Sep 17, 2020
Bill Barr Decries Headhunting at DOJ, Dismisses Criticism Hes Interfered in Cases
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Attorney General Bill Barr spoke at Hillsdale College on Wednesday night and teed off on what he decried as “headhunting” of big targets within the Department of Justice.
He said of the department he runs, per CNN, “Name one successful organization or institution where the lowest level employees’ decisions are deemed sacrosanct, there aren’t.There aren’t any letting the most junior members set the agenda… It might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it is no way to run a federal agency.”
And according to the Washington Post, Barr was very critical of people within the DOJ:
Barr said, throughout history, prosecutors have sought to “amass glory” by prosecuting prominent people, and he regularly witnessed that phenomenon during his supervision of the Justice Department.
“I’d like to be able to say that we don’t see head hunting in the Department of Justice,” Barr said. “That would not be truthful. I see it every day.”
Barr also teed off on the “criminalization of politics” where “now you have to call your adversary a criminal, and instead of beating them politically, you try to put them in jail.”
At one point the attorney general dismissed criticism that he has interfered in cases — criticism that’s included DOJ actions in the cases of Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.
Barr said, “What exactly am I interfering with? Under the law, all prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general.”
The attorney general also took some shots at the media and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as his thoughts on the coronavirus shutdowns, even saying “other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history”:
In Q&A, Barr is now on coronavirus response. Asked about suicides amid shutdowns, Barr basically makes the case doctors should not be the final word on societys response. A doc, he said, is not the "grand seer."
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) September 17, 2020
He insists the question is not one of pure science. He says you have to balance benefit of shutdown "against a lot of other factors." Suicides, overdoses are up, he says.
"All this nonsense about how something is dictated by science is nonsense," he says.
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) September 17, 2020
“You know, putting a national lock down, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr said as a round of applause came from the crowd.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) September 17, 2020
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Man demands parents choose between Trump signs in their yard and seeing their grandkids. It spectacularly backfires — and now hes sorry.
Writer Leo Guinan went viral after sharing a personal, anti-Trump anecdote Friday on Medium, revealing that he told his mother and father that they would have to choose between having a Trump 2020 sign in their front yard and seeing their son and grandchildren.
Guinan received heavy pushback over the piece, and, admitting that he made a mistake, published a follow-up entry Monday revealing that he was sorry for what he told his family.What did he say in the original post?
The original article, titled, "Today I Gave My Dad A Choice: Trump or His Grandkids and His Son," Guinan revealed that his father had the audacity to place a pro-Trump sign in his front yard.
Guinan was apparently so upset and offended that he told his father that he would not be visiting with his children until he removed the offending sign from the property.
Guinan, who said he was "really pissed" over the move, said he sent his father and mother a text message.
"Hands shaking, tears in eyes. This is what it said," he wrote. "Due to the signs in the yard, the kids and I will not be down. The current occupant of the White House is preaching hate and violence, endangering the lives and safety of many of my friends. This is not acceptable to me at all. There is a complete disregard for women, minorities, science, ethics, and morality. Please consider if you support Trump that much. Because I hate him that much. I wanted to be upfront and honest about my feelings."
Guinan said that he felt empowered after he pulled the trigger on the message and felt secure in his anti-Trump convictions.
"At this point, it is not acceptable to me," he wrote. "You can vote for whom you wish. But I can choose who I surround myself with. I love my dad, but I can't be around him until he understands how vital I believe this election to be and what is truly at stake. It is not easy. But it was necessary. "What did he say in his follow-up post?
Just days later, Guinan admitted that he might have acted irrationally in trying to hold his family hostage over their political differences.
In a follow-up post titled, "How To Fail At Everything," Guinan said he wanted to "go viral" his apology to his father.
"I took an emotional moment in my life and framed it in a specific way because I wanted to trigger a response," he wrote.
And he did. He said he received "mostly negative" responses, which he admitted was unsurprising.
"I was trying to prevent others from being manipulated by manipulating them," he reasoned. "And I was doing this because I had the ability to, through social networks. And I let that go to my head. I am sorry to everyone who experienced that. It made me truly realize the incredibly destructive power that social media can provide."
Guinan added that the posting "sucked me into doing the very same behaviors I thought I was fighting."
"I apologized to my dad in person," he revealed. "I screwed up with him, and I owned that. I am OK with making mistakes because that is the best way to learn. But my dad did teach me growing up that it is better to own your mistakes and make them right."
"I screwed up by trying to influence others through social media," Guinan continued. "[I'm] sorry that I influenced your thoughts and actions via social media. ... [I] deleted all of my social media accounts. There were toxic to my life."
Guinan continued, insisting that social media is toxic, and encouraged his followers to examine their online lives.
"[Social media] came very close to ruining my life," he admitted. "I refuse to let it do that."
At the time of this reporting, it does appear that Guinan's Twitter account has been deactivated.