WATCH: Rep. Deutch and Barr spar over whether Roger Stone case was treated differently
Watch how every other Democratic Representative questions Attorney General, William Barr then watch Rep. Ted Deutch question, A.G. Barr. Notice the key differences? Does the majority spend the lion’s share of their allotted time pontificating rather than isolating a specific area of inquiry? The 111th Congress is comprised of 225 total (168 Representatives and 57 Senators) who list the law as their former occupation. William Barr comported himself well yesterday. William Barr was humble. William Barr looked calm and almost cherubic. He was coached well for telegenic. Optics did not fair well for the Democratic Representatives who chose to lecture A.G. Barr. A rare opportunity to question A.G. Barr is not one to be wasted on appealing to your base. Choose wisely. Lecturing the witness only made the witness (see A.G. Barr) look like a victim. I blame Democratic leadership. Imagine if the Democrats each chose a specific area of inquiry and, like any effective trial attorney questioned A.G. Barr on this specific area of interest. There is an abundance of material (meat to chew). Imagine if each representative questioned A.G. Barr as Rep. Ted Deutch did?
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., asked Attorney General William Barr about the process leading up to the sentencing of Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump who was convicted of seven felony counts last year. At one point in the House Judiciary hearing, Deutch questioned how Stone’s health or age factored into Barr’s decision to recommend a lower sentence for Stone.
“Health is to be considered only for an extraordinary physical impairment,” Deutch said, citing a department guideline. “Did that apply to Roger Stone?”
“Actually, I can’t reveal all the information,” Barr said.
When asked about the justification for considering Stone’s age, Barr said, “the judge agreed with me.”
Deutch questioned Barr during a committee hearing examining whether the attorney general has inappropriately politicized the Justice Department. Democrats launched the investigation earlier this year over Barr’s handling of the case against Stone, whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted by the president this month. Democrats have since expanded their probe to several subsequent episodes in which they believe Barr is working for Trump’s own benefit.
Another shining example of effective inquiries with slippery A.G. Barr. Rep. Charlie Crist has the additional benefit of genuine Southern gentility (notice the intermittent, Br’er Rabbit pregnant pause). See how he defers by using the abridged title, of General when addressing questions to Attorney General Barr. An subtly effective Barr inquiry from a former Republican and Florida Attorney General, and Governor of Florida.
WATCH: Barr ‘can’t answer’ what Mueller meant in concluding Trump wasn’t exonerated
Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr to explain what he meant when he wrote in his letter to Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report does not exonerate President Donald Trump on the question of obstruction of justice. Barr demurred, saying: “That’s a statement made by the special counsel.” Barr said he couldn’t comment further until the report has been released. What Mueller meant by exonerate “is really a question that I can’t answer,” Barr said