William Barr

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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.

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Department Of Conspiracies


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Russia helped Donald Trump win the presidency. They created troll farms and bombed social media with fake stories to promote Trump. They bought ads to help Trump. They hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Campaign. They contacted the Trump campaign. They sent representatives to Trump Tower to meet with Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager. The son-in-law attempted to create a backchannel with Russia to avoid detection from American intelligence. At least sixteen people in the Trump campaign had contact with Russia. One Trump aide boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. One of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, had boasted about being an informal adviser to the Kremlin. Carter Page traveled to Russia and met with government officials during the campaign and reported it back to the Trump team. While pursuing a warrant on Page, a federal judge concluded that Page was knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence for the Russian government. The FBI acquired a FISA warrant to carry out electronic surveillance on Carter Page, a suspected Russia spy.

The Republican position on all of this is, how dare the FBI investigate a possible spy and threat to the United States. The GOP has expressed more concern for the rights of a suspected spy than for national security.

Since the election, the Trump administration hasn’t done anything to protect the U.S. from another attack by Russia. Donald Trump has spent the majority of his time denying Russia meddled in the election at all. Trump has accused the Clinton campaign of colluding with Russia because they hired a former MI6 agent to investigate Trump and interviewed Russians in the process. For some reason, that’s collusion while hosting Russians in your campaign HQ is not.

For the past two years, Trump has accused the FBI of attacking him and attempting a coup. He fired the director and other high ranking officials with long respectable track records in law enforcement. The Republican Party has engaged in smearing the FBI while being unable to actually pinpoint anything done illegally. All they’ve managed to do is prove that all warrants were acquired properly and within the law.

The only people who parrot Trump’s conspiracy talking points are Republican lickspittles, the idiots at Fox News, and shitweasels on social media. Now, add the Attorney General to that list.

Attorney General William Bar was quick to claim the Mueller Report cleared Trump, a position he put in writing in advertising himself for the job. He was also Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration and helped cover up Iran/Contra and recommended pardons for those involved. During last week’s testimony before Congress, he claimed there was definitely spying on the Trump campaign, parroting Donald’s talking points. Trump publicly had a joygasm.

My cartoon for CNN was a joke about checking the box on your tax returns if you wanted some of your refund to help pay for Trump’s lawyers fighting to hide his tax returns. In reality, with William Barr as the Attorney General, you are paying for Trump’s lawyer to protect him. Barr is just as ridiculous as Lindsey Graham, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and all the other elected Republicans who have spent the past two years putting the cult of Trump before our nation. Barr may as well start investigating all of Trump’s stupid conspiracy theories like Obama’s birthplace, New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11, the Swedish terror attack, and whose voice is that really on the Access Hollywood tape? He couldn’t ruin his credibility any more than he already has.

Barr is engaging in a coverup, which is exactly what Trump wanted from his Attorney General. Part of that coverup is a deflection which is what this fake investigation is all about. The FBI did not spy on the Trump campaign. They spied on an individual with the Trump campaign. It’s not the FBI’s fault that Trump hires Russian spies. Neither the Democrats or the FBI selected these people. Trump chose them.

It’s reported that Trump asked within the White House, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” a lawyer who helped Joseph McCarthy engage in investigating suspected communists and a mentor in sleaze to Donald Trump. Trump wanted a Roy Cohn in the Justice Department to sleaze up the place in protecting him.

Barr doesn’t have any evidence that supports his spying claim, yet he’ll mimic stupid talking points as part of his coverup to protect Donald Trump.

Someday, another criminal in elected office is going to ask, “Where’s my William Barr?”

 

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Putin Summary


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I’m a cartoonist which means I don’t do math well, but I do know two plus two equals four. Here’s another equation that’s not difficult to decipher: When Donald Trump goes from “release the Mueller Report” to “don’t release it,” and his toady Attorney General William Barr won’t confirm if the White House has seen it yet, that means Trump has seen it. At the very least, someone has read the parts to him that aren’t flattering.

The Trump team is celebrating that the Mueller Report, according to Barr’s four-page memo, clears Trump of committing crimes when it comes to collusion with Russia. What they’re overlooking are the parts where Trump and his campaign was sleazy, corrupt, unethical, and disloyal to their nation. But, yay. No collusion.

Barr is still holding back from giving the report to Congress two weeks after it was turned in to the Justice Department by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Keep in mind, the Starr Report was handed over in two days. Barr is now “promising” to give it to Congress next week with heaps of redactions. If you get off on looking at sentences full of black boxes, this report is for you.

Donald Trump has falsely claimed the report exonerates him, which means his lying, stupid, simplistic, idiotic, kook-aid drinking, cultish, sycophantic followers are claiming he’s exonerated. Even Barr’s memo states the report does not totally exonerate him.

Trump doesn’t just deny his campaign colluded with Russia. He has denied many times in the past that Russia even meddled in the campaign, despite the fact every American intelligence agency had made that determination and his own campaign manager, son, and son-in-law were dancing with Russians in Trump Tower. Another person who loves to continue the lie is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday, at the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said the investigation was “complete nonsense” that had been invented by President Trump’s political enemies for “an internal audience.”

Putin also said, “It was clear for us from the start that it would end like this. A mountain gave birth to a mouse.” If Putin is correct and actually knows what he’s talking about regarding the report, that means he’s seen it too. I don’t know if unplanned Russian mountain sex produces rodents, but if anything, the entire situation is full of rats.

Neither Putin or Trump gets the irony of shouting “no collusion” while also echoing each other with the term “witch hunt,” which Putin used Tuesday while attacking the investigation.

While Barr is doing Trump’s bidding, he’s also doing Putin’s. While testifying to Congress on Tuesday, the same day Putin was talking about Mueller and polar bears (he was), Barr said, “The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation.” Yes. Trump’s handpicked Attorney General is investigating the investigation. He’s following in the footsteps of Congressional Trump poodles Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, and Devin Nunes and politicizing the Justice Department to go after…wait for it…Trump’s enemies. This is something Trump has been screaming for since he came into office…and promised to do as a candidate.

Our government is now going after people for investigating suspected Russian spies. The Trump administration and the Republican Party are more interested in defending and protecting Russian spies than our Democratic process. Protecting Vladimir Putin is more important than protecting Americans.

I have a spoiler for you about this investigation into malfeasance in the FISA requests and the investigation into Trump. They’re not going to find any criminal conduct. Even the Nunes Memo stated that investigators did not break the law in acquiring FISA warrants (EXONERATED!). But, the lesson here is if law enforcement agents do their jobs of protecting our nation against a corrupt president, then they will be punished for it. We’ve already seen numerous people fired for investigating Trump.

The Mueller Report says Trump didn’t break the law with collusion with Russia. It didn’t say Trump was clear on obstruction. Then, Robert Mueller turned the report in to Trump’s man who’s working with him to obstruct justice.

Vladimir Putin, who helped steal an American election and install the world’s biggest Cheeto shitgibbon dumbass into the presidency, is laughing his Vodka drinking, critic killing, Russian off ass.

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Mueller Time


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While talking to my producer at CNN on Thursday afternoon, we were discussing the best subjects for this Sunday’s cartoon. We both liked one particular issue and thought it had the most potential for humor while acknowledging the Mueller Report was hanging over our heads. I told her, “those fuckers will probably release it at 5:00 P.M. Friday afternoon and screw us up.”

Those fuckers released it at 5:00 P.M. Friday afternoon and screwed us up.

Actually, I don’t think they screwed us up and we’re going to stick with the cartoon I finished for them Friday, which I’m really happy with. But, I had just finished my last cartoon for the day, which was my third. On Fridays, I have to draw for CNN, The Costa Rica Star, and my syndication which is what you see here on the blog. By the time I was done yesterday evening, I just wanted to eat dinner and go to sleep…then Mueller happened.

I did eat. My friend Dallas and I went out and talked about it. As I was walking out the door, I got my first idea…and then my second. This is the second, though Dallas really liked my first. I felt this one summed up the moment best. Of course, this cartoon is dated and will probably be worthless in a couple of days…maybe.

Regarding what we know, the Trump team are celebrating because there are to be no more indictments. That sucks. I was really hoping to see them delivered to Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and perhaps even Ivanka and Hope Hicks. We know they lied and did their best to obstruct and collude with Russia. These are people who deserve to be charged for crimes.

I don’t know what’s in the Mueller Report yet but I do know there was collusion. What Mueller may not have been able to find is direct evidence that Trump was personally involved. But, the campaign hosted Russians at Trump Tower, had access to the stuff Wikileaks was stealing from the Clinton Campaign, and Donald Trump himself asked publicly for Russia to help him. We know that over a dozen people were in direct contact with Russia during the campaign.

We also know Trump obstructed justice. The guy told Lester Holt straight out that he fired Comey to end the investigation, then he told the same thing to…wait for it…RUSSIANS. Unfortunately, Mueller was never able to get Trump to testify verbally, and the written questions didn’t include any on obstruction. I feel no matter what’s in the report, we’re getting the shaft. We have a criminal in the White House, and while the Senate of sycophants would probably never convict him, I hate to see a corrupt president skate.

What I predict is that the Mueller report will NOT clear Trump, even if it doesn’t “indict” him. I don’t expect it to say there wasn’t any collusion or obstruction. I expect it to say they couldn’t gather all the facts…which is because of obstruction. Donald Trump and his cult will point at the report and claim it vindicates him, even though it won’t. But, these jerks have made those claims before, twisting statements from judges and politicians and at times, just making them up.

Mueller’s time may be over but our’s is just beginning. Whether Trump is impeached or voted out of office, he has to be removed from office. A stupid, racist, game show host kneedeep in corruption is in charge of our government and we can’t let this stand. I don’t care what the Mueller Report says, Donald Trump is more than just a bad president. He’s a danger and a national security risk. His move yesterday, recognizing the Golan Heights as a political favor proves that.

Mueller can retire in peace now, play golf, and sleep in. We gotta go to work.

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