William Barr Is The One Running A Witch Hunt

While Trump drives headlines one tweet at a time, Attorney General Barr is operating in silence, carrying out one of Trump's most undemocratic obsessions.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr – May 15, 2019 (Office of Public Affairs from Washington DC)

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr – May 15, 2019 (Office of Public Affairs from Washington DC)

Attorney General William Barr has positioned himself as President Trump’s instrument of authoritarianism. At Rantt media, we’ve heavily covered his democracy eroding actions. From his effort to unjustly clear Trump of obstruction of justice to his blatant lies about the Mueller report to his unprecedented stonewalling of Congress, Barr has become one of Trump’s most important allies. Now, Barr has taken it a step further by fulfilling one of Trump’s most undemocratic obsessions: investigating his perceived political opponents.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t start the Russia investigation, he finished it, documenting over 100 pages of Trump-Russia contacts and 10 key areas of obstruction of justice. Over 1,000 former federal prosecutors have signed a letter stating that Trump would be indicted for obstruction if he wasn’t President. In a predictable move of misdirection, Trump is now directing his ire at the members of law enforcement and the intelligence community who were involved in launching the Russia investigation in the Summer of 2016.

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For two years, Trump has tweeted about how those behind the Russia investigation were corrupt, spread lies about spying on his campaign, and has even falsely accused former FBI Director James Comey, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Agent Peter Strozk, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page of treason. Barr is now investigating them.

In an interview with CBS, Barr stated that although he does not believe their actions were legally “treasonous,” he made remarks that appeared to indicate he believes they acted in a treacherous manner:

“I’m not suggesting that people did what they did necessarily because of conscious, nefarious motives. Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest, the better good. They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have.”

Those words apply directly to William Barr.

Barr has claimed he is now probing whether there was improper surveillance on the Trump Campaign and if there was any corrupt behavior at the FBI. The “Spygate” conspiracy theory has been widely debunked and the only improper behavior that the Trump Administration cites are Peter Strozk and Lisa Page’s anti-Trump text messages.

Those text messages don’t change the fact Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos bragged about Russia’s dirt on Clinton and sparked the Russia investigation. It also doesn’t alter the numerous nefarious Trump-Russia contacts and coordinated Wikileaks dumps of stolen Clinton emails that are outlined in Mueller’s report. The investigation was more than justified, but nevertheless, Barr persists in trying to appease the President’s authoritarian tendencies under the guise of the unitary executive theory.

Last month, Trump signed an executive order that empowers Barr to declassify any information pertaining to his investigation and orders the US Intelligence Community to cooperate with Barr. The New York Times reported that Barr is now seeking to interview CIA officials about their assessment that Russia interfered to help Trump get elected. So not only is Barr seeking to undermine the FBI investigators who probed Russian interference, it appears he is also trying to cast doubt on the proven conclusion that Russia interfered to help Trump win. You see where this is going?

The entire Republican Party, with the exception of Justin Amash, the only GOP Congressman to call for impeachment, has stood behind this bad faith investigation. Even Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to launch a probe of this nature. Given the dishonesty with which Attorney General William Barr has carried himself, it’s clear this will be just another attempt to protect a lawless president.

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