The Attorney General Is Weaponizing The Justice Dept As PR Stunt To Deflect From Trump’s Real Problems

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The latest hew and cry in Washington is over the appointment of U.S. attorney John H. Durham, to head up yet a third investigation of the FBI counterintelligence investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. People are all up in arms about the rule of law, and while that’s a legitimate concern, here’s the bottom line, in my opinion: Barr is instigating an unnecessary investigation for the sole purpose of deflecting from Trump’s massive real world problems, i.e., the China trade war, escalating tensions with Iran, his tax returns, and over twenty ongoing investigations into his and his family’s corruption. Therefore, see this for what it is and don’t make too much of it.

The origins of the Mueller report are not inscrutable, they are well known. George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, told an Australian diplomat that he was informed that the Russians had stolen emails from the Democrats, and that kicked things off. New York Times:

“It would have been highly, highly inappropriate for us not to pursue it — and pursue it aggressively,” James Baker, who was the F.B.I.’s general counsel in 2016, said in an interview on Friday with the Lawfare podcast.

As part of the early Russia inquiry, the F.B.I. investigated four Trump associates: Mr. Papadopoulos; Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman; Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser; and Carter Page, another campaign foreign policy adviser.

Mr. Flynn and Mr. Papadopoulos later pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. as part of the inquiry; Mr. Manafort was also convicted of tax fraud and other charges brought by the special counsel, who took over the investigation in May 2017, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not making light of this. This administration is the textbook definition of chaos and dysfunction, and launching this specious investigation is only going to make things worse. And this does not bode well for democracy, this is banana republic behavior. It undermines faith in our institutions and that, in turn, does undermine the rule of law.

The only reason this is taking place is to give Fox News fodder to counter all the real emergent news stories arising out of the ineptitude of the Trump administration — even they can’t obsess on Hillary’s emails forever. It’s better than Sean Hannity having to cut to a car chase.

The origins of the Mueller investigation are contained in the Mueller report. There really is nothing to see here, except for the further degeneration of what is already the most corrupt administration in history, and the personal degeneration of an attorney general who has made it clear he doesn’t work for the people, but rather is the president’s personal lawyer. This might be a good time to seriously talk about impeachment of both Barr and Trump, because this development makes clear that this band of crooks will stop at nothing. Their sole interest is to obfuscate and deflect away from Trump’s misdeeds and incompetence by cobbling together a case for those exact same things and making Trump the victim. They have to make Trump the victim of the Deep State. Otherwise, he is exposed as the poseur and buffoon as he is.

The dynamic you will see in the run up to the election is to present heroic Trump as the victim of a Deep State plot, carried out by Robert Mueller. My opinion is that it won’t work. But it will be time consuming, expensive, and annoying — and at the end of the day the rule of law and our democratic institutions will be the worse. And that is the price that we are paying for this travesty of the democratic process, the election of Donald Trump.

 

 

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17 Comments on "The Attorney General Is Weaponizing The Justice Dept As PR Stunt To Deflect From Trump’s Real Problems"

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Bareshark
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The worst part about all this IMO? This is also fueling the paranoia of the less patient of our side…you know, the ones who want impeachment done “Now! Now! Now!” It’s like they’ve lost so much hope that they no longer care about the institutions any more than their opposite numbers on the right. All that matters is ideological purity, which is part of what got us here in the first place. What Barr is doing with this BS investigation underscores something those rabid fanatics don’t want to face up to: there is little to nothing we can do to… Read more »
Denis Elliott
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Keep in mind how “Hillary’s emails” became a thing in the first place. Despite investigation after investigation including ones conducted by fiercely partisan GOP committees the Obama administration (and therefore Hillary) kept getting cleared of all the outrageous accusations/charges of malfeasance in the attack on our outpost Consulate in Libya. But the GOP kept at it, and figured at the very least as he campaign was ramping up they could drag Hillary’s name through the mud one more time – that was the goal & it slipped out that that was the goal. They knew damn well there was nothing… Read more »
Lone Wolf
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I have to admit, I’ve gotten in that ‘now now now’ mode, but I settle down and remind myself that we can kick their asses anyway.

mae
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I have asked the impeach NOW, people what is the plan after impeachment fails. The answer I get most of the time, is that it doesn’t matter.🤤 call me crazy, I thought the whole idea was to get rid of trump, and as many republicans as we can. Angela Marx has a great diary up about this subject. There is much name calling, weak spineless dems, etc. I will never understand why people think castigating Democratic leadership, and people commenting, is a winning strategy. And no, I don’t blindly believe that everything Democrats do and say is spot on, and… Read more »
Bareshark
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Saw that diary myself, Cmae, which lead me to many of the conclusions I wrote above. If I may be blunt, I’m over those loudmouths’ BS…totally. THEY want to feel better about themselves. I want to win. The alternative scenario that will happen with a second term for Trump demands no less.

It may also be that a lot of them are realizing that they were never the majority that they thought they were within our ranks. Bernie and his bunch come to mind on that front.

mae
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There is no point in engaging the people who think this way, you can try and have a respectful conversation, they won’t have it / allow that. Because I disagree on strategy, I am a weak, spineless dem. It is pissing in the wind.

Bareshark
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There is no reasoning with the fanatic, no. Their feelings mean more than your logic ever will. I applaud you for having the good sense to walk away from them.

Darrel
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I agree with the idea of a two-fer, Barr has bought his own ticket to the hell-of-ejected BS’r, and all in the National permanent records system, right beside Trump on the has-been the biggest loser list … the circus of impeachment, with all the mechanics set up, should welcome a man with his own history of incompetence and greed ….

Darrel
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The word, “obfuscate”, sounds a little like something crude and dirty, must be, the Republicans can’t let a day go by without, “doing it”,.

Bareshark
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I hear that word, I always think of Vampire The Masquerade myself.

Concinnity
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He wasn’t just an Australian diplomat, he was a former Australian Foreign Minister, the longest serving one they ever had, and at that time the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, (effectively the Australian ‘Ambassador’). Alexander Downer STILL has the highest possible security clearance which tied with the ‘Five Eyes’ security agreement, between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA, meant he had a higher US security clearance than anyone in the incoming Trump administration. THAT is why what he revealed was taken so very seriously by the FBI.