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In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.
The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of ‘Resistance’ against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. This highlights a basic disadvantage that conservatives have always had in contesting the political issues of the day. It was adverted to by the old, curmudgeonly Federalist, Fisher Ames, in an essay during the early years of the Republic.
One of the ironies, as some have observed, is that the secular project has itself become a religion, pursued with religious fervor. It is taking on all the trappings of a religion – including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake – social, educational, and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.
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The government has very strong evidence of what it really needs to determine whether charges are appropriate -- which is government documents were taken, classified information was taken and not handled appropriately.
The opinion, I think, was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it. Justice Department's deeply flawed in a number of ways.
Well, I think the whole idea of a special master is a bit of a red herring.
Because frankly, I think it's highly improbable, and second, if in fact he sort of stood over scores of boxes, not really knowing what was in them and said' I hereby declassify everything in here,' that would be such an abuse and that shows such recklessness, it's almost worse than taking the documents.
Let me just say, I think the driver on this from the beginning was loads of classified information sitting in Mar-a-Lago. People say this [ raid ] was unprecedented -- well, it's also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a country club, okay, and how long is the government going to try to get that back ? They jawboned for a year, they were deceived on the voluntary actions taken, they went and got a subpoena, they were deceived on that they feel, and the facts are starting to show that they were being jerked around.
No. I can't think of a legitimate reason why they should have been -- could be taken out of government, away from the government if they are classified, i, frankly, am skeptical of the claim that [ Trump ] declassified everything.
I went up to Pat Cipollone's office and we were talking with each other, and word came down that Pat Cipollone wanted us both to go to the Oval, and the President was as mad as I've ever seen him.
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Ukraine certainly puts a greater emphasis on the need for us to stop all this nonsense about stopping our own energy production.
It was American production that kept prices low in the United States, and whether it is stopping the flow of energy over the Keystone, down to the refineries in the Gulf area, or the permitting process, or even the financing of exploration and oil and gas production.
The fact that we are an energy giant, potentially, and that we can have inexpensive energy here in the United States, that’s also relatively clean and natural gas, gives us so many advantages economically and promises to allow us to resume high-end manufacturing and so forth at lower cost then the rest of the world, and as we learned from COVID, it’s very important that we have here in United States the vital resources that we need and that we’re not dependent on other countries.
United States helped open the window for Putin to do what he is doing with the idea that he could get away with it because the Europeans would be too dependent on them, and the prices that were being paid to him were helping to fuel his war machine.
It seems there is no end to the price that they are willing to pay to avoid having United States produce United States own energy, the idea that we're reopening relationships with Maduro, who has put the Venezuelan people through unbelievable suffering, where a high percentage have fled the country and are living in refugee camps — that we would have turned to get oil from him — just shows you the extreme degree to which they’re willing to go to do anything but have the United States produce its own energy.
Biden has weakened United States dramatically and the power of our economy by curtailing United States — and that is even apart from Ukraine.
I feel I'm in a position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences, i can be truly independent.
We're going to be sitting down evaluating them together.
( Horowitz) is not definitively ruling that there was no bias. I think that's why we have John Durham.
I think our nation was turned on its head for three years, I think, based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press.
I don't believe it's the case where somebody, including a branch of government, is asserting a legal privilege that William Barr have under the law that that constitutes obstruction.
I think Chris has been working hard to address the problems of the past.
Jewish students who support Israel are frequently targeted for harassment, Jewish student organizations are marginalized, and progressive Jewish students are told they must denounce their beliefs and their heritage in order be part of' intersectional' causes.
The greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state, principally the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies, both to spy on political opponents, but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election.
The inspector general's report now makes clear that The FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions, that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken, it is also clear that, from its inception the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.
The inspector general's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a United States presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.
The inspector general's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a William Barr presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions, that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken, it is also clear that, from its inception the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.
Legal Counsel is Legal Counsel, legal Counsel is the lawyer for the Cabinet.
The Inspector General Horowitz is a fiercely independent investigator, The Inspector General Horowitz, who I think has conducted this particular investigation in the most professional way and I think The Inspector General Horowitz work when it does come out will be a credit to Justice Department.
It's been reported and it's my understanding that it's imminent, a number of people who are mentioned in the report are having an opportunity right now to comment on how they're quoted in the report and after that process is over, which should be very short, the report will be issued. That's what the inspector general himself has suggested.
We will consult with our state and local colleagues to determine whether there is available a mental health response, and try to ensure that this does not fall through the cracks simply because we don't have an immediate law enforcement basis to arrest the person.
Right now it does not appear that things in Washington are amenable to those kinds of negotiations and compromises.
The status quo is exceptionally dangerous, unacceptable, and only getting worse.
I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered, in addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death.
Robert Mueller stated three times to us... that Robert Mueller emphatically was not saying that but for the OLC opinion Robert Mueller would have found obstruction.
I don't think big is necessarily bad, but I think a lot of people wonder how such huge behemoths that now exist in Silicon Valley have taken shape under the nose of the antitrust enforcers, and you know, you can win that place in the marketplace without violating the antitrust laws, but I want to find out more about that dynamic.
My concern today is that under the banner of identity politics some political factions are seeking to obtain power by dividing Americans and they undermine the values that draw us together, such as a shared commitment to our country's success. This is the breeding ground for hatred and we must reject it.
Just like a physical body, the body politic must have an immune system that resists anti-Semitism and other forms of racial hatred.
There is simply no way to litigate these issues and obtain relief from the current injunctions in time to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census.
In life, if you're fighting to defend the Constitution and you find a way to do it that's different and more effective, then you have to think about that.
There were counterintelligence activities undertaken against the Trump campaign. And I'm not saying there was not a basis for it, ... but I want to see what that basis was and make sure it was legitimate.
I just think it has to be carefully looked at because the use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it's a serious red line that's been crossed.
He reiterated several times in a group meeting that he was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found obstruction.
I will say that when we met with( Robert Mueller)... we specifically asked Robert Mueller about the OLC opinion and whether or not Robert Mueller was taking the position that Robert Mueller would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion, and he made it very clear several times that that was not his position. He was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found a crime. He made it clear that he had not made the determination that there was a crime.
If we do nothing because we are afraid of the polls or the politics, or the repercussions in the next election, we will set a precedent that, in fact, some people, because of the position of power and public trust that they hold, are above the law.
Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant, i'd like to find out whether that is, in fact, true. It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop the threat as it's being represented.
I don't know, inferred ? Attorney General William Barr don't know. OK.
William Barr know, the letter's a bit snitty, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people.
Robert Mueller is the equivalent of a William Barr attorney. Robert Mueller was executing the powers of the attorney general, subject to the supervision of the attorney general, robert Mueller work concluded when Robert Mueller sent Robert Mueller work to the attorney general. At that point, it was my baby, and I was making a decision as to whether or not to make it public.
You know, the letter's a bit snitty, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people.
No, why not ?
If you think Justice Department's such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about. Let the courts do their job.
The press was reading too much into it.
We were not trying to summarize the report.
It's very easy for prosecutors to go hunting for scalps.
After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in Robert Mueller actual report... the deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense.
The special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Robert Mueller did not indicate that Robert Mueller purpose was to leave the decision to Congress One, i hope that was not Robert Mueller view, since we don't convene grand juries and conduct criminal investigations for that purpose.
We specifically asked Robert Mueller about the OLC opinion and whether or not Robert Mueller was taking the position that Robert Mueller would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion, and Robert Mueller made it very clear several times that that was not Robert Mueller position.
The special counsel found no evidence that any Americans -- including anyone associated with the Donald Trump campaign -- conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the( Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government) in carrying out this illegal scheme, put another way, the special counsel found no' collusion' by any Americans in the IRA's illegal activity.
Although the deputy attorney general and I disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories, and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely solely on that in making our decision, instead, we accepted the special counsel's legal framework for purposes of our analysis, and evaluated the evidence as presented by the special counsel in reaching our conclusions.
I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.
For the same reason we're worried about foreign influence in elections, I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal, i'm not suggesting those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at. ... I think it's my obligation.
I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee.
I also believe it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.
I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong, by anybody. Whether it be editorial boards, or Congress or the President. I'm going to do what I think is right.
I have known Bob Mueller for 30 years, we worked closely together throughout my previous tenure at the Department of Justice under President George H.W. Bush. We've been friends since. And I have the utmost respect for Bob Mueller and Bob Mueller distinguished record of public service. And when Bob Mueller was named special counsel, I said Bob Mueller selection was' good news' and that, knowing Bob Mueller, I had confidence Bob Mueller would handle the matter properly. And I still have that confidence today.
I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller and that the Barrs and Muellers were good friends and would be good friends when this was all over, bob Mueller is a straight-shooter and should be dealt with as such.
We need money right now for border security, including walls and barriers.
On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work.
How these( two reports) are going to fit together, and what can be gotten out there, I have to wait. I would have to wait.
I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group.
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