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OpinionRoger Fisk: Barr can’t save Trump from himself -- the drumbeat against a corrupt White House continues

19:56  21 may  2019
19:56  21 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Barr for Investigating Mueller Probe’s Origin

Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Barr for Investigating Mueller Probe’s Origin President Donald Trump said he’s “so proud” of Attorney General William Barr over his decision to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “They want to look at how the whole hoax got started,” Trump said Tuesday as he departed the White House for an event in Louisiana. “I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it. I think it’s great.” Trump denied that he ordered Barr to launch the investigation, though he has repeatedly encouraged it in public remarks.

If Mueller believed Trump was guilty of obstruction, he could have said so, the officials argue — but he didn' t do that in his report. A former federal prosecutor familiar with Barr 's thinking said the attorney general believed the obstruction case was It's not clear how Mueller himself feels about the matter.

White House aides have said Trump never got over former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling And during a firestorm in February over accusations of domestic abuse against then- White House "We've got to save him from himself ". Kelly entered the White House with a mandate to instill order

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What a tangled web indeed. No amount of press spin or social media chest thumping can distract from the fact that the White House’s Barr-infused euphoria of April has curdled.

The drumbeat of bad news for the administration comes mainly from the rhythm of their own missteps. Attorney General William Barr kicks off the Mueller release by saying he does not want to release the report piecemeal, then proceeds to do just that with a letter that summarizes the report, although he insists it is not a summary, then a letter about the first letter, then his odd appearances on the Hill.

It's up to special counsel Robert Mueller if he wants to testify to Congress, Attorney General William Barr says

It's up to special counsel Robert Mueller if he wants to testify to Congress, Attorney General William Barr says "It's Bob's call whether he wants to testify," Barr told The Wall Street Journal. President Donald Trump had earlier said that it would be up to Barr to decide whether Mueller would testify. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "It's Bob's call whether he wants to testify," Barr said, The Journal reported in an article published early Thursday.

Trump has continued to unleash a torrent of disdain toward Mueller and his investigation, which he portrays as a Barr has made it clear that he wants to be independent from the White House . Most recently, Mueller brought charges against longtime Trump associate Roger Stone, with a high-profile

Trump ‘s White House . CNN reports that McGaughey, the husband of Barr ’s youngest daughter, has been hired as an attorney in the White House counsel’s office, where he’ll “advise the president, the executive office, and White House staff on legal issues concerning the president and the presidency.”

In the process he advances a legal theory that relieves the Trump campaign of any guilt in associating with Russia by establishing a standard for cooperation as the result of “an agreement, tacit or expressed” to do so, meaning if everyone did not get around a table in the spring of 2016 and decide to collude it could not have been a conspiracy. As we now know, the ways in which the Trump campaign was compromised were de-centralized, meaning the way Mike Flynn was ensnared was different than Carter Page, which was different than George Papadopoulos.  Barr’s demand that an agreement between participants has to be in place to prove criminality is eccentric at best.

But Barr’s verbal jujitsu did its original job, most likely the one he was hired to provide – a singular soap box for three weeks during which the president used Barr’s summary to trumpet exaggerated and often plainly wrong interpretations of the report.

AG Barr Claims He’s Defending the Presidency, Not the President: ‘Rules Were Being Changed to Hurt Trump’

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House hadn’ t yet received or been briefed on the report: “The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr , and we look forward to the process taking its course,” she said. The White House hasn’ t decided whether to request a copy of Mr

Within the White House , aides describe a nearly paralytic inability to tell Mr. Trump that he has erred or gone too far on Twitter. The problem is that the two advisers His chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, a rhetorical bomb thrower himself , counseled Mr. Trump to moderate his behavior at the end of the

And things are about to get worse.

News of Donald Trump Jr.’s subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee sends a searing flare across the president’s sky, clearly telegraphing that the GOP-controlled Senate may not be as monolithically McConnell-controlled as thought. That is a big deal, having a Republican-controlled investigation issue this subpoena – the result of what must have been a series of tortuous internal machinations between their leadership and the White House. This installs the next chapter in this sad saga.

Multiple investigations are underway that remain secret. The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would allow the president’s state taxes to be released. The New York Times has reported that Trump lost $1 billion over a 10-year period that allowed him to pay virtually no income tax as a result.

DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat

DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat The Justice Department said it would provide the House Intelligence Committee with some materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as long as the panel dropped its threat to pursue an "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr.The department made the offer on Tuesday in a three-page letter to Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a day before the committee is slated to vote on a what he has described as an "enforcement action" against Barr. Schiff has not said what shape the action would take.

William Barr sends four-page letter to Congress showing special counsel did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice. The letter from William Barr also revealed Mueller was unable to draw a conclusion “one way or the other” on whether Trump or anyone in the White House obstructed justice

President Trump would be wise to utilize Urban’s talent, a point that the New York Times even Also in the works is allegedly a “war room” run by Steve Bannon to push back against the Instead of a PR offensive, the White House needs to score on policy and focus on the agenda that got Trump elected.

What does all of this mean?

Remember that Democrats actually picked up seats in Congress during President Clinton’s impeachment, drama due in large part to that White House’s discipline in building a firewall between governing and dealing with the daily operational requirements of the impeachment itself.

This White House gives no indication of having that kind of discipline. Its day to day operations are geared more toward providing the president with his daily allowance of grievance than it is on governing.  This is what happens when morally rudderless people convene around a vain leader whose only constituency and motivation is the face he sees every day in the mirror. Everything else is deception.

The drumbeat continues.

Amash accuses Barr of selling Trump's 'false narrative'.
Amash was the first Republican member of Congress to call for the president's impeachment.

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