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What Could Have Been and What Is
Author: Raine    Date: 05/02/2019 13:02:39

Yesterday was a day. It was a big day, it was a messy day, and it was a very important day. Not only did Attorney General Barr come before the Senate to testify, he also showed what a complete devotee he is to the occupant of the White House. Whatever opinion you or I may have had about him, the reputation he had was all but destroyed. He did it to himself to protect the man with the Midas garbage touch. The Attorney General of the United States of America is acting like the president's personal lawyer, and that is a very disturbing thing to witness.

The Washington Post Editorial Board appears to agree.
The Post revealed Tuesday that, shortly after Mr. Barr released his memo, Mr. Mueller sent a letter to the attorney general, objecting that the memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s report. Mr. Barr did not mention this letter when he told members of Congress last month that he had no knowledge of any frustration on the part of Mr. Mueller’s staff. In other words, after releasing a spin job on the Mueller report, he misled Congress on whether the special counsel was unhappy about it.

On this and other matters, Mr. Barr has cited personal conversations with Mr. Mueller to defend his actions. According to Mr. Barr, the special counsel was more unhappy with the media coverage of the attorney general’s memo than with the memo itself. Mr. Barr also insisted that Mr. Mueller said Justice Department policy on charging sitting presidents did not determine his decision on accusing Mr. Trump of a crime — even though that was a key consideration in the analysis Mr. Mueller included in his report.

It is long past time the public stopped hearing Mr. Barr’s views on how Mr. Mueller feels, and heard from the special counsel himself. The Justice Department should enable Mr. Mueller to speak publicly and under oath at the earliest opportunity. The special counsel should address not only his substantive findings on the president’s misbehavior but also the attorney general’s manipulation of his work. Not just Mr. Trump should be held accountable for his actions. So should his attorney general.
It's almost inconceivable that things could get uglier, but I think they will in the coming weeks and months.

After his testimony, it was revealed that he wouldn't show up to a House Judiciary Committee meeting today.
Attorney General William P. Barr told a House panel on Wednesday that he will not testify about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, raising the prospect that Democrats will hold the nation’s top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress.

Barr, who also missed a deadline for subpoenaed information on Wednesday, had been scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday about his handling of Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Barr balked at the committee’s plan to have a committee counsel question him alongside lawmakers, a snub that angered Democrats.

“When push comes to shove, the administration cannot dictate the terms of our hearing in our hearing room,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the committee, told reporters. He said the panel would meet as planned and added, “I hope and expect that the attorney general will think overnight and will be there as well.”
“We are now seeing the attorney general engage in obstruction of a congressional subpoena,” said Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of the committee.

I was stunned yesterday and remain just as stunned at the naked, unabashed obstruction happening in real time by the chief law enforcement officer for our nation.

Also yesterday? Rachel Maddow interviewed Former FLOTUS, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. My jaw dropped when she said this:




Politico, among others, has an interesting take on her comments last night. Here is the tweet about the article: Hillary Clinton seemingly tongue-in-cheek suggested that if the Justice Department was going to let Russia get away with interfering in the 2016 election, it might be OK if one of the 2020 Democratic candidates enlisted China for help.

Seemingly. It wasn't tongue in cheek. She presents a very dark reality of where we are today. The public must see the tax returns of Donald Trump and I pray that it will be gotten by legal means before some country hacks them and uses it to blackmail the current occupant of the White House. I hope that hasn't already happened, to be honest.

In closing, this is a morning where I find myself with a heavy heart for what could have been.

I shall continue to resist, persist and insist.

and
Raine
 

14 comments (Latest Comment: 05/02/2019 19:18:27 by trojanrabbit)
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