Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Hill: Why William Barr Should Resign

Mod: A little anticipation here. But Fudge Barr should resign no matter what he puts out today. His partisan enabling Trump's obstruction of justice has already done enough damage to this country.

Why William Barr should resign (The Hill link): After Attorney General William Barr releases his redacted version of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, he should resign. His blatant partisanship disqualifies him from continuing as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. Neither Congress nor the public will trust that he has been objective and fair in what he has decided to make public of the report, nor will they believe that he can handle any further issues surrounding wrongdoing by President Trump with integrity.

Let us consider the record of Barr in his short time as attorney general in this administration. After two years of constant attacks by Trump on the Justice Department and special counsel for investigating the possible collusion between the campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, Barr could have been a breath of fresh air as an attorney general who would firmly stand up for the rule of law. Instead, he just joined in the attacks, calling for yet another investigation into FBI actions during the campaign and releasing a biased summary of the special counsel report.

However, according to Barr, Mueller refused to exonerate Trump on charges of obstructing justice. Barr overruled that determination after only a few short days of examining the two year investigation into the issue and concluded that Trump did not obstruct justice. Barr claimed that the refusal by Mueller to come to a conclusion on the criminal liability for obstruction “left it up to” Barr to reach a conclusion. But that cannot be true. The refusal by Mueller to exonerate Trump was not an invitation for Barr to annul the determination of the special counsel.

Instead, Barr took it upon himself to exonerate the president. He did so on the flimsy, if not incredible, ground that the president did not intend to obstruct the Russia investigation. Let us not forget that Barr argued that a president could not obstruct justice in an unsolicited memo that he sent to the White House and the Justice Department in what many have viewed as an undisguised attempt to win the nomination for attorney general.

By exonerating Trump, Barr brazenly violated the spirit and purpose of the special counsel regulations. The point of those rules, and the special prosecutor statute they replaced, was to take the political Justice Department out of prosecutorial decision making when a president was involved, precisely because presidents should not be investigating themselves. Yet Barr, appointed by Trump, injected himself along with politics smack into that decision, doing what would be expected of anyone beholden to the president. That was wrong and unforgivable.

With respect to the Mueller report, Barr has said that he wants to be as transparent as possible, but his actions, or rather the lack thereof, belie his words. One of the items that Barr intends to edit out of the Mueller report before making it public is grand jury material. Barr could have, and should have, tried to obtain a court order. This act was done during the Watergate investigation by the special prosecutor, permitting him to turn the grand jury material over to the House Judiciary Committee. But Barr has stubbornly, and without explanation, refused to seek any such order.

Similarly, the summary of the special counsel report released by Barr was seriously flawed, as many others have noted. While claiming that Mueller could not establish Trump campaign collusion with the Russians sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, we do not know the level of evidence on this subject that Mueller did find. Just as important, we do not know how much the efforts of Trump to interfere with the special counsel investigation undercut the ability of Mueller to prove a case.

Furthermore, Barr announced that he was going to investigate “spying” on the Trump campaign by the FBI. Even though Barr admitted he had no evidence of any spying, he was eager to give credence to this claim that Trump and his allies use by finding fault with the counterintelligence investigation that Mueller eventually took over. Barr would not even wait for the independent and nonpartisan Justice Department inspector general to finish his investigation of some of the same FBI behavior.

Looking back at another day when the Justice Department was under assault, we can see how far our country has fallen under Trump and his new attorney general. During Watergate, two attorneys general, John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst, were convicted of crimes arising out of their relationship with Richard Nixon. Those three dragged our federal system of justice and its reputation for professionalism into the mud.

In response, when Gerald Ford succeeded as president after Nixon resigned, he picked a nonpartisan and highly regarded lawyer, Edward Levi, to head the Justice Department. Levi, a Republican, won the respect of both Democrats and Republicans, and restored the national faith that the rule of law could be reestablished. Barr could have followed in the footsteps of Levi. It is a tragedy that he has so quickly chosen not to.

Elizabeth Holtzman served four terms in Congress as a representative from New York. She was on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate.

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47 comments:

  1. AP-NORC Poll: Many want Congress to probe Trump-Russia

    https://www.apnews.com/a56660acd9b740658a83fba373cbfae1

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  2. Today Is a Bad Day for Trump

    https://politicalwire.com/2019/04/18/mueller-report-will-make-it-a-bad-day-for-trump/

    Playbook: “Why? Because we’re about to get a ton of new information about the president and how he conducts business. There will be tons new here, no matter how much is redacted. The president has the ability to plow through precarious situations by talking about what he wants to talk about, and his base sticks with him. Trump will be at Mar-a-Lago by this evening.”

    “But remember: This is just the beginning of a long, protracted legal and political process. Dems will fight for fewer redactions, and seem certain to call Mueller and Barr to the Hill to testify.”

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  3. They're all compromised. All of the Republican politicians are in deep with whatever Trump is in.

    Whether it be with Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel, individual oligarchs from all over the world, all of the homegrown corruption in the USA, the NRA, Erik Prince and his merry band of murdering mercenaries, and all of the other high crimes and misdemeanors that the Trump-Kushner Crime Family is globally...

    They. Are. All. Criminals.

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  4. FOIA Judge May View Full Mueller Report And Release It To The Media

    On Tuesday, federal district Judge Reggie Walton, an appointee of former Republican President George W. Bush, expressed doubts over whether redactions in the Mueller report were necessary, according to a report from Politico. Walton also made clear that he didn’t feel that Attorney General William Barr, who has final say over what parts are redacted or not, would be honest in doing so.

    “Obviously there is a real concern as to whether there is full transparency,” Walton said, per reporting from CNN. “The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the American public to be concerned” about redactions to the Mueller report.

    Walton made those comments during a court hearing that stemmed from a request by BuzzFeed News requesting that the Department of Justice make the full, unredacted Mueller report public through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

    The judge said that there could be a possibility that the full report might be made public, under an order he’d make based on a certain set of conditions. First, he said, the redacted report itself has to be seen, and if the redactions aren’t too controversial, making the full report available won’t necessarily be needed.

    https://hillreporter.com/foia-judge-may-view-full-mueller-report-and-release-it-to-the-media-31543

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  5. Anybody catch the Fudge Fest? Lying like a true Trump flunky.

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    1. He was dizzy from breathing magic marker fumes.

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    2. Hope that judge releases the full report. The version Congress just got was definitely fudged.

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  6. This all feels so Soviet. Barr is not in service to the country. Not at all. He is in service to Trump. This all feels so Soviet.

    He makes Roy Cohen seem Bush League. Barr is using the Justice Department to protect a criminal President. The US Senate has just two jobs: stop legislation and pack the federal courts. The Treasury Department's IRS is flat out thumbing their noses at the LAW.

    The House, it seems to me, is powerless in all of this. We can talk about subpoenas, but who enforces them? The packed courts? The Justice Department? The Sergeant At Arms? The Capitol Policeman working the metal detector at the Capitol? We can pass legislation, but it goes to the Legislative Graveyard, the Senate, where nothing happens.

    Meanwhile, speaking of the Soviets, the government relaxed sanctions on Oleg Derepaska so he can come to KENTUCKY to open a new business. No doubt Turtle and Paul are thrilled.

    And all of this is IN PLAIN SIGHT.

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  7. AG Barr says in the post conference that the special counsel found no collusion and no obstruction and that no americans colluded with russia. Trump has been vindicated and dems used this mueller probe to slander and harm president trump. They spent two years slandering and screaming russia non stop and harming the president with lies from a fake dossier that was created by chris steele who hillary paid for the dossier. Shame on the left and mainstream media and democrats for pushing this coup attempt and lie on a duly elected president and the american people. Its time to now investigate the corrupt fbi agents peter strzok and bruce ohr and lisa page, james comey, and obama administration, john brennan and james clapper who pushed this russian collusion hoax and take down attempt.

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    1. Trump employee Barr's word is meaningless. As is your pro-Putin propaganda.

      And still nobody has seen the report. All we have is his stupid mouth.

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    2. Barr? It is a coverup. Real hardcore obstruction of justice stuff in that report. Trump is in trouble.

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    3. Analysts are reading the report and tearing Trump-Barr to pieces. I don’t know what Barr was thinking, this is blowing up in a very bad way for Donny.

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  8. This is definitely GOOD FRIDAY, MAGA.

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    1. It’s Thursday.

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    2. Another alt-fact idiot zealot fanatic

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    3. It’s Trump roast Thursday in America.

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  9. We have to consider the real possibility that Putin has kompromat not only on the Trump-Kushner Syndicate, but also on the GOP leaders, including Barr.

    Abject Trumpian greed can explain many things, but it seems that kompromat is the best explanation for the depth of the treachery against the United States.

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  10. Counter intelligence was at play from the beginning, the set up of taking down President Trump as a safe guard for Hillary was put into play with President Obama's understanding and assistance. TREASONOUS.

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    1. Your toadying to the GRU line outs you for what you are.

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  11. Trump has never denounced the Russian interference in America’s 2026 election spelled out by Mueller.

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    1. Is that you Maurice Woodruff?

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  12. The dems have been pushing this collusion delusion for two years and came up with nothing. This vindicates trump. No crime and no collusion. Its over for the hysterical democrats and the lying mainstream media.

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    1. You're out of touch and out of your mind. Trump was crushed today.

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  13. THE MUELLER REPORT IS OUT; READ IT FIR YOURSELF.

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  14. Correct, President Trump needs to serve as President throughout 2026 and beyond.
    Ask the Clintons about Russian interference and Hillary's 20% Uranium give away to them.

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    1. Thank you, comrade.

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    2. I think we get that Putin hates the Clintons, 9:22. After all, they did stand up to him. The same thing cannot be said about the spineless tub of blubber in the White House now.

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  15. Much like many a closet/clowns that had two separate lives one in the closet and one outside the closet doors.https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Not-my-Jesus-Christian-students-protest-Pence-13777323.php

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  16. Trump is finished.

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    1. Hahaha, you people never cease to amaze me. "This is the end of Trump." "Trump is on his way out." Over two years have past since your little hearts were broken and he is still on office. Because of the way the Dems are behaving Trump will likely be re-elected in 2020. So put your faith in AOC, Bernie, and the rest of those left wing, America hating cooks.

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    2. Good point. You just can't trust cooks.

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  17. One thing that everyone seems to be unduly focusing on is the notion that conspiracy against the United States and obstruction must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    That is a standard by which prosecutors determine whether a person should be charged with a crime.

    Congress and the media should focus instead on whether there is a preponderance of evidence of a conspiracy against the United States and obstruction of justice.

    If so, it is clear that Trump is unfit to be president, even if he shouldn’t be imprisoned for his acts.

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  18. Twenty-five million spent on the lies of Democrats and collusio/ obstruction; yet these characters refuse to protect America and our borders.

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    1. Blow yourself up, Trump Jihadi.

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    2. Manafort paid for the whole thing fool.

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  19. People are saying Amazon and Alibaba are bracing for substantial increases in orders from St Petersburg, Russia for the next few days due to all the overtime wages now being paid to Putin-Trump trolls.

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  20. While those Communist/RNC/GOP/Republicans can handle the truth or lack of after someone and (djt) redacted key words and components of the report. SEE IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES!
    READ, READ 855 SEPARATE REDACTIONS. https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

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  21. Electrical short circuit started the Notre Dame fire, just as the short circut brain farts that keep the No Trumpers from admitting the truth, that President Trump is one of the best President's the United States has had.
    The hoaxes that have been perpetuated on him shall not go unpunished, the traitors must be brought to justice.

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  22. Spin, spin, spin, the Democrats have nothing but empty air and empty promises.
    This party's inability to work for all of America is embarrassing, but that has never stopped this group beore.
    No more moderates only progressives, how sad for the older generation that remembers the days of the Truman's administration.
    Don't bother with any responses, history is no longer taught in schools and journalists no longer write without bais.
    This is beyond Orwellian 1984, this is the consequences of a democracy with out check and balance, time to right the wrongdoing.
    Investigate the investigators.

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    1. Same comment, over and over again. Is this all you have to say? The news is filled with revelations from the Mueller report. Can yoi give us an original observation? Something not so tedious?

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    2. Is that you, OJ Simpson?

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    3. Troll’s repetition exemplifies laziness. Do they still send shirkers to Siberia?

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    4. 2:58, let me help. 1:59 has the red hat syndrome, you know, the uneducated idiot that chews a straw and watches Fox News all day.

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  23. truly incredible how any human brain can think this Dump scum is innocent.

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  25. When the tough get going the weak, bald, fat and incompetent say 'I'm screwed' or something close to that in swear words. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/william-barr-says-mueller-found-10-cases-of-possible-trump-obstruction?video_autoplay=true

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