Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Barr agrees to testify as Democrats question his leadership

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month, appearing for the first time before the panel as questions swirl about whether he intervened in the case of a longtime ally of President Donald Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., released a letter Wednesday to Barr “to confirm your agreement to testify” on March 31. In the letter, Nadler and committee Democrats write that they have concerns that Barr has misused the criminal justice system for political purposes.

“In your tenure as attorney general, you have engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the president that raises significant concerns for this committee,” Nadler and the Democrats wrote.

The Justice Department confirmed Barr would testify. His appearance will be the first before the House Judiciary panel since he became attorney general a year ago, and since he declined an invitation to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report after it was released.

The Democrats said they plan to ask Barr about the department’s decision this week to overrule four federal prosecutors and lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Trump’s confidant Roger Stone. The four prosecutors immediately quit the case, in which Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

They said they will also ask Barr about his department's announcement that it is taking information that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president’s Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son. The House voted in December to impeach Trump because of his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats; the GOP-led Senate acquitted him this month.

“In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership,” the Democrats wrote.

After the department indicated it would overrule the prosecutors, Trump tweeted congratulations to Barr “for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have been brought," suggesting the prosecutors had gone rogue.

The department insisted the decision to undo the sentencing recommendation was made Monday night, before Trump began tweeting about it, and that prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it.

The Senate has shown less interest in grilling Barr on the Stone episode, defending the department's decision to reduce the sentence and saying they didn't expect to call him specifically to discuss it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday that he had spoken to the Justice Department and was told that their sentencing guidelines call for three and a half or four and a half years, instead of the seven to nine years the prosecutors had recommended.

“I don't think any of us should tweet about an ongoing case, but having said that, I appreciate the Department of Justice making sure that their recommendations to the court are to seek justice for the law as it's written,” Graham said.

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Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month,

But will refuse to do so if don his master tells him not to.

suggesting the prosecutors had gone rogue.

Trump-speak for the prosecutors were trying to uphold the US Constitution.

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Trump now not only thinks he is above the law, but the law now answers to him.  And with Barr at the helm it appears it does.  Wake up America!  This is deadly serious stuff.

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Waste of time. He will just say it's not big deal that they took extraordinary measures to help a Trump friend, and he will absolutely humiliate himself to do it.

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Remember when conservatives incorrectly screamed that Obama weaponized the IRS?

I do.

Remember when the FBI found this to be untrue?

I do.

Remember when the Donny admin declined to investigate this because it was meritless?

I do.

Now Donny has actually weaponized the DoJ and conservatives approve.

Repugnant.

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The next honest administration that comes along needs to put Trump and gang on trial for what they've done, continue to do and for what they have yet to do.

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But will refuse to do so if don his master tells him not to.

I remember when Eric Holder was held in contempt, man was that guy tight lipped...

Trump-speak for the prosecutors were trying to uphold the US Constitution

Unlike the people that usurped the Constitution in order to undo an election by the people.

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Still my favorite Barr moment, when asked by Kamala Harris if Trump had ever ordered or suggested that he investigation anyone (first minute of the video):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktdi_L0rYkk

Uhh....uh....uh....I.....what was the question?....duh....I don't know. He literally answered the question with, "I don't know."

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First question: Attorney General Barr, were you aware of, or participate in, any discussions with the President on the subject of military aid being held as a condition of a Ukraine investigation into the Biden's - yes or no?

Second: You stated you were unaware of the Ukraine issue until Aug, however, Mr Bolton has asserted that he had a discussion with you about that topic in Jul - which is true?

Third: Were you aware of Mr Giulani's involvement in Ukraine? And what specific violations of law is Mr Giuliani currently under investigation for?

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I remember when Eric Holder was held in contempt, man was that guy tight lipped...

False equivalence. Holder was not acting as Obama’s personal lawyer.

Even if your equivalence were accurate, your argument would be that Barr’s malfeasance is OK because two wrongs make a right. This is your usual bad faith MO when you can’t defend your cult with facts and logic.

the people that usurped the Constitution in order to undo an election by the people.

That’s the Trump cult narrative, and it’s total baloney.

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Unlike the people that usurped the Constitution in order to undo an election by the people.

Who did this?

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Uhh....uh....uh....I.....what was the question?....duh....I don't know. He literally answered the question with, "I don't know."

Pure competence.

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Chip: Who did this?

C'mon, Chip. Those guys. The ones who waited until months before the next election to "undo" the one from over 3 years ago.

Sure, sounds dumb as rocks, but it is what it is.

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Funny how Dems didn’t seem to mind that AG Holder announced to the world that he was Obama’s wingman. He ended up being help in contempt of Congress for covering up for his boss. For Dems - no big deal. Barr says good morning to Trump and the full on meltdown commences. The hypocrisy is mind blowing.

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Democrats question his leadership

I question the Democrats' mis-leadership.

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bass: I remember when Eric Holder

and

Wolf: Funny how Dems didn’t seem to mind that AG Holder 

We can see where this is going. No defense of Trump possible, insert whutabouts.

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@bas4ffUnlike the people that usurped the Constitution in order to undo an election by the people.

Waiting for an example showing 'the people that usurped the Constitution' and explain why Trump's DOJ appointee Barr allowed that.

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Don't have too much hopes of Barr actually answering any questions .

He should be disbarred(no pun intended) from any judiciary related role, or for that fact any role that requires an iota of intelligence and integrity.

A Fox commentator should be the best job for him.

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Funny how Dems didn’t seem to mind that AG Holder announced to the world that he was Obama’s wingman.

Smart people will understand that there’s a difference between an AG working together closely with the president in service to a common policy agenda, and an AG working together closely with a president in service to that president’s personal interests.

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He ended up being help in contempt of Congress for covering up for his boss.

WRONG! Judge shot it down.

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Looks like "wingman" is on quite a few conservative sites, including Rush Limbaugh today:

"I remember back in the day where the attorney general of the United States said that he was Barack Obama’s wingman. "

"And Eric Holder admitted that he was Obama’s wingman."

And other far-right sites:

"and who also referred to himself as "the president’s wingman" during a radio interview in 2014"

And comments on message boards:

"he didn't need a lawyer he had eric holder aka his "WINGMAN""

So it's a thing now. When someone mentions this case and Barr, you'll hear, "wingman."

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So it's a thing now. When someone mentions this case and Barr, you'll hear, "wingman."

Another term to go along with hoax witch hunt totally exonerated hillaryobama libsdemssocialists orangemanbad and so many others identifying the poster as a cult member and as a person unable to reason beyond the fewer-than-7-word meme they've learnt to parrot.

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The House voted in December to impeach Trump because of his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats

For more than three years, House Democrats had wanted to impeach the man who kept ol' Hillary out of the WH. House Democrats are the ones who claim there was pressure to investigate junior Biden. Others have rejected the House Democrats political claim as being unbelievable. As did Senate Republicans.

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SuperLib - Looks like "wingman" is on quite a few conservative sites, including Rush Limbaugh today:

"I remember back in the day where the attorney general of the United States said that he was Barack Obama’s wingman. "

"And Eric Holder admitted that he was Obama’s wingman."

Eric "wingman" Holder actually did claim that he was Obama's "wingman". It now appears that Democrats, and Hillary-worshippers, do not want anyone to remind them that Holder actually said that he was Obama's "wingman".

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plasticmonkey - Smart people will understand that there’s a difference between an AG working together closely with the president in service to a common policy agenda.....

The "common policy agenda" you are referring to was the Obama/Biden/Holder administration promoting the illegal buying of firearms, and then the illegal transportation of those firearms across the border into Mexico. And not notifying the Mexican government that the weapons were being delivered to drug cartels.

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arrestpaulToday  12:00 pm JST

... and Hillary-worshippers...

It might be easier to take you seriously if you stopped obsessively going on about these people like there actually are any. Going by the tone of some of the comments here Trump worship seems to be a bigger thing, assuming that they aren't being written by trolls or paid shills.

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Trump has always had surrogates perform his dirty work then throw them under the bus when the become inconvenient (unless they have dirt on him). Barr had better hope he has some good dirt.

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Yes wingman. holder likely regrets making that comment publicly.

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False equivalence. Holder was not acting as Obama’s personal lawyer. 

No, it’s not. Holder always prided himself on being Obama’s wingman, his words.

your argument would be that Barr’s malfeasance is OK because two wrongs make a right.

Funny, now liberals are concerned with morality?

This is your usual bad faith MO when you can’t defend your cult with facts and logic. 

Says the people that supported a failed and farce impeachment. Lol.

That’s the Trump cult narrative, and it’s total baloney.

Ok, so Democrats loooove Trump, gotcha.

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He should be disbarred(no pun intended) from any judiciary related role, or for that fact any role that requires an iota of intelligence and integrity.

Good luck with that. Liberals still trying to chase more rabbits down holes.

A Fox commentator should be the best job for him

Ahhhh, that’s a nice compliment, not to mention to also getting a fat paycheck.

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and then the illegal transportation of those firearms across the border into Mexico

All talk and no action. It is Trump's failure to investigate Hillary and have her arrested for these crimes. Remember LOCK HER UP....LOCK HER UP... What happened to that? Trump promised to have Hillary arrested for Fast and Furious and the blame goes to Hillary? No, it's Trump's failure. Why keep talking about Hillary's crimes when it is Trump who is not taking any action against her?

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Its going to be funny when this boomerangs too.

We already found out who the jury foreperson was on the Stone trial due to Trump calling out the 4 Stone trial prosecutors. The person actually outed themselves to CNN to try to virtue signal for those prosecutors.

That gave us a name and let us see their Twitter and Facebook hatred of Trump prior to the trial. Which they tried to delete but the internet is forever.

Even ran for Congress as a Democrat and linked to Kamala Harris and the DNC chair.

This was justice for Roger Stone to have a biased judge allow a person like this on the jury? Pardon him.

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Another Trumpian tragi-comedy in 2 acts:

1) Emails and phone-calls will be deleted and documents shredded.

2) Just before Barr is due to testify (with no intention of answering any questions), his boss will scupper it citing "executive privilege", "national security", or his favorite: "Article 2 ("I can do anything I want"). This twisted tale of narcissistic megalomania can only end in tears.

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Heres two more. thats 3 biased jurors. Seems Barr should have gotten involved in this way before now.

Meanwhile, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show. And, another juror's husband reportedly worked at the Justice Department division that played a role in prosecuting Stone.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/roger-stone-juror-justice-department-anti-trump-social-media

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Chip StarToday  07:57 am JST

Now Donny has actually weaponized the DoJ and conservatives approve.

Repugnant

I wouldn't lump in all conservatives with people who write pro-Trump comments online. That's what they do when they gibber monotonously on about "liberals".

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BlacklabelToday  01:18 pm JST

Heres two more. thats 3 biased jurors.

I don't know how you can object to biased jurors given that the Senate impeachment trial was stacked with them. I suppose it's different when a broken system gives you a result you like.

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And, another juror's husband

I heard one of the juror is a hairdresser and has Liberals as some of her clients. It should be investigated.

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I don't know how you can object to biased jurors given that the Senate impeachment trial was stacked with them. I suppose it's different when a broken system gives you a result you like.

And you had partisan Democrats wanting to get this President, based on.....what again? I guess liberals are angry because they did not get the results that they wanted

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Heres two more. thats 3 biased jurors. Seems Barr should have gotten involved in this way before now.

Trumpers love their conspiracy theories...must all be X-Files fans - and the Kardashians. So why didn't Stone's lawyers dismiss them?

I wouldn't lump in all conservatives with people who write pro-Trump comments online. That's what they do when they gibber monotonously on about "liberals".

True. In fact, none of the Trumpers are conservatives - they're Trump cult members.

This was justice for Roger Stone to have a biased judge allow a person like this on the jury? Pardon him.

All the Trumpers ran away from these questions yesterday - how about an answer today;

Steve Bannon testified against Stone - is Bannon a "Backstabber" and "scum"?

Stone was friends and business associates with Assange - Assange colluded with Chelsea Manning to release classified materiel, and Assange worked with the Russians to release the DNC emails - explain that...

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C'mon, Chip. Those guys. The ones who waited until months before the next election to "undo" the one from over 3 years ago.

Sure, sounds dumb as rocks, but it is what it is

It’s sounds dumb as rocks because it is dumb as rocks.

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And you had partisan Democrats wanting to get this President, based on.....what again? I guess liberals are angry because they did not get the results that they wanted

How many times do you need to be told what’s Donny was impeached for?

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Liberals still trying to chase more rabbits down holes.

Don't you worry, nobody has to chase him, this rat also will jump ship.

Ahhhh, that’s a nice compliment, not to mention to also getting a fat paycheck.

Getting paid for lying and being a bigot, thats the dream job of..... a liar and a bigot. ROFL.

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Trumpers love their conspiracy theories...

Hey, Dems were the ones that went wild with the Russia hoax.

True. In fact, none of the Trumpers are conservatives - they're Trump cult members.

Great! Our numbers are growing, bad news for the Dems.

Steve Bannon testified against Stone - is Bannon a "Backstabber" and "scum"?

Bannon can do what he wants.

Stone was friends and business associates with Assange - Assange colluded with Chelsea Manning to release classified materiel, and Assange worked with the Russians to release the DNC emails - explain that...

Darn, it’s just all falling to...For the Dems, tough time to be a liberal these days.

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liberals didnt want to hear about fairness in the House impeachment, then screaming for it in the Senate.

Didnt want fairness when Holder was Obama wingman, now they screaming its unfair if Barr does basically anything at all.

Dont want fairness for Stone trial but when its Comey and McCabes trial will be screaming for fairness.

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How many times do you need to be told what’s Donny was impeached for?

Who cares? He was acquitted for life.

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exactly what Bill Barr will be looking into. Now that it is no longer hidden from us because the far left Dem activist just had to go on CNN and identify herself, took the bait.

So why didn't Stone's lawyers dismiss them?

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liberals didnt want to hear about fairness in the House impeachment

There is nothing "fair" it's political. What saved Trump was the economy. Proof is Clinton vs. Nixon. Trump keeps bragging about the economy. What if there is a recession?

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ok then stop wailing and gnashing teeth every time Barr or Trump does something that their position legally allows them to do.

these biased jurors could have lied in the selection process, the judge could have inappropriately allowed them to remain on the jury, could have been prosecutorial misconduct. The sentence recommendation could actually be way longer as a way to try to justify the Russia hoax. The DOJ says they were told differently than what the prosecutors told the judge.

The Attorney General is the person who looks into such things, as these people work for him. why cant he look?

There is nothing "fair" it's political.

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He was acquitted for life.

the House of Representatives impeached Trump with both articles on December 18.

(Wikipedia and will be there for eternity)

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ok then stop wailing and gnashing teeth every time Barr or Trump does something that their position legally allows them to do.

Trump is still in office. What's the problem? And he will still be in office even if he is defeated in the election since he will refuse to leave. He has said this and it's proof.

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Trumpers love their conspiracy theories...

Hey, Dems were the ones that went wild with the Russia hoax.

You mean the Russian interference that was confirmed by The Senate Special Intel Committee chaired by REPUB Bill Burr?

True. In fact, none of the Trumpers are conservatives - they're Trump cult members.

Great! Our numbers are growing, bad news for the Dems.

Yep, lot's of cult members in Russia...

Steve Bannon testified against Stone - is Bannon a "Backstabber" and "scum"?

Bannon can do what he wants.

HA! What a blatant dodge. Is he a Backstabber and scum? Yes or no...

Stone was friends and business associates with Assange - Assange colluded with Chelsea Manning to release classified materiel, and Assange worked with the Russians to release the DNC emails - explain that...

Darn, it’s just all falling to...For the Dems, tough time to be a liberal these days.

Blatant dodge #2 - explain Stone being buddies with Assange who is buddies with Manning and the Russians...

So why didn't Stone's lawyers dismiss them?

exactly what Bill Barr will be looking into. Now that it is no longer hidden from us because the far left Dem activist just had to go on CNN and identify herself, took the bait.

Trump U law grad. Barr doesn't look into those issues - that's what the Judge is there for. And you didn't answer the question, why didn't Stone's lawyers object? And how about Bannon - scum?

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Its quite clear that Dems are only after Barr to delay the Durham report, FISA abuse investigation and the separate DOJ investigation into Ukraine. Also dont want anyone to see those documents that Rudy gave him.

However, I am quite sure he will just keep on doing what he does until completion of all of those.

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We dont know that they didnt object. We didnt even know their names. We dont know how they answered their juror questionnaires when asked about their social media bias or if they had ever run for office. we dont know if the judge acted appropriately as this is the same judge in all the other Mueller cases.

But we will know now, because the far left activist fell right into the trap. and Barr is the one to look into all this, not the judge.

that's what the Judge is there for. And you didn't answer the question, why didn't Stone's lawyers object?

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And then they whine about not being able to have an honest discussion.

Liberals only like a conversation if they know they get the results that they like, if not, then it’s just bad faith for them. Lol

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what were those 18 witnesses and 28000 documents again? could have sworn that was the evidence in your overwhelming impeachment? The only thing blocked is the IG transcript that Schiff refuses to release and the questions he wouldnt let Vindman answer about who he leaked to.

all evidence from being presented

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You mean the Russian interference that was confirmed by The Senate Special Intel Committee chaired by REPUB Bill Burr?

And the Russian debunked impeachment where Justice Roberts gaveled “acquitted?”

HA! What a blatant dodge. Is he a Backstabber and scum? Yes or no...

Not a dodge, that’s for Trump to decide, I don’t think Bannon is, but not up for me to decide.

Blatant dodge #2 - explain Stone being buddies with Assange who is buddies with Manning and the Russians...

Why, Stone will be a free man soon. Lincoln, what will you do, your theories keep getting smashed. Lol

Trump U law grad. Barr doesn't look into those issues -

Done, but he’s deeply looking into Democrats corruption issues, well, about time!

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overwhelming impeachment

Yes, it was. Good point.

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Yes and he was acquitted at the end

He's still impeached forever. Just like Clinton.

will be re-elected

No need to worry since he won't leave even if he isn't. It is guaranteed.

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exactly what Bill Barr will be looking into. 

Deep inside himself to try to find his soul!!

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Also dont want anyone to see those documents that Rudy gave him.

ROFL, how many times has Rudy claimed he has evidence and each time come up with a dud.

Rudy is senile just like Donny and the neutered GOP is too scared to call them out!!!

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Deep inside himself to try to find his soul!!

...as to what and why and how the Democrats could do what they have been doing to try and oust this President.

ROFL, how many times has Rudy claimed he has evidence and each time come up with a dud.

Yeah, like Schiff, too funny.

Rudy is senile just like Donny and the neutered GOP is too scared to call them out!!!

Oh, you sure got him with that insult. ROFL!

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Yeah, like Schiff, too funny.

One minor part that you left out was Schiff wanting to provide evidence and the GOP voting against it.

Oh, you sure got him with that insult. ROFL!

Senile is actually a compliment when you consider the state of their minds, ROFL.

..as to what and why and how the Democrats could do what they have been doing to try and oust this President.

That one didn't work, try something better.

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