Bill Barr gave a speech at the Federalist Society and hoooboy …

Here’s an excerpt…

Well, if that isn’t a living example of psychological projection, I don’t know what is.

It is pretty obvious Barr has no fondness for Congressional oversight currently, but, this is a little crazy.

“I don’t deny that Congress has some implied authority,” he said. “But the sheer volume of what we see today, the pursuit of scores of parallel investigations through an avalanche of subpoenas, is plainly designed to incapacitate the executive branch and indeed is touted as such.”

Except, Article One states Congress’s explicit powers and authority. Sure, Bill Barr, I know you don’t like it, but, it would be irresponsible not to investigate and apparently, there is plenty there to investigate.

Now, lawyers and legal experts are calling for Barr’s impeachment.

Another dark money group that runs the country

I keep trying to pretend that people are misguided, not evil, but these motherfuckers are destroying my country:

Gates testifies at Stone trial about Wikileaks …

This is not really good news for Trump …

Gates answered questions about Trump’s knowledge of the WikiLeaks release during the second week of trial for Republican operative Roger Stone. He’s on trial in Washington, D.C., facing charges that include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing justice related to the special council probe…

Gates, who worked with former campaign manager Paul Manafort, told the court he overheard a phone call in which he believes Stone told Trump about documents WikiLeaks planned to release. The documents included Democratic National Committee emails obtained by Russian hackers.
Gates also said Manafort told him he would keep Trump informed of WikiLeaks’ plans to release the emails…

If Gates’ testimony is true, it directly conflicts written answers Trump gave to a list of questions from Mueller’s team. The president told investigators he didn’t remember receiving any information about the WikiLeaks release beforehand, nor did Stone or anyone else linked to the campaign have contact with WikiLeaks.

Brooks Brothers 2.0

Remember when Republicans shut down the Dade County recount in 2000? Congressional GOP extremists burst into the SCIF today where a DoD official was testifying and refused to leave:

  1. The facilities are carefully designed and controlled to ensure that electronic signals, surveillance methods, or other listening devices do not compromise the information discussed in these rooms. I will not, for obvious reasons, go into details.
  2. Bringing electronic devices into a SCIF, and this SCIF in particular is *very* problematic, especially when done by members of Congress. Because Members of Congress (and their electronic devices) are high-value targets for compromise by foreign intelligence services.
  3. Members of Congress have access to a wide range of sensitive information, including, in the case of these members, conversations with the President of the United States. They travel internationally, receive emails from the public, and meet with foreign dignitaries.
  4. As politicians, they’re also highly sensitive to revelations of derogatory information, which means that foreign adversaries are very interested in collecting same.
  5. They also tend to be lax in their security protocols. This means they may not know they have been compromised. For example, their phones can be turned into listening devices without their knowledge.
  6. This is why outside HPSCI there is a security guard and a series of cabinets for people to leave (and lock) their electronic devices while they are inside the room. Failure to follow this protocol can violate the security of the entire SCIF.
  7. After an incident like this happens, countermeasures have to be taken to ensure the SCIF is not compromised. It is a time-consuming, technical process, which again, I will not discuss.