Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins

Jul 2017
Not a good week for the fat men.

Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins
President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call.

The White House restricted access to the call’s transcript to a small group of the president’s aides, one of the officials said, an unusual decision that is similar to the handling of a July call with the Ukrainian president that is at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump. Like that call, the discussion with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia shows the extent to which Mr. Trump sees the attorney general as a critical partner in his goal to show that the Mueller investigation had corrupt and partisan origins, and the extent that Mr. Trump sees the Justice Department inquiry as a potential way to gain leverage over America’s closest allies.
Sep 2012
Not a good week for the fat men.

Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins
Attorney General William Barr is the beating heart of Trump's whistleblower cover-up
Confirmed: Attorney General William Barr has turned the Department of Justice into the chief enforcement arm of Donald Trump's criminal enterprise.

Within the past week, the question continually arose: How did the Justice Department and the White House counsel get involved in blocking the Trump-related whistleblower complaint from being reported to Congress, as is required by law? Now we know the answer to that question, and it turns out Barr is the guy pulling the strings.

The intelligence community inspector general and the director of national intelligence (DNI) both referred the whistleblower complaint to the Justice Department for investigation, according to The New York Times. The department’s criminal division reportedly reviewed whether Trump's actions violated campaign finance law and concluded they did not, because what Trump was requesting did not amount to a "thing of value." That is, on its face, ridiculous. The entire reason Hillary Clinton narrowly lost the Electoral College while winning the popular vote in 2016 is because she was under investigation for much of the campaign, even though the FBI ultimately concluded she had done nothing criminal. The air of suspicion—the constant "but her emails" refrain—ate away at support for her candidacy. If Joe Biden's entire candidacy was similarly haunted by the specter of misconduct, it would absolutely benefit Trump (i.e. be a thing of value). This was yet another hatchet job by Barr.

So what appears to have happened is the Justice Department was alerted to the complaint, and its lawyers reasoned Trump's conduct fell short of a potential criminal violation warranting further investigation. But then Barr's DOJ took two other steps: it appears to have gotten the White House counsel involved, and it authored an Office of Legal Counsel opinion designed to prevent the director of national intelligence from forwarding the complaint to Congress. As The Washington Post reported last week:

Feb 2010
Sunny Bournemouth, Dorset
So Trump colluded with a foreign power to obstruct an investigation into his collusion with another foreign power? Slam dunk, I believe!

Apparently Barr met with the UK and Italy on this topic too!


Dec 2014
Trump thinks he can get all these world leaders to do him favors but he seems to forget that everybody thinks he's a dick.

Oh, I have no doubt that Morrison will prostrate himself before the King.
Sep 2016
My own world
I don't know about you but I think Mr. Barr himself may be facing charges as an accessory after the fact should
Trump face extortion charges. If not that then perhaps he should be disbarred for unethical use of his power.

Attorney General William Barr has turned the department of justice into the chief enforcement arm of Donald Trump's criminal enterprise. This would suggest that Barr has fundamentally violated the principle of separation of powers between, legislature, executive and judiciary.

Essentially Barr is today's Bork but worse. Bork was also criticized for being an "advocate of disproportionate powers for the executive branch of Government, almost executive supremacy," Bork was neither charged nor disbarred but he also wasn't an accomplice of the Watergate break-in. It could be argued that Bar is in fact
an accomplice by trying to squash the WB complaint with a bogus legal argument. Whoever takes over for him has to seriously consider charging Barr and have his squashing of the WB seen as illegal.
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