Bill Barr the Boogeyman — or So Democrats Would Have Us Think
Now that Democrats didn’t get the results they wanted from the Mueller report, which, to their disappointment, found the president did not collude with Russia or obstruct justice — or commit any other crime — they’re trying to discredit Attorney General Bill Barr.
It’s the ol’ shoot-the-messenger trick to achieve several tactical goals, the first being to distract the public’s attention away from the misleading allegations and flat-out conspiracy theories California Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, and scores of other Democratic lawmakers, trafficked in media relentlessly the past few years, insisting the president and his campaign associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Given the special counsel found no such crimes were committed, despite an exhaustive 22-month investigation that included the White House submitting over one million pages of documents, complying with hundreds of hours of interviews and not impeding the investigation whatsoever, Democrats are now scrambling to save face by changing the subject.
It’s no longer about Russian collusion; it’s about making the attorney general out to be the new Boogeyman — in yet another shameless attempt to try and delegitimize the Trump administration and fuel calls for impeachment.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono and others are calling for Barr’s immediate resignation while scores of liberal lawmakers are smearing Barr’s integrity, despite his decades of exemplary public service at the Department of Justice that earned him wide bipartisan respect. The left is accusing Attorney General Barr of mischaracterizing the special counsel’s findings and acting as the president’s “personal attorney” to protect him.
Of course, Democrats made no such accusations against former Attorney General Eric Holder, even when he bragged he was then-President Obama’s “wingman.” Or when he referred to Obama as “my boy.” During a 2013 radio interview on the Tom Joyner show, Holder said, “I’m still enjoying what I’m doing. There’s still work to be done. I’m still the president’s wingman, so I’m there with my boy.”
Was that not partisan?
Then there was Obama’s subsequent attorney general, Loretta Lynch, who ran defense for her former boss and Hillary Clinton on numerous occasions, including when she instructed then-FBI Director James Comey to refer to his criminal investigation into Clinton’s renegade emails housed in an unauthorized server in her Chappaqua, New York, home not as an “investigation” but as a “matter.”
Was that not spinning the truth for political purposes to protect fellow Democrats during a hotly contested presidential campaign where Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner?
And no one will forget Lynch’s infamous 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton days before the FBI was to interview his wife for mishandling classified information while secretary of state during the Obama administration.
Of course, those instances of partisanship didn’t faze Democrats back then, or now. But today, they’re insisting Trump’s attorney general must step down for alleged partisanship. Go figure.
The second reason Democrats are creating all this political noise involving Bill Barr’s handling of the Mueller report is to distract from President Trump’s significant achievements since occupying the White House including a robust economy, higher wages and historically low unemployment.
Democrats are also greatly concerned that Barr indicated during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday he’s investigating the Russian Collusion Hoax fueled by a cabal of deceptive Deep State actors within the highest echelons of our government. The left is taking the “best defense is the best offense” strategy before the shoe drops. And with the inspector general’s report expected to drop any time now, along with declassified FISA documents the president will release among other relevant materials involving the attempted coup d’etat against his administration, Democrats are running scared.
As they should be. The truth is coming out, and Attorney General Barr won’t allow America’s justice system to be weaponized for political purposes. That’s something all Americans should stand shoulder to shoulder on because if one political party in power can abuse our justice system for political purposes, so can the next.
The hunter will become the hunted — all it takes is an election.
It’s a perilous scenario for all Americans.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.