Holder: Barr burying Mueller report, just ‘beginning’ obstruction

In an exclusive interview with MSNBC anchor Ari Melber, Former Attorney General Eric Holder makes news by saying Trump Attorney General Bill Barr is handling the Mueller report in the “wrong” way, which is troubling and departs from clear precedent. Pressed by Melber, Holder adds that Congress must get the Mueller Report and decide any obstruction case against Pres. Trump – not his handpicked A.G. Holder adds that this is the beginning or “middle” of the process, not the end.

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53 Responses to Holder: Barr burying Mueller report, just ‘beginning’ obstruction

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  2. Marshal Dillon didn’t come to play! @RepAdamSchiff

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  3. Nancy Pelosi is not playing with these mofos……….

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  7. And there you have it, folks! This is why republicans want Adam Schiff off the Intel committee. Not gonna happen bitttttches.

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  8. #BOSS Adam Schiff to the 9 Republicans on the House Intel Committee…..

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  9. Adam Schiff aka Matt Dillon-US Marshal is going to protect this country ❗️

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  10. They can go pound concrete. Adam Schiff is going to get to the bottom of this bittttch.

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  13. Look y’all! What’s going on?

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  17. rikyrah says:

    McConnell blocks resolution calling for release of Mueller report for second time
    BY JORDAIN CARNEY – 03/27/19 10:09 AM EDT

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution that called for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election to be publicly released for the second time this week.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Intelligence Committee, tried to get unanimous consent for the Senate to pass the resolution, which cleared the House in a 420-0 vote.

    “The fact is that a four-page summary cannot possibly illuminate what this thorough of an investigation uncovered. I find it so disappointing that so many are rushing to judgement without being able to see the full report or all of the underlying facts,” Feinstein said from the Senate floor.

    But McConnell objected to her request to pass the non-binding resolution, noting that Attorney General William Barr is currently working with Mueller to determine what in the report should or should not be released.

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    Jerry (@js_edit) Tweeted:
    The one thing we know for certain now is that the Senate Majority Leader and the Attorney General of the United States are active participants in the cover-up. https://twitter.com/js_edit/status/1110423726594519042?s=17

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  25. Barr is out of his fucking mind……….

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  26. rikyrah says:

    The crescendo of furious gaslighting following Barr’s propaganda summary suggests a plan was place to exploit the gap between the submission of the report and public revelation of what’s in it to delegitimize Mueller’s actual findings and the ongoing investigations.

    Trump cronies are incoherently claiming BOTH (a) that the report exonerates him AND (b) the investigation was so ethically compromised and politically biased nothing that came of it can be taken seriously and shouldn’t be made public. Obviously can’t be both.

    Trump’s “one weird trick” is the shameless public delegitimization of anyone aligned against his interests. Once again, we’re seeing he’s the GOAT at this evil art. It’s what’s made him the Houdini of industrial-scale white-collar theft.

    Our idiot media still isn’t capable of understanding how to not be co-opted by Trump’s reality-bending propaganda machine, and continues to get played like a burgled Stradivarius.

    Barr’s cover-up gambit means Mueller will certainly be called to testify under oath in the House. That’s why we’re getting the full-on blitz to mischaracterize his findings: to lock the media and public into a favorable narrative nowhere in evidence, before he actually speaks.

    The Trump machine’s rush to assert an adamantly conclusive interpretation of the investigation on nothing but a crony appointee’s spin on it, and then using this to discredit the larger attempt to uphold the rule of law and separation of powers is completely poisonous.

    The media’s atrocious gullibility, which is letting this happen without serious resistance, is even more scandalous than the credulity that herded public opinion behind the invasion of Iraq. Because we already *know* this administration does nothing but lie.

    This Trump campaign memo seeking to de-platform Democrats constitutionally duty-bound to check executive abuses of power, on the basis of claims consistent with Barr’s gloss on Mueller’s report, gives away the aim of the game: no rule of law, no oversight.

    The Trump machine is making a lot of political hay with necessary legal distinctions. Barr says Mueller didn’t establish conspiracy or coordination b/w the campaign & “the Russian government,” which doesn’t imply there wasn’t plenty with Russians hard to pin as agents of Putin.

    He says Mueller didn’t establish that any Trump associate or U.S. citizen “knowingly coordinated” with the IRA to influence the election. Which doesn’t imply that Stone (not part of the campaign) didn’t coordinate with anonymous agents of the IRA, or with Assange (not American.)

    Barr says Mueller supplies evidence of obstruction, then uses the fact that he doesn’t establish conspiracy to a certain legal standard (which doesn’t at all rule it out, in fact) to argue in a shady way that there was nothing to obstruct, so he let’s Trump off scot-free.

    The Trump admin/campaign then uses it’s own opportunistic judgment as a fixed fact to leverage an attack on the legitimacy of Dem oversight officials in Congress. But Congress’s constitutional oversight authority is wholly independent of the executive’s findings about itself.

    Trump has gone to pains to confuse people into accepting that the legitimacy of congressional oversight depends on a prior, narrow legal finding of criminality, which it has done everything it can to prevent. Having done it successfully, it’s attacking the separation of powers.

    But congressional power over the executive under the constitution is entirely political. If it decides as a body that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, that settles it.

    Trump’s hand-picked AG (confirmed by a lapdog Senate, with a record of shielding presidents from scandal) telling us what the report says & sitting on it doesn’t settle anything. But spinning it like it does to prevent congressional oversight tell us a lot. This is far from over.

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒🤨

    Ari Melber (@AriMelber) Tweeted:
    Length of Bill Barr’s 2018 letter arguing a defense to Presidential obstruction:

    19 pages

    Length of Barr’s 2019 letter arguing a defense to potential Trump obstruction:

    4 pages

    Length of Mueller Report documenting the obstruction evidence on Pres. Trump:

    Barr won’t say. https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/1110583140492423168?s=17

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  28. rikyrah says:

    Today the media is cautioning Dems about “investigation fatigue” while excitedly reporting that Graham wants to investigate Hillary’s emails.
    GOP suffered NO consequences from their nonstop investigations and obstruction — stop letting them scare us out of using our power.
    — 🌋 Kilohana (@KilohanaKona) March 26, 2019

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  29. rikyrah says:

    If Mueller’s report is great news for Trump, why can’t we see it?
    03/26/19 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Over the last 48 hours or so, Americans have seen quite a bit of coverage about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia scandal. What they have not seen is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia scandal.

    Literally everything we know about the document has come from a brief summary of the report, written by Attorney General William Barr, handpicked by Donald Trump to lead the Justice Department. Barr, a Republican lawyer who’s only been at his post for about five weeks, has offered his assessment about Mueller’s findings – but that’s all he’s prepared to share.

    Last week, the House voted 420 to 0 on a measure calling for the attorney general to release the actual Mueller report to the public. It’s against this backdrop that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried yesterday to pass, by unanimous consent, the same resolution in the upper chamber. That didn’t work.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked an effort by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to unanimously pass a non-binding measure expressing that Congress wants Robert Mueller’s report outlining the results of his Russia investigation be made public. […]

    “Whether or not you’re a supporter of President Trump or not, whatever you feel there is no good reason not to make the report public,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday. “The American people deserve to see the documentation, what did they do? Who did they approach? What happened?”

    McConnell objected to Schumer’s effort.

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Possible Mueller testimony to Congress likely to face contention
    Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI and Justice Department official, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Robert Mueller could be called to testify before Congress and whether Trump’s attorney general, William Barr could prevent that from happening.

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    Lack of Mueller recommendation on obstruction perplexes experts
    Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI and Justice Department official, talks with Rachel Maddow about the peculiarity of Robert Mueller apparently not making a recommendation on Trump obstruction of justice in his report and what might explain the omission.

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  32. rikyrah says:

    Barr memo leaves much unanswered about Mueller report findings
    Rachel Maddow reviews Attorney General William Barr’s memo to Congress about the conclusions of the Mueller Report and asks some of the questions that are not addressed and also newly raised.

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  33. rikyrah says:

    Absent Mueller conclusion on obstruction, Barr makes own ruling
    Rachel Maddow notes that past precedent for dealing with the question of obstruction by a sitting president is to refer the matter to Congress, but Trump A.G. William Barr took it upon himself to decide no crime had been committed.

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  34. Ametia says:

    Thanks for breaking it down for us, AG Holder. We know the filth & grime these hacks are swimming in.

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    Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) Tweeted:
    “A Crime in Public View”: How William Barr Pardoned Donald Trump | Vanity Fair. ⁦@ScottTurow⁩ cuts through the fog. https://t.co/9n7gCf3NQI https://twitter.com/jonathanalter/status/1110508462247735296?s=17

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  42. rikyrah says:

    That is my Attorney General👏👏👏

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  48. TokyoSand says:

    He’s right about that. We need full transparency and the first step is for the full report to go to Congress.

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