The Barr press conference this morning was a total joke! What a perfect way to say that you’re a partisan hack with an allegiance to the President over the American people! He seriously brought up Trump’s chants of “No collusion!” And describing Democrats as “political opponents”. He acted as if he were Trump’s personal lawyer.
I’ll quote one part of his speech that I think characterizes this the most, with my responses in parenthesis.
“In assessing the President’s actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context. President Trump faced an unprecedented situation (Trump Propaganda, I’m sure he gained a lot of brownie points from Trump for this line) As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office (Rightly so, they keep acting as if the President should never be criticized, unless they’re a Democrat, of course), and the conduct of some of his associates (Many of whom were indicted and charged). At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability (Just doing their investigative job, Trump being hostile towards the media again and not wanting to be held accountable for his actions). Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion (More brownie points). And as the Special Counsel’s report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered (So your defense is that he was throwing a fit?) by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents (Trump propaganda), and fueled by illegal leaks (Which he encouraged against Hillary and the DNC). Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation (No they didn’t, he tried to obstruct numerous times, and refused to go in for an in-person interview), providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents (Also untrue), directing senior aides to testify freely (Untrue), and asserting no privilege claims (He wanted to see it before even Barr). And at the same time, the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation (Ughhh, again, untrue! Refer to previous comments). Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives (Untrue! His motives were extremely corrupt!) weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation.”
The purely partisan nature of Barr’s interpretation and response to the report makes it very clear why Trump chose Barr as his AG in the first place. Barr, as you may remember, was a big part in H.W. Bush’s administration.
“In 1989, when Barr was head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, he penned a memo that defended President George H.W. Bush’s abduction of General Manuel Noriega during the 1989 invasion of Panama.
When lawmakers wanted to see the memo, he instead provided a summary, one that, with the benefit of hindsight, withheld key information in an attempt to mislead Congress.” – WNYC Studios
That’s a very simplified history, obviously, but the point is that his actions today reveal a pattern in his professional career of lying to congress in order to protect the president that appointed him. He cannot be trusted with this extremely important information, and makes it clear why Trump chose him. The un-redacted version must be released!
If not, what do you make of the quote in the report of Trump that’s circulating around the media right now? “When (Jeff) Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f***ed.” Now why would an innocent man say that? Sounds like the words of a guilty man to me. What do you think?