William Barr Gives a Grand Speech – Now, About that Investigation…

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Attorney General William Barr delivered a hard-hitting speech at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention on Friday evening. – In the speech, the AG presented a vigorous defense of President Trump and his administration, and a pointed take-down of the Democrat-funded “resistance” and its repugnant, ongoing efforts to destroy the country from within.

It’s more than an hour long, but well worth your time to watch. Below is a video of the speech, followed by key outtakes from the transcript:

Outtakes (full transcript can be read here):

Unfortunately, over the past several decades, we have seen steady encroachment on Presidential authority by the other branches of government.  This process I think has substantially weakened the functioning of the Executive Branch, to the detriment of the Nation.  This evening, I would like to expand a bit on these themes.

One of the more amusing aspects of modern progressive polemic is their breathless attacks on the “unitary executive theory.”  They portray this as some new-fangled “theory” to justify Executive power of sweeping scope. In reality, the idea of the unitary executive does not go so much to the breadth of Presidential power.  Rather, the idea is that, whatever the Executive powers may be, they must be exercised under the President’s supervision.  This is not “new,” and it is not a “theory.”  It is a description of what the Framers unquestionably did in Article II of the Constitution.

So let me turn now to how the Executive is presently faring in these interbranch battles. I am concerned that the deck has become stacked against the Executive.  Since the mid-60s, there has been a steady grinding down of the Executive branch’s authority, that accelerated after Watergate.  More and more, the President’s ability to act in areas in which he has discretion has become smothered by the encroachments of the other branches.

Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called “The Resistance,” and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration.  Now, “resistance” is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power.  It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate.  This is a very dangerous – indeed incendiary – notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic.  What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the “loyal opposition,” as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.  

Congress has in recent years also largely abdicated its core function of legislating on the most pressing issues facing the national government.  They either decline to legislate on major questions or, if they do, punt the most difficult and critical issues by making broad delegations to a modern administrative state that they increasingly seek to insulate from Presidential control.

Of course, Congress’s effective withdrawal from the business of legislating leaves it with a lot of time for other pursuits.  And the pursuit of choice, particularly for the opposition party, has been to drown the Executive Branch with “oversight” demands for testimony and documents.  I do not deny that Congress has some implied authority to conduct oversight as an incident to its Legislative Power.  But the sheer volume of what we see today – the pursuit of scores of parallel “investigations” through an avalanche of subpoenas – is plainly designed to incapacitate the Executive Branch, and indeed is touted as such.

In recent years, we have seen substantial encroachment by Congress in the area of executive privilege.  The Executive Branch and the Supreme Court have long recognized that the need for confidentiality in Executive Branch decision-making necessarily means that some communications must remain off limits to Congress and the public.   There was a time when Congress respected this important principle as well.  But today, Congress is increasingly quick to dismiss good-faith attempts to protect Executive Branch equities, labeling such efforts “obstruction of Congress” and holding Cabinet Secretaries in contempt.

In recent years, we have seen substantial encroachment by Congress in the area of executive privilege.  The Executive Branch and the Supreme Court have long recognized that the need for confidentiality in Executive Branch decision-making necessarily means that some communications must remain off limits to Congress and the public.   There was a time when Congress respected this important principle as well.  But today, Congress is increasingly quick to dismiss good-faith attempts to protect Executive Branch equities, labeling such efforts “obstruction of Congress” and holding Cabinet Secretaries in contempt.

One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this President constantly accuse this Administration of “shredding” constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law.  When I ask my friends on the other side, what exactly are you referring to?  I get vacuous stares, followed by sputtering about the Travel Ban or some such thing.  While the President has certainly thrown out the traditional Beltway playbook, he was upfront about that beforehand, and the people voted for him.  What I am talking about today are fundamental constitutional precepts.  The fact is that this Administration’s policy initiatives and proposed rules, including the Travel Ban, have transgressed neither constitutional, nor traditional, norms, and have been amply supported by the law and patiently litigated through the Court system to vindication.

Indeed, measures undertaken by this Administration seem a bit tame when compared to some of the unprecedented steps taken by the Obama Administration’s aggressive exercises of Executive power – such as, under its DACA program, refusing to enforce broad swathes of immigration law.

Conservatives, on the other hand, do not seek an earthly paradise.  We are interested in preserving over the long run the proper balance of freedom and order necessary for healthy development of natural civil society and individual human flourishing.  This means that we naturally test the propriety and wisdom of action under a “rule of law” standard.  The essence of this standard is to ask what the overall impact on society over the long run if the action we are taking, or principle we are applying, in a given circumstance was universalized – that is, would it be good for society over the long haul if this was done in all like circumstances?

For these reasons, conservatives tend to have more scruple over their political tactics and rarely feel that the ends justify the means.  And this is as it should be, but there is no getting around the fact that this puts conservatives at a disadvantage when facing progressive holy far, especially when doing so under the weight of a hyper-partisan media.

In essence, the Court has taken the rules that govern our domestic criminal justice process and carried them over and superimposed them on the Nation’s activities when it is engaged in armed conflict with foreign enemies.  This rides roughshod over a fundamental distinction that is integral to the Constitution and integral to the role played by the President in our system.

This is a very dangerous and indeed incendiary notion to import into the politics of a Democratic republic. The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.

[End of Outtakes]

There is much, much more, but these outtakes highlight the essence of the speech, which is powerful, incredibly well-thought and well-drafted, and shows without doubt that Barr has a clear-eyed understanding of the war the disloyal, seditious left is waging on the foundations of the American Republic.

But at the end of the day, this is just a speech and these words, while great, are just words. They only will ultimately have real meaning if they are intended to serve as the prelude for the long-delayed Horowitz Report to be finally issued and for the investigation of U.S. Attorney John Durham to start bearing fruit in terms of public perp walks, indictments and most importantly of all, convictions involving the high Obama officials who created and led this ongoing coup d’etat.

How about it, Mr. Barr?

That is all.

 

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20 thoughts on “William Barr Gives a Grand Speech – Now, About that Investigation…

  1. phineas gage - November 16, 2019

    What Barr doesn’t mention is that there has also been an expansion of presidential power when Democrats hold the Oval Office–see B. Obama.

    The more accurate description of what has happened is that the Constitutional checks and balances between the three branches of government have been eroded by decades of Democrat tampering, such that they can abuse all three as it fits their given situation and progressive ideological goals.

    I understand the skepticism about Barr, but why would he have agreed to take this job, and why would he say such things if he really has no intention of fixing some of the damage? I think the man has to move very slowly and carefully because of the gravity and danger of the circumstances, but–unlike Horowitz–I remain optimistic and patient about the ultimate outcome. We will see.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - November 16, 2019

      Agree completely. Timing is everything.

  2. Sharon Campbell - November 16, 2019

    Thank you for posting Wm Barr’s speech. I appreciate his standing by & explaining how the Dims are trying to rework & destroy the rights of the Executive Branch. I’m going to locate his speech & watch it!

    1. wordofreason - November 17, 2019

      It’s up above ^ knucklehead. I watched it start to finish this morning, didn’t even want to pause it. Awesome knowledge of the Constitution and history. Had my doubts any Democrats/communist would go to jail but not now. I can’t see Barr putting in this much effort for this speech and then do nothing. Judging from his tone and scale, the swamp is going to loose some monsters, soon. POTUS should double his and Barr’s security ASAP.

  3. Jimmy MacAfee - November 16, 2019

    There are a lot of other things at stake, too: children of Senators and Representatives and former VPs and former Presidents. Parents will fight with all means necessary – with corrupt and even violent means, as well – when their kiddy brats face serious jail time. Who are we talking about, besides Kerry’s son and Biden’s and Pelosi’s? Lots and lots. And lots more.

    These people aren’t fighting for Constitutional principles; no one should make that mistake: they’re fighting to keep their brats out of prison, and to continue the corrupt practices they appear to be enjoying.

    RINOs have puppies in this pack, too.

    1. foods651 - November 17, 2019

      Feinstein and her husband.

  4. marty lopez - November 16, 2019

    Manafort is in prison & Roger Stone is about to be sentenced most probably for the rest of his life for the process crimes of lying to Congressional committees. The President, just today tweeted a fairly long list of known, high ranking, FBI, government bureaucrats who have also perjured themselves before Congress in the process of hiding much worse crimes. Incredibly, literally nothing has happened to them. They are yet to be charged. The Podestra brothers as well as hundreds of other Washington insiders have committed the very same crime as Manafort failing to register as agents of foreign governments. Yet they walked away with tens of millions of dollars.

    Throughout government, Democrats have committed literally hundreds of known process crimes. Just recently, a certain Lt. Col. (V) blatantly violated articles of the Military Code of Justice. The “Whistle blower” who isn’t any whistle blower, but a CIA leaker operating as a White House spy has mishandled classified information, if anyone would just charge him. The fired, Ukrainian Ambassador who testified today in this farce of an impeachment proceeding also committed crimes by interfering with & trying to influence the internal workings of a foreign, host country. She also hasn’t been charged. The head FBI agent in charge of investigating EU corruption turned a blind eye to rampant corruption actually running from the room when informed of wrong doing. Lois Lerner, Fast and Furious, these crimes are all public knowledge. Yet Barr, Durham, Horowitz and Huber all remain strangely silent. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to make absolute fools of Republicans, the President & the entire country. Three years in and Democrats continue to control the narrative through quasi-legal means.

    When you control the media, yours is the only voice that is heard. Democrats, with the support of the globalist establishment ‘s media, whose interests they always just happen to represent color, slant and spin the facts as they daily present something of an alternate reality in the expectation of shaping public opinion. The entirety of the Trump Administration and the 63 million plus people who elected him, appear unable to stop them. The law as commonly understood appears defunct, deficient and corrupted beyond all legitimate purpose.

    Meanwhile, the Republicans, middle class Americans, Trump and his Administration are held to an entirely different standard altogether, an exacting model of picture perfect in all things. Any imperfection, or blemish and the Democrats use their lawyers and bureaucrats amplified as always by the media to cry foul in the court of public opinion.

    This isn’t any longer a square house, folks. The system as constituted is fixed, a rigged game with constitutional democracy, the republic and our continued ability to control our own destiny as the stakes. If Trump allows Durham and Barr to do anything less than the equivalent of Sherman’s march through the south with regards to Hillary and Obama and Obama’s entire Administration, their deep state operatives and hangers on, Trump will have allowed himself and his entire Presidency to be blunted. He will have seen himself been made into a fool, out flanked and out maneuvered by bevies of moral Lilliputians.

    I am especially fond of the story about Lincoln and Grant meeting at the end of the war, sitting together on the porch of a country house. Lincoln, always on the verge of depression, philosophical and introspective told Grant that they, in their respective professional capacities had enabled each other to do terrible things referring to the horrendous causalities and incalculable suffering. Grant smoking his characteristic cigar looked up and simply replied, “We did what had to be done.”

    Now it is Barr as Grant and Durham as Sherman who must do that, which simply must be done. Stop procrastinating. No more excuses. Republicans should walk out of these impeachment proceedings Monday morning. They are a farce, a travesty and there is no reason to dignify them with their continued presence. Mitch McConnell should then make it known, the Senate will conduct its trial with due process and the list of witnesses will be exhaustive and they, as well as any and all charges the Democrats finally settle upon will all be closely examined openly and publicly.

    House Republicans can still continue to comment daily on the impeachment proceedings, if they wish, but from outside. This whole process has been a partisan witch hunt and a railroad, nothing more than a kangaroo court. The country must be given the opportunity to digest what is happening. Republicans can and must reclaim the narrative even, if it is from the street. Both redemption and salvation lie in victory. It is the truth, which sets us free, but only, if you fight for it.

    1. Charles Aronowitz - November 16, 2019

      The current DOJ big shot prosecutors and IG’s allegedly looking into Obama-official criminality comprise just a slightly different breed of fraud artist. Nothing will come of this.

  5. Don McCoy - November 16, 2019

    I’m sick to death of hearing about Barr and the “imminent” IG report and of the fact that the same corrupt insurrectionists are working at the FBI. And that’s to say nothing of the criminal syndicate known as the Democrat party. Trump simply can’t drain the whole swamp alone. If Barr is the fraud I fear he’s turning out to be…the coup will succeed. If he is the hero I still hope he is…he’d better get the lead out. Once Trump is railroaded into prison it will be too late.

  6. Charles Aronowitz - November 16, 2019

    Send in the Marines and put seditious legislators into custody. Then try them. If convicted, put them away and throw away the key.

  7. Wonkavator - November 16, 2019

    At least the Bolsheviks know he is watching. Soros is pulling up with a tractor trailer full of ca$h and the enemedia is focus polling right now. The bestest and brightest are on it and with their extremely high powered intellects it should be wildly entertaining!
    I’m starting to enjoy this kabuki theater of the absurd but the teevee ratings are down for impeachment mania and most locals are watching sportsball at the wings and beer joint or old movies that show a long gone America.

    1. wordofreason - November 17, 2019

      I can’t believe Trump hasn’t sent that vile commie bastard Soros to Hungary. Extradite him. Hungary will hang him by his toes. A few other countries also.

  8. Jer - November 16, 2019

    to paraphrase the inimitable Clara Peller: “Where’s the indictments?”

  9. Hulak the Kulak - November 16, 2019

    @Marty Lopez,

    That is why they are trying this coup…getting away with everything so far. Bad things happen when “your” government goes rogue courtesy of unelected career bureaucrats who picture themselves as destined to rule over the rabble.

  10. jtthedestroyer - November 16, 2019

    If Attorney General Barr indites the Dim treasonous criminals we can expect Ms Christine Blasey Ford to accuse him of sexual assault. Get it on!

  11. Jay Whitcraft - November 16, 2019

    I desperately want perp walks as much as anyone. What keeps me from losing faith (at least right now) is time after time we took a beating with Muller then it blew up on them.

  12. Jimmy MacAfee - November 17, 2019

    The Left is terrified (can tell their anxiety by how they’ve responded to Barr’s speech.) Over the target.

    Sick of naysayers, frankly: so much has been exposed, with more to come. Sick of people minimizing what O’Keefe and Judicial Watch and Sarah Carter and John Solomon and Bill Barr have done. So you don’t see prosecutions and perp walks! Big deal! Things are in the works, and those simpletons who say “nothing’s being done” will say it even after people are tried and convicted and jailed!

    I partially trust Horowitz, and I totally trust Barr.

    Would you have seen this under a Hillary administration? None of it. Including this:
    https://loomered.com/2019/11/16/high-profile-kidnapping-isis-leader-arrested-in-ukraine-bust-suspected-links-to-yovanovich-biden-kerry-pelosi-and-romney/

    Off to hunt.

    1. Gregg - November 18, 2019

      I hope you are right Jimmy, but we conservatives have been promised a lot over the years and have gotten bupkus. So forgive us for our skepticism; seeing is believing.

      One other thought: If I were a criminal, I would be laying low (for about 8 years) until the heat (Trump) dies down, then resume the activity. These people are doing just the opposite, so I just don’t see the fear in the enemy’s eyes or their actions. These people are evil, but I don’t think they are stupid, so they must believe they are going to not only beat Trump, but most certainly get away with their crimes.

  13. Don Carter - November 17, 2019

    Where are the republicans that are PAID to represent & protect the Citizens?! Where are the “impeachment investigations” of Pelosi, Biden, Kerry (and all others) whose SPAWN were stuffing their pockets with OUR tax dollars?! ALL this “impeachment circus” is, is running interference to protect the corrupt Biden, Kerry, Pelosi, and how many OTHER of their families that have been stealing OUR taxes.
    Does ERIC CIARAMELLA think he is going to throw this Nation into turmoil and then just slither away? ERIC CIARAMELLA has made “secret” accusations that have cost this Nation $million$ of tax dollars and immeasurable Civic Discord ….. When you “Bear Witness”, ERIC CIARAMELLA , you must stand up and do so Publicly. ERIC CIARAMELLA better stand up in Public and back his words or stand trial and face the rewards for Treason.
    —- Employing DELAYING tactics in answering questions when we are (supposedly) “at war with terrorism” (& Russia, China, N.Korea, Iran, according to THEM), is Aiding and Abetting Terrorism. …… Hillary, Soros, ERIC CIARAMELLA, and their “resistance” ACCOMPLICES are tying up and wasting OUR resources. THAT is a tactic of waging war, tie up and delay the ENEMY

    For the first time in history the former POTUS refuses to exit the stage, and the Losing Candidate refuses to concede the election ….. Arrest them for sedition. Soros can join them http://investmentwatchblog.com/george-soros-spends-80m-to-launch-new-anti-trump-network-staffed-by-former-acorn-employees/

    18 U.S. Code § 2383 defines “sedition” as “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto”.

  14. drdirt_atl - November 17, 2019

    When history is written, this will be recognized as one of the most cogent speeches in U.S. history. We can only hope that there will still be a U.S. at that time. The man really cares about the Constitution surviving as the backbone of this country.

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