A sad truth emerging from the release of the Mueller Report is that U.S. Attorney General William Barr considers himself to be Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Sort of a well spoken, rational version of Rudy Giuliani.
It's sad because we, the people of the United States are paying him to be our lawyer, to protect our legal system, to defend our Constitution.
He took an oath to do that, but has proven himself to be a liar and a traitor to his oath, the law and the Constitution.
It was clear that Barr lied to Congress during his confirmation hearings. He dissembled, evaded and obfuscated.
Barr told everyone exactly who he was and what he intended to do as Attorney General, but no one believed him. Or they didn't care.
Barr wrote a 19-page love letter to Trump explaining how he (Barr) would protect Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He could not have been more explicit.
If there were any lingering doubts about Barr's intention, they should have been resoundingly dispelled when Barr's 3-1/2 page memo to Congress came out on March 23, 2019.
The Mueller team worked for 22 months. 19 lawyers issued 2,800 subpoenas and agents executed 500 warrants to get eight convictions, so far. Their work, now available in paperback comprises 480 pages.
Barr, after only a month on the job summarized it in 74 words, having spent just 48 hours with it.
Barr's memo conveyed a single message: "I will protect Donald Trump at all costs."
Mueller's team prepared summaries of each section of the report, presumably sanitized for public consumption. Why didn't Barr just release those summaries?
Barr's press conference on the morning he released the redacted report was Act III in his play, "Aiding and Abetting Donald Trump."
Barr tells us that Mueller found "no collusion" and no obstruction of justice. Anyone with a 6th grade reading ability can, in 30 minutes or less determine for that the Attorney General of the United States was lying his ass off.
The Mueller Report contradicts everything Barr said about the Mueller Report.
Mueller didn't find collusion because he wasn't looking for it. He was investigating the level of conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Mueller concluded that there was PLENTY OF COLLUSION between the two organizations, but left any determination of conspiracy up to Congress.
NOWHERE in Mueller's report does it say, "No collusion." Nor does the report exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice. The report says, "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”
THEY DID NOT SO STATE.
Mueller's report cites at least ten instances of obstruction of justice and specifically says that he (Mueller) CAN NOT EXONERATE Trump of these crimes.
You can say that Barr is a senile old fool, a Putin puppet or just a Trump-class liar. In any case, he did exactly what he was hired to do and it's time for him to go.
Russian hackers and spies worked with the Trump campaign to get Trump elected. Paul Manafort, head of Trump's campaign shared polling information with Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik and forced the GOP to soften their stance on Ukraine, for Russia's benefit.
The report says, "The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion."
Everyone in the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian spies and lied about it. Mueller's job was to get to the truth and he only indicted people who lied to investigators.
When Robert Mueller was hired as special counsel, Trump blurted out an acknowledgement of his guilt by saying, "This is terrible. It's the end of my presidency. I'm fucked."
Trump knows he's guilty. You know it, I know it and Mitch McConnell knows it. In responding to Mueller's written questions, Trump, who has often bragged about having "the best memory," claimed amnesia no less than 36 times.
Mueller's Report is a tome of criminality, carefully detailing a culture of corruption and lies. Republicans on Capital Hill have gone from rationalizing and enabling Trump's lies to a party abhorrent of truth.
Democrats worry that impeachment is not politically sound and will bear no fruit. They might be right. But who speaks for America, a country whose attack by a foreign, hostile nation still goes unanswered?
We like to say that we're a country of laws, that no man is above those laws. William Barr would have us discard that basic tenet of democracy, yet another victory for Mother Russia.
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