AG Barr No Longer Deserves Benefit Of The Doubt With Regards To His Handling Of FBI Report

“We the People” are about to be presented with a snow job par excellence, where we have every right to be beyond, outraged. The republican President Donald Trump has ordered his Attorney General William Barr to conduct a press conference on the 18th of April 2019 around 9:30 AM with his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to deliver their version of the FBI’s 3/22/2019- 400 plus page final report on its 22 months long Trump-Russia probe led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.

Mr. Barr as the head of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has delayed the timing of the release of this FBI report until the White House had been able to form a rebuttal in the form of a 35 page plus report. It turns out that according to the 4/17/2019 New York Times breaking news report, Mr. Barr and others have been informing president Trump regarding the contents of the FBI’s 3/22/2019 report for weeks.

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It has become obvious that the Attorney General William Barr has been performing like the president’s former fixer, Roy Cohn instead of honoring his oath of office to represent the interests of the American peoples.

According to the legal expert Neal Katyal who wrote the rules for the ‘Special Counsel’ role, the Attorney General William Barr has been acting outside of the parameters of these rules. In addition, he has a history of these kind of under-handed behaviors.

See:  I wrote the special counsel rules. The Washington Post 

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On April 17, 2019, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post penned the following opinion piece, “Barr’s redactions on the Mueller report don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt”

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“As Washington prepared for the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report, a fight was brewing between House Democrats and the Justice Department about how much would be redacted. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has prepared a subpoena demanding disclosure of the whole document to Congress. Attorney General William P. Barr has steadfastly insisted that information that is classified, stemming from secret grand jury proceedings or otherwise sensitive would not be revealed publicly.”

“Mr. Barr is essentially asking Congress and the public to take him at his word that his redactions will be proper. There is already cause for wariness about Mr. Barr’s judgment, following reports that those who worked on the Mueller investigation felt that the summary the attorney general released last month inadequately represented their findings. The fact that Mr. Barr rejected the notion that Mr. Trump obstructed justice, even though Mr. Mueller made no determination on the matter, is another concerning sign about what the attorney general is thinking.”

“More importantly, Mr. Barr works for an administration preparing for all-out war with Congress over all sorts of disclosure, which would be only the latest in a string of bad-faith rejections of federal rules and traditional norms. Regardless of the attorney general’s reputation, he still works for an administration that long ago lost any benefit of the doubt on transparency and fair play.”

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“There may be no satisfying end to this national saga until an independent referee steps in to sort out the controversy. Reggie Walton, a U.S. district judge, raised on Tuesday (4/16/2019) one possibility for further review. Accusing Mr. Barr of creating “an environment that has caused a significant part of the public . . . to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency,” the judge raised the possibility that he would demand an unredacted copy to review whether the Justice Department’s omissions were warranted. We hope he follows through. Mr. Walton could ensure that the redactions followed Freedom of Information Act procedures and were not influenced by political considerations.”

“That would still leave the question of whether Congress should have full access to the unredacted document, as Democrats want. Separate legal proceedings initiated by House Democrats would have to consider tricky questions of what one branch of government owes another.”

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“Transparency won out during the Watergate crisis and in the Bill Clinton impeachment battle. Even if judges determine that some elements of the Mueller report cannot be shared with the public, members of Congress have a serious claim that they should have wider access, as they do regularly to classified information in other contexts.”

“The Mueller investigation and its report have consumed national attention for many months, and rightly so: They concern a foreign attack on the nation’s democracy, the reactions of the country’s leaders and the task that faces policymakers in securing democratic institutions against future intrusions. ”

Link: Barr’s redactions on the Mueller report don’t deserve the benefit of the …

5 comments

  1. I saw a headline this morning that referred to Barr’s a.m. press conference as a campaign rally for Trump. We no longer have a Department of Justice … it has fallen prey to the reign of Trump, just as have the Departments of Education, Interior, State, and others. Will we ever know the whole truth about Trump’s & Putin’s buying of the election in 2016? I doubt it, but I think most of us know the basic truth. We are now ruled by criminals just as much as if the Cosa Nostra were in charge.
    Hugs.

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    • Dear Jill,

      The Attorney General William Barr really let this country and the ‘rule of law’ down. Peoples have been counting on the FBI Mueller report to give us a sense of what really happened when Russia attacked US elections infrastructure and political systems in 2016. It looks like he delivered the goods but you would never know that based on Mr. Barr’s presentations.

      Mr. Mueller laid out the case for obstruction of charges for ‘Obstruction of Justice.”

      Mr. Mueller was very clear that he could not criminally charge President Trump while he’s in the White House as per current OLC rules and he specifically states that holding the president accountable is in the hands of the US Congress.

      I can’t wait until Mr. Mueller has a chance to testify.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I, too, am eager for Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. William Barr … one would think he would have to have a fairly high level of intelligence to get where he is, right? But, I’ve concluded he is downright stupid, for he had to know that his lies would be glaringly obvious the minute anyone read the Mueller report! Did he not think anybody would bother to read it? 🙄

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        • Dear Jill,

          This is not Mr. Barr’s first rodeo. He had gotten away with a similar performance in 1989. He had created a legal memo allowing for US Military to go to foreign country, to arrest its leader, bring him back to US for trial. His name was Manual Noriega of Panama. When US Congressional members asked to see memo, he used excuses pertaining to national security. When he was pushed, he created summary. In 1991, when memo was made public, it didn’t match what Mr. Barr had said. But in 2019, there is the internet, social media to where he has just learned that his old tricks don’t work, anymore.

          Hugs, Gronda

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        • I do remember Noriega and the U.S. invasion of Panama, but had no idea the William Barr we know today was involved. And I could kick myself for thinking he might well be a man of honesty and integrity.
          Hugs!!!

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