Donald Trump’s former United States Attorney General, Bill Barr, is on a press tour condemning Trump’s theft of confidential government documents, an act that has left our national security at risk. He also called Trump’s special master request a “waste of time”, adding: “Even if they are subject to executive privilege, they still belong to the government, and any other documents that were seized … those were seize-able under the warrant,”
Well, that’s great. Has Bill Barr become a good person? This is the same guy who in 2019 issued a misleading four-page summary of the Mueller report, withholding the 448-page document for over a month, after which he released a heavily redacted copy. Meanwhile, the public became bored, lost interest, and believed the investigation found nothing because that was what Bill Barr said. He essentially killed the report.
Barr’s bogus four-page summary was made public the morning after the 448-page document was handed over to him. One wonders if Barr prepared the synopsis before reading Mueller’s findings. Perhaps he’s a speed reader. If so he’s not good at comprehension. His revision of the Mueller report claimed they discovered no evidence that Trump obstructed justice. That false claim is in itself obstruction of justice.
“…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.” ~Robert Mueller
Barr’s deceptive summary also stated Special Counsel Mueller found “no collusion.” Collusion is not a legal term, conspiracy is the word Barr was avoiding, and the report did not absolve Trump of that either.
Bill Barr did more to protect Trump:
He created the rule that “a sitting President cannot be indicted.” Over his entire two-year tenure, he functioned more like Trump’s personal attorney than the US Attorney General, leading the Department of Justice by protecting Trump from prosecution at all costs and thereby abusing his power.
Why is this relevant now?
What would impel Bill Barr to publicly condemn Trump’s theft of government documents, saying there is no valid reason that would excuse it?
“Legal experts have chimed in, saying Bill Barr ‘should be disciplined’ following release of ‘garbage’ Justice Department memo.”
Bill Barr is in trouble.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a federal panel, comprising of three judges, upheld a ruling by a lower court. In a unanimous 3-0 vote, spelled out in 28-pages, the court found Barr’s Justice Department improperly withheld portions of an internal memorandum and they have ordered the public release of the redacted 2019 memo. They found the DOJ failed to accurately describe Mueller’s conclusions from the start, intentionally misleading the public with an announcement that then-President Donald Trump had not committed any crimes in the Russia investigation.
By criticizing Trump, Barr is controlling the narrative again. He’s providing the media with a statement that presents him in a better light. This is more of the same, Barr deflecting bad press. The story should be that his handling of the Mueller report was unethical at best, and criminal at worst.