I know, most of us are suffering from Russia Gate burnout but this really is a big deal with huge ramifications. It will be years before we have a clear, fine grained view of what actually happened and how it has effected the integrity of the U.S. system of government.
Is Barr the people’s attorney?
Chart: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Barr’s vs. Mueller’s Statements About Special Counsel Report on 2016 Russian Election Interference.
Even though there seems not to have been any collusion or conspiracy between the Trump family or the Trump campaign with “The Russians”; the Russians still muddled things up and the Trump administration and the Republican party don’t seem to care.
This will clarify a lot.
“I am told that [Mueller’s] reaction to that was that it was my prerogative as attorney general to make that decision,” Barr said during his press conference.
Meanwhile, Mueller — as previously stated — made it clear that “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.”
Chart: A Side-by-Side Compa... by on Scribd
As Just Security notes:
Mueller appears to be saying, as one might expect, that the Office of Legal Counsel opinion precludes the Justice Department from deciding whether to indict a sitting president. “It is unconstitutional,” Mueller adds in a curt sentence. He also emphasizes that indicting the president was not an option that his office, as “part of the Department of Justice” could even consider. Presumably that would apply to the Attorney General as well, unless Barr overturns the Office of Legal Counsel opinion.
This is the crux of the situation:
When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.
So who do you think Barr works for?
“[T]here is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks,” Barr said during his press conference. “… Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation.”