The (4th?) Greatest Donald Trump Scandal Simply Broke Over 2 Years Late

It’s most likely unimaginable to rank Donald Trump scandals. We’d be right here all day! However that is undoubtedly one of many greatest from a rule of regulation perspective. It’s simply, you understand, a bit late to the sport. However you understand what? We find out about it now!

OK, so let’s rewind. Bear in mind the Mueller Probe? Prosecutor Robert Mueller was tapped as a particular counsel to research any attainable collusion between brokers of the Russian authorities and Donald Trump. It was an vital mission as a result of we don’t ever need individuals in workplace when they’re in any respect beholden to overseas pursuits. What Russia needs and what America wants are far totally different prospects — particularly with a crooked killer like Vladimir Putin in cost over there.


However what did Mueller really discover? Properly, that’s an enormous space of controversy…

The Mueller Report

For those who’ll recall, Trump mentioned it was TOTAL EXONERATION. That was after his handpicked Lawyer Normal Invoice Barr launched his abstract letter of the Mueller Report back to the general public. That abstract completely made it sound like Mueller discovered no crimes.

However the fact is Mueller discovered loads of crimes. He filed felony expenses in opposition to 34 people and three firms, most of them Russian brokers. The report acknowledged clearly that Russia had completely acted to place their thumb on the dimensions for Trump — however that collusion on the Trump aspect couldn’t be confirmed. Nonetheless, the report additionally mentioned the rationale collusion couldn’t be confirmed is due to all of the obstruction of justice. On that finish, six Trump marketing campaign associates — George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, and Roger Stone — have been charged with crimes from mendacity to Congress to witness tampering. Not precisely the nothingburger Barr led People to imagine.

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As as to if Trump dedicated obstruction of justice? Principally Mueller mentioned they couldn’t flat-out accuse him as a result of they weren’t allowed to cost him. The workforce despatched it to Congress to question. However Congress wouldn’t impeach as a result of Mueller didn’t flat-out accuse him. It was a silly mess. And Trump used the chaos to declare victory, calling the entire thing a hoax.

The Precise Witch Hunt

It wasn’t sufficient for Trump to simply inform everybody he was the sufferer of a deep state conspiracy. He wished it in writing. He wished expenses filed. So he bought Invoice Barr to discredit the primary probe. Barr assigned one other investigator to research the primary investigation. We all know, this sounds extremely foolish, we will’t assist it that is our authorities proper now.

Barr tapped prosecutor John Durham to search out any impropriety within the Trump-Russia probe. His job was ostensibly to ensure the regulation was adopted. However in actuality, in keeping with a brand new New York Occasions exposé, Barr and Durham have been working collectively to strive dig up any filth they might. Bear in mind, the entire level of a particular counsel is that they’re imagined to be unbiased — to ensure nothing is politically motivated, it’s all about justice. So Barr and Durham ingesting Scotch collectively in again rooms whereas making an attempt to show a conspiracy that didn’t exist is already offsides. However it will get worse. Loads worse.

Apparently Barr had been suspicious of the Mueller probe from earlier than he was even made AG. So he was beginning with the conclusion that it was an enormous deep state conspiracy after which simply making an attempt laborious to show it — as a substitute of going the place the details led. And holy crap, the place the details led…


OK, so bear in mind Barr believed the whole lot about Trump getting assist from Russia was a lie. So as a result of a number of intelligence businesses had confirmed it, he suspected the NSA, the CIA, and British intelligence had all colluded to lie. He and Durham even flew collectively to the UK and to Italy to attempt to persuade them to publicly backtrack on all of their intelligence findings.

The factor is, they didn’t have any cause to do this. Their findings have been strong. British intelligence have been really PISSED that they’d been accused of mendacity. (The American model of pissed, which means ANGRY — not drunk.) However Italy did supply the investigation some assist. That they had data relating to the then-President — “a probably explosive tip linking Mr. Trump to sure suspected monetary crimes.”

Yeah. You learn that proper. Italy had some type of proof that TRUMP HAD COMMITTED MORE CRIMES. The investigation meant to show Mueller had inadvertently simply stumbled onto extra Trump accusations. We imply, there are simply so many…

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Apparently it was a great tip, too. Based on the Occasions, Barr and Durham “determined that the tip was too severe and credible to disregard.” So what did they do? Properly, in addition to being unbiased, a particular counsel can be imagined to be centered. Only one single investigation, on this case wanting into the Mueller probe. However we guess Barr couldn’t threat extra individuals discovering out about YET ANOTHER Trump scandal when he was bending over backwards making an attempt to guard the person… as a result of he assigned that investigation to Durham, too! What occurred to THAT investigation? We are able to’t say for certain that it was swept beneath the rug, however right here’s what the Occasions wrote after their thorough investigation:

“Mr. Durham by no means filed expenses, and it stays unclear what degree of an investigation it was, what steps he took, what he realized and whether or not anybody on the White Home ever came upon.”

The NYT workforce by no means even came upon what the monetary crimes have been! So if Durham was advised to make it disappear, he did a great job.

Mendacity To America

OK, so this takes us again to what Barr mentioned in his BS letter concerning the Mueller report. Bear in mind how he completely mislead People? Heck, he didn’t even embrace a single full sentence from the Mueller report itself in his abstract. Like when a critic calls a film “an unimaginable waste of time” and so they simply placed on the poster “…Unimaginable”!

Properly, the subterfuge continued right here. See, the information did get out that Durham had been given further powers of felony prosecution. Numerous sources had realized he was investigating felony exercise. However bear in mind, the particular counsel is just supposed to research ONE CASE. And since everybody knew he was investigating the Mueller probe, that information was an enormous reward to Trump and his supporters. The conspiracy theorists had been vindicated; they now knew the Trump-Russia investigation was a hoax, and other people have been going to jail for it…

Besides it wasn’t a hoax. The felony investigation was, but once more, into Trump. Even once they have been making an attempt to guard him they couldn’t assist however journey over crimes.

Barr, in fact, did nothing to dissuade any of this public conjecture. He stayed silent. And it’s not like that was his factor, retaining quiet and carrying a giant stick. No, he spoke out when he might wrongfoot the American individuals. In December 2019, the inspector common accomplished its personal investigation into the Trump-Russia investigation. It confirmed the probe was on the extent, and that it had began — as had been beforehand reported — after an Australian diplomat’s tip that Trump advisor George Papadopoulos knew prematurely that Russia was going to launch some hacked Democrat emails (suggesting that he knew concerning the plan and the advantageous launch date for it). Simply minutes earlier than that report, Barr did launch a press release… identical to with the Mueller report, he bought there first and implied the precise reverse of the reality. He mentioned the FBI began their investigation”on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my opinion, have been inadequate.” So yeah, he speaks when he needs to. However within the case of individuals getting the flawed concept concerning the Trump-Russia case? Yeah, he shut proper up then.

The straightforward conclusion is that Barr wished the American individuals to imagine, as he did, no matter proof, that Trump was harmless and the whole Trump-Russia investigation was a hoax. In actual fact, the Occasions additionally revealed that proper earlier than the 2020 election, he tried to get Durham to publicly suggest Hillary Clinton was going to be in hassle for the Trump-Russia “hoax”. JFC.

Sadly, it largely labored. Only a few individuals have the time to learn the Mueller Report, or the IG’s report, not to mention the way more difficult New York Occasions one. However you understand what your aunt and uncle do have time to do? Hearken to Fox Information pundits. And browse Trump tweets (or Truths we guess). They hear TOTAL EXONERATION, they hear TRUMP-RUSSIA HOAX, they hear HILLARY CLINTON, and so they don’t hear anything. They hear the lie.

It’s like Mark Twain mentioned:

“A lie can journey midway all over the world whereas the reality is placing on its sneakers.”

Solely Mark Twain by no means did say that. However it takes a hell of quite a bit longer to clarify how that quote most likely bought misattributed than it does to say Twain mentioned it. And that’s the entire level. Sigh.

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