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Does anyone here doubt that we are seeing the emergence of a Dictator? so who will believe BArr after the stunt that he pulled with the Mueller report. and what will he uncover. so now will we shoot Comey and all the rest that Trump said yesterday that committed treason?

What is the reason to investigate the investigators and why didn't he appointed a special counsel  instead of his lackey to head that investigation?

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Yes he has handed the keys to the vault to the AG, and everyone who wants a free US should be terrified. As all know Trump wants the power to put anyone who does not agree with him in Jail. This is a start to that. Barr in effect becomes the Dictator of law and order. Each branch serving the justice system has its own goals and needs and that was a check so no agency could move to far from good law. Under this approach it will be possible to mount a total effort against anyone Dictator Trump thinks is not supporting him, and that ends our justice system. This is the same approach Hitler took in Germany when he came to power. The AG now will be able to carry out Trumps orders and put anyone in jail he wants to. It will move slow at first, and then  speed up. Wrongdoing will be declared by Trump and the AG becomes the enforcer. This is just a larger mob type organization. Dictator Trump in action.

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In a new Hill-HarrisX survey, a majority of registered voters said they support a new Department of Justice inquiry into whether official procedures were followed when the FBI began examining allegations of connections between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

 

Sixty-two percent of respondents to the May 17-18 survey said they support Attorney General William Barr's decision to name a U.S. attorney to determine whether law enforcement officers had obeyed regulations governing surveillance of U.S. citizens while 38 percent said they opposed the new inquiry.

 

The poll found broad agreement across age groups in favor of the probe led by Connecticut-based U.S. attorney John H. Durham with more than 58 percent of voters under 35, between 35 and 49, between 50 and 64, and older than 64 saying that they supported it.

 

The president and congressional Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the FBI after special counsel Robert Mueller published a report saying that he could not find evidence that established proof of a criminal conspiracy between Trump 2016 campaign officials and people working for the government of Russia.

 

Republican respondents were overwhelmingly likely to say they approved of the Durham inquiry with 74 percent supporting it and 26 percent opposing it. Most independents, 67 percent, backed the probe while only 33 percent said they were against it.

 

Democratic respondents were divided on the issue with 48 percent saying that FBI officials should be investigated for potentially abusing their authority and 52 percent saying that they opposed the idea.

That such a large percentage of Democrats would support investigating the FBI was not necessarily a surprise, Mallory Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs told Hill.TV.

 

"My thought of why this might be the case is because of their feelings toward the attorney general who I think has sort of become a, some would say, a mouthpiece or looking at this through a partisan lens," she told "What America's Thinking" host Jamal Simmons. "It's possible that Democrats are looking for validation from a third party to investigate the investigators."

 

The Department of Justice previously directed Inspector General Michael Horowitz to examine whether law enforcement officials acted appropriately in their handling of an investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's unauthorized private email server. Horowitz determined that some FBI officials had exhibited a personal political bias against Trump but that it did not influence the investigation.

 

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among a statistically representative panel of 1,030 registered voters with a confidence level of 95 percent and a sampling margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

 

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Watch the panel live: www.judicialwatch.org/live, also available on our Facebook page

 

 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it is hosting special educational panel on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 10 to 11 am ET to discuss “Investigating the Investigators.”

 

Now that the Mueller report has exonerated President Trump of the false accusations of collusion and obstruction, it is time to look into the politicization of DOJ and the intelligence community in their effort to undermine the president.

 

The expert panelists currently include:

 

Dr. Carter Page
Former Trump Campaign Advisor

Founder and Managing Partner of Global Natural Gas Ventures LLC

 

Victoria Toensing
Founding Partner
diGenova & Toensing LLP

 

Chuck Ross
Investigative Reporter
The Daily Caller News Foundation

 

Chris Farrell
Director of Investigations and Research
Judicial Watch

 

Moderator:

Tom Fitton
President
Judicial Watch

 

 

Watch the panel live: www.judicialwatch.org/live.  We will also livestream the panel on our Facebook page.

 

 

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President Trump has handed Attorney General William Barr the keys to the vault.

 

 

Trump has authorized Barr to "declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence" related to the origins of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an official order.

 

The White House says that will mean he can be freer to reveal wrongdoing if he finds it. Democrats call it a bid to scare up political "weapons."

 

The memo signaled how much Trump wants Barr to not only go ahead with the efforts he has discussed to review the early period of the inquiry — and officials' use of the law and their investigative powers — but to also get what Barr uncovers out into the open quickly.

 

 

Republicans say they got a burst of velocity from the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, which did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia's interference in the election, notwithstanding the contacts it did establish between Trump aides and Russians.

Mueller didn't take a position on whether to prosecute Trump for obstruction of Justice, so Barr did — and concluded the president wouldn't face any charges.

 

All this, in Trump's telling, amounts to an inoculation — not only in terms of the Russia imbroglio, but also against the wider questions raised about Trump's potential exposure to foreign leverage, or his finances or his business practices.

 

The president has said, for example, that he assumes Mueller looked at his tax returns, which he has never released — unlike many of his recent predecessors had. Accordingly, Trump further argues, Mueller concluded there was no wrongdoing to report on that front, which is why no mention was made in Mueller's report.

 

Mueller's report, in short, was a watershed for Trump, he argues: Having cooperated with it and made available documents and witnesses to investigators, the president has affirmed he has done nothing wrong and obviated the need for any more inquiries.

 

The president told Democrats this week there can't be two "tracks," in which they continue to investigate and also negotiate with him over infrastructure or other priorities.

Moreover, Trump says, it's now time for the pendulum to swing and for Barr to investigate the "crimes" the president said this week were committed by "the other side."

"I think it's very important for our country to find out what happened," Trump told reporters on Friday as he walked out to board Marine One.

 

Warning about "weaponization"

 

Democrats complain that Barr has squandered any credibility he might have had to be considered an independent officer within the administration.

 

They point to what they've called lies he told Congress, his refusal to cooperate with oversight and the way he handled the release of the Mueller report.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls the administration's actions a "cover-up," and House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Trump's order authorizing Barr to declassify what he learns about the Russia investigation is the latest part of it.

 

"While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American," Schiff wrote.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, warned that a zeal to release facts for political reasons could risk the sources and methods upon which national security officials rely.

 

"People risk their lives to gather the intelligence material that President Trump and Attorney General Barr are so eager to politicize," Warner said. "Selectively declassifying sources and methods in order to serve a political agenda will make it harder for the intelligence community to do their jobs protecting this country from those who wish to do us harm."

 

The man nobody knows

 

One problem with understanding all the back-and-forth is no one beyond a few insiders knows for sure what Mueller did and didn't examine and what that therefore means or doesn't mean about the broader questions for Trump.

 

All that's clear from Mueller's report is that he passed off a number of investigations to other agencies within the department, meaning that the issue of potential wrongdoing or charges is not settled.

 

The final appendix of the report describes 14 total spinoff cases, including a dozen that are fully redacted.

 

That means the prospect for more potential charges and more potential bad headlines for the White House over who knows how much longer — and who knows how much closer to Election Day next year.

 

Court cases also are progressing related to congressional subpoenas for Trump's banking and financial records, bringing them closer to the hands of Democratic investigators.

 

So Trump's order for Barr encourages him to plumb secret records to counterprogram when necessary and, more broadly, try to preserve the political momentum that supporters say they took from Mueller's findings.

 

The feds and "spying"

 

In the telling of Trump and his supporters, the Russia imbroglio is about "spying" by President Barack Obama's administration on Trump's campaign — "biased" conspirators abusing their powers to try to keep Trump from being elected.

 

"They tried to do a takedown," Trump said on Friday. "It can't happen."

 

The leaders of the Justice Department and the FBI have denied those allegations and sought to cool the politicians' language. Yes, they say, officials did surveil Trump aides who were in contact with foreigners but did so within the bounds of the law and as part of an investigation into a historic spike in "active measures" waged by Russia against the U.S.

 

Spying "is not the term I would use" to describe what the FBI does, Director Christopher Wray, told members of Congress this month.

 

But it's the term that Barr continues to use — along with Trump — casting the president, his campaign and his administration as the victims of what Trump calls "treason."

It isn't clear yet what else Barr and other officials inside the Justice Department may uncover about the early phase of the Russia investigation, which has already been the subject of intense attention by Congress and the press, but Barr and others may focus on a few key areas.

 

1. The use of confidential informants, specifically in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2016.

The Russia investigation began after an Australian diplomat notified the United States that a junior Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, had revealed he was communicating with the Russian government about prospective help to Trump's campaign.

 

 

 

 

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