Friday, March 22, 2019

UPDATED: Bill Barr Notifies Congress: Special Counsel Report Has Landed On His Desk

Short and sweet. Barr has received the report and he so informs Congress, providing the information specified in the regulations. The report explains "the prosecution or declination decisions." There are no proposed actions that Barr regards as "so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued." Barr will consult with Rosenstein and Mueller to determine whether more information from the report can be released to "Congress and the public," "consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department's long-standing practices and policies." Further, Barr states that he remains "committed to as much transparency as possible."

The reference to "Congress and the public," to me, indicates that Barr isn't about to go down the road of non-public briefings to Congress. That, he believes, would not serve the public weal.


... Laura Jarrett (daughter of Valerie Jarrett) delivered the bad news to her colleagues on CNN.  After she spoke directly with a DOJ Official, and asked them if there was any possibility of sealed indictments existing/remaining. Alas, the answer was: “no, it’s over; everything is over; it’s done.“

If you follow the link to CTH there's a CNN video featuring the usual talking head suspects. It's, like, CONTENT FREE. Simply seven minutes plus of handwringing and clutching at straws. It's pretty funny, but one can only take so much.

And credit where it's due. Mueller was funded through August, he and Weissmann wanted to continue leaning on Flynn. Barr shut them down.


  1. Sweet! Let the gnashing of teeth and the wailing of tears begin. Already this is being spun for what it is not, a repudiation of Donald Trump. I am getting pretty good at interpreting the Deep State. I saw right through Comey's op-ed in the New York Times that he didn't care about an indictment or conviction; all he cared about was the rule of law. So inspiring!!! Translation: "Let me get ahead of the bad news (for me). Mr. A Higher Loyalty, if he really had a higher loyalty would've resigned and told the American public that he was resigning because the fix was in for Hillary Clinton.

    You deserve kudos along with Jeff Carlson, Sundance and others. This is a great day for America.

    I am not a drinker bit if I were, I'd pop a cork and have some champagne.

    1. Tx, Joe. I do think this will come back to bite the Dems--hard.

  2. Your surmise, that Barr was an honest man who would do the right thing, seems to be (so far)correct. You were an early optimist on this. Your optimism, at this remove, looks good.

    I await what happens (bigly) with the OIG Horowitz report. We need to see indictments: McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Lisa Paige, etc. The leakers, there must be dozens of them, need to lose their jobs.

    And how about Roger Stone?

    Pre-dawn, guns drawn raid. Can he sue?

    1. "Bigly." Yes. And I agree about indictments.

      The big point about Barr is that he's a determined defender of the Executive Branch, and when he says "Executive Branch" he means that the president IS the Executive Branch in his person. That's the "unitary executive."

      I think Barr understands that this battle won't be over until Comey and others do the perp walk. In that regard, I note that Catherine Herridge last night stated that Horowitz at OIG (remember? I keep talking about him) is actively investigating. I believe Barr has taken the gloves off. He came in to DoJ and shut down Mueller. Now he's going to cleanse the Augean stables. At least I believe that's what he intends to do. He'd be a fool to do otherwise, and he's been watchng the degeneration of DoJ for years now. He knows what's needed.

      Re Roger Stone, that could be interesting. Stone, unlike Flynn, wasn't so foolish as to plead guilty. I wouldn't be surprised to see both cases dropped--even Flynn's--due to misconduct.

      We'll see.