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Once again, Attorney General William Barr contradicted what former special counsel Robert Mueller’s claims that he was unable to make a conclusion about whether or not President Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.
In a CBS interview, Jan Crawford asked the Attorney General, “Was there anything that would’ve stopped him in the regulations or in those…that opinion itself, he could’ve — in your view he could’ve reached a conclusion?”
Barr replied, “Right, he could’ve reached a conclusion. The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity but he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons but when he didn’t make a decision, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I felt it was necessary for us as the heads of the Department to reach that decision.”
This seems to contradict Mueller’s sentiment in his press conference where he implied he was not allowed to reach a conclusion.
Barr continued, “That is what the Department of Justice does, that is why we have the compulsory powers like a grand jury to force people to give us evidence so that we can determine whether a crime has committed and in order to legitimate the process we felt we had to reach a decision.”
There’s another angle that few have explored. What if Mueller was simply trying to distance himself from the whole mess going forward, to the point that he wasn’t pushing Congress to impeach because he believed they should but simply to take the ball out of the Justice Department’s hands and shift it to the legislative branch? I’m not suggesting that he doesn’t believe the President should be impeached; he made that as clear as he could while speaking ambiguously. But what if his push is more self-serving than we’re being led to believe.
As I’ve noted before, the best thing that could happen for the President is if impeachment proceedings begin soon. Some would say no impeachment would benefit him more, but that’s only the case if there are many things unknown to the public – things not in the Mueller report – that the President doesn’t want to come to light. Otherwise, he should be giddy over the prospects of a Democrat-led impeachment that would be used at election time to make them look like time- and money-wasting fools.
Barr seems to be the best part of the President’s cabinet lately, which makes him an instant target for the left. This interview won’t change that. If anything, it will encourage more attacks on the Attorney General, though something tells me he isn’t too worried.
“We have to determine whether there is clear violation of the law and so we applied the standards we would normally apply. We analyzed the law and the facts and a group of us spent a lot of time doing that and determined that both as a matter of law, many of the instances would not amount to obstruction.” – Attorney General William Barr
The Democrats need to make a choice. Are they going to keep pursuing this distraction or are they going to get to work for the Americans they represent? This matter is closed. It’s been closed for weeks but they can’t let go.
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