The Barr Debacle Isn’t About Roger Stone, It’s About Trump Swinging His Balls and Showing Who’s Boss

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Welcome to the transition of the United States from the rule of law to Trumplaw, which is on it’s way to being the new law of the land, thanks to a complicit and comatose GOP and a corrupt Attorney General who isn’t bothering any more to even give the appearance of an independent Justice Department, or to pretend that he is a real attorney general and not just Donald Trump’s lackey and hatchet man.

The key attributes of Trumplaw which have been established recently are: 1. If you testify truthfully under oath about Trump’s crimes, that is a firing offense and ratchets you and your family members to the top of the Enemies List, look out; and 2. Line-prosecutors following the guidelines and standards set by law will be ignored, and those law enforcement officers attempting to enforce same will be targeted by the president* and added to the Enemies List.  I daresay that more basic tenets of Trumplaw will be further elaborated upon and codified in the days ahead. History will record that the post-acquittal period was when Trump decided he was omniscient and Barr decided to drop all pretense that the DOJ had a function other than to do Trump’s dirty work. But here’s the rub, and this is key: this isn’t about Roger Stone at all. This is about Trump sticking it to America. Daily Beast:

Donald Trump’s public intervention in Roger Stone’s sentencing has little to do with Roger Stone’s fate, and everything to do with Trump’s effort to render every governmental authority except for his own a sham.

That includes the authority, and fairness, of the justice system.

The contempt is the point. There is every reason to expect that Trump will pardon Stone before he sets foot in prison, even if the dirty trickster receives a low sentence for his very serious crimes, which entailed obstructing inquiries into Trump’s own misconduct.

Trump hardly appears interested in favorably influencing the judge who is about to sentence Stone. On the contrary, Trump has personally attacked her.  In fact, it is a near certainty that Trump will pardon Stone before he sets foot in prison, even if he receives a low sentence for his very serious crimes, which entailed obstructing inquiries into Trump’s own misconduct. Trump all but declared as much today when asked about the prospect of clemency for Stone, responding: “I don’t want to say that yet.”

But by inducing his attorney general, Bill Barr, to humiliate himself and the Department of Justice through the public repudiation of the DOJ’s own sentencing recommendation less than 24 hours after it was filed, Trump has demonstrated that the justice system is, finally, being molded to his will and whims.

This is all that it’s about. And Bill Barr has played in totally to Trump’s whims in this regard. He has destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the past 24 hours, allowing Trump to not only show that he is above the law, he is the law.

It is impossible to overstate the damage that was done Tuesday when Trump sent out his tweet complaining that Stone’s sentencing was “horrible” and “unfair” and Barr toadied right along in step and intervened. In doing so, he caused the four prosecutors who tried the case to walk away in protest and the effect of that is that now it’s clear that a presidential* tweet is the highest authority, one sufficient to overturn cases at the sentencing stage.

What Barr did, in essence, is undermine the respect that the Department of Justice has always commanded, and the weight given to the abilities of line-level federal prosecutors. Traditionally, their arguments on behalf of the DOJ have been taken quite seriously by federal judges, based upon the DOJ’s deserved reputation for demanding only the highest standards of factual credibility and legal integrity possible. All that was effectively shit-canned on Tuesday by Bill Barr.

Since early on in his tenure as Attorney General, Barr displayed his willingness, if not eagerness, to sacrifice the Justice Department’s credibility in lieu of obedience to the Will of Trump, by his sham letter to Congress, wherein he lied about the content of the Mueller report. This was Barr blatantly refusing to cooperate with Congress to hold Trump accountable for misconduct unearthed by the Mueller report, and that started the downhill slide of both Barr’s and the DOJ’s credibility as an independent institution of government.

That was then and Tuesday, Barr showed no hesitation to insult people’s intelligence further, by suggesting that Trump’s early morning tweet had nothing to do with a sudden finding on the part of the DOJ that Roger Stone’s sentence was “extreme.” That sham provoked the withdrawal from the case of all four prosecutors, one of whom left the DOJ altogether.

Tuesday was an important day in American history. It will be remembered as the turning point where we irrevocably went from democracy to banana republic. From here on out, unless Bill Barr has the class to resign, which is doubtful, or is in fact impeached, also doubtful considering the level of corruption in the GOP-controlled senate, the probity of DOJ’s lawyers will not be held in the same regard. What got broken Tuesday is difficult to glue back together again — and Bill Barr was the one who hurled it, the DOJ’s reputation, to the ground — in service of his master, Donald Trump.

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22 Comments on "The Barr Debacle Isn’t About Roger Stone, It’s About Trump Swinging His Balls and Showing Who’s Boss"

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

It really bothers me that we allow two fat slobs, actually tear down the Justice Department to cover up the biggest crook in Presidential history. Have this country become another pussy that Trump grabs. We have leaders talk about he is not above the law and , yet we allow this SOB to say and do whatever he wants. It’s time to stop being nice show that dimwit in the White House that his BS is going to stop.

DHG
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These people are not boss, we the people are and we are going to swing our “balls” and get rid of them one way or another.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

I said before, it’s time we the people take to the streets and show Trump we run this Country not Him and his corrupt cronies! If he gets reelected for another 4 years then he must have cheated, which he will properly do anyways. That’s the only way he can win!

Rutokin
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Rutokin

From the beginning judge Jackson has had enough of this case in general. Stone has pissed her off more than once not to mention what the turdmuffin has done. I think that she’ll go for what the prosecutors had recommended and give him eight years, we’ll see

John Johnson
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John Johnson

I have said the same thing. That would really piss of the o-mighty one if she nailed Stone with 9 years. Whats He going to do then Fire Her!!! He is just an A-S HO-LE wearing a suit!

Gunther
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Gunther

She should give him 12, just for kicks.

Le Borgne
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Le Borgne

Just for kicks, like just to kick him in his huge butt! Let’s up that to 20 years just to kick Trump’s butt. Kicking Trump’s butt really appeals to me. I’d like to kick his butt from the other side of his nuts.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

Why does the House keep paying Barr. He is Trumps attorney now, let Trump pay him! Same goes for the Senate. All the A-S HOL-S that are Trumps lackeys should be paid by trump! Were tired of paying for NOTHING! Trump included. He keeps saying that he is donating his pay. Who cares he does nothing for it anyways, besides he is getting paid Every day by all the Government employees/secret service that stay at trumps properties!…BS…BS…BS…

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

That’s not a bad idea . The House, ( has the power) to do this , but would Nancy” dare “,to do it?

Gunther
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Gunther

I truly hope he gets to swing his saggy, old balls in a damp prison shower.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

He’s got it coming no matter what .
He thought he was wise battling for Trump .
But maybe , another “DEATH BY TRUMP “!
Well done !

Allan
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Allan
Yet not a word from bone spurs about his good buddy Jeffrey Epstein getting off easy in Florida for abusing dozens of underage girls, some he picked up at Mar-a-Lago from reports. Not. One. Word. from the bottom feeding scum bucket. Didn’t here him abuse the judges there. (where’s the media questioning him on that) ? tRumps just trying to minimise as much as possible any sentencing to lessen the impact for his own culpability i think. You can’t ignore the fact also he wants total power over the DOJ & to please his base like pardoning sherriff Joe Arpaio,… Read more »
Lynn
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Lynn

Even if they’re pardoned, though, the felonies stay on their records and the consequences of that, eg losing their right to vote, not being able to buy firearms, etc. can’t be erased, even by the braying nitwit who wants to be dictator. If it weren’t so bad for the rest of us, I wish everybody but the political appointees would resign. I’d like to see those clowns try to run the government!

Allan
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Allan

I don’t know how the US legal system works but you would think there would be some state crimes Stone committed. I don’t believe tRump can pardon ‘state’ crimes.

J.M
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Why do the Republicans hate America and her people so much? Why do they want to be such vile, putrid stench, hateful demons? It’s got to be more than just “Power”. I’m thinking maybe a real possession of some sort. I’m at a loss at this point!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Because ,it’s the only job they are able to do .
They couldn’t be ditch diggers, or painters ,
they can only do this job ,in a
HALF ASS JOB way ,that’s all they are
only capable of !

Independent
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Independent

Quid pro quo. donnie gets stone off and stone does not tell all he knows. I am sure stone could put his apostle in a heap of trouble and provably would do so to save himself. Is donnie being blackmailed by stone and flynn?

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Why waste time and money on trump people. They aren’t going to jail. He’s going to pardon them or claim bias or whatever else his limited brains can think of. Bullshit!

Reeby
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Reeby

Trump is a criminal!!! Running a criminal enterprise; the GOP.
His base needs to “wake the hell up“. Barr is trying to now make us believe he is so concerned about doing his job and appearing impartial. Give Me a break!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Of course Barr is aware of by now .
So he may want to “bale out “!

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Is it possible that Bill ( low ) Barr , has finally figured out that Trump is crazy as a loon ? He’s a little slow (as fools go )! But I’d bet his wife has asked him “ what to hell were you thinking “, when you asked for this impossible job . I recalled when at his conformations hearings ( she didn’t look to happy ) , watching her husband Lie his ass off . Is this another (infamous), ——-DEATH BY TRUMP ? Long over due , but I suspect that’s the reason he’s changed the DC court… Read more »
Lynn
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Lynn

Would someone please point me to some legal authority that provides impeachment as the means of removing an attorney general? I’m not sure it can be done.