For whom does the attorney general work?
With the general election in November still more than six months away, Attorney General Barr is looking for ways he can infuse confusion and scandal in an effort to help re-elect President Trump. Watch for his efforts to rehash the Mueller investigation and threats to sue governors if they do not reopen their states on the president’s schedule.
Just last month a federal judge questioned whether Barr had redacted portions of the Mueller report in order to protect the president. Two weeks ago, Barr said the FBI’s investigation into the president’s campaign, “was one of the greatest travesties in American History,” and suggested it was an effort to “sabotage the presidency.” The Attorney General has been working hard to assemble any information to bolster his assertions while ignoring the results of the investigation. It produced 37 indictments, seven convictions and referred 14 criminal matters to other parts of the Justice Department. It produced evidence the president obstructed justice on multiple occasions and that Trump associates repeatedly lied to investigators about their contacts with Russian agents. Over 1,000 former federal prosecutors said if any other American had acted in a manner similar to that outlined in the report, they would be indicted for multiple charges of obstruction of justice. The report also resulted in the president’s impeachment.
Barr knows proving the investigation was frivolous is not possible, but the purpose is to “stir the pot” planting the idea of a conspiracy and sowing discontent. He also knows that threatening governors with lawsuits if he feels their efforts to protect their citizens “impinges on the national commerce” is a publicity stunt in an attempt to bolster the president’s ratings. We have come to expect lies and deceit from President Trump, but shouldn’t we expect more from the Justice Department?