Attorney General Barr's twisted logic

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William Barr's Cliff's Notes version of the Mueller Report proves that Barr is an accomplished lawyer. He miraculously manages to twist reality and truth. Trump stated on television that he fired the director of the FBI, James Comey, in order to prevent him from pursuing an investigation into Trump's criminal activity. This is a public declaration that the president of the United States obstructed justice. There is no other interpretation.

Barr twists this reality very cleverly in order to conclude that Trump cannot be prosecuted. He first postulates that obstruction of justice can only happen if it can be proved beyond doubt (a) that the suspect actually committed a crime, and (b) that the suspect was likely to be prosecuted for this crime. By this logic, despite President Trump declaring on TV that he fired the director of the FBI in order to obstruct the investigation of Trump's criminal activities, and despite vast evidence already in the public domain proving beyond doubt that Trump obstructed justice, Barr concludes that Trump cannot be declared guilty of obstruction of justice because Barr himself does not intend to prosecute him.

To summarize, Barr argues convincingly that Trump cannot be charged with obstructing justice because with Barr as attorney general, there is no justice to obstruct. Barr believes the president is above the law, and therefore he cannot be prosecuted for any crimes he may commit.

Tom DeCoursey

Oak Park

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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 18th, 2019 11:45 AM

Seems I'm not the only one who's been hearing that ominous tick-tick-tick. From the Mueller Report, in the first paragraph under "Evidence." Upon learning in the spring of 2017 that Robert Mueller had been appointed as Special Prosecutor, Donald Trump replied, "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm f****d." Consciousness of guilt directly from the horse's ass's mouth.Tick... tick... tick...

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 5th, 2019 4:36 PM

You're incapable of recognizing a fact that doesn't support your hallucinations, Ray Ray. Go back to your nap.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: April 5th, 2019 11:16 AM

@ Junior - I repeat myself - I gave you my source and reasoning and I got a bunch of ignorant insults in return. The free exchange of ideas is the heart of our society but you seem devoid of factual arguments.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 9:43 PM

Shhhh, Ray. Don't trouble yourself with the burden of observation and thought. Just go back to your nap and dream your comforting fantasies.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 8:51 PM

@ Dwyer - Alan Dershowitz ( Clinton Supporter) is my authority who is yours? A coup would be an unconstitutional take over of the government so your argument about who takes over is baseless.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 9:09 AM

Yes, we are a nation of laws. The basis for these laws is our Consttution. We have elections, and elections have consequences. No apoligies necessary.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 8:51 AM

And by the way, to all the Drumpf apologists out there: Does this latest neurological garble from president mean that all those Constitutional "original intent" obsessives will now have to refer to "orange intent"?

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 7:29 AM

All of Ray Simpson's other nonsense aside for a moment, I have to wonder if he has any idea just what a "coup d' etat" is. Because, even if Drumpf was to be impeached, there would still be a Republican, not a Democrat in the White House. Don't take my word for it, it's right there in the orange words of the Constitution. Ya know, the orange, uh, the orange, that is, the first, or the beginnings, of our Constitution.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 6:28 PM

Many Constitutional legal scholars will agree that a President can be impeached, but not indicted while in office. Imagine a country where one party pursues a President the goal of indicting a President because they lost an election, and are unhappy that the newly elected President is not indicted for treason. What kind of country would that be?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 5:51 PM

@ Marc Martinez: Thank you and it does not matter because no one will dare ask the tough questions at the tough times. The Constitution says that we the citizens have freedom of the press. Currently, because the press wont ask the tough questions of the favored children, I now want freedom from the press. I don't want to hear from them. Catch the Chicago Tribune A&E article by Chris Jones for Sunday 24, 2019. The average citizen saw what happened to Judge Kavanaugh and President Trump. The average citizen who can not defend themselves from government will vote for Trump because the longer Trump is in office The government has less time to look at them.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 5:17 PM

The world is about to see what "A Bucket of Worms" looks like! The insidious activities of the last administration will challenge our countries faith in our system. If anyone doubts Obama's involvement in the "Deep State" attempt to sink the Trump presidency - they are not awake or stone cold dead.

Marc Martinez from Oak Park  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 5:07 PM

Brian, it wasn't just a Russian delegate, it was President Medvedev that the our last president whispered to.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 3:40 PM

Does anyone remember the name of the President, who on a public stage with an open microphone told a Russian delegate that after the election he wanted to work with the Russians? Does anyone recall the President being asked to explain his remarks?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: April 3rd, 2019 3:14 PM

AG Barrs 4 page letter is not a Cliffs note Version of the Mueller Report. It is a 4 page letter explaining the findings of the report. With Sen. Lindsay Graham speaking out to get to the issue of the Steele dossier, who paid for it, how the information was compiled and how the dossier was submitted to a FISA judge will be telling.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: April 2nd, 2019 5:46 PM

No Tom the President is not above the law. Never was. In regard to the firing of FBI Director Comey, may I remind you that the Director serves at the discretion of the Chief Executive, the POTUS. As such the President has the constitutional power to fire said Director at any time for any reason or no reason at all. If the Congress somehow thinks this is obstruction of justice, well guess what, there is a constitutional remedy to address this: It's called impeachment. In fact the last President charged charged with obstruction of justice, Bill Clinton, was in fact impeached. But he was not convicted. So I don't know how you can say this President (or any other President for that matter) is above the law. Or would you rather have the a righteous crusading (non elected) FBI Director in charge? You know one crusading and untouchable; sorta like J Edgar, who ran things for 44 years unaccountable to nobody but himself. Now there is an example of someone truly above the law.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: April 2nd, 2019 2:11 PM

for 2 years you anti-Trump crazies have been telling us "tick - tick - tick" the Bob Mueller investigation will end the Trump presidency. Mueller put together a team of pro-Clinton prosecutors and spent 25 million dollars! TICK - TICK - THUMP. The next page in this mini-history thriller will be very interesting since people are starting to ask who started this fiasco and will they have to answer for their failed coup d' etat .The last place I would want to be is where President Trump seeks justice for my actions - he is a street fighter - you know!

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