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POL Lawyer issues warning to Congress on Barr contempt: 'You are heading into a world of hurt'
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    Lawyer issues warning to Congress on Barr contempt: 'You are heading into a world of hurt'

    Lawyer issues warning to Congress on Barr contempt: 'You are heading into a world of hurt'
    Ronn Blitzer
    3-4 minutes

    House Democrats are "heading into a world of hurt" if they escalate their fight with Attorney General Bill Barr over access to the full Robert Mueller report, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley.

    Turley, a George Washington University law professor, issued the warning during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. As lawmakers grilled him and other legal scholars on issues having to do with executive privilege and congressional oversight, Turley stated that while he generally tends to give weight to congressional power, they are sure to lose if they go to court for the purpose of holding Barr in contempt for not releasing the full Mueller report.

    "You are heading into a world of hurt if you go to the D.C. Circuit," Turley warned.

    House Democrats recently voted at the committee level to hold Barr in contempt for refusing to release a fully unredacted version of the Mueller report and underlying materials. Turley pointed out, as Barr has in the past, that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure do not allow Barr to disclose the secret grand jury information that was redacted in the previously released version.

    The D.C. Circuit recently ruled on this very issue, stating in the case of McKeever v. Barr that, outside of the specific exceptions outlined in Rule 6(e), courts do not have authority to order the disclosure of grand jury information. Since any legal action taken against Barr for contempt would likely end up before the D.C. Circuit, Turley made it clear that going down that road is a bad idea for Congress.

    "There’s no question that he cannot release this Rule 6(e) information," Turley said, calling Barr's position "unassailable."

    The professor said that Congress may have better luck in forcing witnesses to testify and acquiring some of the underlying documents referenced in the Mueller report, but he still cautioned Democrats regarding certain matters of executive privilege, which President Trump has invoked in an attempt to keep the material secret.

    For instance, Turley warned Democrats not to challenge Trump's assertion of executive privilege with regard to information shared with the Special Counsel's Office, which is part of the executive branch. He said case law is strong on this issue.

    "I strongly encourage you not to make that argument in federal court," he said.

    House Democrats, though, have pressed forward, accusing the Trump administration of obstructing their efforts to learn more about the Russia investigation.

    “We did not relish doing this, but we have no choice,” Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said after the contempt vote earlier this month, adding, "We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it."

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/law...-world-of-hurt

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    Well, if you have no choice then ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
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    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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    DNC 2020 national campaign platform: Orange Man Bad™

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    How about opening up and exposing "The Hammer" intelligence program that spies on everyone? Dave Janda seems to think the Russian Collusion narrative was invented to cover up the fact that the FBI/CIA has been spying on everyone for years. Trump was just one among us who caught them wiretapping his campaign.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Zy-OyKibw 23 min 38 sec
    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

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    The wonder of our time isn’t how angry we are at politics and politicians; it’s how little we’ve done about it. - Fran Porretto
    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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    ...Nadler "We did not RELISH doing this, but we have no choice"...

    .. looking at Nadlers waist size, he's been way to liberal with the RELISH and the hot dogs!

    .. YES JERRY! You always have choices, however, your choice is blinded by your OBSESSION FOR POWER, your choice has NOTHING to do with LEADERSHIP and THAT will be your and your partys downfall.

    .. also, whether conscious of your criminal behavior (or not), you're childish STALL/DISTRACTION tactic comes right from the NARCISSISTS playbook, that ALWAYS ends badly.....
    “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
    John F. Kennedy

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    This whole saga reminds me of Ecc. 10:2 and others;

    A wise man’s heart inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left.

    As dead flies bring a stench to the perfumer’s oil, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

    Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking, and he shows everyone that he is a fool.

    Feast on that...
    Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. By the Blood of Jesus, that's me!

    Did you know that the first two chapters of Hebrews shows that the Father declared Jesus as GOD when Jesus ascended on high? :)

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    Is it just me, or are the Dems trying to change the laws on the fly to fit their agenda?

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    Nah. It's just Stupid doubling down on Stupid, but the Dems are professionals.

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    if it's not bad enough that they are beating a dead horse - they get done pounding on one side of the carcase and flip it to keep the uselessness going ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by marsh View Post
    How about opening up and exposing "The Hammer" intelligence program that spies on everyone? Dave Janda seems to think the Russian Collusion narrative was invented to cover up the fact that the FBI/CIA has been spying on everyone for years. Trump was just one among us who caught them wiretapping his campaign.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Zy-OyKibw 23 min 38 sec
    The wiretapping with Nixon never stopped, they just got better at spying on everyone. And I think this is why Hillary is still walking, she knows what's going on and whose involved.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Rather than having the tax payers foot the legal costs involved in this fiasco, simply have a court rule that Nadler is required to pay everyone's legal bill for this pointless fishing expedition.


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