Bluto v. Zuck
Bluto Barr, disgraced former AG, screwed up the timing on his rehabilitation tour. Thursday he gave an interview to Bari Weiss on Fox, just to let the nation know he’s “pretty tired” of conservatives who have a problem with the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid. Also to let the nation know that Chris Wray is a great guy—all appearances to the contrary notwithstanding—and that any problems in the Bureau originate not with Wray but elsewhere. He doesn’t say where, it’s just somewhere else.
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Bluto acknowledges that “people at the top … misused” the Bureau in the Russia Hoax
"So what do you say to conservatives who say, ‘Why should we possibly trust these institutions to prosecute people — let’s say who protested on January 6th or agents of the state going after a president they so obviously despise? Why should we trust them anymore?'" Weiss asked, adding "You still give them the benefit of the doubt, but many other people in your party don't."
"Well, the Russiagate thing, I think, to the extent the FBI was misused was decisions made … by high-level officials in the FBI. I don't think that Chris Wray is that type of leader nor do I think the people around Chris Wray are those types of leaders," Barr responded. "I think there are problems in the FBI, but it's not that. It's not the Chris Wray. Wray is going to wake up and say, you know, ‘How do I throw the FBI’s weight around to interfere in the political process. Just the opposite. I think he's very cautious about that."
Barr acknowledged the DOJ, by and large, is "spotty" when it comes to those who act on a partisan basis versus those who are able to "check [their politics] at the door."
Weiss, however, called his comments an "unsatisfying answer" to Republicans who continue to distrust the FBI.
"Well, what's the alternative?" Barr shot back. "You know, something I'm pretty tired of from- from the Right is the constant pandering to outrage and people's frustrations. And picking and picking and picking at that sore without trying to channel those feelings in a constructive direction. In my opinion, Ronald Reagan was a great populist not because he followed, you know, the frustrated instincts and the outrage of the people that many people who supported him but because he channeled it and was constructive about it."
So Chuck Grassley is “pandering” to the Right, pandering to outrage? What a pathetic performance and response—anger has no home in politics, no home in reform movements, not even when people are being railroaded by an FBI that’s using dubious legal tactics? This is no more than a debating technique to eat up interview time by throwing an issue back at the questioner. It would be possible to point out the differences in the public climate between the Reagan years and the present, but that just eats up time and deflects the focus from the original question: The FBI.
He continued, "So I always say, you know, what's the alternative? We have these institutions that need reform. And the first step is to win an election with a decisive majority that allows you to put a program into effect and deal with some of these problems going forward and fix them. And that is not done by throwing fuel on the fire of outrage on one side of the equation while the other side does the same thing on their side. That leads to stalemate. And I don't see anything productive coming out of it. I think we should basically try to persuade people- and I think they're there."
OK, Trump won an election—that was a start—and he made Bluto the AG. What problems did Bluto fix “going forward”? Is Chris Wray part of the solution? J6 and the MAL Raid strongly suggest that Wray is not only NOT part of the solution, but that NO reforms were made at the FBI even during Bluto’s time as AG—much less afterward.
And then there’s the Hunter laptop problem which, as it happens, we now learn was covered up not only on Wray’s watch—we knew that already—but also on Bluto’s watch. Awkwardly for Bluto, yesterday Mark Zuckerberg blabbed all about that:
The Zuck story has received a lot of attention—deservedly so—but I’ll excerpt from Karl Denninger for brevity’s sake:
So now we have the admission..... the FBI tampered with the US Election, and likely changed the outcome.
BREAKING: Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan that Facebook algorithmically censored the Hunter Biden laptop story for 7 days based on a general request from the FBI to restrict election misinformation.
According to the senator, “individuals with knowledge” had told his office that “local FBI leadership” had slow-walked the laptop investigation after the computer was recovered from a Wilmington, Del. repair shop in December 2019.
Except -- the story was true, unlike the Hillary Russia-russia-russia nonsense.
Wray and Bluto knew all about Hunter’s laptop. They had any amount of time before the election to expose the China collusion, the Ukraine collusion, the role of the Biden Crime Family and Zhou’s personal involvement—after all, Zhou had openly bragged about his role in suppressing Ukrainian investigations to the press! Yep, Bluto’s answers are definitely “unsatisfying”. To say the least.