Wait, can he do that?
Courtesy of CNBC:
Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new federal criminal prosecution of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, an official said Tuesday.
But Barr will recuse himself from an internal Justice Department probe of current Labor Secretary’s Alex Acosta involvement in approving a controversial no-prosecution deal with the wealthy financier a decade ago, an official said.
Barr’s announced decision to have oversight over the Epstein prosecution came after reports that he had recused himself from the case, which is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
And it came as a bevy of Democratic members of Congress and presidential candidates demanded that Acosta resign because of his role as then-U.S. Attorney in Miami in signing off on a deal to not prosecute Epstein in the mid-2000s.
Apparently, Barr will remain recused from the part of the investigation directly dealing with Alex Acosta but will not impose any such restrictions on his ability to interfere with the actual federal investigation into Epstein’s pedophilia.
And let’s be clear he is definitely positioning himself to interfere.
And he is not limiting himself to just interfering in the Epstein case, he would also like to undermine Robert Mueller’s testimony next week.
Courtesy of Think Progress:
Earlier this year, following his bungled roll-out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in 2016, Attorney General William Barr claimed he had “no objection” to Mueller testifying before Congress.
Now, Barr has changed his tune.
On Monday, the attorney general said he was “disappointed” that the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees subpoenaed Mueller, who will be testifying before Congress on July 17.
“I was disappointed to see him subpoenaed because I don’t think it serves an important purpose dragging Bob Mueller up if he in fact is going to stick to the report,” Barr told reporters. “It seems to me the only reason for doing that is to create some kind of public spectacle.”
Bill Barr went to great pains to manipulate public perception of the Mueller report before the redacted version was released and seems determined to continue to shape opinion even now.
Robert Mueller answering questions about his report on life TV is going to receive a huge amount of publicity and could completely undermine Barr’s attempts to shape the narrative.
Clearly, that is something both he, and Donald Trump, fear.
I think it is perfectly obvious in both of these cases that Bill Barr is not America’s Attorney General.
He is instead working directly for Donald Trump, and ONLY for Donald Trump.