White House counsel wrote letter to AG Bill Barr complaining that the Mueller report did not exonerate their client.

By |2019-05-02T12:20:04-08:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |13 Comments

This ought to be good.

Courtesy of Axios

White House lawyer Emmet Flood sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr on April 19 accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of playing politics with his claim that the report “does not exonerate” President Trump on obstruction of justice.

“Because they do not belong in our criminal justice vocabulary, the SCO’s inverted-proof standard and “exoneration” statements can be understood only as political statements, issuing from persons (prosecutors) who in our system of government are rightly expected never to be political in the performance of their duties. The inverted burden of proof knowingly embedded in the SCO’s conclusion shows that the Special Counsel and his staff failed in their duty to act as prosecutors and only as prosecutors.”

The letter goes on to criticize Mueller’s choice not to make a prosecutorial decision on obstruction, which Flood claims does not comply with the obligation imposed by the special counsel’s regulations to “explain the prosecution or declination decisions reached.”

Flood also addresses the claim by some Democrats that Mueller’s report was meant to be a “road map” for congressional action, including possible impeachment: “If that was in fact the SCO’s intention, it too serves as additional evidence of the SCO’s refusal to follow applicable law. … Under a constitution of separated powers, inferior Article II officers should not be in the business of creating “road maps” for the purpose of transmitting them to Article I committees.”

Trust me if the report stated that the evidence “did exonerate” Trump his lawyers would have no problem with the inclusion of that word. 

Apparently, the White House did not appreciate the fact that the Muller report was so comprehensive, or that it pointed toward avenues for prosecution, “road maps” if you will.

This from the White House letter:

Far more detailed than the text of any known criminal indictment or declination memorandum, the Report is laden with factual information that has never been subjected to adversarial testing or independent analysis. ‘That inforrnation is accompanied by a series of inexplicably inconclusive observations (inexplicable. that is, coming from a prosecutor) concerning possible applications of law to fact. This species of public report has no basis in the relevant regulation and no precedent in the history of special independent counsel investigations.

Reading between the lines it seems as if the Trump White House attorneys are troubled that this whole thing is not over and that they cannot tell their client to calm the fuck down and stop tweeting like a lunatic because there are likely more investigations and criminal prosecutions coming his way. 

To head that off at the pass the letter also claims that even though Trump let staffers talk to Robert Mueller he did not waive executive privilege:

The President therefore wants the following features of his decision to be known and
understood:

(1) His decision not to assert privilege is not a waiver of executive privilege for any other material or for any other purpose;

(2) His decision to permit disclosure of executive-privileged portions of the report does not waive any privileges or protections for the SC 0?s underlying investigative materials such as, for example, FBI Form 302 witness interview summaries and presumptively privileged documents made available to the SCO by the White House.

(3) His decision does not affect his ability as President to instruct his advisors to decline to appear before congressional committees to answer questions on these same subjects. It is one thing for a President to encourage complete cooperation and transparency in a criminal investigation conducted largely within the Executive Branch; it is something else entirely to allow his advisors to appear before Congress, a coordinate branch of government. and answer questions relating to their communications with the President and with each other.

Clearly, Trump plans to have his people stonewall Congressional Democrats at every turn. 

So THAT’S why Bill Barr felt justified in skipping the congressional hearing today. 

I have a feeling that this next week might almost be as entertaining as this last week. 

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13 Comments

  1. Whatevs May 2, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Jail Barr for contempt. Then start on impeachment for him and T.Rump.

  2. Anonymous May 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    When the report came out, I commented this wasn’t over and I hope the Democrats continue to investigate. After all how many years did they “investigate” Benghazi and not a complaint from the republicans.

    How is the Mueller report suppose to exonerate little donnie when he is GUILTY? He has gotten away with breaking the law his whole life and he just can’t handle finally getting caught and hopefully be punished, he will just have to get over it.

    I also do not understand the hold he has on these people, is he blackmailing all of them. I don’t buy the excuse they are “protecting” the office of the presidency because even Nixon was more fit for office than donnie traitor trump.

    We no longer have an attorney general of the United States, Barr is acting as trump’s personal attorney, what was he promised to give up his soul?

  3. Eye Roll Troll May 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Looking at a rare clear blue sky whistling…..I get to go to bed tonight with a clear conscience, the paltry little life that I lead.
    Imagine how many caught up in this cannot. Domino effect, please do your thing.

  4. Whatevs May 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Short-fingered vulgarian with a sphincter mouth.

  5. Anonymous May 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Poor ole Donald Stalin Trump.

  6. Anonymous May 2, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    They are slippery! Like watching that damned game of thrones. Suspenseful yet disappointing.

  7. Anonymous May 2, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    The republicans are busy stalling, stonewalling, deflecting, and doing all their tried and trued tactics to keep from looking like total assholes who supported the greatest conman of all to becoming a president. Now they are stuck with trump till death do them apart. What poetic justice.

  8. Anonymous May 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    This is do much worse than Watergste.
    We’ll see what’s got away with. Beware of those who talk God, Bible, and Constitution. OH, and those who send donations no matter your political slant. May we survive it.

    • Beaglemom May 3, 2019 at 2:46 am

      I think that every day. Watergate was terrible and it too involved manipulating a national election but Don-the-Con-gate is so much worse because it involves allowing an unfriendly, to say the least, foreign power infiltrate the highest levels of our government. It really is treason. There is no other word for it.

  9. Anon May 2, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Melania’s so lucky.

    She gets to let a senior citizen hose down her tits with Nazi sperm every night.

  10. Beaglemom May 3, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I’m wondering if that White House letter was written by Barr’s son-in-law who is a White House attorney. Conflicts, anyone? Opportunity to slip information from the DOJ to the White House? The skulduggery and creepiness of Don the Con’s administration keeps getting worse.

    • Tyler McGaughey May 3, 2019 at 6:34 am

      https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/william-barr-son-in-law-white-house

      First up: Launch an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton, Trump’s former Democratic challenger, got help from President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice. … Graham predicted his GOP colleagues would be “enthusiastic” about the direction in which he planned to take his committee. Barr has a strange theory that if you follow the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel policy that a president can’t be indicted then the next step is to conclude that a president can’t be investigated either. He said, “I think that if [Mueller] felt that he shouldn’t go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision, then he shouldn’t have investigated. That was the time to pull up.” In other words, any investigation must clear the president or not be undertaken at all.
      Lindsey Graham will undoubtedly take his investigation wherever Trump needs it to go. He will almost certainly “follow up” on this Ukrainian angle. What’s more concerning is the fact that Barr appears ready to put the Justice Department to work to help the Trump campaign, which is exactly what the right-wing fever swamp accuses the FBI of doing for Clinton.

      https://www.salon.com/2019/05/03/the-empire-strikes-back-will-trump-order-barr-to-sabotage-joe-biden/

  11. Anonymous May 3, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Take heed of a comment by the person who authored that Special Council regulation. It’s called the “break the glass” portion that says Muller (or whomever is in charge)may go directly to Congress with his/hers findings in the report so suck on that Miss Lindsey. You are totally fucked now. Muller and the American people will win, in spite of the spineless Repukes.

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