Attorney General William Barr is now accusing congressional Democrats of “sabotage” and “using every tool and maneuver” they have to resist Trump and cast doubt on whether his presidency is legitimate.
At the Federalist Society dinner in Washington on Friday, Barr laid into liberals for attacking the very foundation of the Constitution.
“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he said. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”
He also discussed the constant attempts to derail Trump’s appointments, claiming Dems want to “incapacitate” the executive branch.
“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration,” he noted. “The cost of this constant harassment is real.”
Another point of contention that Barr addressed was the idea that this official “resistance” to Trump is falsely implying that his tenure in office is illegitimate. While Barr agrees that perhaps Trump’s approach to being the president of the United States may be further outside standard practice than has been seen in the past, it by no means makes his election any less lawful.
“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”
“They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”
“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.”
Perhaps Friday’s public impeachment inquiry with “witness” Marie Yovanovitch prompted Barr’s outpouring of support for President Trump. Despite the fact that she admitted to having no firsthand knowledge of any of the events that prompted the inquiry, she was still allowed to testify. Unfortunately for Democrats, she ended up admitting that President Trump has done more to secure Ukraine and stave off Russian invasion than President Obama, who was paralyzed by Burisma’s corruption and Hunter Biden’s involvement.
In fact, it would appear that the only reason Yovanovitch was even at the hearing was for a “therapy session” where lawmakers could ask her how she felt following her surprise removal from her position at Trump’s direction.
Arguably the most interesting part of the seven-hour hearing was the bickering between Adam Schiff and Republicans Elise Stefanik and Jim Jordan. Both right-leaning lawmakers were shut down while attempting to make their voices heard.
According to Jordan, Schiff is still sitting on four unreleased transcripts.
“I thought we were in the public stage of this so-called impeachment inquiry,” he told reporters on Friday. “But yet, here in just a few minutes, we’re going back to the bunker in the basement of the Capitol for another deposition that the American people won’t get to see.”
“What they also haven’t seen yet are four transcripts of people who have already been deposed, which means under House rules we cannot use that testimony in these proceedings,” he added. “We would like to use parts of the testimony from Mr. Morrison as an example in the open hearings but we are prohibited under House rules from doing that.”
It certainly seems like all of the secrecy and plotting could cause Barr to take up the defense of not only President Trump but the Constitution as well.
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