On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, host Mark Levin suggested that Attorney General Bill Barr is now getting the Mark Levin treatment; that he is being treated by the media like Levin – “We’re conspiracy nuts.”.
“Now Bill Barr’s getting the Mark Levin treatment unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen – me, as an old chief of staff to an attorney general of the United States, Bill Barr is a two-time attorney general of the United States,” stated Mark Levin on his show. “We don’t know anything, you see. We don’t know what we’re talking about. We’re conspiracy nuts. We’re all in the tank, don’t you know?”
Mark Levin’s comments came on Thursday after Attorney General Bill Barr stated that “spying did occur” during the investigations undertaken by intelligence agencies of the United States directed at the Trump campaign and further stated that he thinks “spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” reported CNSNews.com.
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show:
Mark Levin: “Now Bill Barr’s getting the Mark Levin treatment unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen – me, as an old chief of staff to an attorney general of the United States, Bill Barr is a two-time attorney general of the United States. We don’t know anything, you see. We don’t know what we’re talking about. We’re conspiracy nuts. We’re all in the tank, don’t you know?
“Don Lemon knows everything, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, they’re the experts, and all the Democrats on these committees – they’re the experts.
“This will go down in history as a shameful, shameful period. But Bill Barr has underscored what we’ve already known, but it’s good that he is, and he’s going to look into it. But they’re going to try and stop him. They’re going to try and stop him.
“It’s like, they’re very concerned about separating children from their parents, but infanticide, they’re all for. They’re very concerned about separating children from their parents, but it started under Obama. That’s a fact. They never said a d--- thing. They’re very concerned about separating children from their parents, but they love Franklin Roosevelt, who separated Japanese Americans from other Americans with internment camps for the first time in American history. ‘Oh, okay. We’ll overlook that. He was a great progressive.’ This is what we’re dealing with. And we fight back. We don’t roll over for it.
“Senator Brian Schatz – a word I’d like to play with but not on the air – he’s at this budget hearing, and he can’t believe what he heard. So he’s trying to encourage the attorney general to rephrase.
“Cut six, go.”
Sen. Brian Schatz: “Do you wanna rephrase what you’re doing because I think the word spying could cause everybody in the cable news ecosystem to freak out, and I think it’s necessary for you to be precise with your language here. You normally are. …”
Levin: “Isn’t this amazing? It’s an oversight hearing on the budget. But he wants him to rephrase so that cable news, meaning Fox, meaning me in particular, don’t freak out. I’m not freaking out. This is a serious matter. We’ve seen this before in this country, and we’ve seen the media play patsy for the Democrats before when this sort of thing has taken place.
Sen. Schatz: “… chance to be precise here.”
Attorney General Bill Barr: “I’m not sure of all the connotations of that word that you’re referring to, but unauthorized surveillance. I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance.”
Sen. Schatz: “Okay, thank you.”
AG Barr: “Is that more appropriate in your mind?”
Sen. Schatz: “I— This is your call. I really did want to give you a chance to say it how you wanted to say it and make sure you didn’t …”
Levin: “He wanted him to back out. He wanted him to say, ‘Oops, I made a mistake.’ But he didn’t. He underscored it. ‘Okay, I won’t say spy. How about unauthorized surveillance?’
“Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), the chairman of this committee, he gets into it.
“Cut seven, go.”
Sen. Jerry Moran: “I want to go back to something you said in your testimony that— You’ve indicated that there’s the possibility that unauthorized surveillance or spying occurred. And my question is, maybe two-fold, my question is: what is the basis for reaching that conclusion or belief that something like that occurred, and what are the consequences for those who committed unauthorized surveillance?”
AG Barr: “Did you say that I said that it occurred?”
Sen. Moran: “You indicated— I think— I tried to at least reflect on what your quote was that you thought spying on a political campaign occurred in the course of an intelligence agency’s investigation on Russian interference in 2016.”
AG Barr: “I thought the question was: did I have any basis for saying that?”
Sen. Moran: “And I’m now asking, what the basis is or what the facts are that lead you to that thought.”
AG Barr: “Okay. I felt that— I am concerned about it, and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it, and I believe there is a basis for my concern. But I’m not going to discuss the basis.”
Levin: “He’s saying he’s concerned about it, and he wants to look into it. That’s what he said. He’s saying he’s concerned about it and wants to look into it.
“Why don’t the Democrats want him to look into it? Now they’re smearing him, ‘Ohh, conspiracy. Sellout. Trump hack.’
“This guy was former attorney general under George H. W. Bush. Comes out of retirement – doesn’t need this – does the job, people praise him as a lawyer’s lawyer because he is, but now he’s a conspiracy nut.”