“One of the most dangerous men in America.”
Attorney General Bill Barr‘s reputation was forever tainted after he lied in his infamous four-page memo that allegedly summarized the Mueller Report. Over time his reputation has continued to suffer strong attacks, based on his actions, which appear to be motivated by one goal: the protection of President Donald Trump and the concept of the unitary executive, or an all-powerful U.S. president.
AG Barr has just released a statement one again that mischaracterizes another important DOJ report, one just-released that spans more than 400 pages. That Inspector General report finds there was no political bias against President Trump when the DOJ opened its Russia probe – including an investigation into Trump and his associates.
The report also destroys Trump’s repeated lies that President Barack Obama spied on him and wire tapped Trump Tower.
In response, Barr issued this false statement defending Trump and casting doubt on the work product of his own agency and hand-picked IG:
Barr again in statement defending Trump: “It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory.”
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) December 9, 2019
To be clear, Barr’s above conclusions, regardless of framing them as opinion, are false.
And as a result, Barr is being destroyed on social media.
Here’s a former federal prosecutor:
No, AG Barr.
It doesn’t make that clear at all.
You are lying again.
You are an utter disgrace. https://t.co/YWh8qlrSSh
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) December 9, 2019
And here’s a NY Times op-ed writer and CNN contributor:
Bill Barr is by far one of the most dangerous men in America.
— Wajahat “Abu Khadija” Ali (@WajahatAli) December 9, 2019
A former DOJ chief spokesperson:
In addition to playing clean up for Trump, Barr is also making perfectly clear he will never authorize a criminal investigation of the president. Trump has a free pass for criminality as long as Barr is AG. https://t.co/E78B3msM0y
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 9, 2019
Calling Barr a mob lawyer is kind of an insult to the lawyers that mobsters actually hire, who at least pretend to have some respect for the law.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 9, 2019
Never in all of our lives, or the history of the country, have we had an Attorney General as corrupt as William Barr. https://t.co/GeN1Ygbx5G
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 9, 2019
Bill Barr is trying to Bill Barr the Horowitz report like he did the Mueller report and let’s not play this game again. https://t.co/q4teT6g1Qo
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) December 9, 2019
Barr’s still at it: disputing and falsely reimagining his own department’s inspector general report. Laughter seems appropriate (as do screams…) https://t.co/uB007F6A2x
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 9, 2019
This is some actively evil disinformation shit right here. https://t.co/kFXDnxqjgA
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) December 9, 2019
As A.G. Barr’s statement questioning the legitimacy of the investigation is about to be read on air, @NicolleDWallace breaks out into laughter on @MSNBC and says, “Wait. Stop, stop, stop, stop. Where does that come from? Where?”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 9, 2019
This is, quite literally, the opposite of what the Inspector General concluded in the new report. Barr doesn’t like the conclusions, so he’s simply trying to rewrite them in a way that is favorable to Trump.
Stunning dishonesty on display here. https://t.co/YTl52pb9Vk
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) December 9, 2019
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
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Experts Gamed Out a Contested 2020 Election — All Scenarios Resulted in ‘Street-Level Violence’ in America
Experts are warning of a dark winter if the 2020 presidential election results are contested.
“On the second Friday in June, a group of political operatives, former government and military officials, and academics quietly convened online for what became a disturbing exercise in the fragility of American democracy,” the Boston Globe reported Saturday. “The group, which included Democrats and Republicans, gathered to game out possible results of the November election, grappling with questions that seem less far-fetched by the day: What if President Trump refuses to concede a loss, as he publicly hinted recently he might do? How far could he go to preserve his power? And what if Democrats refuse to give in?”
While former Vice President Joe Biden currently has large leads in public polling on the race, Trump has refused to say he will accept the results if he loses.
A Georgetown law professor and former Defense Department official who helped organize the Transition Integrity Project explained the situation to the newspaper.
“All of our scenarios ended in both street-level violence and political impasse,” Prof. Rosa Brooks explained. “The law is essentially … it’s almost helpless against a president who’s willing to ignore it.”
The scenarios are dark.
“Using a role-playing game that is a fixture of military and national security planning, the group envisioned a dark 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day, one in which Trump and his Republican allies used every apparatus of government — the Postal Service, state lawmakers, the Justice Department, federal agents, and the military — to hold onto power, and Democrats took to the courts and the streets to try to stop it,” the Globe explained.
“If it sounds paranoid or outlandish — a war room of seasoned politicos and constitutional experts playing a Washington version of Dungeons and Dragons in which the future of the republic hangs in the balance — they get it,” the newspaper reported. “But, as they finalize a report on what they learned and begin briefing elected officials and others, they insist their warning is serious: A close election this fall is likely to be contested, and there are few guardrails to stop a constitutional crisis, particularly if Trump flexes the considerable tools at his disposal to give himself an advantage.”
Historian Nils Gilman explained the leverage Trump has in a contested election.
“He doesn’t have to win the election,” said Gilman. “He just has to create a plausible narrative that he didn’t lose.”
Read the full report.
Trump’s ‘Nonstop’ Drive for Self-Destruction Is ‘Habitual and Incurable’: Presidential Scholar
The Associated Press has written a lengthy story about how Trump’s chaotic response to the pandemic has led to uncontrolled outbreaks and 130,000 dead Americans in just four months, and it notes that Trump has essentially stopped trying to contain the disease and has instead moved to wage culture wars against monument vandals.
Cal Jillson, a presidential scholar at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, tells the AP that the president’s focus on protecting statues at a time when a deadly pandemic is killing thousands of people every week is an act of self-destruction.
“If he could change, he would,” he said. “It’s not helping him now. It’s just nonstop. It is habitual and incurable. He is who he is.”
Jillson also said that Trump’s habit of making a constant spectacle, which helped his presidential campaign in 2016, has become a massive liability during a time of national crisis.
“People would watch Trump and see the instability… the emergencies of his own making he would then claim to have taken care of, and be mildly entertained or at least not deeply worried,” he said. “A lot of that ‘Am I still amused?’ quickly gets to a ‘No’ answer.”
‘Very Concerned’ Fauci Issues Stern Warning: ‘Would Not Be Surprised if We Go Up to 100,000’ New COVID-19 Cases a Day
Dr. Anthony Fauci made a rare appearance Tuesday, speaking on Capitol Hill to issue a stern warning about the coronavirus crisis.
“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day,” Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”
Right now nearly 2.7 million people in the U.S., at minimum, have been infected with the coronavirus. Deaths are just under 130,000. CDC Chief Dr. Robert Redfield last week said he believes the actual number of cases could be ten times higher.
Watch Dr. Fauci:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 30, 2020
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