“That would be the single most repulsive, disgusting, unconstitutional abuse of power—and it appears like it all happened”.
“I’m sitting here trying to figure what exact constitutional deprivation was there. What is the crime they think Barack Obama and Joe Biden are going to be prosecuted under? To be clear—and this is using the words of President Trump and his lawyers for the past three years—any sitting president can get any classified information they want. According to Donald Trump they can launch any investigation they want. They can tell the FBI to pursue only particular individual. This is not me saying it. This is what Donald Trump has been saying for three years. This was their argument during the Mueller probe. This was their argument during the impeachment investigation. That the president has this kind of authority? So what did we find out? That Obama was aware of intelligence intercepts on the Russian ambassador when he was talking with General Flynn? That there had just been an attack on our election a couple of months earlier? We were still dealing with the fallout of Russian election interference in 2016. There was a concern about a count intel problem with Michael Flynn and they had a discussion? I’m shocked. I cannot believe they had that conversation.” Fox News host: “We’re going to have to leave it there”
President Trump: “We went on -- drain the swamp. And that’s what we’re doing. But nobody ever told me the swamp was going to be this vicious or this deep.”
This testimony was regarding the Trump Tower 2016 meeting he held with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who had claimed she had incriminating information about Clinton. The transcript of this testimony includes him answering questions about his email response to offer of Russian-linked dirt on Clinton which was “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” Full transcript is available here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4464062-Donald-Trump-Jr-Senate-Judiciary-Committee.html
“When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?” Barr: “Well, history is written by the winners [smug laughter] so it largely depends on who's writing the history.”
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