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Under Suspicion: AG Barr and the Mueller Report

Updated on March 29, 2019
Is Barr truly independent of Trump? Would he be willing to say Trump obstructed issues?
Is Barr truly independent of Trump? Would he be willing to say Trump obstructed issues?

So, just when we all thought it might be over, clouds of suspicion gather about the Attorney General Barr, who Trump appointed to replace Comey. The clouds may or may not throw more fire onto the Trump obstruction issue because Mueller did not clear Trump of no wrong doing or piss poor judgement on this issue and we now know there are references to some valid evidence within the report as reported by CNN and Fox. Whether it rises to unlawful conduct continues to be the burning question and why did Mueller leave this issue open for AG Barr to decide?

AG Barr is facing his own questionable motives about releasing the report that the Congress demands by April 2. He has said that deadline will come and go and only notes sometime in April will a more robust, redacted version of the report will be made for the public.

Barr got Mueller's report long before anyone else and he released a skinny four page report summary of what we now know is a comprehensive 400 page report! Right away, logical people begin to get suspicious. After all, since Trump appointed Barr, it is not unreasonable to think (despite what they say about separation of agencies) Barr has talked to Trump about items in it using a secure line. It is reasonable to think it might have occurred. Then, Barr is going through the report before anyone else can and if there are questionable obstruction questions that make Barr cringe, Barr could easily redact them under the "National Security" claim since it was intelligence originally.

We know there are such questions about Trump obstruction because Mueller and his team of 20 lawyers were divided about the obstruction issue resulting in Mueller only clearing Trump of collusion 100%. The obstruction issue remains an issue that has been left unresolved 100%. AG Barr has hinted that there appears to be some potential obstruction evidence Mueller has found.

Will Barr redact it so the public and Congress cannot see the truth? Will Congress have to force AG Barr's hand and force him to testify just to get to the truth? Common sense tells anyone that within 400 pages of Mueller's report that took two years to investigate and numerous convictions of Trump's soldiers that were within his orbit, there is some evidence that Trump is guilty of obstruction, otherwise, Mueller would have cleared Trump of it as he did about collusion with Russia. Mueller could not decide or did not want to decide (he is a Republican also).

Suspicion is rightly so. If you disagree, you are just blind because the truth may hurt and any devout belief in President Trump. It is the duty of Congress to get the full report without redactions. AG Barr is under intense pressure to produce a full report but who is overseeing his duties free of prejudice towards Trump, who appointed him? Can we trust he would be willing to charge Trump with obstruction? Would he try to hide such evidence to protect Trump? How loyal is he to Trump?

Republicans trust AG Barr. That is about it and Congress must oversee his report in order to get to the truth.


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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      From the memo

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      To obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding. In cataloguing the President's actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies NO actions that, in our judgement, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department's principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense.

      -----------------------------

      B:

      The statement by Mueller that he decided to just give both sides and leave it to the AG to decide if there was a crime. Is Mueller's failure to find evidence that can be found beyond a reasonable doubt.

      If he couldn't find that evidence with 19 attorneys, 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff.

      2800 subpoenas

      nearly 500 search warrants

      230 orders for communication records,

      almost 50 order authorizing use of pen registers

      13 requests to foreign govt for evidence

      nearly 500 witnesses were interviewed

      That is an exoneration and compare that with Comey exonerating Hillary Clinton. If you believe that Hillary was exonerated, then why don't you believe Trump?

      ------------------------------------

      B:

      Remember that Barr was summarizing what Mueller wrote, but if he didn't indict and convict he failed to make a case. His opinion is not the same as a court of law.

      Mueller was your guy, and he failed because there were no crimes by Trump.

      And what he did by keeping his investigation going till and through the mid term election was an influence on the election in favor of the left. And by you and the left continuing on with this baseless accusation are just trying to keep that influence going to the 2020 presidential election. It was just like the Judge Kavanaugh multiple investigations that didn't show any crime was committed, yet it delay the hearing, and impugned the president before the 2018 mid term elections. We didn't need the Russians when we have the democrats to influence our elections.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      PerryA

      What does that have to do with Mueller writing the report?

      And talk about bias, Mueller was rejected by president Trump for his old job as FBI director shortly before he was appointed as special counsel, and that is definitely conflict of interest, but that is OK with you.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 years ago

      The problem is that Barr is an appointee of Trump, it looks biased already. Barr is the only one seeing it for now, deciding what is good or bad for Trump, he is NOT a neutral party, despite his claims.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Remember, Mueller is your guy, and he wrote these 400 pages. Unless you are saying that Barr told him what to write, then Barr is now involved in the contents of the report.

      And does anyone think that president Trump had any input in Mueller's report? The what is the problem?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      jake

      This is not an answer, it is just gas from you.

      Maybe one of your buds can point out these facts you claim.

    • JAKE Earthshine profile image

      JAKE Earthshine 

      2 years ago from Milky-Way Galaxy ~ 4th Planet from the SUN

      Talk to yourself Brad Masters, I refuse to engage with "FACT-Deniers"

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      jake

      Are these your facts?

      They just seem to be well known baseless accusations by you that you call facts.

      ------------------------------------------

      "Nancy "Powerhouse" Pelosi and the New Progressive democratic Congress is already paying MAJOR dividends, they including AOC will PROTECT ALL Americans including Trump followers from Donald's intended GUTTING of Social Security and Medicare by over a TRILLION Dollars by Stomping OUT that idea in it's tracks in the House of representatives, If Democrats didn't gain the majority in the 2016 midterms can we imagine how devastating these Massive INSANE Cuts would have been to our retired folks after this abominable legislation easily slid through a republican controlled congress?

      NOW, with a Democratic Controlled House of Representatives, at least we have a chance to see the un-tampered with Mueller Report otherwise the republican "Cover-Up" and concealment of the facts would have been much easier to accomplish considering the Dems would not have had subpoena power as they do now: The REPORT is absolutely DAMNING for Mr. Trump just from the public evidence alone, I can imagine what other evidence Mueller uncovered covertly that we are unaware of:"

      B:

      Maybe you could define what is a fact.

    • JAKE Earthshine profile image

      JAKE Earthshine 

      2 years ago from Milky-Way Galaxy ~ 4th Planet from the SUN

      I posted well known FACTS Brad Master and anyone who wishes to go back and read what I said will find that to be the case as damning as it is to Mr. Trump:

      Like myself, I just hope perrya refrains from allowing fact-less nonsense like yours to infest valid, legitimate comments:

      The oval office / republican COVER-Up of the Mueller Report must not stand: It's already damning for Donald, I can't wait to discover what else was uncovered:

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Jake

      "But Donald is NOT telling the TRUTH Brad Masters and the fact based evidence reveals his underlying Russian ties: "

      B:

      What facts, and what ties, and how does any of it have to do with the Mueller report which exonerates him, and all Americans?

      --------------------------------------------------------

      "Has he ever told the truth about anything?: Given his history, Trump University, Trump Foundation etc etc both of which were BOARDED Up, he was probably trying to con some investors into building some kind of a tower in Russia during the campaign so he could try to slap his name on it and collect a few bucks, then he LIED Profusely about it to deceive the voting public: That's just one example of this serial lying "

      B:

      None of that was in the Mueller report? So, it is just more baseless accusations.

      -------------------------------------------------------

      "and then he called upon Russian Spies to locate and retrieve our private property ON NATIONAL Television, and then expressed a gleeful interest in receiving said stolen property so he could see it:"

      B:

      What are you talking about?

      -------------------------------------------------------

      "That's called by many experts Betrayal of the USA & Subversion of OUR Democracy:"

      B:

      I think that now acknowledging the winner of the US election as the president of the US, and resisting him in being president is a betrayal and subversion of our democracy.

      -------------------------------------------------------

      "How many more examples of his blatant lying would you like before you're de-programmed and start believing your own eyes and ears instead of blindly following a funny looking 72 year old cult leader who is rapidly losing his flock because they are FINALLY figuring out he could care less about them or their families?"

      B:

      Blatant lying about what? And name calling and character assassination of the president of the US is just baseless and unAmerican.

      Families? What Families?

      --------------------------------------------------------

      Jake

      How about responding to my last comment

      "It’s good news for Trump too — if he’s telling the truth about having had nothing to do with Russia during the campaign. Democrats won’t be able to second-guess Obama’s own FBI chief if he gives Trump a clean bill of legal health. If he isn’t telling the truth about having had nothing to do with Russia, well, then he’s in deep sh*t.

      And Mueller is the one that wrote the report, and nothing Barr could say will change it. The fact is that Mueller didn't indict Trump on any count, because he failed to produce evidence that could bring a conviction."

      -------------------------------

    • JAKE Earthshine profile image

      JAKE Earthshine 

      2 years ago from Milky-Way Galaxy ~ 4th Planet from the SUN

      But Donald is NOT telling the TRUTH Brad Masters and the fact based evidence reveals his underlying Russian ties: Has he ever told the truth about anything?: Given his history, Trump University, Trump Foundation etc etc both of which were BOARDED Up, he was probably trying to con some investors into building some kind of a tower in Russia during the campaign so he could try to slap his name on it and collect a few bucks, then he LIED Profusely about it to deceive the voting public: That's just one example of this serial lying and then he called upon Russian Spies to locate and retrieve our private property ON NATIONAL Television, and then expressed a gleeful interest in receiving said stolen property so he could see it:

      That's called by many experts Betrayal of the USA & Subversion of OUR Democracy:

      How many more examples of his blatant lying would you like before you're de-programmed and start believing your own eyes and ears instead of blindly following a funny looking 72 year old cult leader who is rapidly losing his flock because they are FINALLY figuring out he could care less about them or their families?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      It’s good news for Trump too — if he’s telling the truth about having had nothing to do with Russia during the campaign. Democrats won’t be able to second-guess Obama’s own FBI chief if he gives Trump a clean bill of legal health. If he isn’t telling the truth about having had nothing to do with Russia, well, then he’s in deep sh*t.

      And Mueller is the one that wrote the report, and nothing Barr could say will change it. The fact is that Mueller didn't indict Trump on any count, because he failed to produce evidence that could bring a conviction.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 years ago

      Collusion is not a crime but actions that lead to conspiracy, which is a crime. While Trump's actions did trigger the investigation, the end was that he and his staff were just acting stupid without intent, hence, no collusion. Obstruction is still possible within the 400 page report that AG Barr will not release unless redacted. It is those redactions that are the issue because AG Barr was appointed by Trump and Barr had some allegiance to him, despite his claims. There is no trust in him from the House or Public. Barr will state that the redactions are due to secrets or privilege, to let one man decide this is totally bias and wrong. That is why it needs to be released free of redactions in a close hearing.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Perry A

      "So, just when we all thought it might be over, clouds of suspicion gather about the Attorney General Barr, who Trump appointed to replace Comey."

      B:

      Do you know what is wrong in this very beginning of your article? I do!

      -----------------------

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      2 years ago

      PerryA

      "Why was there even an investigation by the DOJ without a crime. Collusion is not a crime, yet that was the original task for Mueller. Contrasting this with the Comey decision to not charge Hillary Clinton because he had changed the wording of the USC criminal statute to avoid having to prosecute her.

      "James Comey told lawmakers that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page helped her lover, Peter Strzok draft Hillary Clinton's exoneration statement. Peter Strzok is the FBI agent who changed the wording from "grossly negligent," a term that would have brought potential Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, to a softer, "extremely careless.""

      What is interesting is that this word change totally exonerated Hillary Clinton? Did it really, so those things Comey said didn't really happen. And how does "Extremely Careless" any different from "grossly negligent"? The acts themselves show "Grossly Negligent" actions on the part of HRC.

      Now, the anti Trumpers are balking at president Trump saying that he was completely Exonerated by the Mueller report. How does that differ from HRC being totally exonerated by Comey? If you believe that HRC was exonerated, then you have to believe that president Trump was also exonerated."

      As for the Mueller Report

      Release it as a PDF and let everyone download it.

    • JAKE Earthshine profile image

      JAKE Earthshine 

      2 years ago from Milky-Way Galaxy ~ 4th Planet from the SUN

      Nancy "Powerhouse" Pelosi and the New Progressive democratic Congress is already paying MAJOR dividends, they including AOC will PROTECT ALL Americans including Trump followers from Donald's intended GUTTING of Social Security and Medicare by over a TRILLION Dollars by Stomping OUT that idea in it's tracks in the House of representatives, If Democrats didn't gain the majority in the 2016 midterms can we imagine how devastating these Massive INSANE Cuts would have been to our retired folks after this abominable legislation easily slid through a republican controlled congress?

      NOW, with a Democratic Controlled House of Representatives, at least we have a chance to see the un-tampered with Mueller Report otherwise the republican "Cover-Up" and concealment of the facts would have been much easier to accomplish considering the Dems would not have had subpoena power as they do now: The REPORT is absolutely DAMNING for Mr. Trump just from the public evidence alone, I can imagine what other evidence Mueller uncovered covertly that we are unaware of:

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      2 years ago

      So frustrating, just release the report in both open and closed sessions.

    • JAKE Earthshine profile image

      JAKE Earthshine 

      2 years ago from Milky-Way Galaxy ~ 4th Planet from the SUN

      At this point perrya, what else could anyone expect but an attempted COVER-Up of the Mueller Report by a republican operative? Mr. Trump has concealed or "covered-up" his tax returns, covered up his Russian Real Estate Deal(s) while running for president and covered up payments to women prior to the 2016 presidential election which has been defined by many legal experts as a conspiracy to affect an election which to my knowledge is a Felony CRIME:

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