Saturday, June 08, 2019

We Have A Crooked Attorney General Running The Justice Department-- But Don't Just Take My Word For It


As you can see above on the first tweet of a long online storm, Justin Amash (R-MI) admits he fell for Barr's bullshit before he read the Mueller report himself. Here's the rest of what Amash had to say, which is important to get out there, primarily because many of the people who actually believe what they hear from Trump, from Fox News and from Hate Talk Radio have also been deceived:
Mueller’s report describes acts of obstruction by President Trump, and it clearly says Mueller chose not to decide whether Trump had committed a crime because Mueller was prohibited from actually charging him.

Mueller explains that prudential concerns and an official DoJ opinion prevented him from indicting the president, and then, because it would be unfair to accuse the president of a crime without actually charging him, Mueller declined to decide whether Trump had committed a crime.

Note that my March 24 tweet doesn’t even mention obstruction. That’s because Barr’s letter falsely implies Mueller looked at the evidence and simply could not decide whether Trump should be indicted because of legal and factual issues regarding whether his actions were criminal.

Barr doesn’t even mention that, because of the DoJ opinion, Mueller believed that charging a sitting president with a crime was not an option; Barr only cites the DoJ opinion in a footnote when describing his own analysis, not Mueller’s analysis.

Because it was unclear why Mueller chose not to decide whether to charge the president with a crime, I was unhappy about this line from Mueller, quoted by Barr: “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Here’s the tweet expressing my displeasure: Whether it relates to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Jussie Smollett, it’s inappropriate for a prosecutor to declare someone not exonerated. Either prosecute or don’t, but the burden of proof is on the government. We don’t say someone is “not exonerated” until proven guilty.

But in context-- which Barr fails to provide-- Mueller’s declaration makes more sense.

It’s not that Mueller couldn’t make up his mind, chose not to make a decision, and then said Trump wasn’t exonerated; rather, Mueller had decided that it was inappropriate to make a determination as to whether Trump had committed a crime, and he sought to make that fact clearer.

Mueller wrote that it would be improper for him to conclude that Trump should be charged, given that he could not actually charge him, because it would put a criminal accusation over the president’s head, with no opportunity for a formal defense.

The White House’s reaction to Barr’s letter is also telling. Trump had long been harshly critical of Mueller and his investigation, calling him “totally conflicted” and “disgraced and discredited,” and the investigation “illegal” and a “rigged witch hunt.”

When Barr’s letter came out, the White House abruptly changed its tone. Trump said “the Mueller report was great” and that Mueller had acted honorably, and he touted the report as a “total exoneration.” Kellyanne Conway referred to the investigation as “the gold standard.”

But, as we later found out, Mueller’s report is damning for the president. If Barr’s letter had accurately reflected the report, the White House would not have reacted positively.

And with Mueller’s report now out, the White House no longer has anything positive to say about Mueller and his team.

The president and his allies are instead trying to excuse Trump’s efforts to obstruct the entire investigation into Russian election interference by alleging problems with elements of it and claiming, without basis, that they undermine Mueller’s obstruction analysis.
So when's that Barr contempt vote in the House again? Or is Pelosi just huffing and puffing on this one too?

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At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pelosi won't ever take positive action no matter what crimes anyone commits. This must be clear to you by now.

she forbade impeaching cheney in spite of his lies to cajole morons into supporting aggressive war, ordering torture, outing Valerie Plame and almost certainly honchoing the anthrax attacks that killed people.

now she forbids holding barr in contempt, impeaching trump who is guilty of violations of emoluments, obstruction, lies (likely perjury in written responses), misuse/overreach of the national emergency declarations, violations of campaign finance law and a lifetime of being a criminal and mobster.

and, worse, she forbids her lackey committee chairs from doing their jobs.

it's true that Pelosi is the most destructive single motherfucker ever elected to high office. She is worse than trump. she was worse than cheney. she was worse than W. she's worse because it's always been her job to rein in or get rid of these criminals and she summarily refuses to do one motherfucking thing.

But even knowing this, it is the democrap party that is the real danger here. Pelosi is not the chair of the various committees that should be holding this admin accountable and is not. There are other democrap names for each one. And they are all refusing to do one motherfucking thing.

The only real thing they did was let cohen testify without telling him to STFU. I bet the democraps wished they had.

If this cluster fuck of a shithole is ever to work its way out of this toilet bowl maelstrom, the democraps simply must be euthanized and replaced by some truly left movement that is neither corrupt nor terrified to act.

If at this point you cannot see this, then we might as well just let the Nazis finish their destruction of this shithole and get it over with. Because that's inevitable anyway when the non-Nazis are so fucking stupid they keep electing the likes of Pelosi, scummer and the rest to fix shit when they never EVER will.

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so this proves, anecdotally, that the moral compass of the democraps (Amash) has a natural reflex to believe what his party (Nazi) leaders say absent any proof.

To his credit, he actually looks under the covers. And further to his credit, he issues a correction. More than most can say.

But this guy is our hero? And he's the one who is kind of serving as the conscience of the democrap majority? And the democrap majority still refuses to do their constitutional duty?

And still nobody has experienced any sort of epiphany?

I cannot say this strongly enough: fuck we're stupid!

At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amash is in no way a hero despite his stance for impeachment. He was completely complicit with so many GOP crimes against America prior to his late conversion. He just hopes to save his sorry-ass seat in the event that the much-feared voter revolt -which worries the shickenshit democraps so- actually happens.

At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, if Amash "is in no way a hero", why is Pelosi and/or why are the democraps still your heroes?

In this, Pelosi and the democraps are far worse than Amash!

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've had crooked AGs and DOJs for 2 decades now. Barr isn't that different from obamanation's AGs who refused to enforce finance and torture laws; and from W's AGs who committed election fraud and suppression, among other crimes.


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