Month: March 2019

Barr report finds potential obstruction of justice — Still waiting on the Mueller report

The big news from Attorney General William Barr’s brief letter about the contents of the unreleased Mueller report is that Trump might be guilty of obstruction of justice. While Barr argued that, in his own judgement, he did not think there was enough evidence to charge Trump with a crime, he nonetheless confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had found much evidence of possible obstruction of justice and included it in the report.

What is that evidence in particular? We will not know until the Trump administration actually releases the Mueller report. Media coverage of Barr’s letter has been distorted, focusing on Barr’s letter as if it represents the Mueller report.

Headlines include:
“A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted,” Peter Baker, New York Times
“Trump, falsely accused of collusion, faces new onslaught of obstruction accusations,” Byron York, Washington Examiner
“For Democrats, the Mueller report turns their politics upside down,” Dan Balz, Washington Post

The Washington Post headline strangely refers to “the Mueller report” even though no such report has been released. By now, after the Trump administration has lied about everything from the crowd size of the inauguration, the results of the 2016 election, the size of his electoral college victory, and whether or not they met with Russian officials, the press and observers should know enough to not immediately take anything the Trump administration says as the gospel.

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Trump: I’m the most successful president ever

Donald Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that he is the most successful president ever. This comes from the same megalomaniac who thinks he had the largest crowd size in history, who thinks he is more popular than Abraham Lincoln, and who thinks he actually won the most votes in the past election.

So for someone who is the most popular president ever, what has he accomplished?

He failed, multiple times, to repeal Obamacare.

He hasn’t even gotten started building a wall, despite two years of unified Republican control, and he hasn’t even tried to get Mexico to pay for it.

He couldn’t even get Congress to pay for it.

His attempt to end protections for “Dreamers” is stalled in the courts.

He left Hanoi with nothing, and North Korea hasn’t been denuclearizing for the past year either.

He has gotten some things done, most of which any ordinary Republican president would have done, like cutting corporate taxes and estate taxes, but he hardly goes down as the most successful president in history.

Trump’s intel chiefs were right, what a surprise!

After Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before Congress that North Korea was a much bigger threat than illegal immigration from Mexico and unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons capabilities, Trump lashed out at intelligence.

“I disagree with certain things that they said. I think I’m right,” Trump said, citing no evidence. He also expressed through Twitter, “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!”

He skipped the next intel briefing because of it (though his disdain for being informed about intel has been publicly known since early on).

Turns out Trump was wrong. And Trump was forced to concede to the facts when he left his meeting with Kim Jong-un early with no deal.

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