EP 2059-9A AG Barr: Media helped create 'doomsday scenario' for abuse of government power
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AG Barr: Democrats Are Now the “Rousseauian Revolutionary Party That Believes in Tearing Down the System”
US Attorney General Bill Barr slammed the Democrat party for embracing political violence in a one-on-one interview with Fox News host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin.
Barr said the Democrats are now the “Rousseauian Revolutionary Party that believes in tearing down the system.”
“They’re not interested in compromise. They’re not interested in [a] dialectic exchange of views. They’re interested in total victory…It’s a substitute for religion,” he said.
Barr said many of the Democrat lawmakers are cowards for not calling out Antifa violence.
AG Barr: Media helped create 'doomsday scenario' for abuse of government power
Attorney General William Barr harshly criticized the media's role in the "Russiagate" controversy.
During an interview with conservative commentator Mark Levin, who broached allegations of Russia collusion that for years made headlines and the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey, Barr blamed the Fourth Estate for enabling what he deemed the "doomsday scenario" unleashed on President Trump and his associates.
"It is the doomsday scenario of abuse of government power, which is: the party in power uses the police and intelligence services to tilt the field against their political opponents. And that’s terrible from a governmental and civil rights standpoint," Barr said in an interview that aired Sunday evening on Fox News's Life, Liberty & Levin.
"The media was part of this, and that’s, to me, probably the worst aspect of this. The so-called watchdogs of the system, they became attack dogs. They weren’t watchdogs, they had no critical — they didn’t use any critical faculties," Barr continued.
"In fact, some things that were clearly preposterous, they took hook, line, and sinker, and they fanned the flames of this worse than anybody else," Barr said. "They all got out on the limb. The limb has been sawed off, but you wouldn’t know it, because there’s — they don’t even say, 'Whoops, we got that one wrong.' They’re onto the next conspiracy theory."
Barr faces a growing political firestorm over U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation. With less than 90 days until Election Day, Democrats and their allies have raised concerns about there being an "October Surprise."
Barr, who has said he expects "developments" from Durham's team by the end of the summer, argued to Levin that his goal is to restore the criminal justice system to one not wielded as a "political tool."
Some of Trump's most ardent supporters have called for indictments for what they see as an effort to sabotage Trump's campaign and later his administration. Asked to address a growing sense of impatience, Barr said that the process "takes some time," noting the "sprawling" nature of the investigation and roadblocks posed by witnesses and lawyers.
He also discussed how there is a process in gathering evidence and dealing with a grand jury.
"What I want to do is make it clear that we will indict people only when we are satisfied that the standards of the department have been met, which means that we believe a crime has been committed by this person, and we have proof beyond a reasonable doubt to prove it" to convict someone, the attorney general said.
"And we have to go to a grand jury, and the grand jury has to agree to get the indictment," Barr continued. "And proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a high standard. And I think all political sides have gotten into the habit in this country of just sort of saying that their political opponents have done something terrible. They think it’s terrible. It’s enough for me to conclude he’s terrible, why isn’t he in prison?"
AG Barr: US facing new form of 'urban guerrilla warfare' driven by left's 'lust for power'
AG tells 'Life, Liberty & Levin' that the left views opposition as 'evil because we stand in the way of their progressive utopia'
Discussing the ongoing Black Lives Matter riots rippling through several U.S. cities, Barr told host Mark Levin that the organization -- which has been characterized by the media as a fed-up activist group -- is comprised of "Bolsheviks" with a focus on on "some form of socialism, communism."
"They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. They're essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic," he said.
BARR BLASTS FAR LEFT FOR MAKING POLITICS A 'SECULAR RELIGION'
Barr compared the nationwide riots organized by Antifa to "a new form of urban guerrilla warfare."
"The way the guerrilla...hides out among the people as a fish in the ocean...what they do is they are essentially shielding themselves or shrouding themselves in First Amendment activity," he explained. "They go into the demonstrations, which are exercising First Amendment activity, and they insinuate themselves in there to shield themselves. That's where they swim. And what they do is they hijack these demonstrations and they and they provoke violence."
The group's radical leanings are reflective of the Democratic party's far-left shift in recent years, Barr said. "The left has "pulled away from the umbrella of classical liberal values that have undergirded" America and made a "secular religion" out of seeking "complete political victory," he argued.
It began the day Trump won in 2016, "and from that point forward, there's been the resistance," Barr told Levin. "They were trying to impeach him from Day One. They have done everything they can..and I think it's because of the desire for power that the left wants."
Power has become a "secular religion of the left," Barr asserted. "They want to run people's lives so they can design utopia for all of us...and it's the lust for power. And they weren't expecting Trump's victory. And it outrages them."
"They want to run people's lives so they can design utopia for all of us...it's the lust for power."
Barr later condemned the media for "projecting a narrative" and selling a "lie" to the American people in their watered-down coverage of the civil unrest.
"You don't see it on the networks. You don't see it on the other cable stations. And yet you hear about these peaceful demonstrators. So it's you know, it's just it's a lie. The American people are being told a lie by the media," Barr said.
The media has become "extremely monolithic," he concluded, "and it's wedded in many ways to the Democratic Party."