FoxNews.com reports that
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., fired back at Democrats who criticized Attorney General William Barr for his role in former Trump associate Roger Stone’s sentencing and defended the president’s use of Twitter after he used the platform to comment about the ongoing criminal case.
“What’s happening here with Barr, I think people need to understand that he’s cleaning up the mess from not only the Obama administration, but also the mess that was left with the whole Russia-gate fiasco,” Nunes told “Fox & Friends Weekend,” saying taxpayers paid tens of millions of dollars to fund then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team “that went chasing and trying to put us into a status of a permanent coup against the president of the United States.”
Nunes’ comments came days after Barr himself publicly swiped at Trump, declaring Thursday that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after his Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors — who had recommended in a court filing that Stone be sentenced to as many as nine years in prison — and took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek. The department didn’t offer an amended number.
Barr himself has been under fire for the reversal. Still, it was a highly unusual move for a member of President Trump’s Cabinet to criticize the president.
“I think what the attorney general said was very clear, that the president should be careful making comments about criminal investigations. One should not see that as anything other than but what it is,” Nunez said, adding that Barr “didn’t say to stop tweeting, because the fact of the matter is, with 90 percent of the media being hard left and really just working for the Democratic Party, the president has to be able to tweet.”
Earlier in the week, Trump applauded Barr on Twitter for the decision to reverse the sentencing recommendation, writing: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”
“He’s built a powerful tool reaching millions of Americans, millions of people around the globe,” Nunes added, “so the president has to tweet. At the same time, the attorney general has to be able to do his job.”
He also said, “It’s understandable that the president can be frustrated,” and called Stone’s dramatic early-morning arrest by federal agents in January 2019 “ridiculous.”
Nunes credited Barr for doing all he could with the resources at hand to clean up the DOJ and restore the public’s trust in the institution.
“What the American people have to understand is that this is not going to be cleaned up overnight,” Nunes explained. “There’s a lot of damage that has been done, and the left is very good at seeding people in. Remember, the Mueller team was $40 million. We have people within DOJ, dirty cops in the FBI, all over the government. We know what challenges the White House is dealing with all the Obama holdovers in the National Security Council…”
“This is not going to be cleaned up,” he continued, “and I think what conservatives and the American people have to understand, there’s not some magic ‘Hail Mary’ pass. It’s about being in the trenches, one yard and a cloud of dust every single day to try to root these people out of government. And, Attorney General Barr and us in Congress have a difficult job ahead.”
I agree that President Trump should be careful about tweeting about commenting about ongoing criminal investigations.
I also agree that President Trump’s tweets are indeed, a powerful tool.
During the 1980’s, America was lead by “The Great Communicator”, President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Reagan used the rapidly expanding, thanks to the Cable Industry Boom, media of television, like no President before him.
According to Fox News…
…Reagan forged a more direct personal relationship with the electorate than any modern president. He told jokes, shared stories, spun tales – and in the process made big, bold truths seem comfortable and comforting.
While visionaries usually stand alone on their soapboxes, thundering with aloof passion, Reagan talked like everyone’s best buddy – the national guy-next-door. He bypassed the national media because the press corps was too conventional and timid to appreciate his then-radical views, and talked directly to the public – a practice that infuriated the press and thrilled the vast majority of Americans.
And now, America is receiving daily communication from its 45th President, Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump.
The vast majority of Americans own cellphones…and are on Twitter.
Yes, the 280 characters contained in a “Tweet” are definitely not the most eloquent way for a President to be communicating with the American Public, but they are clear, concise, and immediate.
There is no room for “weasel words” in a “Tweet”, unlike the addresses of the individual who occupied the Oval Office before President Trump.
Heck, Obama gave long speeches just so he could refer to himself ad infinitum in them.
According to The Washington Times, as of January of 2019, 90 percent of broadcast networks’ coverage of President Donald J. Trump remains negative.
It is not President Trump’s job to please the Propaganda Arm of the Far Left Democratic Party, Media.
It is his job to fulfill the mandate which the Americans who elected him gave him.
And, judging from the overflowing crowds at his KAG Rallies and the thunderous reception given to him by the huge crowd at the Dayton 500, he is doing his job very well.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media knows that.
The problem is, the Main Stream Media is still, after all this time, having a conniption fit (Southern colloquialism for being upset over something to the point insanity) over the election of Donald J. Trump as the next President by us rubes here in Flyover Country.
In fact, they remain so upset that they continue to retaliate by publishing fictional stories, attributed to “unnamed sources”…unashamedly disseminating “Fake News”.
For example, the failed attempt by the MSM at the bidding of their Democratic Masters to create a rift between Attorney General Barr and President Trump.
The Main Stream Media remain mad at Trump because not only did they lose their meal ticket with the defeat of the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, but they also have to live with the reality of being “punked” for at least four years by Donald J. Trump, who treats them like a school of Largemouth Bass, baiting the hook with the promise of a big announcement or story, causing them to pack the room wherever Trump is speaking, only to find out that they have been used to gain free publicity for Mr. Trump and whatever cause he is trying to forward that day.
In fact, Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
With the advent of the “new”, or Social Media, and President Trump’s use of Twitter as a communication tool, the Main Stream Media find themselves no longer in control of the dissemination of the news.
Between Trump’s playing them like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.
And, quite frankly, they don’t like it one bit.
That is why they continue to try to bring down Trump.
They, like their masters in the Democratic Party, continue to behave like spoiled little brats who need a timeout.
And, judging from the TV Ratings of their newscasts and the rapidly dwindling r4eadership of Liberal Newspapers and Magazines, Americans are giving them one.
Isn’t Modern Technology wonderful?
Until He Comes,