As Attorney General Bill Barr investigates the investigators behind the Mueller probe that yielded no evidence proving President Trump colluded with Russia, Congressional Democrats are growing unhinged at the possibility that their party officials could be implicated.
They are resorting to holding Barr in contempt for not releasing unredacted portions of the Mueller report, in an attempt to ruin his reputation for the purposes of undermining the ongoing investigation:
CONFIRMED: House Dems voting next week to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over unredacted Mueller Report, sources in leadership meeting say. Politico first reported.
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 3, 2019
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) claims that “systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people.”
“I spent six years with the Justice Department and I venerate the department, to think that it is being led by someone this way breaks my heart for the department but is profoundly concerning for the country,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said of Barr’s supposedly unethical behavior.
But Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) notes that Barr would be risking a violation of federal law if the complied with the requests of Congress.
“We’re really doing this?” Crenshaw wrote in a tweet. “We’re all supposed to just ignore the fact that Barr is bound by federal law to protect grand jury information? Are we pretending there might be some bombshell hidden in there? This is dishonest politics meant to discredit Barr.”
Legal analyst Sean Davis of The Federalist backs up Crenshaw’s assertion:
They’re holding him in contempt for not violating federal law protecting grand jury information. https://t.co/0BzT5s2yJC
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 4, 2019
This is happening despite the fact that former FBI spook Robert Mueller lauded Barr for his cooperation in releasing his report during last week’s press conference when he announced his special counsel into Russian interference would be shuttered.
“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the Attorney General—as required by Department regulations,” Mueller said. “The Attorney General then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and the American people.”
Mueller even commended Barr for his transparency in releasing the report, as he released more than even Mueller would have if he were in Barr’s position.
“At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The Attorney General preferred to make the entire report public all at once. We appreciate that the Attorney General made the report largely public. I do not question the Attorney General’s good faith in that decision,” Mueller said.
Despite the haranguing from unhinged Democrats, Barr remains steadfastly focused on getting to the bottom of the Russian probe and the illegal spying that likely took place against President Trump.
“I’m not suggesting that people did what they did necessarily because of conscious, nefarious motives. Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest, the better good. They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have,” Barr said in a recent CBS News interview.
Referring to texts sent between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page plotting against Trump, Barr added: “If those kinds of discussions were held, you know, when Obama first ran for office, people talking about Obama in those tones and suggesting that ‘Oh he might be a Manchurian candidate for Islam’ or something like that. You know, some wild accusations like that, and you had that kind of discussion back and forth, you don’t think we would be hearing a lot more about it?”
Hearing Barr talk about the issue of Obama-era subversion of national intelligence for partisan purposes with such candor and clarity, it is easy to see why Democrats are acting so maliciously against him.
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