In the next week we will have the new release from Barr, one that will again separate the partisan sides in this country, and once again Barr will re-write official findings and play-up his reading of materials. No matter how much we hoped that a neutral review would put the FISA bull shit to rest, that’s just not our reality right now. When Barr gets in the way we slump our heads and silently scream.
It never ends.
Reports are trickling out that Barr’s own appointed A.G. found only one questionable act, one which didn’t alter any outcome and that the FBI and intelligence agencies acted appropriately along the way. Then Barr rejected the central findings and will write his own conclusions.
God help us.
From a Salon column published in Rawstory:
The official this time is the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, but according to news reports, Barr is maneuvering behind the scenes to counter central conclusions that there was nothing major amiss in the start of the investigation of all-things-Russia.
Long ago, and I mean long ago, Barr made his conclusion based on Right-Wing news reports and isn’t happy about the truth as found by some weak-kneed pussss, weak kneed guy who doesn’t “get it.”
The reports indicate that a low-level lawyer changed one email after the fact to bolster (not invent) a warrant, but even the re-wording “bolster” didn’t impact the outcome. Within the giant machine that is the federal government, FBI, DOJ, et. al., they were unable to find anything else nefarious.
while one could question judgments made along the way by top brass at the FBI, the call to launch an investigation was totally kosher. In other words, no “witch hunt,” as charged by Donald Trump and his team of defenders.
This is not news or in any way damning. In every giant investigation across several agencies, involving dozens of top people, there will be “questionable decisions.” That just “is,” especially when one side needs a specific outcome.
But Barr, who undercut the force of the Mueller Report before it came out last spring, apparently is telling associates within Justice that he personally disagrees with that conclusion. Barr is heavily invested in finding fault with the origins of the report, having separately hired Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham to find evidence of wrongdoing, even criminal wrongdoing.
“Heavily invested.” Pffft. No shit?
He is “heavily invested” without anything to do with the fact that he hired the special counsel. That’s nothing. He’s heavily invested because he knows what the entire Right expects and he’s their soldier, careers are at stake. Moreover, it is personal to Barr in that he needs Trump to win next year in order to avoid a Democrot-appointed A.G. who would review “questionable decisions” made by Barr. It is not hyperbole to say that Barr needs a victory next November to ensure his ass stays out of prison. He wouldn’t be the first A.G. finding himself in prison for trying to cover a lawless president.
So here we go. Except this one is going to be worse than Mueller by a factor on a logarithmic scale because Barr only took the Mueller report from damning to nuetral. Now he is going to take a neutral report and make it criminal. Or worse. He will take a harmless report and spice it up as outrageous (to the Right) but sliding just short of criminal, so that there is never a trial on it, just enough outrage to ensure that Trump and the Right get to scream about any conclusion or outcome generated by our intel agencies in the present and future.
At this point, you feel your stomach clenching and a headache washing over you, yes?
We are headed toward a time when our intel agencies can pick up intelligence that Trump is taking direct orders from Putin, collecting a sack of cash for taking that order, and any action the FBI might charge is irrelevant, even personally dangerous to the agents.
The country will have been thoroughly “Putinized.” It won’t be limited to intelligence professionals, either. Threats will be made, privately, to three or four Supreme Court judges, just enough to ensure the right ruling in every case. Senators are already taken care of, somehow. The mechanics of this are already in place, we’d just get more.
Oh, wait, we do have an election coming up. But boy the Democrat has to win big. Every force imaginable, domestic and foreign, will be rounded-up in call to service of this one president. There are criminal charges at stake for far more people than just Bill Barr, dozens of high-ranking officials from several branches of government.
Let this fact be clear. IF there ever comes a point where the evidence as to Trump’s loyalty to Russia (And Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, and …) comes out with clarity and Trump suffers an inglorious fall to the abyss, there will be a serious review of everything Trump did. Everything. People like Mike Pence, Bill Barr, McConnell, Graham, the head of the NRA, Cavanaugh, and on and on, will get their circumstances investigated, all to fumigate a corrupt domestic power and an international cartel.
This is why Bill Barr will shamelessly issue a report that is at odds with everything his own department found as well as common sense and the law. Barr doesn’t care about convincing you and me that something nefarious occurred. Oh, hell no. He is playing to the Trump base, plus 5-10% of the electorate, just enough to squeak the upcoming electoral college challenge through. They have probably baked-in a loss in the popular vote, and probably a bigger one than last time.
They don’t care about that. They don’t care that it’s ripping the nation apart. They don’t care that it is shaking democracy by the root. Indeed, that part is necessary, because they know that the Republican party will likely not get a majority vote in a federal general election into the near (and possible far) future. The Republican party is far more a regional power with a sprinkling of Senators from lots of very small states, they only need senators from Idaho, Wyoming and Utah to wipe out the massive impact of California, Oregon and Washington in the senate.
All that is fine to keep power, keep Trump in place. They need it now all so that the pattern becomes normalized and expected, and any “resistance” breaks down out of futility, where people move on to accept that it’s reality and it sucks, so let’s try to work local and ignore our federal government, go to a game, make some money and check out that new Netflix show.
Do not despair. Yet. It is not normalized, yet. There are a ton of factors at play that disadvantage Barr and company. The biggest one is Donald Trump who has an unmatched ability to shit all over this great “plan.”
But let’s do be wary, and call this shit for what it is. This is bullshit, through and through. Barr’s report will offend every expectation of a DOJ that works independently in the pursuit of justice. One difference, he’s shooting down his own Justice Department. It will cause an earthquake within the Justice Department, likely leading to a ton of resignations in protest, and a dispirited corps, all waiting to be replaced with true believers.
As noted, it sucks.
Just, don’t ignore it.
Welcome to a new week, in a big country. That country is being stolen right out from under you and the only way the burglars get away is through a willingness to do anything.
Here it comes.
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