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Lowering the Barr

Democrats use the hearing as a pretext for character assassination.

If there were ever any doubts that Robert Mueller is a creature of the DC swamp, those were put to rest last Tuesday when the Washington Post ran a story about a letter he sent to Attorney General William Barr complaining about the attorney general’s summary of Mueller’s report into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election. According to the Post, Mueller felt that Barr’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the report—which naturally set off a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and their many allies in the media. They all but accused Barr of covering up for Trump, whitewashing the results of Mueller’s two-year investigation and faking the President’s innocence when the man was, in fact, guilty as sin.

The timing of the story—the night before Barr gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee—was no coincidence, and suggests a leak directly from the special counsel’s office, which puts the lie to Mueller being a stand-up guy who doesn’t play Washington games. The story itself is also belied by two inconvenient facts: one, that Mueller himself admitted that Barr’s summary wasn’t inaccurate; and two, that the full report with only minor redactions has already been released to the public. Any discrepancies between Barr’s summary and the actual report would be glaringly obvious to anyone who bothered to read it, and so far Democrats haven’t been able to find any—even those who have access to the full, unredacted version.

So what’s all the hubbub about? It’s simple. Democrats want to assassinate the character of William Barr, and here’s the reason why:

There were a lot of shenanigans that went on in the Obama Department of Justice when it came to their investigation of the Trump campaign, and Barr has made a point of looking into them. Moreover, Inspector General Michael Horowitz will likely be submitting his report on his own investigation into these potential abuses in the next few weeks—which has got to be making a lot of people nervous. That’s the reason you also see people like James Comey, Sally Yates and even Ben Rhodes making the press rounds trying to put out their own spin. It’s all part of their pre-emptive efforts at damage control.

That includes impugning the character of the man who will likely be coming for them—namely, William Barr. It’s therefore no wonder that Democrats used yesterday’s hearings as a pretext to attack him as a shill for Donald Trump. They know that when everything hits the fan, it’ll be the only cover they have—and that the mainstream media will gladly provide it.

This isn’t to say that Trump always acted above board in these matters during the 2016 election, or after he assumed office—but whether actions are appropriate and whether they are legal are two different things. What isn’t in doubt, however, is the wholesale corruption to our institutions when the federal justice system is weaponized for political purposes. If that happened—as seems more and more likely—such corruption needs to be rooted out, and those who engaged in it held accountable.

But it’s gonna get ugly first. This is only the beginning.

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