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.
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