Donald Trump repeatedly chants the mantra, “no collusion; no obstruction.”
William Barr “summarizes” the Mueller report and echoes his boss: NO COLLUSION and no obstruction.
Then the actual report is released and, despite heavy redactions, clearly shows at least 140 instances of COLLUSION (collaborative interaction, even if it falls short of criminal CONspiracy provable “beyond a reasonable doubt” … or can’t be charged because of an internal memo from the NIXON Department of “Justice” saying a sitting president (Nixon) can’t be indicted — just an internal memo, NO law, statute or Constitutional provision — and outlines the specific elements of the crime of obstruction and shows how Trump transgressed each element. Mueller clearly proves obstruction, and only punts because of the NIXON DOJ memo.
Barr is an attorney of notable accomplishment. He should know better, and should remember that Nixon’s first attorney general, John Mitchell, went to jail after Nixon was out of office and couldn’t pardon him, for his role in obstruction and cover up.
Kamala Harris, former District Attorney and state Attorney General, grilled Barr and got him to admit that, after Mueller referred the issue of obstruction to the Congress or future attorneys general, that Barr determined there was “no evidence of obstruction” WITHOUT EVEN EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE.
Then Mazie Hirono called Barr a liar in open session, said that he had destroyed a “once decent reputation” in the manner of Rudy Giuliani and Kellyanne Conway, and recited a litany of his past cover-up history going back to his first stint as Attorney General in the George H.W. Bush administration, when he covered up wrongdoing regarding drug-running Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and his role in helping cover up Iran-Contra, that moved New York Times conservative columnist William Safire, former NIXON speech writer, to call him “general cover-up” in 1992.
May 31, 2017