Is Attorney General William Barr tough enough to conquer the cabal running wild in the Department of Justice? After one year at the helm he melted down for all Americans to see during an interview last Thursday with ABC News.
He complained that President Donald Trump’s tweets made it “impossible for me to do my job” and that “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”
“Whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards or the president, I’m going to do what I think is right,” Barr said. “I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
The media immediately erupted in celebration over his ‘extraordinary rebuke’ of the president. They interpreted his comments to mean that Trump’s tweets about the prosecutors, who recommended a Draconian sentence of 7 to 9 years for his longtime political consultant Roger Stone, undermined the legal system and the DoJ.
Sixty-seven-year-old Stone was found guilty by a jury last year on seven felony counts of impeding congressional and FBI investigations into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia led by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump tweeted last Tuesday, “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”
He sent the media into an uproar and the four offended prosecutors who were assigned to Stone’s case resigned. They think they should be allowed to do whatever they want without any intervention or supervision from Barr or Trump. Unknown to taxpayers, who foot the bill for their salaries and elected the president to watch over them, they consider themselves to be independent of any authority.
Stone was accused of “lying and threatening a witness,” his former friend Randy Credico, who found his threats to him and his dog hysterical and never felt threatened at all. Prosecutors are seeking an enhanced sentence for a crime with no victim, one which has only been used for violent offenses like armed robbery.
Stone was never accused of working with Russians or WikiLeaks. His lies were reckless and stupid, but not based on any criminal intent or activity. DoJ detractors are unconcerned about revelations that juror No. 1261, the foreperson on the Stone jury, was publicly tweeting in a hostile manner about the Trump administration, Stone and his arrest before and during the trial.
The public is beginning to lose faith in Bill Barr’s Justice Department, especially after it hasn’t laid a glove on several FBI officials who have been implicated in lying to the FISA Court to begin surveillance of Trump.
They used improperly obtained FISA warrants to gather dirt for a preplanned investigation and leaked classified information while seeking a Mafia-Don-style sentence for Stone. Many people are fearing that Barr might be another time-wasting placeholder or just too cowardly to root out the unethical partisans who are threatening to overthrow him.
Trump has no intention to stop tweeting. Why should he? He was elected to clean up the mess at the department and Barr is busy whining about how hard his job is.
On Tuesday the president unleashed another round of tweets as he hit 50% approval rating in Rasmussen polling. He reminded his detractors that “the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things. Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is ….badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out. Even Mueller’s statement to Congress that he did not see me to become the FBI Director (again), has been proven false.”
Barr, to his credit, has tapped several federal prosecutors across the country to review the Russia probes involving Trump and his associates and examine allegations involving former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s ties to Ukraine.
Democrats and their compliant media partners accuse Trump and Barr of exacting revenge on the president’s political enemies and weaponizing the department. None of these criticisms are fair comments in light of the circumstances that led to Stone’s ensnarement in a politically-motivated investigation.
Barr needs to understand that the president was elected to tweet for the American people. Our voices are drowned out by a biased media and his Twitter feed has become our platform so our voices can be heard. The idea that we should just look the other way while DoJ officials attempt to commandeer the DoJ without any supervision from our elected president only makes sense to corrupt lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
They want to be ‘untouchable’ while they weaponize our criminal justice system to attack political enemies and allow their friends to skate. This is unacceptable to the American people and it is obvious to us that something really stinks at the DoJ. They have conducted multiple investigations into Trump and his associates while ‘declining to prosecute’ numerous people affiliated with the Democratic Party or who instigated the unwarranted investigation of Trump based on a phony dossier.
We are in the midst of a revolt by career officials at the DoJ only because they know the proverbial walls are now closing in on them. We will not be distracted by cries from the Federal Judges Association who are calling for an ‘emergency meeting’. We will not be bowed by calls from over 1100 irrelevant former prosecutors and DoJ officials calling for Barr to resign. We will not be distracted by outcries from corrupt political operatives masked as journalists.
If Barr is not up to the task of standing up to the most deviant Justice Department in modern American history, he needs to relinquish his position to someone else who will administer the department without fear or favor.