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“Things are just not jiving…” William Barr’s Interview on CBS / Full Transcript

I had a lot of questions about what was going on. I assumed I’d get answers when I went in and I have not gotten answers that are satisfactory, and probably have more questions, and that some of the facts don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.

JAN CRAWFORD: What do you mean by that?

WILLIAM BARR: That’s all I really will say. Things are just not jiving …Interview with Attorney General Bill Barr

CLIP 1: Republics have fallen because of Praetorian Guard mentality where government officials get very arrogant, they identify the national interest with their own political preferences and they feel that anyone who has a different opinion, you know, is somehow an enemy of the state. And you know, there is that tendency that they know better and that, you know, they’re there to protect as guardians of the people. That can easily translate into essentially supervening the will of the majority and getting your own way as a government official.

CLIP 2: JAN CRAWFORD: You have testified that you believe spying occurred.


JAN CRAWFORD: You’ve gotten some criticism for using that word.

WILLIAM BARR: I guess it’s become a dirty word somehow. It hasn’t ever been for me. I think there is nothing wrong with spying, the question is always whether it is authorized by law and properly predicated and if it is, then it’s an important tool the United States has to protect the country.

JAN CRAWFORD: Some former intelligence chiefs have said that the president has made that word somewhat pejorative, that there is spying, this is a witch hunt, this is a hoax, and so your use of that word makes it seem that you are being a loyalist.

WILLIAM BARR: You know, it’s part of the craziness of the modern day that if a president uses a word, then all of a sudden it becomes off bounds. It’s a perfectly good English word, I will continue to use it.

CLIP 3: I realize we live in a crazy hyper-partisan 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. They only care about who it helps, who benefits, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits, everything is gauged by politics. And as I say, that’s antithetical to the way the department runs and any attorney general in this period is going to end up losing a lot of political capital and I realize that and that is one of the reasons that I ultimately was persuaded that I should take it on because I think at my stage in life it really doesn’t make any difference.

RTWT @ Interview with Attorney General Bill Barr


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  • Sam L. June 1, 2019, 9:15 AM

    Heh, heh, heh………

  • Richard June 1, 2019, 9:15 AM

    At this point, there is a long line of unindicted felons who perpetrated crimes far worse that anything associated with the Watergate scandal. Failure to thoroughly and aggressively investigate, prosecute, and punish these treasonous miscreants will send an unambiguous message that, so long as your intentions and efforts were to serve the Swamp, everything, no matter how heinous, is permitted.

    We have arrived at a denouement in this country, with only one of two outcomes possible. The first reaffirms that we are a nation of laws and no one may flout this bedrock principle, without severe consequences.

    The second is comprised of lip service to the rule of law, but with a knowing wink and nudge, that only the serfs are ever really held accountable. It’s all right here hanging in the balance. We miss this chance to undo and clean up the attempted fundamental transformation of the country, and we don’t get another opportunity. It will be anything goes from here on out.

  • Uncle Mikey June 1, 2019, 9:45 AM


  • JiminAlaska June 1, 2019, 9:45 AM

    Yea, what Richard says above, but alas, I believe we arrived at that denouement ten or twelve years ago and it is now anything goes from here on out.

    Frankly I’m quite glad I’m eighty looking back at fond memories of America rather than eighteen looking forward to a bitter tomorrow.

    Hopefully I’m dead wrong but I’m pretty sure my granddaughter will live in interesting times.

  • ghostsniper June 1, 2019, 9:45 AM

    “It will be anything goes from here on out.”

    Been that way for quite a while.
    The best anyone can do now is to stay out of the way, let it die by it’s own hand.
    Make your own world, let the old one drift off….

  • Dennis June 1, 2019, 9:52 PM

    The word is “jibing” not “jiving”

  • Joe Krill June 2, 2019, 8:35 AM

    America has been hi-jacked by the communist, socialist demoncratic party.

  • herb June 2, 2019, 12:18 PM

    Jiving is correct but the quote leaves out a significant part……shucking. As in they are shuckin and jivin. See VDH today.
    Tho from a purely pedantic standpoint, jibe is correct.

  • tonynoboloney June 2, 2019, 4:06 PM

    If Barr can manage just 2 or 3 prosecutions it would be glorious. It would seal the white House for Trump in 2020, it would have a devastating affect on the left perhaps slowing them down for a decade. And think what getting Trump back would mean to the federal court judges and especially the S.C.. Man I’ve got my hopes set pretty high.

  • ghostsniper June 2, 2019, 6:11 PM

    “….devastating affect on the left perhaps slowing them down for a decade.”
    Somebody hasn’t been paying attention.
    Back when obammy was first elected a friend told me, now the negro’s will have nothing to complain about ever again. I told him he was a silly knave. Look what it produced.

    See, the problem isn’t just with the “left”, it with the american communists that are on all sides and throughout the citizenry, from bottom to top. If it was just the left, simply enforcing existing laws would make them cease. But the laws are NOT being enforced and that spurs them forward.
    To leash the left, enforce existing laws.
    To stop illegal immigration, stop all welfare, and enforce existing laws.
    To corral the media, enforce existing laws.
    To stop the mass shootings, enforce existing laws.
    And on and on and on.
    The gov’t employees were hired to do specific jobs and they aren’t being done.
    At some point a crossover will occur and the citizens will start enforcing the laws and later, will start enforcing laws that do not exist. Then, a free for all will start. All for the want of a horse shoe nail.

    June Cleaver: “Ward, weren’t you a little hard on the beaver last night?”

  • Thedogismansbestfriend June 3, 2019, 12:37 PM

    About Barr, I am cautiously optimistic.

    About appeasing the left and their minions: The slave does not want to be free. He wants to be master.