Cruz rips Senate Democrats’ ‘weak argument’ at Barr hearing


GENERAL.>>SENATOR CRUZ.>>THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. GENERAL BARR, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. LET ME START BY JUST SAYING THANK YOU. YOU’VE HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESSFUL LEGAL CAREER. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO TAKE THIS JOB. AND YOU STEPPED FORWARD AND ANSWERED THE CALL YET AGAIN KNOWING FULL WELL THAT YOU WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE KIND OF SLANDEROUS TREATMENT, THE KAVANAUGH TREATMENT, THAT WE HAVE SEEN, OF SENATORS IMPUGNING YOUR INTEGRITY. AND I FOR ONE AM GRATEFUL THAT YOU ANSWERED THAT CALL AND ARE LEADING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BOTH WITH INTEGRITY AND FIDELITY TO LAW. THAT IS WHAT THE NATION RIGHTLY EXPECTS OF OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND I BELIEVE YOU ARE PERFORMING THAT VERY EVENLY. I THINK THIS HEARING TODAY HAS BEEN QUITE REVEALING TO ANYONE WATCHING. ALTHOUGH PERHAPS NOT FOR THE REASONS SOME OF THE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS INTENDED. ONE THING THAT’S REVEALING IN THE DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS THAT CAME UP, A WORD THAT OCCURRED ALMOST NOT AT ALL IS THE WORD RUSSIA. FOR 2 1/2 YEARS WE HEARD DEMOCRATIC SENATORS GOING ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT RUSSIA COLLUSION. WE HEARD JOURNALISTS GOING ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT RUSSIA COLLUSION. ALLEGING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, SOME USING EXTREME RHETORIC, CALLING THE PRESIDENT A TRAITOR. WE HEARD VERY LITTLE OF THAT IN THIS HEARING TODAY. INSTEAD, THE PRINCIPLE ATTACK THE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HAVE MARSHALED UPON YOU, CONCERNS THIS MARCH 27TH LETTER FROM ROBERT MUELLER. AND IT’S AN ATTACK THEY WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW REVEALING THIS IS. IF THIS IS THEIR WHOLE ARGUMENT, THEY AIN’T GOT NOTHING. SO THEIR ARGUMENT IS AS FOLLOWS. LET ME UNDERSTAND IF I UNDERSTAND IT CORRECTLY. INITIALLY WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE MUELLER REPORT, RELEASED TO CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC, A FOUR-PAGE SUMMARY OF THE CONCLUSIONS. THEN, ON MARCH 27TH, MR. MUELLER ASKS YOU TO RELEASE AN ADDITIONAL 19 PAGES. THE INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY THAT HE HAD DRAFTED. AND INDEED IN THE LETTER, WHAT HE SAYS IS, QUOTE, I AM REQUESTING THAT YOU PROVIDE THESE MATERIALS TO CONGRESS AND AUTHORIZE THEIR PUBLIC RELEASE AT THIS TIME. AND THE REASON HE SAYS IT IS THAT TO FULLY CAPTURE THE CONTEXT NATURE AND SUBSTANCE OF THE OFFICE’S WORKING CONCLUSION. SO YOU DID NOT RELEASE THOSE 19 PAGES AT THAT TIME. INSTEAD, A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, YOU RELEASED 448 PAGES, THE ENTIRE REPORT, WHICH INCLUDES THOSE 19 PAGES. DO I HAVE THAT TIMELINE CORRECT?>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>SO THEIR ENTIRE ARGUMENT IS, GENERAL BARR, YOU SUPRESSED THE 19 PAGES THAT ARE ENTIRELY PUBLIC, THAT WE HAVE, THAT WE CAN READ THAT THEY KNOW EVERY WORD OF IT, AND THEY’RE COMPLAINING IT WAS DELAYED A FEW WEEKS. AND THAT WAS BECAUSE OF YOUR DECISION NOT TO RELEASE THE REPORT PIECE MEAL BUT RATHER TO RELEASE THOSE 19 PAGES ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE 448 PAGES PRODUCED BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL.>>YES.>>IF THAT IS THEIR ARGUMENT, I HAVE TO SAY THAT IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY WEAK ARGUMENT. BECAUSE IF YOU’RE HIDING SOMETHING, I’LL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, YOU’RE DOING A VERY LOUSY JOB OF DOING IT, BECAUSE THE THING THEY’RE SUGGESTING YOU HID, YOU RELEASED TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THOUGH 19 PAGES THAT ARE BEING SO BREATHLESSLY, BOB MUELLER SHOULD RELEASE THE 19 PAGES. YOU DID. YOU DID A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER. BUT WE CAN READ EVERY WORD OF THE 19 PAGES ALONG WITH THE FULL REPORT. IN YOUR JUDGMENT WAS THE MUELLER REPORT THOROUGH?>>YES.>>DID THEY EXPEND ENORMOUS TIME, ENERGY AND RESOURCES INVESTIGATING AND PRODUCING THAT REPORT?>>YES.>>AND THE MUELLER REPORT CONCLUDED FLAT OUT ON THE QUESTION OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION, THE EVIDENCE DID NOT SUPPORT CRIMINAL CHARGES?>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>AND INDEED, THE MUELLER REPORT, IF I HAVE THESE STATS RIGHT, WAS COMPILED BY 19 LAWYERS WHO WERE ON THE TEAM, APPROXIMATELY 40 FBI AGENTS, INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS, FORENSIC ACCOUNTANTS, SPECIAL STAFF. THE SPECIAL COUNSEL ISSUED MORE THAN 2800 SUBPOENAS, 500 SEARCH WARRANTS, 230 ORDERS FOR COMMUNICATION RECORDS, ALMOST 50 ORDERS AUTHORIZING THE USE OF PEN REGISTERED, 13 REQUEST OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENT FOR EVIDENCE AND INTERVIEWED APPROXIMATELY 500 WITNESSES. IS THAT CORRECT?>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>SO WE HAVE INVESTIGATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND THE SUBSTANCE OF THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN LEVELLED AT THE PRESIDENT FOR 2 1/2 YEARS HAVE IMAGINICALLY DISAPPEARED. INSTEAD THE COMPLAINT IS THE 19 PAGES THAT WE CAN ALL READ THAT IS ENTIRELY PUBLIC, COULD HAVE BEEN RELEASED A FEW WEEKS EARLIER, OH THE CALAMITY. LET ME SHIFT TO A DIFFERENT TOPIC, ONE THAT HAS BEEN ADDRESSED QUITE A BIT. I BELIEVE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WAS PROFOUNDLY POLITICIZED. AND WAS WEAPONIZED TO GO AFTER POLITICAL OPPONENTS OF THE PRESIDENT. IF THAT IS THE CASE, WOULD YOU AGREE THAT POLITICIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND WEAPONIZING IT TO GO AFTER YOUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS IS AN ABUSE OF POWER?>>I THINK IT’S AN ABUSE OF POWER REGARDLESS OF WHO DOES IT.>>OF COURSE. TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE, WHEN DID SURVEILLANCE OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN BEGIN?>>THE POSITION TODAY APPEARS TO BE THAT IT BEGAN IN JULY. I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION.>>IT IS AN UNUSUAL THING, IS IT NOT, FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO BE INVESTIGATING A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, PARTICULARLY A CANDIDATE FROM THE OPPOSING PARTY OF THE PARTY IN POWER.>>YES.>>DO WE KNOW IF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INVESTIGATED ANY OTHER CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>DO WE KNOW IF THEY WIRE TAPPED ANY?>>I GUESS THEY WERE INVESTIGATING HILLARY CLINTON FOR THE E-MAIL.>>DO WE KNOW IF THERE WERE WIRE TAPS?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>DO WE KNOW IF THERE WERE EFFORTS TO SEND INVESTIGATORS IN WEARING A WIRE?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>SO GENERAL BARR, I WOULD URGE, YOU HAVE HAD REMARKABLE TRANSPARENCY. YOU PROMISED THIS COMMITTEE YOU WOULD WITH REGARD TO THE MUELLER REPORT. YOU PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU WOULD RELEASE THE MUELLER REPORT PUBLICLY. ANYONE CAN READ IT. IT’S RIGHT HERE. I APPRECIATE THAT TRANSPARENCY. I WOULD ASK YOU TO BRING THE SAME TRANSPARENCY TO THIS LINE OF QUESTIONING ABOUT WHETHER AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION POLITICIZED THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, TARGETED THEIR POLITICAL RIVALS AND USED

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  1. Voted for Ted in primaries; still think he's got potential for 2024 (After Trump!) – A loyal Texan, Trump 2020 KAGA (KEEP….)

  2. Looks like Ted Cruz unravels and discredits all the silly BS, made up character assassination attempts from the crying, incompetent left. For crying out loud. When you think the Dems could not look anymore foolish they open their mouth. Its astonishing!! I've never seen such childish behavior from grown adults. Where do these people come from? How in the hell do they end up in congress??

    If you disagree, fine, tell me why you disagree, give me your facts, assumptions, even your moral reasoning. But to sit there and spend nearly a paragraph of attacking someone's character?? Then deceiving, really lying, to the American public like he's hiding something by not allowing a full unredaction report. This after he offered all of them to read it before the very small redacted parts were implemented. The last time I seen SORE LOSERS like this was in grade school.

    Come on American democrats, my former political party, remove these morons from office and put someone in there that is competent, that truly is intelligent and worked hard to be there. Not some idiot that got free rides all their life.

  3. Although i am a libertarian and would abolish the entire government and replace the government with one that follows the constitution, strip its powers , remove patriot act, and NDAA. I have to say the Republicans are much better chess players. This is probably due to the Democrats are mostly made up of brain damaged individuals. It is very unfair /unequal game

  4. Mueller was just pissed because he wasn’t the pony boy for the main stream media anymore. I bet all of those 19 pages were a way for him to shed doubt on his own conclusion. Barre just didn’t allow him to persuade the findings and left it all to interpret.

  5. Arent they voting on him for being in contempt for not revealing the entire report, when he DID review the entire report?

  6. There is no way to deal with Democrats other than to apply to them the letter of existing laws for the obvious crimes they commit on a daily basis starting with Hillary Clinton. Begin with her email server and classified material she communicated to foreign governments. Let the trial take as long as necessary but make 100% she winds up with a very long prison sentence. Only after that's done we can go down the line with the other criminals involved in attempt to overthrow the Trump presidency. When the job is completel the good name of the USA will be cleansed, not a moment before.

  7. Cruz is a idiot. It's never the crime its the cover up that follows. The Lying Ted has the balls to repeatedly say we / they got the whole report. What a scumbag.

  8. No mention of collusion. Typical radical (right or left). Let’s talk about the facts, yet omit the fact that they tried to hook up with the Russians but were too stupid.

  9. It's not about his involvement with Russia at this point, it's about the fact he has done everything in his power to block this investigation from the start.  He could have proven himself innocent at any time and shut the Dems up but he kept trying to shut it down.  I'm a republican but these are not the actions of an innocent man.  President Trump please give them what they need to end this.  It's the only way this will go away and we can get on with running the country again.

  10. Yea the dems really do have nothing. I’m impressed though they’re fighting to the very end, they won’t get much farther though

  11. Nancy Polski:not one cent will go to that wall.
    Also Nancy Polski: let’s waste 35 million dollars on a investigator without any facts or evidence to believe he did the crime we believe he did do.

  12. So Democrat politicians your lack of integrity is front and center again as usual, your vial and sleeze dung.

  13. does the left not realize you'd need to have 2/3 of the house and the senate to impeach and, guess what, you'd need the assistant AG to file charges since congress has no judicial power (hence the separation of powers)…this is literally high school-level civics here people, pick up a book FFS

  14. attorney general Barr should be issued accommodations just for having to deal with these idiots and all their bulshit

  15. I like Cruz. I'd hoped he'd be the Republican nominee for president as I found appeal in his passion to uphold the constitution, but I'll admit my surprise to see that the current administration under Trump has done very well and done good actual tangible work, especially considering how tough the far-left party line has tried to dissuade them from carrying out their respective office's duties. I don't bend too far left or right, but I'd happily cast a vote for Cruz in 2024, should he run again. In the meantime, Trump has shown to be a competent leader when viewed under the full context and excluding edited bits and pieces to fit media sell points which lack said full context.

  16. William Barr wanted to laugh! Even though wanted to keep laugh, you see he’s trying to keep a serious composure. But he probably wanted to laugh soooo bad! And rightfully so! The Democrats are ridiculous! I wish they ALL would do like a magician and just “DISAPPEAR!” 😤😡😡😡

  17. Love how Ted Cruz forgets to mention that the entire 448 pgs was mostly redacted. They want to review the full report. Barr is at a hearing to determine whether he is within his right to withhold an unredacted version to the point where even Trump is stonewalling the process.

  18. It's funny how the Dems acts. Muller's tea mbv was full of Democrats. So it wasnt like a bunch of Republicans tried to protect him.

  19. Not a big surprise that Trump turned out to be a huge disappointment. It's so so disappointing to see the Republican-led Senate follow Donald Trump right into the trailer park.
    There's no better example of party over country.
    I simply can't respect people that behave like that.

  20. I think we need to change party I.D's. Republicans and idiots. Pure and simple. Spank that A senator Cruz!!!!!

  21. I am still shocked at how stupid the DemonRats are! They are handing President Trump the 2020 election.

  22. How come Mueller didn’t question me about the Russians collusion before then Donald Trump was chosen as the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party because there was a lot of colluding going on between the democrats and the clinton campaign with the Russians!!!

  23. I detest Kamala Harris so much, I believe Harris should go to prison for attempted collusion of
    A G Barr in the Mueller report for leading this stupid game. After all, this is a game to the
    Demorats. Please be aware of this particular Demorat and the rest of game players.

  24. When are the criminals Democrats going to get a 3am knock on their door? Thanks to SPYING based on Hillary's fraudulent Foreign Dossier…people are in JAIL!!! When are the REAL CRIMINALS GOING TO JAIL!

  25. The question to me, where is Due Process of Law ? How can Congress impeach unless Congress acts in accordance to Due Process of Law. Mueller and then Barr found insufficient evidence of obstruction that rose to a standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt." Evidence in itself has individual weight and circumstantial evidence has the least weight. The crime of obstruction requires proof of a corrupt intent, but if there is no evidence, scant evidence or purely whimsical evidence this is not 'circumstantial' but more 'fantastical' or 'paranoid delusional'. Evidence which is viewed by 'prejudiced eyes' with prejudiced intent fails to reach circumstantial and stays in the realm of 'fantasy'. This is particularly true if a non-biased observer weighs the evidence and concludes one MUST attach as prerequisite a finding of 'corrupt intent" to reach a decision of corrupt mind. A corrupt intent is not inferred it must be proven and to prove such requires 'substantial evidence of a clear and convincing' value. In this case the President having committed non-crime or malfeasance 'in collusion' with Russia can be equally found, if not more so – that he acted as would a normal person when accused of wrong doing, such as TREASON would act. Denial of guilt is not obstruction nor is obstruction found in trying to prove innocence and particularly so when no crime has occurred. So what standard would GUILT be found in impeachment ? What standard of evidence would be supportive of a finding of impeachment ? A common car theft with a record of 7 convictions for car theft, and several terms in Prison is entitled to "proof beyond a reasonable doubt' based on 'substantial evidence of a clear and convincing nature' when they are at trail for their 8th arrest for Car Theft. Impeaching a President reverses the civil rights of half the voting population in the 2016 election – near 100 million people are deprived of THEIR CIVIL RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE and the standard of proof is what ? Circumstantial evidence, whispers and lies. I ask you – Is the House of Representatives acting in accordance to Due Process of Law ?

  26. Proof the dinosaurs outlived their Usefulness ! Give us back our civil rights open the patent office.

  27. I was disappointed when him and Trump got into their difference I wanted him to be the vice president

  28. Camel ah Harris was so rude to Barr who let her yes or no questions flow off him so calmly.
    Barr got where he has by merit.

  29. One of the smartest and most anti-socialist Senator, a true patriot and american hero and to think that he had a close race against bubble brain Beto O'Rourke for the Senate seat is scary, God bless and save America from these socialists liberal Democrats.

  30. Oh no! Teddy cruz nother RINO…Feeling power Trip, screaming at AG, DEMOC.RATS chuckling!..Lord dont like PROUD! people, sample Teddy bear cruz..Wen going investigate crooked obama, n hilliary to Justice.. or still being ckvered up.?

  31. Ted Cruz knows this is all a bunch of BS. The female from Hawaii really has her nerve calling Barr a lier! How dare she disrespect Barr!

  32. I wonder how many of you would prefer reading a 400 page document released weeks after a much shorter and supposed complete summary of findings that is only 4 pages of an investigation. Those 4 pages he released, even according to Mueller, the principal investigator, was not a complete picture of the actual investigation and therefore President Trump was able to say that he was totally exonerated in the report when in fact Mueller did no such thing. Cruz did do some admirable speaking here but not for the good of the American people, no matter how many times he said it. A wolf dressed in sheeps clothing will still eat you if it needed.

  33. Barr is as crooked as trump. Cruz has no balls when trump called his family down. Now he is docile like a cow towards trump. O balls

  34. Thank you Mr Cruz for you're respect of our new AG Barr. Dems are scared because they are going down & they know it.
    God bless you Mr Attorney General

  35. I would love to see Ginsberg step down and Trump nominate Ted Cruz. That would be the cherry on top of the Democrat heads exploding

  36. Bill Barr cannot be trusted! Why does Trump keep picking these neo-con leftovers from the Bush administration? He's another Deep State operative and will only do damage control to ultimately protect the real criminal mafia, like Clinton, Chairman Oba-mao, Clapper, Brennan, Comey and many others before the SHTF and they go to prison for Sedition, Spying and for framing a duly elected President for impeachment under false allegations. These are high crimes and are unprecedented! Barr can't be trusted!

  37. The Dems are liars. They are the defense attorneys to murderers and rapists. The people that are paid to lie, to hide the truth. The Dems purposely will deceive you. ALWAYS!

  38. Xxx. Amor, creo que los que toman fotografías me encuentran facinantemente hermosa pues no se porque toman tantas fotos de mi persona

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