Tom Fitton: Dems threatening to hold Barr in contempt is an abuse of power

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 05/08/2019

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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discusses how the House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to hold AG William Barr in contempt of Congress. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wal...



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I think there's a spying did occur. Yes, i think spying did occur. Question is whether it was predicated adequately predicated and i'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but i need to explore that attorney general, william bar asserting their that spying did indeed occur against the 2016 trump presidential campaign. But that apparently isn't the thinking of the fbi. Director christoph ...
r rea, listen to what rhea constructed saying this today before the senate appropriations committee, when fbi agents conduct investigations against alleged mobsters suspected terrorists other criminals, do you believe that they're engaging in spine when they're following fbi investigative policies and procedures? Well, that's not the term! I would use there are a lot of people havedifferent, colloquial phrases. I believe that the fbi is engaged in investigative activity and part of investigative activity includes surveillance, activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it's done by the book. Well, just for reference. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines spying as amongst other definitions, to watch secretly, usually for hostile purposes, to watch secretly as a spy. Even former director of national intelligence director james clapper admits that the fbi's actions against the tramp presidential campaign do in fact meet the definition of spying. It took him a while to come to that conclusion. Perhaps ray will be next in line to do so joining us tonight. Judicial watch president tomfitton tom.

This is going. This is you have had some of the busiest years of your career. I know they're not letting up. Are they tomorrow, the the judiciary committee in the house prepares for a contempt of vote against the william bar, the attorney general, a contempt of congress. This is on its face madness and mindless your thoughts. Well, the attorney general has been remarkably transparent with the muller report and so he's going to be found in contempt of congress by the house over an argument over whether documents that are he's legally prohibited from giving them should be released anyway, contrary to federal law, something That could put him in jail and others in jailif. They were released and appropriately. It shows you. This is just another abuse of power in a long series of abuses of power by the democrats that began during the obama administration continued through the muller fbi operation and now the baton has been passed so jerry nadler at the doj to continue to abuse power. To harass president trump it and, of course you know, it's a nice distraction from the fact that the democratic national committee democratic party apparatus has been caught using donor dollars to collude with the russia intelligence to attack a domestic political opponent, but that attention they can't escape. Ultimately, well, the law men can't be distracted. I believe that ought to bethe case and in this instance too, with nadler.

Where should the? Where should the white house go with this? Where should the attorney general go with that go with this? The logical first impression, it seems to me, is go to court and in this nonsense you know. Typically, you go to court over document fights and subpoena fights. Whether the subpoenas are abusive or not. You can seek protection from the court from having to accede to them or if there are documents you want to withheld under court protection, you can make the arguments of the court and i think, there's been a strong argument that can't be overcome without congress. Literally, changing the law to withholdgrand jury material. You know we always want to see grand jury material, a tradition watch under the freedom of information act, but we can't because the law doesn't allow us to do it and you got to change the law to fix it. If, indeed, that needs to be fixed in this regard, but so you know it's a it's a fundamental distraction from the fact, for instance, as you point out at the top of this segment, the fbi has no leadership. It'S it's stunning to watch and to listen to that. There'S! That'S that! Can pound a shoe there. I mean the fbi at the same time, right now that fbi, director is running an agency whothinks no text messages. His own should be subject to the freedom of information act, protecting the same gang that tried to overthrow the president through an illegal coup, so the president, again being harassed by the judiciary committee and the reticle dims that makeup now, the the democratic party. What was the democratic party they are to do.

What should the white house do? They'Re saying no - and it's so refreshing to hear the attorney general to hear the white house counsel say no, the president to say no but where and how is this resolved in near judgment, the most likely result well in a sensible world there'd be a negotiation that We can rule that one outbut. What would happen is that congress would have to authorize litigation against the justice department or against the attorney general to force compliance and that litigation takes years. The fast and furious litigation. It only resulted in documents being produced to congress, for instance, that was the contempt litigation of eric holder after judicial watch filed a foia lawsuit to get the documents separately that they took and they're still fighting in the fast and furiously. So what you're saying is that we have reached a point in this republic where a clearly unlawful pursuit of a subpoena against the attorney general of the united states results in years of litigation without resolution until every every issue, simply dissipateswith time and and become settled dust In history, it's it's the attack strategy to harass, and it's not about the attorney general and he's sophisticated to know this isn't about him. It'S about trying to destroy president trump and through an assault on his attorney general for upholding the rule of law. He released a massive, the amount of information. You know i've reviewed the dock, the retirement - where is it in this - is there's so much legal mumbo-jumbo around this thing. It'S it's infuriating as long as it as long as president trump is president. His opposition will use every tool and misused every tool available to it to make his life miserable. Well, i can't imagine thispresident staying on defense. My feeling is, you will soon go on the offense.

Thank you so much tom, as always tom fitton judicial orange. Thank you, sir.


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