What Do You Say, Barr?

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Attorney General William Barr told reporters in November 2020. In a June 2 deposition for the Democrats’ farcical January 6 committee, Barr still maintains that he hasn’t seen evidence of voter fraud on a scale that could have affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. While the former attorney general saw nothing for nearly two years, Dinesh D’Souza was compiling evidence of voter fraud.

2000 Mules” used cell phone data and government surveillance tapes to document illegal vote harvesting in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas. In Georgia alone, the film reviewed 4 million minutes of dropbox video. In his deposition for the Democrats, Barr erupted in laughter. 

The tracking and photographic evidence were “unimpressive,” Barr said, the documentary “didn’t establish widespread illegal harvesting,” and the film’s conclusions were “indefensible.” D’Souza called him out. 

What do you say, Barr?” D’Souza tweeted, “Do you dare back up your belly laughs with arguments that can withstand rebuttal and cross-examination?” At this writing, Barr hasn’t taken up the challenge, and other events failed to elicit comment. 

On January 6, 2021, Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd shot and killed unarmed Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the only death by gunfire on that day. In contrast to other shootings by police officers, Byrd faced no charges

What do you say, Barr? Did Byrd do the right thing? Was the failure to press charges a triumph of justice? As the people should know, when it comes to federal agents shooting unarmed civilians, particularly women, William Barr can boast of his experience. 

During the Ruby Ridge siege of 1992, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot the unarmed Vicki Weaver in the head as she held her infant child. Snipers are trained carefully to “acquire” the target so the killing was not accidental, as FBI boss Louis Freeh claimed. This went down during Barr’s first stint as attorney general from 1991-1993. 

Barr spent two weeks organizing former attorney generals to defend Horiuchi, who already had government lawyers working on his behalf. Barr told reporters he was not directly involved in Ruby Ridge but the Washington Post revealed that the Justice Department made 20 telephone contacts with the operation, two of them from the attorney general.

The Weaver family filed a wrongful death lawsuit and the Justice Department paid $3 million. When an Idaho county filed criminal charges against Horiuchi, Barr sought immunity for the FBI sniper. Federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski warned of a “007 standard for the use of deadly force” against American citizens who posed no immediate threat.

The shoot-without-provocation rules were approved by the FBI’s Larry Potts. When Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno nominated Potts for deputy director of the FBI, William Barr told the New York Times Potts was “deliberate and careful” and “I can’t think of enough good things to say about him.” 

As Americans may recall, the FBI and Justice Department bosses conducted covert operations to smear candidate Donald Trump and attempted to take down the duly elected president of the United States. In Barr’s, One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General, they all get good reviews. Consider, for example, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who suddenly appointed Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump. 

“Few can appreciate the complexities Rod faced during that tumultuous time” Barr explains, “and even fewer will know the important contributions he made to the administration and the country.” What do you say, Barr? Would the former attorney general outline just one of Rosenstein’s “important contributions” for the rest of us? 

Barr counts Mueller as a friend and Barr helped James Comey become U.S. attorney in New York. Barr is also fond of current FBI boss Christopher Wray, who claims that all those who question the 2020 election are essentially domestic terrorists and violent extremists, just like those parents who resist the racist indoctrination of their children. What do you say, Barr? Are you down with all that?

His book provides a few clues. In December 1969, Barr applied for an internship with the Central Intelligence Agency and was admitted to the program. After law school, Barr continued to work in the CIA’s Office of Legislative Counsel. Aside from Jimmy Carter pick Stansfield Turner, CIA bosses come off pretty well in Barr’s memoir.

John Brennan shows up on page 190 claiming that the CIA knew what Russians were doing in the 2016 election. The Obama CIA boss, who voted for the Stalinist Gus Hall in the 1976 presidential election, was a major player in the Russia hoax

Barr assigned U.S. Attorney John Durham to look into it, but as Barr’s memoir explains, “I made it clear that neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden were in Durham’s crosshairs.” So for Barr, some people are indeed above the law. 

As Barr had to know, Joe Biden was one of many prominent Democrats requesting the unmasking of General Michel Flynn, which exposed him to FBI covert operations. As now established beyond reasonable doubt, those were all based on a false narrative from the Clinton campaign. 

Before the 2020 election, voters may recall, Joe Biden openly touted “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” The addled Biden failed to campaign and hunkered down in a basement. 

For William Barr, the Delaware Democrat won fair and square. By implication, the 2020 election was the most secure in history, without independent audits or comparison of voter fraud in any previous election. What do you say, Barr? Were Americans panting for the disasters now prevailing? 

Stuffing ballot boxes in the middle of the night, conducting covert operations against a duly elected president, gunning down innocent women; whatever lawlessness or deception deep state forces want to perpetrate, the former attorney general has their back. 

Barr does not detail any “important contributions” he personally made for the country. A ballpark figure would be zero. If embattled Americans regard William Barr as an enemy of the people, it would be hard to blame them. 

About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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