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If they’ve opposed the Russia investigation in any way, Donald Trump will find them and put them in charge. Trump’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was a very public critic of the probe before Trump appointed him to oversee it, and now it turns out Trump’s new attorney general nominee also voiced his opposition to a key part of the inquiry, if only in a more stealthy way.

The Wall Street Journal writes that William Barr sent the Justice Department an “unsolicited memo” this summer trashing the special counsel’s obstruction investigation as “fatally misconceived.” That’s right, no one reached out to Barr, who’s a former agency official, he just took it upon himself to offer his legal view in the form of a 20-page document.

Barr reportedly argued in his June 8 memo that Trump acted within his authority when he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to back off the investigation into his recently resigned national security adviser Michael Flynn. And when Trump ultimately fired Comey after he declined to offer his boss a firm loyalty pledge—also not a problem according to Barr.

The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, is thinking exactly what you’re thinking right this very second.

There also seems be some question over whether the memo was actually provided to a lawyer at the White House. At some point, WSJ added in a line to the story suggesting as much, then removed it again. The line no longer exists in the story, which claims Barr’s memo didn’t factor into Trump’s decision to “choose” him.

One way or the other, Trump seemed to pluck Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, out of nowhere. It’s not like Trump had been admiring Barr’s work since the early ‘90s, as Trump himself admitted when he announced the nomination.

“I did not know him until recently, when I went through the process of looking at people, and he was my first choice from Day One,” Trump said earlier this month.

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  1. Of course, he’s tRUMP’s first choice. Any one who even slightly disapproves of the investigation is going to be tRUMP’s favorite. That’s a no brainer. Even worse though, is that now the RUMP is flailing around trying to take the news off his choice for AG by tweeting that he will remove all troops from Syria and probably Afghanistan. Another gift to his handler “Putin” and another step closer to war. Even Putin says the world is closer to a nuclear war since the RUMP pulled the US out of the nuclear arms treaty. It’s pretty obvious that even Putin distains Trump, and only tolerates him because he is using him. Wonder how tRUMP feels while Putin is putting the prod to him.


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