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Fox News 12 Feb 2020

Trey Gowdy blasts calls for Barr to resign as 'the dumbest damn thing'

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Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy shares his thoughts on 'The Story.'

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Donald Ayer, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush, writes in a new Atlantic column that AG Barr must resign because he is 'working to destroy the integrity and independence of the Justice Department.' The panel discusses. Aired on 2/18/2020.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) condemns Attorney General William Barr for overturning the sentencing of Roger Stone.
In an open letter signed by more than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations calls on William Barr to resign, arguing that the Attorney General interfered "in the fair administration of justice." The controversy started after fallout from the Roger Stone case.
Over a thousand former Justice Department officials have called on Attorney General William Barr to resign after he overruled Roger Stone's sentencing. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang and Associated Press White House reporter Zeke Miller join CBSN to discuss the president's relationship with Barr.

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WILL JUDGE ROGER STONE. >> Martha: EVERYBODY’S GOING
>> Martha: EVERYBODY’S GOING TO BE WATCHING THEM VERY CLOSELY
TO BE WATCHING THEM VERY CLOSELY NOW.
NOW. TREY GOWDY, FORMER HOUSE
TREY GOWDY, FORMER HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE AND
OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR.
FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR. GREAT TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS.
GREAT TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS STORY?
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS STORY? >> THAT, UM, THE PROSECUTORS
>> THAT, UM, THE PROSECUTORS WANTED NINE YEARS.
WANTED NINE YEARS. BILL BARR THINGS TWO OR THREE
BILL BARR THINGS TWO OR THREE YEARS IS MORE PROPORTIONAL AND
YEARS IS MORE PROPORTIONAL AND THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU COUNT
TWO IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU COUNT THIS EIGHT LEVEL ENHANCEMENT FOR
THIS EIGHT LEVEL ENHANCEMENT FOR ACTIVELY THREATENING A WITNESS.
ACTIVELY THREATENING A WITNESS. IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THAT
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THAT ENHANCEMENT, THEN EVERYONE WOULD
ENHANCEMENT, THEN EVERYONE WOULD AGREE THAT BILL BARR’S VIEW OF
AGREE THAT BILL BARR’S VIEW OF THE GUIDELINES IS ACCURATE.
THE GUIDELINES IS ACCURATE. SO THE JUDGE IS GOING TO DECIDE
SO THE JUDGE IS GOING TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THAT ENHANCEMENT
WHETHER OR NOT THAT ENHANCEMENT IS APPROPRIATE.
IS APPROPRIATE. MARTHA, THIS WAS A TRIAL.
MARTHA, THIS WAS A TRIAL. SHE PRESIDED OVER THE TRIAL,
SHE PRESIDED OVER THE TRIAL, LISTEN TO THE WITNESSES CAN BE
LISTEN TO THE WITNESSES CAN BE UNIQUELY WELL-POSITIONED TO
UNIQUELY WELL-POSITIONED TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THAT
DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THAT ENHANCEMENT SHOULD BE IN PLAY,
ENHANCEMENT SHOULD BE IN PLAY, BUT THE NOTION
-- FOX NEWS COMMENTATORS DON’T
-- FOX NEWS COMMENTATORS DON’T SENTENCE PEOPLE, JUDGES DO.
SENTENCE PEOPLE, JUDGES DO. WE GIVE THEM LIFE TENURE SO THEY
WE GIVE THEM LIFE TENURE SO THEY CAN MAKE THESE CALLS.
CAN MAKE THESE CALLS. BUT THE NOTION THAT BILL BARR
BUT THE NOTION THAT BILL BARR SHOULD RESIGN IS ABOUT THE
SHOULD RESIGN IS ABOUT THE DUMBEST DAMN THING I’VE EVER
DUMBEST DAMN THING I’VE EVER HEARD.
HEARD. IF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
IF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANNOT WEIGH IN ON WHAT A
CANNOT WEIGH IN ON WHAT A PROPORTIONAL SENTENCE IS, THERE
PROPORTIONAL SENTENCE IS, THERE ARE CHILD PORNOGRAPHERS WHO DO
ARE CHILD PORNOGRAPHERS WHO DO NOT GET NINE YEARS, PEOPLE WHO
NOT GET NINE YEARS, PEOPLE WHO ROB BANKS WHO DO NOT GET NINE
ROB BANKS WHO DO NOT GET NINE YEARS.
YEARS. LET THE JUDGE DECIDE.
LET THE JUDGE DECIDE. I THINK TWO OR THREE YEARS IS
I THINK TWO OR THREE YEARS IS ABOUT RIGHT.
ABOUT RIGHT. >> Martha: THAT PROCESS, YOU
>> Martha: THAT PROCESS, YOU KNOW, SHOULD TAKE PLACE.
KNOW, SHOULD TAKE PLACE. THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION AND IT
THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION AND IT WAS, THERE WAS INPUT IN TERMS OF
WAS, THERE WAS INPUT IN TERMS OF WHAT IS APPROPRIATE GIVEN BY THE
WHAT IS APPROPRIATE GIVEN BY THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.
JUSTICE. BUT THEN THE PRESIDENT SENT OUT
BUT THEN THE PRESIDENT SENT OUT THAT TWEET WHICH HAS SENT A LOT
THAT TWEET WHICH HAS SENT A LOT OF PEOPLE INTO AN UPROAR IN
OF PEOPLE INTO AN UPROAR IN TERMS OF BELIEVING THAT HE’S
TERMS OF BELIEVING THAT HE’S TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE
TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE SITUATION.
SITUATION. HE SAYS HE ISN’T, THE DEPARTMENT
HE SAYS HE ISN’T, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS HE ISN’T.
OF JUSTICE AS HE ISN’T. BUT AS LINDSEY GRAHAM.
BUT AS LINDSEY GRAHAM. SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT SAID,
SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT SAID, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT.
YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT. WHAT DO YOU SAY?
WHAT DO YOU SAY? >> SAME POSITION WHETHER IT WAS
>> SAME POSITION WHETHER IT WAS DONALD TRUMP, SHOULDN’T BE
DONALD TRUMP, SHOULDN’T BE WEIGHING IN ON ONGOING
WEIGHING IN ON ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OR CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATIONS OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS.
PROSECUTIONS. THAT WAS MY POSITION WITH
THAT WAS MY POSITION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE WEIGHED
PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE WEIGHED IN ON THE NOT A SMIDGEN OF
IN ON THE NOT A SMIDGEN OF CORRUPTION.
CORRUPTION. IT’S MY POSITION NOW.
IT’S MY POSITION NOW. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, BILL BARR
I CAN TELL YOU THIS, BILL BARR WAS AWARE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION
WAS AWARE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP EVER
BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP EVER TWEETED A SINGLE SYLLABLE, A
TWEETED A SINGLE SYLLABLE, A SINGLE CHARACTER.
SINGLE CHARACTER. SO THE NOTION THAT BILL BARR
SO THE NOTION THAT BILL BARR SOMEHOW MOTIVATED TO MOVE
SOMEHOW MOTIVATED TO MOVE BECAUSE OF THIS TWEET IS JUST
BECAUSE OF THIS TWEET IS JUST FACTUALLY WRONG.
FACTUALLY WRONG. >> PEOPLE HAVE RAISED A
>> PEOPLE HAVE RAISED A COMPARISON OF LERNER LYNCH
COMPARISON OF LERNER LYNCH TALKING TO BILL CLINTON ON THE
TALKING TO BILL CLINTON ON THE TARMAC AND CONSERVATIVES
TARMAC AND CONSERVATIVES OUTRAGED BY THAT.
OUTRAGED BY THAT. SAW THAT AS INSERTING HIMSELF IN
SAW THAT AS INSERTING HIMSELF IN A PLACE THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE.
A PLACE THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE. TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT
TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT COMPARISON.
COMPARISON. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. YOU’VE GOT DEMOCRATS SAYING, NO,
YOU’VE GOT DEMOCRATS SAYING, NO, WE ARE GOING TO START A WHOLE
WE ARE GOING TO START A WHOLE NEW INVESTIGATION AND WE ALL
NEW INVESTIGATION AND WE ALL KNEW AS SOON AS THE UKRAINE
KNEW AS SOON AS THE UKRAINE INVESTIGATION WAS BEHIND THE
INVESTIGATION WAS BEHIND THE CONTRARY THAT THERE WOULD BE
CONTRARY THAT THERE WOULD BE SOMETHING ELSE.
SOMETHING ELSE. IS THIS LIKELY TO TURN INTO
IS THIS LIKELY TO TURN INTO SOMETHING ELSE THAT’S SIZABLE?
SOMETHING ELSE THAT’S SIZABLE? >> I DON’T THINK SO BECAUSE THE
>> I DON’T THINK SO BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER TO
PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER TO COMMUTE ROGER STONE’S SENTENCE.
COMMUTE ROGER STONE’S SENTENCE. HE HAS THE POWER TO PARDON HIM,
HE HAS THE POWER TO PARDON HIM, CAN PARDON HIM RIGHT NOW IF HE
CAN PARDON HIM RIGHT NOW IF HE WANTS TO.
WANTS TO. HE COULD BILL IT BY TWEET
HE COULD BILL IT BY TWEET TONIGHT.
TONIGHT. HE’S THE HEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE
HE’S THE HEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE
BRANCH AND PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE IN NOVEMBER IF THEY WANT A
IN NOVEMBER IF THEY WANT A DIFFERENT ONE.
DIFFERENT ONE. I AM BEING CONSISTENT.
I AM BEING CONSISTENT. I DO NOT THINK PRESIDENTS SHOULD
I DO NOT THINK PRESIDENTS SHOULD WEIGH IN ON PROSECUTIONS.

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