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THREAD: I have been researching for dozens of hours in order to bring you a very unbiased, round, as complete as possible look at our AG nominee William Barr before his confirmation hearings. While doing this, I came across something newsworthy right now, so I am breaking it out.
1. Some of you may remember a few months ago, back in November, there was an accidental admission in an unrelated case about an indictment of Julian Assange. Basically, the attorneys appear to have accidentally included a line about the need to seal his indictment (cont)
2. (cont) within another unrelated case- almost as if they forgot to paste over it, while using it as a template. I dissected that at the time:

3. I made the case that it was unlikely the Trump admin would look to prosecute Assange when they spent so much time defending Wikileaks right to publish in other unrelated cases. I also delved into the US attorneys involved (stay with me here)
4. I brought attention to the US attorney who signed the documents. I also went into the nomination and appointment process and dates. dailyprogress.com/news/politics/…
5. He was confirmed on 11/9/18 and in the article announce it (WaPo) they made mention of the fact that he was an aid to Rod Rosenstein, and how he helped shepherd his confirmation through the senate in 2017. wtop.com/virginia/2018/… He took time during his remarks (cont)
6. (cont) he took time to speak of RR and his doing so. Also of note, was this article: washingtonpost.com/world/national… Written on 5/24/18, the article lends credence to the Assange indictment. I didn't see it at the time, but saw it today. Now, you may be asking (cont)
7. (cont) "Great, Tracy. How does this have anything to do with Barr?" Well, if you remember, yesterday word came that RR would resign if and when Barr was confirmed. Then later, he said that he wouldn't until at least the Mueller investigation was done #FudgeRule
6. Article: politico.com/story/2019/01/… Also out yesterday were reports of "closeness" between Mueller and Barr- not getting into that here. Will, though.
7. So, as I am doing research on Barr, I am reading a VERY long Oral History he gave to the UVA Miller Center. millercenter.org/the-presidency… About 1/4 of the way through, they ask him how he was notified that he would be AG. He gives an interesting answer.
8. He states that Bush wanted him as AG, but it wasn't a massive political win for him to appoint him, in terms of poli-cap. Because of that, Bush wanted to appoint a Deputy AG that would give him some political capital. Barr objected to this- basically stating (cont)
9. (cont) that he needed a Deputy AG that he could get along with- someone he could count on and worked well with him, and he went on to describe why, quite colorfully.
10. Who did he bring on as his DAG? George J. Terwilliger. I remembered the name immediately, because I had an issue pronouncing it in this video:
11. Who is his son? G. Zachary Terwilliger, the same US Attorney who is buddy with RR, and who helped "shepherd" his confirmation. Why does this matter? Well....
12. I find it interesting that the former AG and nominee made a push to the POTUS at the time that he should pick a Deputy he trusted, and that same deputy went on to have a son who is very close to our current DAG, who also says he is staying on board until after Mueller.
13. He doesn't get to make that decision, if Barr doesn't want him. Connections abound! Watch my video here:
14. One more tidbit I put in at the end I have come across. Every decision has bearing on what happens in the future. I found that Barr was responsible for helping to pick judges. They came up with a system to do this.
15. "We had this deal where the Democrat gets to name one out of every three. We were requesting that each member of Congress give us three names for every position. We were saying they couldn't dictate a particular candidate. They had to come up with three names and (cont)
16. (cont) then we would choose. Now most people complied with that, but there were a few who tried to dictate exactly who was going to get it. [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan came up with two names for two slots. (cont)
17. (cont) Somehow he had a sense he was entitled to propose two people, so he submitted two names. Somehow he had a sense he was entitled to propose two people, so he submitted two names. He put a hold on all judicial confirmations. (cont)
18. (cont) For weeks and weeks, no judicial confirmations were being done because he wanted his two people. Of course it reached an impasse—this was when I was Attorney General. I said, Okay, I’ll interview his candidates directly."
19. (cont) So I interviewed both of the people he was insisting upon, and I picked one that I thought, We could live with this one. It was SONIA SOTOMAYOR (emphasis mine), who’s now on the second circuit. (cont)
20. (cont) This was for a district court. I said, Okay, well, tell you what we’ll do. We’ll do Sonia Sotomayor, but not the other one. The other one was one we just couldn’t put on, from our perspective. I broke the logjam that way. But we lost weeks and weeks with this kind of—
21. If it weren't for Barr, Sotomayor may not be on the Supreme Court. Thanks, Barr! (FWIW, he also gave us Clarence Thomas.) Share if you find this valuable, stay tuned for the full report, and if you would like to support me, consider my Patreon patreon.com/tracybeanz
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