Not surprisingly, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was not impressed by the AG’s latest attempt to whitewash Mueller’s full report, as our Constitution gives only the Congress of the United States the sole right, duty, and obligation to fully investigate all of the facts of any president’s alleged and potential high crimes and misdemeanors. It does not grant that right to an Attorney General, no matter how much William Barr may want to take it upon himself to become the judge, jury and arbiter of what the Congress can see and what it can’t. The call is not up to him. Nor does he have the right to insert his opinion into this process as to whether or not crimes were committed by the president. That is up to the House Judiciary Committee to determine. And to make that determination, they need to see all the evidence.
On all previous occasions where a sitting president was being investigated for committing potential crimes, the Attorney General turned over all evidence to the House Judiciary Committee, including all evidence put before the Grand Jury. In Watergate, for example, Leon Jaworski went to the Judge overseeing the Grand Jury and asked for permission to turn all of this material over to Congress, and this was done. If William Barr were following precedent, he would have gone before the Judge overseeing the Grand Jury in this case many weeks ago and he would already have had the judge’s permission in his back pocket awaiting the release of Mueller's Report, so that he could have forwarded the full report including all underlying evidence and Grand Jury testimony to Jerrold Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee. But clearly, Barr is not following legal precedent. Rather, he is following the example he set for himself decades earlier during his first term as Attorney General when he pardoned everyone who was implicated in crimes committed during the Iran-Contra scandal, thus shutting down any further investigation into former President George H.W. Bush’s potential crimes.
As I pointed out in my posting on this subject last Sunday, William Barr has now, in his second go-round as Attorney General, managed to step into the muck and slime yet again, by doing all that he can to protect a Republican president from potential prosecution or impeachment proceedings, and from any vilification the president might deserve.
I said last Sunday that the toady William Barr had not changed his spots, but grown quite a few more. Now with this latest letter, Barr has emerged as a fully formed swamp creature. Indeed, every action taken so far by Bill Barf—as I shall now refer to him—has shown him to be the sycophant he advertised himself to be in his 19-page unsolicited report (self-advertisement or audition?) sent to the Orange Monster in the White House, indicating that he thought Mueller was foolish and incorrect in his investigation of the president’s potential obstruction of justice charges. In truth, every action the aptly-named Bill Barf has taken thus far to protect the president, viewing him as one above the laws of our nation, has made me want to heave.
Now, this Creature from the Black D.C. Lagoon, aka AG Bill Barf, has now put forward at least two more reasons to redact information from the Mueller Report.
The Democrats in the House, particularly House Speaker Pelosi, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judicial Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, should waste no time in taking Bill Barf to court, so that they can see the full Mueller Report and nothing but the full Mueller Report. This is way too important to the preservation of our democracy and the values of our Republic to do otherwise. The longer House Democrats put off this fight, the longer before it will go to the Supreme Court where it belongs.
Despite the Orange Monster stacking the Supreme Court with two of his self-chosen, sycophantic Justices who will probably do his bidding, the legal precedent is clear: When Nixon refused to turn over the tapes, the Supreme Court struck his appeal down in a vote of 8 to 0. Barr’s blatant whitewash, as equally repulsive as Nixon’s appeal, will, I hope, go down in defeat once it reaches the highest court in the land. And the sooner the better.
Bill Barf could save himself and the country a lot of hassle and time and money, simply by choosing to do the right thing, and turn over the full Mueller Report to Congress where it belongs, and to do it by the deadline of April 2 that Jerrold Nadler set for him.
Barr has a choice to make and very soon: Release the full Mueller Report NOW, or live in infamy as the swamp creature that he has already proven himself to be.