Tuesday, October 08, 2019

IMPEACH BARR! Here's how...

Barr needs to go. Honestly, if I had to choose between the impeachment and removal of Barr and the impeachment and removal of Trump, I'd say "Go after Barr."

And I have a practical plan as to how we can bell the cat.

First, we need to confirm the initial reports that Barr was involved with the decision to move the Zelensky/Trump transcript from TNet, the usual location for such data, to the ultra-secret "code word" server. (I'm going to use the word "server" because everyone else does, even though I've questioned the term in a previous post.) Here's what the Whistleblower says in his Complaint:
In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to “lock down” all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced—as is customary—by the White House Situation Room.

This set of actions underscored to me that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.

White House officials told me that they were “directed” by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level officials.
Barr's name isn't in there, but one gets a strong sense of his presence. The phrases "senior White House officials" and "White House lawyers" point in his direction. (I seem to recall Marcy Wheeler saying words to the effect of "Barr did it" in a tweet, but memory is not perfect and I can't find the tweet right now.)

If it can be established that Barr made this decision -- we got him.
28 CFR § 17.22 - Classification of information; limitations.
(c) Information shall not be classified if there is significant doubt about the need to classify the information. If there is significant doubt about the appropriate level of classification with respect to information that is being classified, it shall be classified at the lower classification of the levels considered.

(d) Information shall not be classified in order to conceal inefficiency, violations of law, or administrative error; to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency; to restrain competition; or to prevent or delay release of information that does not require protection in the interest of national security.
Every time Trump brags about the innocence of that transcript, he digs the political grave of whoever classified it so highly. That person, I strongly suspect, was Barr.

Elsewhere...

But her emails! Next time some right-wing idiot brings up Hillary's emails, hit back with this:
On a day Trump was tweeting about Clinton emails, @JoshNBCNews confirms that State officials were communicating on WhatsApp, a private encrypted communications system. In apparent violation of government policy.
Why does Jared Kushner use WhatsApp to communicate privately with MBS? Is that legal? Didn't Mueller repeatedly complain that he could not prove conspiracy because Trump's associates used encrypted communications?

Ukraine-gate: A new line of research. The reliable Murray Waas scouts out previously-unexplored terrain...
A classified State Department assessment concluded in 2018 that Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko—who is at the center of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump—had allowed a vital potential witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Konstantin Kilimnik, to escape from Ukraine to Russia, beyond the reach of the United States, after a federal grand jury in the US charged Kilimnik with obstruction of justice.
Kilimnik was key to Mueller's case against Trump. He's a military interpreter identified by many websites  (and in at least one court filing) as a Russian intelligence officer. Despite his FSB connections, Manafort gave him voter data during the 2016 campaign.

I'm sure there's an innocent explanation for that.

Earlier, when Manafort was using dirty tricks to elect Putin's preferred candidate in Ukraine, Kilimnik functioned as Manafort's right-hand man. It's not as though Manafort knew the languages or the culture; he relied on Kilimnik.
By allowing Kilimnik to escape to Russia, Lutsenko foreclosed any possibility that Kilimnik would ever be questioned by US law enforcement and intelligence agents.
Did Lutsenko do this at the request of Trump or one of his associates? Seems likely:
In recent days, however, it has been disclosed that President Trump had pressured Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to order his new prosecutor general to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, to benefit Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign; that he pressured Zelensky to reinstate Lutsenko (whom Zelensky had fired) to his former position, threatening to withhold almost $400 million in military and security aid to Ukraine.
Preventing a witness from testifying to Mueller: If that's not obstruction, what is? 

Infrastructure. This is one of the most infuriating tweets I've ever seen from someone not named Donald Trump. From Congressman Kevin McCarthy:
Our nation's infrastructure is crumbling, and there are bipartisan solutions on the table. But what are Washington Democrats doing about it? Nothing.

Their focus on impeachment rather than improvement is hurting the country.
When Obama tried to spend money on infrastructure, the Tea Party raised holy hell about the deficit. Now, under Trump, the debt is much higher, thanks to tax cuts for the wealthy -- and a Republican congressman is asking why Dems won't spend more on infrastructure. The hypocrisy is unendurable.

The fact is that Dems would love to spend money on infrastructure. Trump spoke about infrastructure during the election, but it was all blather. Trump specifically nixed any further spending on infrastructure as long as Democrats investigate him.
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure’...but we can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump told members of the press in the Rose Garden.

Trump appeared to be reacting to comments Pelosi made earlier in the day when she said, “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up” by blocking White House aides from giving testimony and responding to document requests in ongoing congressional investigations.
Of course, the Republicans would have raised holy hell if Obama had used similar tactics to stop any investigations into the Great Benghazi Canard. Bottom line: Trump is the reason -- the only reason -- why nobody is talking infrastructure right now. Trump is the one who said "NO." Not Pelosi: Trump.
Comments:
Or Repubs could've done infrastructure when they had unified control of Congress. But instead repealing ACA and tax cuts just happened to be a bigger priority.
 
A question Joseph. Are these records and transcripts mentioned, tapes or audio recordings of our Stable Genius?
"all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced—as is customary—by the White House Situation Room."
As well as::
"White House officials told me that they were “directed” by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level officials."
Do the Ukrainians have recordings of their side of the call?
Asking for a friend
 
Post a Comment

<< Home


This page is 

powered by Blogger. 

Isn't yours?
























FeedWind



FeedWind




FeedWind