Barr Steps Down

PUBLISHED: 1:45 PM 15 Dec 2020
UPDATED: 6:55 PM 15 Dec 2020

Barr Leaving Office As Acting AG Explains “Foreign Influence” In US Elections

This man’s previous actions have caused many people to suspect that the removal of Barr was designed to align with E.O 13848.

Wow! (Source: Disclose TV Screenshot)

William Barr has resigned his position as Attorney General. He will leave office on December 23, 2020, and many people suggest that that date is deliberate.

Just The News reported:

Trump announced the departure Monday evening on Twitter shortly after meeting with Barr, ending a tense week in which the president and his allies criticized the attorney general for both failing to reveal the existence of a Hunter Biden probe before the election and taking little public action to punish  those who perpetrated the false Russian collusion narrative,

“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!” Trump tweeted. “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”

“Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!” the president added.

In his letter, Barr revealed his last day will be Dec. 23 and that the purpose of his meeting with the president Monday was to brief the president about his department’s efforts to investigate voter fraud.

Barr also went out of his way in the letter to decry the “frenzied and baseless” narrative of Russia collusion that hampered the first two-plus years of the Trump presidency.

“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met by a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic no matter how abusive and deceitful was out of bounds,” Barr wrote.

“The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust your administration, with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia,” he added.

The new acting Attorney General recently spoke about efforts to malign U.S. elections, indicating to some that he is the man who was planned to step up regarding E.O. 13848:

The Gateway Pundit provided more background info on Rosen:

According to Ron at CodeMonkeyZ on Twitter, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen who is taking over for AG Barr has written about foreign intervention on US elections:

Soon-to-be AG Rosen recently wrote an essay on foreign influence in US elections.

“foreign actors are covertly trying to undermine confidence in our elections”

“malign foreign influence efforts in our elections has been a perennial problem“https://t.co/gPIPUk7pMp

— Ron (@CodeMonkeyZ) December 15, 2020

In his recent essay from late August of this year, Rosen shares the following:

But interference with infrastructure is not our only concern. We are also concerned about another threat, known as malign foreign influence. The key word is “influence.” Much of the time that is disguised propaganda. Other times, it is using pressure tactics on influential people. It can also take the form of hacking and disclosing private emails or phone messages. It comes in many different forms, all designed to influence how Americans think about issues and cast their votes. There are good lists of these on the FBI and ODNI websites…

…we are concerned when those preferences manifest themselves through malign foreign influence activities that are coercive, covert, or corrupt, whether the aim is specifically to influence our elections, or to influence policymaking and public discourse more broadly.

Rosen first discusses coercive activities and then discusses covert activities by foreign agents where he gives this example:

“After World War II, the Cold War produced a whole new set of challenges from malign foreign influence. The Soviet Union employed covert or deceptive tactics as part of its so-called “active measures,” a phrase it used to describe malign influence activities like disseminating forgeries, disinformation, and propaganda and sponsoring front publications to undermine American interests. Most active measures were directed abroad, such as when, just a few weeks before the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the KGB mailed athletes from Africa forged letters supposedly from the Ku Klux Klan with threats against them, or when the Soviets published stories in dozens of Soviet-controlled publications around the world claiming that the AIDS epidemic was started by U.S. military experiments. But the Soviets also used active measures to undermine public confidence or influence public opinion in the United States, including covertly forging documents and funding conspiracy-mongering books that supposedly tied the FBI and CIA to President Kennedy’s assassination or tied FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to the Ku Klux Klan.

After discussing corrupt activities Rosen shared this story:

“Historically, malign influence operations were often limited by their reliance on third parties, such as mainstream news outlets or popular magazines, to reach sizeable segments of the American public. For much of our history, the media were cautious about being used in this way. For example, many American journalists wrote exposés about Nazi propaganda in the United States and, at least by 1940, the press was largely “immune” to it. Decades later, the FBI told Congress in 1986 that “[t]he American media is sophisticated, and generally recognizes Soviet influence attempts.” But today, the media environment is considerably different, and the internet and social media also allow foreign actors to reach unprecedented numbers of Americans covertly, inexpensively, and directly, without ever setting foot on U.S. soil. We are all now familiar with the findings that, in the 2016 election cycle, the Russian Internet Research Agency “spent a total of about $100,000 over two years on advertisements” on Facebook to promote social discord and division, and similarly placed disguised posts and tweets on several social media platforms.

This of course is unfortunate how Rosen described it, because the advertisements were basically a bust and mostly after the election of 2016 on Facebook.  The Mueller team indicted some Russians and a Russian company based on this tale and the Concord Management case was eventually ended by the DOJ.  But at least there is recognition on Rosen’s part of foreign influence on our elections using Big Tech companies.

Overall, the essay does provide a picture of Rosen.  He speaks highly of the DOJ and FBI and it would be unrealistic to think he would be harsh on these departments in this setting.  But he didn’t provide a full understanding of the real risks with voting machines, for example, that would provide more comfort in his recent promotion to Acting AG.

President Trump re-tweeted this

Soon-to-be AG Rosen recently wrote an essay on foreign influence in US elections.

“foreign actors are covertly trying to undermine confidence in our elections”

“malign foreign influence efforts in our elections has been a perennial problem“https://t.co/gPIPUk7pMp

— Ron (@CodeMonkeyZ) December 15, 2020

Conservative Treehouse opined on the shift this way:

While the topic of the meeting today is briefly mentioned within the resignation letter, that subject matter is conspicuously absent from the body of content.  As with the entire career of Bill Barr, this could be interpreted two ways.

♦ Either Bill Barr is unwilling to steer the DOJ during a time of election challenge and turmoil…

Or….

♦ By resigning Bill Barr just inoculated himself from criticism if he was to support the DOJ findings of election investigations from outside offices.

Given Bill Barr’s history of conduct in the DOJ approach to the Flynn case (cowardice), the former seems most likely.

It also does not seem coincidental this resignation decision was reached on the same day the Daily Mail published a highly critical article about Bill Barr’s decision-making during the 2020 election cycle.

DAILY MAIL – Attorney General Bill Barr used the force of his office to instruct prosecutors investigating Hunter Biden not to take any steps that might cause the probe to be publicly revealed in the run-up to the election.

The directive, reported in the Wall Street Journal, was in keeping with existing Justice Department policy against taking investigatory steps close to an election that might interfere with it.

Barr and his team took steps to ‘insulate’ the investigations, according to the report, even as President Donald Trump repeatedly demanded a probe of his political rival’s son.

Those instructions were given orally in ‘conversations with prosecutors,’ according to the Journal, which would appear to suggest there is no paper trail for it. They included asking if staff members involved in the situation could be trusted.  (read more)

Others suggest that Barr simply provided the set up, and now is bowing out so that he won’t have to prosecute his buddies.

Either way, the activity is clearly setting up the possibility of the E.O. action… but many patriots are praying that Mike Pence will do the right thing and take care of the election fraud constitutionally.