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California Sen. Kamala Harris used her time in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr to ask a few key questions about his handling of the Mueller report. Utilizing great precision, she peppered Barr with questions and was able to get him to admit something absolutely incredible: the sitting attorney general has not personally reviewed the underlying evidence laid out in the Mueller Report.

You can see the video below, but here is a transcript of the exchange.

HARRIS: In reaching your conclusion, did you personally review all of the underlying evidence?

BARR: No, we took …

HARRIS: Did Mr. Rosenstein?

BARR: No. We accepted the statements in the report as factual record. We did not go underneath it to see if it was accurate, we accepted it as accurate.

HARRIS: So, you accepted the report as the evidence.

BARR: Yes.

HARRIS: You did not question or look at the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report?

BARR: No.

HARRIS: Did Mr. Rosenstein review the evidence that underlines and supports the conclusions in the report? To your knowledge.

BARR: Not to my knowledge. We accept the statements in the report and the characterization of the report as true.

HARRIS: Did anyone in your executive office review the evidence supporting the report?

BARR: No.

HARRIS: No. Yet you represented to the American public that the evidence was not, “sufficient to support an obstruction of justice offense.”

BARR: The evidence presented in the report. This is not a mysterious process. In the Department of Justice we have a process memos and declination memos every day coming up and we don’t go and look at the underlying evidence.

HARRIS: As the Attorney General of the United States, you run the United States Department of Justice. If in any U.S. Attorney’s office around the country, the head of that office, when being asked to make a critical decision about, in this case, the person who holds the highest office in the land, and whether or not that person committed a crime, would you accept them recommending a charging decision to you if they had not reviewed the evidence?

BARR: Well, that’s a question for Bob Mueller. He’s the U.S. Attorney. He’s the one who presents the report.

HARRIS: But it was you who made the charging decision, sir.

[Barr stammers.]

HARRIS: You made the decision not to charge the president.

BARR: No, in the process memo and in the declination memo….

HARRIS: You said it was “Your baby.” What did you mean by that?

BARR: I said it was whether or not to disclose it to the public.

Before you jump below to watch that exchange for yourself in the video, check out this other interesting  terrifying nugget from their conversation.

HARRIS: Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested you open an investigation into anyone?

BARR: …. ah …

HARRIS: Seems like something you should be able to answer

BARR: I don’t know …

It’s no wonder Sen. Harris left the committee meeting and immediately called for William Barr to resign.

Here are the important video exchanges.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Wow… Just wow! Seriously?! AG Barr most definitely needs to resign immediately! This is absolutely disgusting that he couldn’t be bothered to take the time to read the underlying evidence against Trump and yet, he went on record telling us, the American people that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him… SMH. What kind of attorney does that?… Let alone, one that is in charge of the entire DOJ! Ridiculous… Absolutely ridiculous!

  2. Don’t tax payers pay his wages for reading reports ?
    Just vote the corrupt trump-cartel out or begin the impeachment process.

    • Recognizing no responsibility, to the public or its representatives, Barr executed the redaction of the Mueller report. The opposite of providing information to Congress. Meanwhile, Trump (who also does not read) is empowered to assert that he is totally exonerated by the (his) DOJ. Harris is a pro. Barr doesn’t want to play anymore… declining to appear before another congressional committee today after having his ass handed to him yesterday. Trump says he did a great job. Apparently, he rates his lackeys on obstinance.

  3. So the AG lies to the Senate and refuses to testify before the House, and the consequences are…exactly nothing.
    The president lies 10,000 times, and the consequences are…exactly nothing.
    The Trump Administration is littered with unfilled posts, or posts filled by unqualified people, and the consequences are…exactly nothing.
    Is the US Constitution still fit for purpose?

  4. Every person who cares about our democracy has a duty to be watching these enquiries. Stop getting summaries – watching exchanges like these not only make it clear how criminal this administration is, their flippancy, their audacity when answering- when they’re not interrupting, stumbling around an answer with a non answer or using long pauses to run out the clock – are SICK & INFURIATING.

    Equally disgusting are how Republicans mentally show up to a different hearing. One MUST view how not a single one of them bother to use this time to defend Barr by asking intelligent questions that would defend or protect his position or decision. No, they preferred to use their turns as a soapbox to APOLOGIZE to Barr “for how the Democrats have repeatedly disrespected him & his office”. Others, like Ted Cruz, took it a step further and tried to turn it into a rant on Obama’s policies.

    I have never been so angry. It was because I watched it happen – I didn’t read about some parts of it the next day. That certainly would have angered me, but seeing the GOP’s ‘Give a Fu*k’ Cup intentionally emptied over Democrats trying to get answers, HEARING the disdain in their voices & the snide little comments being made, WATCHING their facial expressions (be it the ‘I don’t care’ eye roll, exasperated sigh, or the ‘Oh Crap How Do I answer this” Panic) – articles don’t capture this. Put ALL these things together and the whole GOP spoke louder than a Heavy Metal Concert- Barr was Guily. You can’t hide these things in full view on live TV.

    Then, of course, is their “answers”. What they said, tried to said, or wouldn’t say needs to be heard.

    I implore everyone to watch this. To SEE AND HEAR it for themselves. Get mad. Get ready to fight back when the administration & supporters try to gaslight us or change the narrative. Demand Impeachment.

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