The Mueller Report is not vindication or exoneration of Donald Trump. It paints Trump as a president who engaged in a coverup, attempted to obstruct justice, directed others to obstruct justice, and repeatedly lied to the American people. The very best and most honest summary Barr and Trump supporters can get from the report is that the president of the United States is not a foreign agent for Russia and is merely disloyal to the nation he’s sworn to protect. Run on that in 2020.
William Barr is supposed to be the people’s lawyer, not the president’s. In delivering his summary of the report, which angered many on the Special Counsel’s team, Barr acted as Donald Trump’s advocate. He did not deliver an honest summary of Robert Mueller’s findings. Barr delivered propaganda. He’s no more of an honest advocate for the law than Sean Hannity is a journalist.
Knowing the report was a near total disaster for Trump, Barr set out an agenda to gaslight the American people over the findings. He released a summary stating “no collusion” and that the Special Counsel left it to him to rule on obstruction, which he said he couldn’t find any. He let that hang in the air for three weeks. He consulted with the White House so they could work on the propaganda they’d release before and after the report’s unveiling. He held a press conference the morning of the release before anyone could see the report. He released it on CD Rom, which he may as well done on 8-track. He released it right before Easter so the nation’s attention span would be very short. The only people who fall for this are Trump supporters and the idiots at Fox News.
What you did not find in the Barr summary was that Donald Trump tried to sabotage the investigation and his staff defied him. After a Special Counsel was appointed, Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” There were no “fucks” to give in Barr’s summary. Trump directed several individuals to send instructions to fire Mueller, tell Sessions to un-recuse himself, and ask Rachel Brand, who was then the third person in charge at the Justice Department if she was on Team Trump so they could decide if she could take over if he fired Jeff Sessions. For William Barr, Trump is innocent of obstructing justice because he only tried and didn’t succeed. You won’t find in Barr’s summary that the report outlines 10 potential instances of obstruction of justice.
Concerning conspiracy, what you won’t find in Barr’s summary is the sentence from the report’s introduction, “A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts.” And regarding obstruction, “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”
What’s missing from Barr’s summary is campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s “periodically” sharing internal polling data and other campaign updates with the Russians; the campaign’s promotion of “dozens of tweets, posts, and other political content created by” the Russian hacking operation; Trump publicly urging Russia to search for Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails; the campaign’s successful effort to tone down the anti-Russian language in the Republican Party platform at the nominating convention; the president’s bizarre support for Putin, resistance to sanctions, and corresponding antagonism toward our NATO allies; the multiple meetings between top campaign officials and Russians with Kremlin ties, including the famous meeting at Trump Tower for the express, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton; and the lies they were caught in when they tried to deny either the meetings themselves, the content, or Trump dictating the press release lying about the Trump Tower meeting.
What you did not find in the Barr summary were the multiple false statements coming from Trump and the White House. You did not find the part where Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to the Special Counsel that she lied to the American people about how the FBI was glad to get rid of director James Comey, that her lie wasn’t based on anything, and she described it as a “slip of the tongue in the heat of the moment.” For what it’s worth, Sanders has never corrected herself to the media. For this transgression, she is no longer, as if she ever was, qualified to be a spokesperson for the White House. She needs to remove herself immediately. She is a liar.
What you didn’t find in the Barr summary was that the only people actually vindicated are the journalists of America. For many of the instances that Trump has called the media “fake news,” the report points out where they were right and Trump was lying. Trump called stories that he asked James Comey to end the Flynn investigation “fake news” but the report points out that he did ask Comey to end that investigation.
What you won’t find in Barr’s summary is the sentence from the report, “His conduct in office presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”
What you won’t find in the Barr summary are the multiple people on the Trump Campaign who were in contact with Russians. You won’t find in the summary that the Trump campaign “expected to benefit” from criminal actions by Russians who successfully targeted the American election, even if they didn’t coordinate with them. You won’t find in the summary that Trump continues to deny there was Russian meddling. You won’t find in the summary that after Trump called for Russia to release Clinton’s missing emails, that they started attacking her Campaign’s servers within five hours. What you won’t find in Barr’s summary is that Trump, his son, and his campaign had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would dump Democratic campaign secrets stolen by Russians hackers.
While Barr boasted about Trump’s cooperation with the investigation, what he didn’t mention was that Trump, in his written answers to Mueller, said more than 30 times that he did not “recall” or “remember” or have an “independent recollection.” Remember, Trump boasts he has the “best memory.”
You won’t find in Barr’s summary that Trump sent feelers to people cooperating with Mueller, asking for what they were telling him, and letting them know that they would be considered “hostile” to the president.
What may be the biggest thing you won’t find in the Barr summary is that Mueller intended for Congress to make the decision on obstruction of justice, not the Attorney General. What Barr did was intercept a ball that was meant for Congress. The only reason Trump was not indicted is that Mueller respected the Justice Department’s policy that a sitting president can’t be indicted. Someday, Donald Trump will not be the sitting president. He will be indicted.
What you will find in the Clay Jones Report is that the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress, and Fox News are full of lying, duplicitous and deceitful shitweasels. I’m going to go out on a limb and say my summary here is better and more detailed than Barr’s summary, and I didn’t even go to law school.
William Barr never should have been confirmed as AG and he should have recused himself immediately. His summary proves that. His legacy and reputation are forever stained. Trump found his Roy Cohn.
Donald Trump was and is disloyal to the United States of America. If you bite the narrative he and William Barr are feeding you, then you’re disloyal too.
You can purchase a signed print of this cartoon.
Watch the video.
I think Trump regards Putin as an adviser. That isn’t strictly a foreign agent but the effect is the same.
LikeLiked by 4 people
Unfuckingbelievable…..yet Repubicons will swear they knew nothing criminal was affot and believe Trumputinov was just too stupid to realize he was breaking every law ever written. IQ45 deserves a .45 to the head!
LikeLiked by 4 people
Trump repeatedly told his staff to obstruct justice, and they quietly refused to do it– does that make Trump innocent?
If he had told them repeatedly to shoot and kill someone, and they didn’t do it, would that mean he was innocent even of attempted murder?
LikeLiked by 1 person
Based on conversations I’ve had with lawyers, intent could potentially be just as bad as actually committing the crime, if it can be proven.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Excellent summary of the Mueller report. Every day, as people delve more into it, the Mueller report seems more and more damning of Trump. If this is what Barr released after trying to protect him, I wonder what might be in the redactions (maybe nothing, but we don’t know).
Congress at the very least needs to open an investigation regarding impeachment and hold public hearings Then they can get those Trump aides who refused to carry out his illegal orders under oath so that the American public can hear directly how Trump tried to subvert justice.
It might not change the minds of many of the Trump supporters, but there are a lot of fair-minded people who do not follow the news closely who need to hear this.
LikeLiked by 1 person