Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 06, 2019

Attorney General Bill Barr distilled his controversial views on executive power and obstruction into their simplest form yet -- and left legal experts stunned.

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First was Barr's claim that Trump was "falsely accused."

"Trump was not falsely accused of anything," said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, told TPM. "He was engaged in contacts with Russians that were profoundly wrong even if it did not amount to a crime of conspiracy. He should not be absolved of obstructing the investigation into that conduct." Additionally, even if Trump was sure that he had not conspired with the Russians, there was no way for him to know for sure whether those around him had or not.

Then, there was Barr's suggestion that Trump was acting in good faith to shut down an investigation he found to be baseless.

As Alex Whiting, a Harvard law professor and former federal prosecutor pointed out, Trump did not seek to end the Mueller probe in the open where he could accept the political ramifications of such a move. Instead, he often acted secretly, giving certain orders in private -- including when he cleared the room to talk to then FBI Director James Comey -- and seeking to use rogue agents, such as his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, when officials in his White House refused to carry out his orders. He often changed his story and demanded that others in the administration, like White House Counsel Don McGahn, change theirs. "He didn't act like somebody who was obeying the law. He acted like somebody who was breaking the law," Whiting said.

And finally, Mueller provided plenty of evidence of corrupt motives that were driving Trump: the political embarrassment of the investigation, the fear that it delegitimizing his 2016 election win, the belief that some of the conduct of him and his associates could be perceived as criminal. "If a President is shutting down an investigation because he thinks it will embarrass him politically or undermine the legitimacy of his election, that is corrupt intent," Sklansky said.

This.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-02 10:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

"Barr's view of Trump's behavior is a stunning view of basically limitless power to the executive," Matthew Dallek, a political historian at George Washington University, told TPM. "There really are almost no constraints."

Trump's a dictator. Barr is the servant of a dictator.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-05-02 10:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

AG Coverup is acting like Fat Nixon's personal attorney instead of the head of the attorney general of the United States.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-02 11:33 AM | Reply

How can you obstruct something that isn't a crime. No crime, no obstruction.

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-05-03 12:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

How can you obstruct something that isn't a crime. No crime, no obstruction.

#4 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Dude. This isn't true. You've been informed of this multiple times.

Stop saying it.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-03 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

Facts flow like water off a duck's back for little Sniper.

It's entirely conceivable he suffered neurological impairment while working his government job at Hanford.

Which would explain why he hates the government.

We should probably feel sorry for him.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-03 01:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

How can you obstruct something that isn't a crime. No crime, no obstruction.

#4 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Try it. See what happens to you.

The ONLY reason Trump is not being indicted for Obstruction of Justice is AG Barr is actively Obstructing Justice.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-05-03 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

the investigation of Fat Nixon's campaign was certainly not unfounded.

#8 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-05-06 11:30 PM | Reply

How can you obstruct something that isn't a crime. No crime, no obstruction.
#4 | Posted by Sniper a

There is an adage:

Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

That counts double for the interwebs.

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-05-06 11:47 PM | Reply

This is such BS and the Dems just need to MOVEON. First, there was no underlying crime - not that his is always required for obstruction of justice - but in its absence, you need to demonstrate that Trump's intention in any action was to obstruct the investigation. So, in any case were there is another legitimate explanation for the actions - claiming obstruction is just bad justice. For instance - firing that incompetent rat Comey. With the IG report, we know that Comey's firing (and that of McCabe) was entirely justified. In fact, I think we have a 75% chance Comey and McCabe will plead guilty of Federal crimes. So, from a partisan viewpoint, they can claim it was an attempt to obstruct - but they will not pass muster in any non-biased court to secure a conviction. So, we will get more gnashing of teeth from the impotent Dems - but at the end of the day - they are only hurting their own cause.

#10 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-05-07 01:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

Trump's a dictator. Barr is the servant of a dictator.

#2 | Posted by Zed

D.C. would be in flames from Republican torches if Obama had done just one or two of the things Trump has.

Hypocrites!!

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-07 03:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"This is such BS and the Dems just need to MOVEON. "

Hypocrisy. At its finest.

Benghazi!!!

Lock her up!!

Pizzagate!!

Russia hack her emails! (If you are listening and I know you are !!!)

Unmasking!!

Investigate the Investigators!!

Open Borders!!!

Caravans of Doom!!

So many fake scandals and lies.

So little time left until 2020.

Will there be enough time to revive and relive them all??

Spying!! Obama was spying and doing the wire tapp!!

It's a NATIONAL "EMERGY" People!!

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-05-07 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

With the IG report, we know that Comey's firing (and that of McCabe) was entirely justified.

#10 | Posted by iragoldberg

Your cult requires you to ignore facts - like trump admitting on national tv that he fired comey because of the russia investigation.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-05-07 01:59 PM | Reply

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