Trump asked “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” (the corrupt, cutthroat attorney who represented Trump family interests [father and son] in the 1980’s, before finally getting disbarred for ruthless tactics that finally crossed too many lines.
Trump asked “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” and William Barr said, “Here I am!”
Barr, who has made such a career of helping cover up Republican scandals that even conservative opinion writer William Safire, who had earlier been a NIXON speech writer called him “General Cover-up” in a 1992 column during his first stint as Attorney General for George HW Bush for his role in helping cover up Bush ties to drug running Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and covering up the Iran-Contra scandal.
The biggest irony is that Barr — the new “Roy Cohn” — has refused to testify before the House committees because he said it was “unprecedented” for questions to be asked by legal staff.
Unprecedented? Staff has routinely helped ask questions of witnesses. Bobby Kennedy, while a staff attorney, helped question Jimmy Hoffa. Staff attorneys took key roles in the Watergate, Iran-Contra, Clinton impeachment and even Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
And that big irony? Roy Cohn himself, whose filthy shoes Barr now fills, first became famous for his brutal, cruel questioning of witnesses as staff attorney for Joseph “Tailgunner Joe” McCarthy — the brutality and cruelty of which led to the term “McCarthyism.”
April 12, 2017