President Trump’s Attorney General William Barr deliberately tried to hide the Special Counsel’s team’s findings and poison the well of public opinion in favor of Trump by announcing first that there was no collusion. However, anyone who’s been even vaguely aware of the news knows that’s hogwash.
In fact, the highly secretive Mueller team became so concerned that they accused Barr of making dishonest statements about the Robert Mueller report. The fact that Barr did this in the first place, however, should not have been a surprise at all. The upshot? He’s going to end up in the same place as the rest of Trump’s lackeys.
A new report by The Guardian has revealed three particular meetings that raise more questions about Barr’s Mueller report summary.
According to the report, Barr was invited to meet with three officials from the Department of Justice the same day he sent an unsolicited memo to President Donald Trump criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Barr ate lunch three weeks later with the officials and was then nominated six months later to become Trump’s attorney general, reported The Guardian.
Steve Engel, head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, arranged the meeting — which has not been publicly disclosed until Friday’s report.
The meeting raises new questions about the White House decision to nominate Barr to oversee the Justice Department, and the Mueller investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.
Barr summarized Mueller’s hundreds of pages of findings in a four-page letter that claimed the special counsel had not found sufficient evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice, but investigators have pushed back against those claims and Democratic lawmakers have called for the report’s full release.
A source with knowledge of the matter told The Guardian that Engel invited Barr on June 8, the day his memo arrived at the Justice Department, to a “brown bag” lunch where he could speak with other staffers.
A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the lunch meeting but insisted “the timing was coincidental and the memo was not discussed.”
Barr has had to formally backtrack in letters to Congress and, consequently, seems to be trying to back himself out of this one. The only problem is that you can’t take a mulligan with Nancy Pelosi.
If the Democrats decide to investigate Barr, they’re going to come to the conclusion that it was his intent to deliberately misrepresent Mueller’s findings in an attempt to favor Trump’s legal standing, by impeding the actions of the House of Representatives, and improperly and corruptly influencing public opinion.
The fact that Barr did this in the first place, however, should not have been a surprise at all. The upshot? He’s going to end up in the same place as the rest of Trump’s lackeys.