Boom: AG William Barr Slams Comey in Fox News Interview

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

Fox News host Martha MacCallum aired an interview with Attorney General William Barr on her “The Story” program Thursday night. – To be honest, most of the interview was just boilerplate stuff from Barr that we’ve already heard half a dozen times before. But in the midst of his discussion with MacCallum, Barr made a point of chastising former FBI director and current National Teenage Drama Queen James Comey for his ongoing campaign of obfuscation and dissembling to a willing, corrupt national news media.

Below are a clip of the interview followed by a transcript, with bolding of the juicy parts added by yours truly. First, the clip:

Here’s the Transcript:

MacCullum: So, by the time this airs this evening, it’s expected that the president will be impeached by the House of Representatives of the United States. What do you think about that?

Barr:  Well, as I’ve said, it’s a constitutional political process that’s underway right now, and the Department of Justice isn’t part of that. And so, it’s premature for me to comment on impeachment at this point.

MacCullum: When you listen to the call, do you think that it was perfect, as the president says?

BARR: Well, I’m not going to get into, you know, if issues come up later and I have to deal with them, I don’t want to, you know, be discussing the facts.

MacCullum: With regard to Ukraine, which obviously is at the center of the impeachment push, Rudy Giuliani just got back from Ukraine again. He’s still investigating on behalf of the president there, you know, who may have been trying to get at him in 2016. Do you think that’s a good idea?  That Rudy Giuliani is investigating that in Ukraine?

Barr: Well, I’m responsible for the Department of Justice, and obviously, I will rely on investigations conducted by the department. And I think that’s generally the best way to go.

MacCullum: Do you think he’s stepping on your turf?

Barr: I wouldn’t say that, but as I say, I think it’s in everyone’s interests to allow the Department of Justice to do its work and the other U.S. intelligence agencies.

MacCullum: He said in an interview that he needed to get Marie Yovanovitch out of the way, that she was going to make investigations difficult for everybody. And he firmly believes that there was a Ukraine conspiracy with the DNC against President Trump. Do you have any indication that there was one?

Barr:Well, as I’ve said, I have not looked at all into the — whatever the Ukrainian aspects are of the 2016 election, I have not gotten into them at all, and I don’t know whether John Durham has gotten into them. So, because that is a matter that is potentially going to be covered by the investigation, I don’t want to speculate.

MacCullum: Are you interested in seeing the evidence that Rudy Giuliani has been gathering in Ukraine?

Barr: The Department of Justice is interested in seeing all evidence that could be relevant.

MacCullum: Does the Department have any plan to investigate Joe Biden or CrowdStrike or Ukraine and the DNC server or Burisma. Are any of those on your radar?

Barr: Again, you know, I do not want to speculate about what Durham may or may not get into. But I don’t know what he is…

MacCullum: But, currently none of those issues are under investigation.

Barr: I mean, I couldn’t say one way or the other, but you shouldn’t read anything into that.

MacCullum: Jim Comey came out after you gave your last interview. You responded to the IG Horowitz’s report and spoke out about that. And then he spoke with Chris Wallace and he said that the 17 mistakes and omissions that were uncovered in the FISA process, he attributed it to sloppiness largely. What do you say to that?

Barr:I think there’s some of them very hard to square with the idea that these were just mistakes and sloppiness. I have said that a number of these episodes leave open the possibility of inferring bad faith or improper motive. But I hasten to add that, as I’ve said all along, that I’ve reached no determination on that, nor do I think a final determination on that is appropriate until all the evidence is there. The — Horowitz himself in his testimony, I think pretty well summed it up, which is this could be on the one hand, at the very least, gross incompetence. On the other hand, it could also be improper motive, and he was not in a position to make that call. And that’s why we have the US attorney, John Durham, looking into this.

MacCullum: Yeah, and I want to ask you about that in a moment. Are you surprised that James Comey is so convinced himself that all of this was completely above board? He came out and said there was no treason and there’s no spying at all on the president.

Barr: Well, I think the IG report and the recent letter from the FISA court I think pulls the rug out from under that analysis. There was serious misconduct, as the court itself has said. And one of the things that I object to is the tact being taken by Comey, which is to suggest that people who are criticizing or trying to get to the bottom of the misconduct are somehow attacking the FBI. I think that’s nonsense. We’re criticizing and concerned about misconduct by a few actors at the top of the FBI, and they should be criticized if they engaged in serious misconduct. That doesn’t mean we’re criticizing the FBI, and I think the tact of trying to wrap yourself in the institution and say, gee, people who are criticizing the decisions I made are attacking the institution. I noticed people don’t that as far as I’m concerned, people feel free to criticize me. And I don’t say, gee, you’re attacking the honest men and women of the Department of Justice. I think leaders, you know, have to own their decisions and are fair game if they make bad decisions.

MacCullum: I want you to listen to this piece of his interview with Chris Wallace and get your reaction.

Comey Clip: He does not have a factual basis as the attorney general of the United States to be speculating that agents acted in bad faith. The facts just aren’t there. Full stop. That doesn’t make it any less consequential, any less important. But that’s an irresponsible statement.

MacCullum: He said you made an irresponsible statement about these FBI individuals.

Barr: Well, as I said, I made the same statement effectively and substantively as the inspector general, which is there are unexplained misconduct there. It just can’t be easily explained as to what was going on there. And as he said, it could involve bad motive. And he was not in a position, given the limited scope he has, of making that final determination. So, it’s not speculation. But, you know, I think there are episodes there that simply cannot be squared with innocent mistakes. And I think people have to come to terms with that.

MacCullum:: Were you surprised that he seemed to give himself such a distance from the entire operation?

Comey clip: As the director sitting on top of an organization of 30,000 people you can’t run an investigation that’s seven layers below you. You have to leave it to the career professionals to do.

MacCullum: Do you believe that?

Barr: No, I think that the one of the problems with what happened was precisely that they pulled the investigation up to the executive floors, and it was run and bird dogged by a very small group of very high level officials. And the idea that this was seven layers below him is simply not true.

[End]

That is very blunt language for a sitting AG to be directing towards a former FBI director. Mr. Barr obviously does not believe Comey’s ongoing self-justifying prevarications, and has Durham taking a detailed look into the Drama Queen’s conduct throughout 2016 and early 2017. Whether that look will ultimately lead to a nice little perp walk, indictments and ultimate prosecution is anyone’s guess, but those who are currently telling you that Barr and Durham are doing nothing are simply wrong.

If they were doing nothing, Barr would have no reason whatsoever to be doing this interview.

Have faith.

That is all.

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22 thoughts on “Boom: AG William Barr Slams Comey in Fox News Interview

  1. Gregg - December 20, 2019

    As I have stated before, we have no real choice but to believe that Barr and Durham are going to get to the bottom of this and prosecute the “Evil Doers”. Fine, but if Barr/Durham are the Real Deal, he can do one thing right now to restore our confidence in the investigations:

    FIRE, or get President Trump to FIRE, (that is within his “purview”) the obstructionist FBI Director Chris Wray NOW!

    Nothing Wray has done during his two plus year tenure shows that he is interested in reforming the FBI. He has done nothing to instill America’s confidence that the 30,000 strong FBI is a force for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” or is lead by people who believe in the equal application of the rule of law, nor has he shown any personal Fidelity, Bravery, or Integrity in this matter.

    Wray is Comey Jr.; he and people like him at all levels, need to go.

    That is all.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 20, 2019

      Timing is everything.

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - December 20, 2019

    It was interesting to witness the sea-change in the Attorney General, immediately after the obfuscations and lies of Corney were played; you could hear the anger in his tone. It was also gratifying to see how he went from – as Dave says – “boilerplate” language to something approaching scathing.

    If I were James Corney, I’d be looking to find a country without an extradition treaty. Run, Comey, run! Find refuge! Flee, little Hobbit! Flee! (6’4″ and still a halfling!)

    Flee – knowing, Mr. Corney, that we still have drones.

  3. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

    Uncomfortable times ahead for Comey, Brennan, and Clapper.

  4. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

    Also depressing news about census reapportionment. The mass illegal immigration, as well as blocking the citizenship question, has had its intended effect.

    It is even more important now that Trump completes the ongoing political realignment. The Dems are essentially the party of illegals now.

  5. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

    One of the most amusing things yesterday was the Twitter celebratory hysteria among uninformed leftists who actually believe Trump has been removed from office.

    Among their many many flaws, these people are woefully ignorant.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 20, 2019

      He isn’t even officially impeached; not until the manager delivers the articles to the Senate.

    2. D3F1ANT - December 20, 2019

      That thought occurred to me too! SO many goofballs on social media are like “GOOD RIDDANCE!” LOL! They’re sure going to be in for a shock!

    3. Gregg - December 20, 2019

      And I’ll bet many of those ignorant think that Hillary Russian Clinton now becomes the president.

      Boy are the lefties going to be pi$$ed when they figure out that Nancy Klink delivered nothing to them,

    4. Boarwild - December 20, 2019

      because they’re not taught civics anymore. As a result, they have no clue as to how this govt operates or was arranged by the Founders. And that is by design IMHO.

  6. D3F1ANT - December 20, 2019

    I’m really glad Barr talks tough (honestly) because it’s better than signalling surrender. But I’ll be happier when he proves it’s not just more of the Right’s ENDLESS (and impotent) tough talk. I don’t want to hear any more tough talk. I want to see action. But I know better than to expect that from Republicans…

    1. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

      *I’m still on board with Barr and Durham, since it will take more time to ferret out the information needed for indictments.

      *Lindsey is a complete fraud

      *Undecided about McConnell; the speech yesterday was encouraging, but as you say it needs to be followed by substantive action

      Also interesting article at RS yesterday about the mysterious John Huber, suggesting is digging into the Clintons behind the scenes.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 20, 2019

        Date Q started posting coincide with the date John Durham started his investigation. Make of that what you will, but I think it means something of tremendous significance. SAME DATE!

        Good for you, Q’anon and Q’anon ++

    2. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

      ‘he is’ sigh…I am the sloppiest poster; I really need an edit function….

  7. Jimmy MacAfee - December 20, 2019

    McConnell needs to carefully craft legislation – an order for the Senate – that it can ignore impeachment from the House if the transfer is not made within a period of time (say, 14 days) to the Senate while the Senate is in full session. If the transfer is not made, the Senate may disregard the articles of impeachment as null and void.

    Jimmy

    1. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

      I think he would need to change the present Senate rules. He can do that, but it will require the nuke option.

      https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/11/suggested_amendments_to_senate_rules_for_a_fair_impeachment_trial.html

  8. ray162 - December 20, 2019

    “it was run and bird dogged by a very small group of very high level officials.”
    Drat! I was hoping for a ten person gallows on the Washington Mall.

  9. phineas gage - December 20, 2019

    So now Rosemary Collyer resigns and John Roberts replaces her with an Obama judge.

    Good old John….

  10. Jimmy MacAfee - December 21, 2019

    https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-12-20-democrats-now-plotting-to-remove-vp-mike-pence-install-nancy-pelosi-hillary-clintonas-president.html

    “A scheme is now active to convict Trump and remove V.P. Mike Pence from power, then install Nancy Pelosi as president. Once there, she will appoint Hillary Clinton as her V.P. with no resistance from the Senate, then she will resign, making Hillary Clinton the president.”

    Sorry to break it to the author, but they already tried that, with the Ga. man scheduled to blow up the Whitehouse last January, with Gerbil-Mouth heading to Brussels with Adam S. in tow, Air Force One made into a SCIF, with President Trump and VP Pence as targets. She was to be sworn in aboard Air Force One, like LBJ. So the current plot has been attempted by lethal means, and will be attempted again.

    You never hear about the guy who plotted to blow up the Whitehouse with an anti-tank missile, do you? As scenarios go, they had follow-up guys, like they did with Ron Brown, to complete the job.

    I warned about this, as I’ve said repeatedly on this site. I also warned soon after that they should watch the President’s food; that would be their second attempt. Nancy Morgan Hart said that someone should have warned the President about this second plot, where the President was rushed to the hospital, because his food tester allegedly was made gravely ill. Well, I did warn about that; they just waited most of the year to try that one, too. But I did anticipate their attempt.

    There will likely be a false flag attempt to blame Trump supporters in Richmond, perhaps at another location; there will also be another attempt on the President or his family – the latter a serious concern, because the President is brave, but he has a soft spot for those he loves. The Secret Service needs to be up on their game, higher than ever, particularly for the First Family. White house will be made aware.

    At the point where some obvious attempt is made, Nancy needs to be arrested. The coup is far more than a metaphor.

  11. Jimmy MacAfee - December 21, 2019

    “George Soros has been coming in, largely in Democratic primaries where there has not been much voter turnout and putting in a lot of money to elect people who are not very supportive of law enforcement and don’t view the office as bringing to trial and prosecuting criminals.”’
    https://100percentfedup.com/ag-barr-calls-out-george-soros-for-spending-big-money-to-elect-people-who-are-not-very-supportive-of-law-enforcement/

    Just a hint that the Attorney General has his radar on George “Samaritan” Soros.
    “Not supportive of law enforcement” is the key phrase, and may be referring to the nol pros that resulted from the firing of Prosecutor Shokin. Or maybe it’s a lot bigger than that.

    Barr has just raised the bar. Think Sammy Soros needs a change of adult diapers about now?

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