Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fudge Barr: Attorney General William Barr doesn’t mind lying for Trump but he’s really awful at it

Mod: Here is an opinion piece from the Chicago Tribune that lays out what happened yesterday during the Bill Barr fudge storm exceedingly well. 

Attorney General William Barr doesn’t mind lying for Trump but he’s really awful at it (Chicago Tribune link): There was never any doubt that Attorney General William Barr would be more loyal to Donald Trump than to the American people. Trump would not have chosen him for the job if he were not.

But Trump required something else of the man heading “his” Justice Department. He would have to forfeit all semblances of honesty, dignity and self-respect. And most importantly, he would have to be willing to lie.

His boss isn’t a man who values truthfulness. And, frankly, Trump isn’t even a politician who lies particularly well. So a “skillful liar” was never implied in the job description for attorney general. A “stupid liar” was.

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Barr began entangling himself in a web of lies in March when he released his four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s report to Congress. He cherry-picked phrases from the 448-page document in an attempt to vindicate the president, even using Trump’s favorite line in concluding that there was “no collusion.”

Barr must have known, or at least he should have known, that he could not get away with such a shallow and dishonest interpretation of the special counsel’s two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He must have realized that most Americans would never buy his shady conclusions and that they would demand the truth. Perhaps that never mattered to him at all. Maybe he knew that if he were to be called before Congress to explain his lies, Republicans would have his back just as fiercely as they have Trump’s. Maybe he realized that Republicans would never let Americans forget that there is a liar walking around much more dangerous than Trump — their nemesis, Hillary Clinton.

What Barr and his Republican cohorts never expected, though, is that Mueller would call him out on his lies. For a man who had been silent throughout his probe, writing a letter stating that Barr’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s investigation indeed seemed out of character for Mueller.

Clearly, Mueller was fed up with Barr’s lies. But pathological liars don’t worry about their lies circling black on them. They just keep lying to cover their lies.

During Barr’s first appearance before Congress in April, Sen. Chris Van Hollen asked the attorney general out right, “Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion?”

Barr looked the Maryland Democrat in the eye and responded, “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” That was a straight-out lie. He knew exactly how Mueller felt because Mueller had told him in the letter the month before.

On Wednesday, we learned something else about Barr. Not only is he a liar, but he’s an inept liar at that. He is exactly the kind of stupid liar Trump was looking for.

During hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr continuously backed himself into a corner trying to defend the lies he had told about the Mueller report. You could see him pausing, looking around and trying to figure out how to tell another lie without putting himself in the criminal position of lying to Congress.

When Sen. Richard Blumenthal questioned him about Mueller’s letter, Barr blamed everything on the lying media — a tactic straight out of Trump’s playbook. He insisted that the special counsel had indicated in a phone conversation that he was not expressing displeasure with him; he was unhappy with the way the media were portraying the story. Blumenthal reminded him that there was nothing in Mueller’s letter about the press and that Mueller’s complaint was all about Barr’s characterization of the report.

“The letter speaks for itself,” Barr responded, conceding to the senator.

The most telling example of his lack of lying prowess, though, was the exchange with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The question was about whether Trump had tried to obstruct justice by instructing then-White House counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller from the investigation under the pretense that he had conflicts of interest. Trump then told McGahn to write a letter saying that Trump had asked him to do it.

Feinstein: “You still have a situation where the president essentially tries to change the lawyer’s account in order to prevent further criticism of himself.”

Barr: “Well, that’s not a crime.”

Feinstein: “So you can, in this situation, instruct someone to lie?”

Barr: “No, it has to be, well, to be obstruction of justice, the lie has to be tied to impairing the evidence in a particular proceeding. … And there is a distinction between saying to someone, ‘Go fire him, go fire Mueller’ and saying, ‘Have him removed based on conflict.’” That makes no sense. Even Republicans knew that, but the best defense they could come up with was, “Remember Hillary Clinton’s emails.”

Some people might wonder why Barr would be willing to enter Trump’s fantasy world so late in the game and put his own career and legacy on the line. The answer is simple. Trump offered him a glass of Kool-Aid and he drank the whole pitcher.

Like most stupid liars, Barr seems to think that he is smarter than everyone else and that eventually, he will convince even his staunchest critics that what seems to be a lie is really the truth. Then again, maybe convincing others doesn’t matter to him at all.

The ultimate goal of Barr and the Republicans is to get Trump through this Russia mess undamaged enough to win a second term. The people who don’t believe their lies aren’t going to vote for him anyway. But he needs the unwavering support of those thirsty people who already have Kool-Aid cups in their hands.

The Republicans’ job, with Barr as the drum major, is to keep reminding their constituents that a lie is only a lie if you hate the person telling it.

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34 comments:

  1. Why Barr did what he did:

    1) He was instructed to do it;

    2) He was confident that he would have "cover" for his lies;

    3) He knows that there are no standards of behavior anymore and that the American people are so beaten down that there will be no consequences.

    He betrayed a close friend and violated the oath he took when he became a lawyer and a public servant. He spit on the legacies of Elliot Richardson and Archibald Cox.

    He didn't do all of this in the heat of the moment. He planned for it. He telegraphed it in his 19 page "job application."

    He did all of this for Donald Trump and it will haunt him for the rest of his life and be the headline on his obituary notice.

    Sad, very, very, very sad.

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  2. I think that Trumps solution to everything is to just lie. That is why he leaves a trail of disgraced sycophants in his wake. Barr did what the job required and his career is now over.

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  3. Lying and obstructing congress in your official legal capacity should do the trick.

    On that law license anyway.

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  4. No, the real reason that he did it was because Barr, like all those, who allow themselves to gravitate into Trump's orbit are morally bankrupt and downright degenerate. Honor and truth are not their highest values. We already know the apologist role that Barr played in defending selling arms to Iran under Reagan, and defending water-boarding under GWBush. We already know that he angled for the AG job under Trump. What else do we need to know. Anyone, who would work for Trump is either an idiotic fool or a degenerate criminal.

    Yes it is very sad.

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    1. Barr doesn't seem to get that his aiding of the criminal sale of arms to Iran was easy work in the days of a handful of new outlets. Those days are over.

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  5. Impeachment? Why not start with Barr for lying to Congress? t will hurt Trump in several ways, not the least of which is giving more credence to the criminal aspects of the Mueller report. It will give the Dems a win, even if it fails in the Senate (where it might actually NOT fail). It will mollify somewhat some of the more strident impeachment hawks. It will make great TV.

    Most of all, in this case, impeachment IS the right thing to do.

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  6. How long before Barr's lying look is replaced by that look of befuddlement when Trump does the inevitable and throws him under the bus when it becomes convenient or just for sport?

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    1. Probably why Barr is running from Congress. He knows his tank, it’s almost empty.

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  7. An article out of Chacago? The windy city of brotherly love? The Jessie Smollett home town of corruption with mayor Emanuel in charge.
    Does Chicago count as one of the 53 states in the United States that Barrack Obama spoke of?
    What a joke article; now that's calling the kettle.... !

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    1. You blame a newspaper for all that? I think we now know what your kettle is filled with.

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    2. Aw how cute... a racist too afraid to use the word ‘black’ in a dumb black joke.

      How cowardly

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  8. 57 States! Not 53.

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  9. Barrs summary "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance".
    Did Mueller capture the lies from which the investigations were based from?
    Did Mueller and his team capture the nature and substance of the Steele Dossier and the FISA Warrants that were illicitly issued?
    The facts will be captured when the Council for Special Investigations begin interviewing the Liars that "waved a wand" and attempted a Presidential take down.

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    1. Intelligence agent Steele brought out into the sunlight facts about the Trump Syndicate and it still hurts 9:54 where the sun don’t shine!

      Name one item in the Steele Opposition Research memo, originally financed by Conservatives/Republicans, that has been proven false.

      You never do because you can’t.

      Name one false statement in any FISA warrant application that was duly approved by FISA court judges.

      You never do because you can’t.

      So stop whining Assman.

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  10. Cluck-cluck; whats scary is that elected Senators seated on the Senate Judiciary Committee felt the need to have lawyers ask their questions of AG Barr; thus admitting that AG Barr is the smarest person in the room.
    Thanks Democrats for wasting time on the publics dime while not working on fixing anything like real voter fraud.

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    1. Only fraud among Tattler voters is you

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    2. Not very smart when it comes to lying or leaving a legacy, which is the Barr Rule: Investigations of demonstrated crimes by Republican presidents may only exonerate.

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  11. Our laws and branches of government works and unelected officials answer to the POTUS. (That refers to Mueller).
    WH told AG Barr he did not assert or waive executive privilege and still has the legal position of who may, or may not appear before the Special Council Committee.
    The Judicial fight is on! Bring it.
    See you all in court; Supreme Court.

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    1. Barr lied to Congress. Impeachment followed by losing his license to practice law is the remedy.

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    2. Hopefully justice will be swift.

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    3. It's government....nothing is swift, especially the participants.

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    4. What a coincidence no one elected the criminal Kushners.

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  12. Can the Tattler be charger in the attempted coup?

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    1. Yes. But not on this planet.

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    2. Some of the people here are pretty far out there...

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    3. A rocket has just left TeaPac HQ for Jupiter. They are planning to make a citizen’s arrest.

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  13. Slip Sliding Away, once again a doomed dictator see's his historical legacy
    'slip sliding away' most dictators ego's can't handle it and take the easy way out (Hitler did poison and a bullet) ahead of standing trial and being sentenced to lengthy prison terms or executed out right. Quick (djt) make up your mind and let the living keep living your just a dead zombie walking!

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  14. William P. Barr lied to Congress fact 1, Impeachment followed by losing his license fact 2, losing his privilege to practice law is fact 3, stripping his rights to any federal retirement in the case of committing a Felony while in Federal employment fact 4. How do you like those apples Barr?

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    1. Fact 5, none of that will happen.

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  15. Chickens come home to roost 1:00pm?
    AG William P. Barr is the law; he is top dog. Woof.
    He is top legal decision maker and did not need to release anything to Congress etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
    Truth be told the full report was given to Congress in the lower briefing room and the Senators were able to read the entire report, but only three showed up. They were Republicans, not a single Democrat in sight.
    The Dems are out of control and doing any real work for all citizens in the U.S. is a four letter dirty word for most of them.
    Clean the elitists out of Washington D.C. expose the lifetime do nothing POLITICIANS and "FIRE THEM"; Apprentice style.

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    1. Hmm, “top legal decision maker”? In which non-western country did you take ESL?

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    2. You say there are still elitists in DC that need that need to be ousted.

      So you’re saying Trump failed to keep yet another promise, huh?

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  16. William P. Barr may take the easy way out like most toppled dictator camp followers do like their masters. But then again not many followed Hitler to his grave either, the mob crabbed them trampled then hung them up for all to see that justice had been carried out in a timely manner as prescribed by law.

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  17. Mother Goose has some more stories to ad to here already impressive children's story book, but now we all have (djt) to start writing stories of his own and they are whopper too! How is the 'bankrupt king going to get the USA out of another mess he created' why worry?
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/02/politics/us-iran-oil-waivers/index.html

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