bogus “Russia dossier.”
Only, the FBI didn’t tell the FISA court the document was bogus; Comey’s FBI represented it as legitimate intelligence, even though everyone knew that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, was working on behalf of Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which paid for the dossier.
As for Barr, he has also called out the “mainstream media” for enabling the deep state and Democrats in their efforts to throw Trump out of office for no reason.
“The fact that today people just seem to brush aside that it is okay, you know, to engage in these activities (spying) on a political campaign is stunning to me, especially when the media doesn’t seem to think it’s worth looking into,” he told CBS News in June.
“They’re supposed to be, you know, the watchdogs of our civil liberties.”
They are. And public servants serve the public. Or at least, they used to.
Barr’s Justice Department is coming. The deep state has to know that.
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