Apparently Trump authorized Barr’s contacts with foreign countries just after he lied to Mueller. So many problems at DoJ now that it seems that Barr authorized investigations to discredit Russian connections to the 2016 Trump campaign as well as trying to investigate information relevant to 2020.
There is not one problem currently facing Trump that isn't an unforced error due to his lack of morality & impulse control.
“No one knows unforced errors better than me. Just now a man, a big strong guy, tears streaming down his face said, 'Sir, you're King of Unforced Errors!'"
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 30, 2019
I think the answer is that it’s not a criminal investigation, and the AG is essentially now a roving inspector general with authority to smear the president’s enemies inside and outside of government.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 30, 2019
Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter.
Barr’s personal involvement is likely to stoke further criticism from Democrats pursuing impeachment that he is helping the Trump administration use executive branch powers to augment investigations aimed primarily at the president’s adversaries.
But the high level Justice Department focus on intelligence operatives’ conduct will likely cheer Trump and other conservatives for whom “investigate the investigators” has become a rallying cry. Barr has voiced his own concerns, telling lawmakers in April that he believed “spying did occur” when it came to the U.S. investigation of the Trump campaign.
David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who was involved in the early stages of the Russia probe, said it was “fairly unorthodox for the attorney general personally to be flying around the world as a point person to further evidence-gathering for a specific Justice Department investigation,” and especially so in Barr’s case.
“Even if one questions, as a threshold matter, the propriety of conducting a re-investigation of the Justice Department’s own prior investigation of Russia’s interference, the appointment of John Durham — a seasoned, nonpartisan prosecutor — provided some reason to believe that it would be handled in a professional, nonpartisan manner,” Laufman said. “But if the attorney general is essentially running this investigation, that entire premise is out the window.”
It does seem as though Putin is in the game of setting up Trump with this, as well. Remember, Putin's support was never about Trump. It was about Russia's long term goal of sowing discord & disrupting our country.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 30, 2019
This statement is absolutely correct but coming from Pompeo its ridiculous. He's trying to save himself. pic.twitter.com/aNBEWoTNiX
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) September 30, 2019
Jamal Khashoggi’s death resulted in international condemnation of the Saudi crown prince, but Pompeo’s strategy "has been to salvage and rehabilitate Mohammed bin Salman’s reputation," according to fellow David Ottaway in an article for the @WSJ ⬇️https://t.co/ukT2IVO4Ao
— The Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter) September 30, 2019
All The Presidents Men, Trump Edition
Pompeo was on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian Pres Zelensky, a senior State Department official said, a disclosure that ties the State Department more closely to an ongoing congressional inquiry. https://t.co/q4UzFC0mRw
— Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) September 30, 2019
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 30, 2019