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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:09 PM

emptywheel: How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump


Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump
How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump
March 24, 2019/132 Comments/in 2016 Presidential Election, Mueller Probe /by emptywheel


Attorney General William Barr just engaged in utterly cowardly dereliction of duty.
During his confirmation hearing, Barr confirmed that things Trump has done are obstruction


When we were awaiting the Mueller report yesterday, I wondered whether William Barr was thinking about two things he had said as part of his confirmation process. First, in his column that has always been interpreted to say that a President can’t obstruct justice, at the bottom of the first page, he instead acknowledged that a President actually could obstruct justice.

Obviously, the President and any other official can commit obstruction in this classic sense of sabotaging a proceeding’s truth-finding function. Thus, for example, if a President knowingly destroys or alters evidence, suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony, or commits any act deliberately impairing the integrity or availability of evidence, then he, like anyone else, commits the crime of obstruction.


Barr — who at the time had no understanding of the evidence — made three comments in his confirmation hearing about obstruction. Among others, he point blank said that a person could not lawfully issue a pardon in exchange for someone’s promise not to incriminate him.

“Do you believe a president could lawfully issue a pardon in exchange for the recipient’s promise not incriminate him?” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Barr during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“No, that would be a crime,” Barr said.



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https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/03/24/how-william-barr-did-old-man-back-flips-to-avoid-arresting-donald-trump/

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Reply emptywheel: How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2019 OP
triron Mar 2019 #1
Beringia Mar 2019 #2
Wellstone ruled Mar 2019 #3
OliverQ Mar 2019 #5
triron Mar 2019 #6
empedocles Mar 2019 #4
triron Mar 2019 #7

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. Too legalistic for me.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:21 PM

2. Didn't Emptywheel used to post on DU, I remember that name

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:23 PM

3. Marcy just exposed Barr for what he really is.

 

Just a Political Hack brought in to run interference for his Political Party and Corporate America.

We have seen this Movie before,

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:34 PM

5. And who is going to stop them now?

 

Seems like the entire Judicial system is in place to protect Republicans.

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 10:07 PM

6. Been thinking along same lines.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 09:28 PM

4. Empty Wheel, Marcy, on target again.

Target will be right on Barr before Congress.

[My guess is that Barr took the whole Mueller report on himself, without staff counsel, and issued his 'summary' - and his emotions got ahead of the case. Time will tell]

This is the not quite the end of one beginning - in what could be a very long, intense process.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2019, 10:35 PM

7. knr

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