Thursday Open Thread | It Is NOT the Mueller Report. It Is Barr REDACTED Garbage😠😠

 This is not the Mueller Report. Let’s make this clear.

This is the Barr Redacted Report. It would be amusing, if the stakes weren’t so high. This man doesn’t seem to grasp that his credibility level is absolutely zero. It was zero when we found out about the 19 page cover letter that he did to get the job of Attorney General – and then, it went downhill from there.

But, I’m glad that people are bringing all sorts of receipts. It’s not like Barr was anything other than a hack before.

MSNBC (@MSNBC) Tweeted:
In 1989, AG Barr refused to release a DOJ legal opinion, choosing to release a summary report instead. It was later revealed that Barr mischaracterized parts of the opinion in that summary.

Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Department Memo in 1989

On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The headline also noted the implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time. It appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar? In March 2019, when Attorney General Barr was handed Robert Mueller’s final report, he wrote that he would “summarize the principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s report for the public.
When Barr withheld the full OLC opinion in 1989 and said to trust his summary of the principal conclusions, Yale law school professor Harold Koh wrote that Barr’s position was “particularly egregious.” Congress also had no appetite for Barr’s stance, and eventually issued a subpoena to successfully wrench the full OLC opinion out of the Department.

So, let’s be clear. He’s done this bullshyt before. He cannot be trusted. So, MSM, don’t call this piece of crap the Mueller Report. It’s not the Mueller Report. It’s Barr’s piece of garbage.

I am also gratified at folks bringing ALL the receipts that they can find on Barr. I mean, Maddow literally spent the entire first 30 MINUTES of her program outlining how Barr is a liar and has done this before. This man is deluded that he has some credibility. Naw, Son…you ain’t got any. Not one shred. Not one solitary ounce.

And, the media has to be called on the carpet if they try and shill this swill as the Mueller Report.This is the BARR GARBAGE REPORT.




Here is Rachel Maddow explaining how Barr has done this before:

I have absolutely no problem with this…Do it, Mr. Chairman.👏👏

If Barr lied in his March 24 memo @SpeakerPelosi @RepJerryNadler should tee him up for impeachment hearings for criminal obstruction of Congressl under 18 USC 1505 and obstructing the Intel committee by a false claim of Rule 6(e) that exempts Intel under 6(e)(3)(D).
— Tim Hogan (@TimInHonolulu) April 17, 2019

Just for you to remember as they try to sell this swill:

Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) Tweeted:
Barr is releasing a version of the Mueller report tomorrow. Remember:
1. Barr won’t say whether he’s been talking w/White House
2. Barr has invented a new category of redaction with no basis in law
3. Barr has consistently shown a willingness to do Trump’s political bidding

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104 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | It Is NOT the Mueller Report. It Is Barr REDACTED Garbage😠😠

  1. Liza says:

    Agreed. Impeachment is about the message, what the people find intolerable. Otherwise, the bar is permanently lowered and the door is open.

  2. Liza says:

    Y’all need a music break. This goes down easy…

  3. rikyrah says:


    10 Things You Need To Know About The Black Barbershop
    Damon Young


    4. If you are new to a shop and don’t know who to go to, wait. Sit for 15-20 minutes and observe. It might feel awkward, but trust me. It’s worth it. Do not — I repeat, DO NOT — respond to the first person who asks if you need help, because this is usually a trick. And by “a trick” I mean “the way the worst barber in the shop gets a client base.”

    5. If there is a White barber in the barbershop or a barber who happens to be a woman, they are probably great barbers. Black barbershops don’t practice affirmative action. So if a White guy or a woman is manning a chair, trust that they’ve earned it.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Case of officer who shot unarmed black man on ninth judge after eight drop out
    White officer Aaron Smith shot unarmed black man in 2016
    Eight judges have dropped out Greg Gunn murder case

    The case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Alabama three years ago is now on its ninth judge.

    Eight judges have dropped out as the case makes its way to trial, with the eighth recusing himself earlier this week, just a few days after being appointed.

    A Montgomery police officer, Aaron Smith, is to face a jury over the killing of Greg Gunn, who fled a random stop-and-frisk and was chased, shocked, beaten and then shot five times in 2016, by Smith while he was on duty.

    Smith has argued that he acted in self-defense. Sam Welch became the eighth judge assigned to the case last Friday and then recused himself this week.

    The state supreme court has now ranged further afield from Montgomery and tapped the retired Dale county circuit judge Philip Ben McLauchlin, in a ninth attempt to pick a judge to hear the case, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. Welch is a former presiding judge of the state court of criminal appeals who said he had denied motions asking for another judge’s recusal.

  5. Oh I see. All white people have to say is I was frustrated, I was emotional, it was said in the heat of the moment, shed tears and it will excuse criminality and they’ll get a pass? No one is above the law, my a*ss!

  6. Ametia says:

    House wants Mueller to testify by 5/23? Really?

    It’s only a matter of time when the stinking lies will be exposed.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) Tweeted:
    Note: Barr conflated the term “collusion” with “conspiracy.” The former describes a kind of behavior (secret coordinated activity for a common goal) and the latter is a narrowly defined crime. Actions that do not meet the criminal definition of “conspiracy” can still be collusion

  8. rikyrah says:

    On the ground, from Iowa

    Nelle says:
    April 18, 2019 at 11:36 am
    @Leto: On Monday, I saw Julian Castro in the Machinists Union Hall here is Des Moines. I was impressed. There was one camera on the tripod covering him. I liked his clarity, his directness, and his passion.

    On Wednesday (yesterday), I saw Mayor Pete in the same union hall, at 11:30 in the morning. I went early and the hall was already packed out. He came out followed by a big media entourage. There were at least seven tripods covering him and it was live on CSpan. I talked to a freelancer covering him (video and still) for WaPost. I found his delivery much less inspiring, though he said all the right generalities. That might just be because I was at the back, and my view was blocked by the cameras but the voice was a bit too calm and steady. He’s got a cute mother and his husband is nice (he I met and shook hands with at the back). I liked that I didn’t know his name then….he was just “the husband.”

    What troubles me is the way the press coverage elevates one and obscures the other. If Castro were being followed by the media as much, would he rise in the polls. I like Castro’s immigration policy and want him on the debate stage, if only to give voice to that policy. I want it in the Democratic Platform. I urge all of you to toss even $5 to Castro so that he will get enough different donors to qualify.

  9. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    12 minutes ago
    What’s been wild to me about 45’s entire tenure is how much faith that white people have put into their traditions, norms, and institutions.

    Black folks, at best may give 15 minutes to trusting in these traditionns, norms and institutions before we start looking at facts on the ground…white people take years. It’s crazy.

    I’ve been watching these former prosecutors turned pundits slowly lose their faith. One said out loud, ‘it’s like believing in Santa when you know he truly doesn’t exist but you want to believe anyway.” The obvious weakness and corruption of the DOJ is killing them.

    On another note, Kamala was mentored by Willie Brown former Speaker of the House in Cali, he is a smooth poltical gangsta. Kamala knows how to street fight.

    • Ametia says:

      Black folks have never had the luxury of playing with “SMOKE & MIRRORS”

      The history of this country to bend us to their twisted will and us fighting not to forcie ourselves into some false ideology,

      For the most part, we’ve always been PRAGMATIC.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) Tweeted:
    Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation’s Attorney General. His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda.

    Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress.

  11. Ametia says:


  12. WTF happened to Rosenstein? He’s standing there like a deer in headlights. Is he being blackmailed?

  13. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) Tweeted:
    NOTABLE: Barr confirms that the White House was given a redacted version of the Mueller report before its public release.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) Tweeted:
    Whether or not that action rises to the level of criminality, it means that Trump campaign associates aided and abetted an attack on our election that helped their candidate win.

    They cheated.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Wakandan War Dog (@Kennymack1971) Tweeted:
    I’m not getting my pressure up. We all knew that this would be some work the refs bullshit. Once again…Dolt 45 doesn’t possess the credibility or popularity for this to just go away based on Barr’s redacted report, word and conclusions.

    This is already a fail.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
    BREAKING: Barr was asked a question by press about spinning the report before the public has to read it, and he rushed out of the room. What a coward. Don’t trust anything he said.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) Tweeted:
    The Trump campaign encouraged and participated in the dissemination of stolen DNC and Clinton Campaign emails. HOWEVER, Bc they did not participate in the actual act of hacking, there is no crime.

    Their actions were foul and unpatriotic, apparently not criminal.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross) Tweeted:
    Barr: even though you guys were mean to the President, he didn’t stop the report. Instead, he fired a few folks and then hired me.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Sam Stein (@samstein) Tweeted:
    The basic rationalization Barr gives for why Trump didn’t legally obstruct justice is that he was emotionally upset about being accused of potential crimes and bad media coverage and acted out. That’s the actual argument the Attorney General of the United States made.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    Thank god for @AriMelber I was screaming at the airport tv when Barr tried to claim the president was just super stressed so he couldn’t have had corrupt intent. It was hogwash!

  21. So from now on folks who commit obstruction of justice can claim they were frustrated and be found not guilty? The rule of law is gone! #ConstitutionalCrisis

    • Ametia says:

      NOPE! Don’t fall for that, SG2. That’s where these MOFOS want us to go, to that place of despair, to give up, throw in the towel, turn a blind eye to this fuckery..


  22. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed:

    Reporter: “Is it an impropriety for you to come out and sort of, what appears to be, sort of, spinning the report before the public gets a chance to read it?”

    Barr says “no,” and then the news conference ends.

    — Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 18, 2019

  23. rikyrah says:

    Barr breaks from American standard of independence from president
    Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about the unprecedented nature of William Barr’s press conference before anyone has seen the report the press conference is ostensibly about, and Barr’s history of helping presidents with difficult investigations.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Once upon a time, investigator and A.G. emphasized credibility
    Rachel Maddow reminds viewers of how Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and Attorney General William Saxbe made a point of emphasizing their independence from Richard Nixon while he was being investigated, when Nixon had given Americans reason not to trust his appointees.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Democrats slam Barr over heavy-handed managing of Mueller report
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, member of the House Judiciary Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about his objections to Attorney General William Barr’s preemptive press conference and his overall imposition upon the special counsel process and the release of the Mueller report.

  26. rikyrah says:

    DOJ had ‘numerous conversations’ with W.H. on Mueller report: NYT
    Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about the impropriety of the Department of Justice having conversations with the White House about the Mueller report before anyone else has been allowed to see it or even Barr’s redacted version of it.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Ongoing court cases put crimp in Barr’s Mueller redaction plans
    Rachel Maddow reports on how the Roger Stone trial and a FOIA case about Robert Mueller’s report are considering exceptions to William Barr’s redactions.

  28. My son said, Mom don’t put your faith in the #MuellerReport. We’re watching white men conspiring against the U.S. & getting 30 days to 3 months in prison, while Black people are sitting years in prison for weed. Watch Trump will get off! There will be no justice.😢 #BarrCoverUp

  29. rikyrah says:

    Barr books preemptive press conference amid report release uproar
    Rachel Maddow reports on the bizarre series of events in the lead up to Thursday’s release of William Barr’s redacted version of Robert Mueller’s report, with Barr announcing a press conference for before the report’s release.

  30. OMG! I don’t know what to do after that Barr press conference. The Attorney General acting like Trump’s defense attorney. We are fucked, people.

  31. Trump was frustrated. That’s all it takes for a white man to get away with his crimes. WTF America?

  32. rikyrah says:

    White man in suit syndrome – BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    CarolDuhart2 says:
    April 18, 2019 at 9:59 am

    White man in suit syndrome thinks that if he just stands in front of a bank of microphones and says no collusion, people will take his word for it and not ask questions. Sorry Barr, this isn’t 1988, when the Republicans could cow everyone into not asking questions because Barr was a somebody. After this buildup, not in hell likely. Also the four weeks of resistance to even issuing the report means that Congress is even more likely to take a hard approach in both questioning and data collection.

  33. What in the living hell? He’s a defense attorney on closing arguments.

  34. rikyrah says:

    9h9 hours ago
    More southpaw Retweeted Peter Baker
    AG Barr had the opportunity to be forthright about these reported talks at his appearances on the Hill last week; instead, any questions concerning whether DOJ had briefed the WH were instantly met with stonewalling.

    The attorney general hides information from the public to protect the Trump Administration. Even when he’s asked directly about conduct he is currently engaging in (helping the White House to prepare a “rebuttal”) he refuses to answer. He doesn’t answer because he knows the conduct is wrong, and he wants to hide it as long as he can.

    He’s acting as Donald Trump’s lawyer, and he’s the attorney general. It should terrify people. Think how Trump will use Barr’s enormous police power. Imagine how it will be used in the 2020 election, against Trump’s political opponents.

  35. I hate William Barr with the heat of ten thousand suns. #BarrCoverUp

  36. rikyrah says:


    Jerry (@js_edit) Tweeted:
    The NYT is doing what Bernie wants. Framing the discussion as “Bernie’s taxes prove he’s part of the 1%.” That’s where he wants the focus. He can survive a kerfuffle over petty hypocrisy. As long as it keeps the attention off whatever he’s hiding with those truncated returns.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Travis Akers (@travisakers) Tweeted:

    Rep. Matt Gaetz, Dusty Johnson, and Pete Stauber posted images and video claiming to be at the US-Mexico border, witnessing border wall construction – They were in Coolidge, Arizona, 100 miles away from the border at a technology demonstration.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) Tweeted:
    Good moment to remember there’s zero basis under which a WH can invoke executive privilege over materials produced by people investigating the President via @TPM

  39. rikyrah says:

    Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) Tweeted:
    The only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.

  40. rikyrah says:


    Oliver Willis (@owillis) Tweeted:
    democrats going on fox is like pigs going on the bacon network to make sure bacon network viewers hear “the other side” when all their viewers want to eat is more bacon.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) Tweeted:
    Decided to take a cab tonight and was reminded why I don’t care if the whole NYC cab industry is put out of business. You think the cab-passes-Black-guy-to-pick-up-white-guy thing is a worn out trope until you are Force to live it again and again. #IHaveNoSympathyForThem

  42. rikyrah says:


    Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) Tweeted:
    Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting in fall 2020

  43. rikyrah says:

    Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) Tweeted:
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the recent U.S. government practice of disclosing the current size of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

    • majiir says:

      Courtier’s girlfriend was sentenced to 10 years. I remember reading that his girlfriend was shouting at Courtier and urging him to run Mr. Bruce down, which is exactly what he did. The article I read last night about his sentencing mentioned he ”teared” up when he discovered he’d been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, but he didn’t say anything on the advice of counsel. He may seek parole after serving 28 years, but if I were a young relative related to the young man he killed, I’d make sure to show up en masse when he applies for parole in 28 years, God willing.

  44. rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    Breaking: Judge Reggie Walton will review what #Barr has redacted from the #MuellerReport to assess if it is appropriate under the Freedom of Information Act. We’ll know the extent of the spin by May.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) Tweeted:
    The timing of these town halls help Fox News at a time when they needed it most. Literally throwing Fox News a lifeline.

    Truly short-sighted and needlessly undermining of successful accountability work Fox sorely was due.

  46. rikyrah says: (@femalep) Tweeted:
    You’re not gaining any voters going on Fox as a Democrat, you’re just losing your base. That shows me you only care about one type of voter, and it ain’t me.

  47. rikyrah says:

    HawaiiDelilah™ Unredacted Version (@HawaiiDelilah) Tweeted:
    Yes, it does. This is all a farce. Democrats — it is time for you to step up. That report is OURS. We, the people, paid for it. We want every line of it.

  48. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer #KamalaHarris2020 (@leftyjennyc) Tweeted:
    The awesome thing about the people who scream at me “why won’t you vote for Bernie to STOP THE MADNESS” is how little they understand that if BS is our nominee, we’ve already lost. He’ll get SLAUGHTERED in the general by DJT. So much oppo & US hates socialism worse than fascism.

  49. rikyrah says:

    Jon Ben-Menachem (@jbenmenachem) Tweeted:
    Very interesting analysis of fines and fees practices in South Bend, IN under Mayor Pete. To boost “economic development,” Mayor Pete boosted civil penalties by 25% and handed out more than $500k in fines. Unsurprisingly, enforcement happened most often in communities of color.

  50. rikyrah says:

    Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) Tweeted:
    The Indian-American Impact Fund endorsed Kamala Harris for President today. Group’s goal is to “support and elect Indian American candidates who reflect the values of the Indian American community.”

  51. rikyrah says:

    Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) Tweeted:
    And just in from NYT: “Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations with White House lawyers about the conclusions made by Mueller in recent days…The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal.”

  52. rikyrah says:

    Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) Tweeted:

    In just 19 hours, we have raised $827,000 to help rebuild three historically black churches in Louisiana destroyed by arson.

    Total haul so far $985,000!!!!

    Thank you so much! Let’s keep it going!

  53. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😀😀😀

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