Attorney General William Barr is publicly complaining about Donald John Trump’s interference in the duties of the Department of Justice. Do you believe him? From day one he acted as Trump’s personal attorney. It was Barr who censored much of Robert Mueller’s report, and then wrote a fallacious summary of its contents. During the impeachment process he made every effort possible to misdirect the facts.
However, now he has openly criticized Trump’s tweets and misleading remarks. What do you believe?
“I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said.
“To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity,” he said.
This is primarily in reference to Trump’s insistence that the sentence for convicted criminal, Roger Stone, be reduced. After Barr agreed, the four experienced prosecutors involved in the case resigned.
For more than three years nearly every Republican in Washington has been a marionette and Trump has been pulling the strings. Do you think that Barr is being genuine when he complains about his master?
What disturbed Barr was a tweet sent by Trump on the evening before filing the request for leniency which heavily criticized the prosecutors.
“I had made a decision that I thought was fair and reasonable in this particular case, and once the tweet occurred the question is: Well, now what do I do? Do you go forward with what you think is the right decision or do you pull back because of the tweet? And that just sort illustrates how disruptive these tweets can be.”
But was his decision ‘fair and reasonable?’ Prosecutors asked the judge for a sentence of 7-9 years for seven convictions. A man without a powerful supporter in the White House would likely have been given 20 years. Now Trump and Barr are asking for an even lesser sentence.
I have complained for years about America’s judicial system. Criminals who can afford the best attorneys receive lighter sentences or no prison time at all. Low income and impoverished men and women, who have no assets, rely on over-worked public defenders and therefore must endure the maximum sentence allowed by law.
Just a week and a half ago 52 of 100 jurors failed to do their duty and acquitted the orange child in the White House, although there was a preponderance of evidence to convict him. The trial became a sham when the foreman of that jury, Moscow Mitch McConnell, refused to allow credible witnesses. The fact that Trump was hiding the truth was proof of guilt. An innocent man has nothing to hide.
Personally, I believe these statements from Barr are a ruse. He will continue to ignore the purpose of his position and serve his fascist puppeteer. Only time will tell.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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