No one can serve two masters   Matthew 6:24

Look, I get it. Kinda. When you’re used to cuffing around an inexplicably compliant congress, telling them who they can and can’t talk to, what they can and can’t see, you start to feel like Zeus, on coke, with a winning parley card in his pocket on a Friday night. But pride goeth before a fall, remember?

Bill Barr is fucked up. I mean, more than usual. As George Carlin liked to say, “Aloha means both hello and goodbye in Hawaiian. Which just goes to show, you spend long enough on an island, and you don’t know whether you’re coming or going.” And that’s where Barr is right now, turning in circles and singing the lyrics to “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”

First, Tubby the Ewok decides to take his medicine on the citizenship question, before suddenly growing a pair, and deciding that bold action is needed, mainly by replacing experienced lawyers with completely inexperienced lawyers, only to get knocked down by a judge. All because Trump can’t shit, tweet, and think at the same time. And now he first decides to recuse himself from the Jeffrey Epstein matter, only to reverse himself 24 hours later with a “Ha-ha, fooled ya!” statement, flanked by a couple of guys who look like the secondary cast of “Dude, where’s my cat?”

There are many good reasons for Barr to recuse himself from this case, and the media are talking plenty about them, but they’ve overlooked the two best reasons for him to recuse. First, we’re talking about Jeffrey Epstein here. You can’t have a previous association with Epstein, and fail to not come off as filthy and disgusting as he is. Better to let that sleeping dog lie and stay out of it. And second, we’re talking about the freaking Southern District of New York!

And I’m sorry, but I just don’t think that the SDNY is a fan that William Barr wants to piss into. They’re not a table fan, they’re a turbine jet engine. They’re nicknamed the Sovereign District of New York for a reason, because they don’t play well in the sandbox with others. I think that the SDNY paid pretty close attention to Barr’s treatment of Robert Mueller, and congress, and was and is more than ready for the likes of Bill Barr.

Look at Barr’s immediate reaction, and its aftermath. NY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman comes out and announces, in scathing terms, the indictment of Epstein. Epstein’s previous connections to Trump are well known. When asked about the case, and his potential involvement, Barr is blase, saying only that he’s recused because of his previous affiliation with a law firm that represented Epstein in the Florida case. And then 24 hours later, Barr is doing his best rubber band man impression, tying himself in knots saying, “Well,I meant I’m recused from the Florida case investigation, of course I’ll muck up the New York case!” Likely following an enraged call from The Orange Julius saying, “Are you outta your fucking mind?!? Make this thing go away!”

Barr’s confused first reaction, quickly followed by his tortured and contorted second response makes it pretty clear that Geoffrey Berman didn’t tip his boss off that this was coming. And not having prior knowledge, Barr had no way of alerting His Lowness, and being made aware in advance of the peril this created for Trump, so he could craft his initial response correctly. Berman has masterfully left Barr with egg on his face, and a nice fat fait accompli in his pocket.

In their panic, either A) Trump, B) Barr, or C) Both are incredibly short sighted and stupid. Personally, my money is on C.Trump is his usual stupid self because he foolishly believe that he can make this problem, just like any other problem, disappear by a sheer force of will, and by sticking his head in the sand. And Barr is a moron because he has so slavishly pandered to Trump’s every childish whim that it is now impossible for him to do what is necessary, and advise Trump that with the media on high alert for every minute detail involving this case, it is impossible for Barr to successfully interfere with the case to protect Trump without making things worse. Especially with the SDNY’s connections to the New York media, by which I mean the worldwide media. And that way lies madness.

Because, while she may be gun shy about pulling the trigger on his boss, Nancy Pelosi would be overjoyed at the chance to impeach William Barr, it would give the Democrats nocturnal emissions for months. Remember, impeachment is a political exercise, it doesn’t require legal admissibility. The moment the Democrats even think that Barr is tinkering with the case to protect Trump, they can impeach him for obstruction of justice. And leave the Senate Republicans with the task of acquitting a man that the Democrats will have painted for the country as somebody who is once again trying to “Do an Acosta” for a filthy child rapist. And won’t that be fun heading into an election year for them? And impeaching Barr would beg the question of why was he interfering in a case that he had no vested personal interest in? Acting for somebody else maybe?

I’ve never seen anything like this in 62+ years. Johnson had Vietnam, Nixon had Watergate, Carter had the Iran hostage crisis, Reagan had Iran-Contra, George HW Bush had the Iran-Contra pardons (a Bill Barr production), and Clinton had Whitewater-Kewinsky. But the Trump administration is a literal Golden Corral buffet of sleaze and corruption, on every possible topic. I’m starting to think that Trump should change his campaign rally theme song from the Stones “You can’t always get what you want” to Warner Brothers “The merry-go-round broke down.” Somehow, it just seems more apropos.

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Alan Gravitt
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Guess some want to ignore that Epstein is a Democrat donor and Former President Clinton was a regular passenger on the Lolita express and that Trump banned Epstein from Mar a logo for harassing a young girl. Stretch all you want, this is a Democratic scandal.

Lone Wolf
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Hey Alan, Billionaire sex offender Epstein gave heavily to Democrats, until he didn’t… From 1989 up until 2003, Epstein donated more than $139,000 to Democratic federal candidates and committees and over $18,000 to Republican candidates and groups, according to data from OpenSecrets. Notable recipients include former President Bill Clinton and former Senator Bob Packwood, a Republican. In 2003, a couple of years before a full-scale investigation into the allegations of sexual exploitation of underage girls, his political giving abruptly stopped. Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’… It was supposed to be… Read more »
Ursula Faw
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I’m glad to see you back, Wolf. I was going to write you. Welcome.

Lone Wolf
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I needed a break, thanks.

Lone Wolf
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Yeeeeah I’m back! I love throwing rocks at those bots.

Lone Wolf
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stretch this jerkoff

Ursula Faw
Admin

I can administer the Bear Claw — that’s the equivalent of the ban hammer around here. One whack, gone forever. Or, we can just see if he ever shows back up for more abuse. I doubt he will. We scare trolls mightily around here.

So far I’ve only Bear Clawed spammers. They keep showing back up. But the trolls don’t last.

Lone Wolf
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They’re normally one and done.

Ursula Faw
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The spammers that have shown up are advertising get rich quick schemes or posting insane articles that have nothing to do with politics. They’re real bots. This guy may be somebody who thought he would stir things up around here – little knowing how we boil wingnuts in oil until they’re crispy and dip them in sauce. We’ll see if he shows back up. My guess is nah.

Cmae
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‘Democrat donor,’ lol. Way to out yourself. What a preposterous comment.

Lone Wolf
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Want more? Here’s your sorry ass lying god hero in true form… All the people Donald Trump claims he hasn’t met – despite evidence to the contrary Donald Trump has distanced himself from the British Ambassador in Washington, saying he “does not know” Kim Darroch after the leak of the diplomat’s unflattering cables on Sunday. The claim was undermined by the cables themselves in which Mr Darroch describes several meetings with the US President. The ambassador noted that he “always found him [Mr Trump] to be absolutely charming” but that the former reality TV star “radiates insecurity” and his administration… Read more »
Ursula Faw
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Beautiful documentation on all the players in Trump world. I will come back to it for reference. Thank you.

Lone Wolf
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ты киска, которая бежит и прячется после броска камней.
that’s Russian, translate it, then go call your Uncle Jeff or Vlad.

Ursula Faw
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Another great post, Murf. The past few days completely tore it for me on the Barr issue. This “I’m recused, oh, no, now I’m not,” is just too bizarre. Plus, on a practical level, there really is no way he could address the current Epstein case without addressing the previous one. There is a tremendous overlap. They’re not totally separate issues and events. I don’t know what’s going to happen with this. I hope he gets impeached.

Bareshark
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Want to make a bet when Acosta is out, Ursula?

Ursula Faw
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What happened to the Manafort bet? Truly, I have forgotten. Weren’t we going to see if Trump had pardoned him by the end of the year? Or, were we going to wait and see if Trump got re-elected (heaven forbid) and then pardoned him?

I predicted yesterday that Acosta would be out in a month, so that would be August 10. You think sooner, later, not at all — and why?

Bareshark
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I consider the Manafort bet still on and my bet remains “ain’t happening unless DT gets desperate”. As to Acosta, I’m thinking two months. Neither he nor his boss are smart enough to have him leave sooner.

Lone Wolf
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Manafort pardoned, was my bet by the end of this year 2019

Gerald Boyette
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Trump can’t pardon Manafort if convicted on state charges, only Federal

Lone Wolf
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Acosta is out by Monday night at the latest, I bet cha.

Bareshark
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I really think that both Trump and Barr don’t understand the abyss they are about to step into here. A lot of the other stuff that’s impeachable with Trump, including some of the truly heinous shit, you can make people not care if you spin it the right way (not that they’ve done a bang-up job at THAT either, but still…). But child sex trafficking, child rape, and catering to the rich and powerful to make both available for the right price? There’s no spinning that when the spotlight’s this bright. I look for human sacrifices to be offered up… Read more »
P J Evans
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Also the child pr0n. People don’t like that much, either. And Epstein seems to have been into it really big; I wonder if Tr*mp likes it but is more on the downlow.

beadlady
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The corruption runs deep in this administration. Barr needed to brought up on Contempt of Congress but Schiff/Nadler made a deal to get the un-redacted parts of the Mueller report. Barr has connections with Epstein, other than legal. His daddy hired Epstein to teach without credentials. https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212255567

Ursula Faw
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That was weird, too. I guess Epstein studies physics as a hobby. Which is great. I study politics the same way. I don’t have a degree in Poli Sci and would not attempt to get a teaching job.

beadlady
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Something I just thought of. Was Daddy Barr a pedophile so Epstein gets hired to keep him quiet? Barr not recusing himself so he can make sure daddy Barr’s situation doesn’t come to light or to cover his own ass? For sure he un-recused for 45, but I think it goes deeper. The deal Acosta made stopped the FBI from delving further. Why? Who else was going to be exposed? This is very deep amongst the wealthy and influential. 45 is just a part of it. These women must be valued!!!!!!!
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

P J Evans
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It probably would have exposed some of the high rollers in South Florida, including Tr*mp, and likely some of the big GOP names in the state.

Darrel
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WOW, with PJ, you and Murf, Bareshark, Beadlady, even mae got a word in edgewise … so cool, a whiplash statement shows up and boom the razor wire hurricane fence pops up out of the sandy soil and Lone Wolf puts it all together, man, I’m learning fast here and, damn these commentators are cool and informed … I enjoy the fact that I’m not the only one swinging at the impossible duo, the Orange blabber lips and the uber wealthy Island Paradise owner …. always welcome, just bring very young girls, no tickets or printed invitations needed … I’m… Read more »
Queenie3000
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Glad you’re using real butter!

Gerald Boyette
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I guess the promise to bring in “only the best” either got broken or Trump thinks these lowlife appointees ARE the best I can’t tell.