Ever since Robert Mueller said he would not appear before Congress to testify about his report, people have been wondering.
They’ve been wondering if Mueller is really as brave as he seemed to be.
And now, William Barr has a message for Robert Mueller that will leave Mueller seeing red.
While Barr and Mueller are professional and personal friends, that doesn’t mean Barr doesn’t gut check his friend with the truth.
And in this instance, giving Mueller the kind of reality check he gave him hurts a lot more because he’s doing it on a national stage.
Barr claimed that even though Mueller has insisted he can’t bring charges against Trump and wants his report to “speak for itself” that really isn’t true. Barr contests that if Mueller really had wanted to, or rather, really had enough evidence to bring against Trump that he could have charged him with crimes.
Barr said in an interview with CBS, “The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he’s in office. But [Mueller] could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”
“But he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained,” Barr said. “And I’m not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”
That was Barr being gracious enough to let Mueller off the hook, even though he knows Mueller is using the report he wrote as an escape hatch.
America is now realizing that the Mueller report isn’t strong enough to pull President Trump out of office. The claims that Trump and his campaign are guilty of obstruction of justice and collusion are propped up by the media and not by real, hard evidence.
Otherwise, as Barr noted in his comment, Mueller could have and ultimately would have done something.
When CBS asked him about Mueller apparently abdicating responsibility for pressing charges and insinuated Congress could bring charges against the President, Barr said, “Well, I’m not sure what he was suggesting, but, you know, the Department of Justice doesn’t use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress.”
But just because Trump is exonerated in the Mueller report doesn’t mean Barr is on Trump’s side.
Barr is acting as impartially as any AG ever has. For instance, when Trump made accusations against members of the Mueller team and said they were guilty of treason, Barr wasn’t there to take the President’s side.
In the same interview with CBS, he said he didn’t think the investigators were guilty of treason. “Not as a legal matter,” was Barr’s conclusion about those investigators and whether or not they broke the law.
Now that Barr is being pressed heavily on all sides, he’s doing his honest best to make sure the truth is told no matter who it offends.
He’s not going to bat for the President because he was appointed by him and owes him some special favors just like he’s not going to pretend that Mueller isn’t capable of bringing charges against the President.
Mueller may be seeing red over this whole thing, but that’s just the natural consequence of realizing you’re just going to be tagging the man you hate with warrantless criminal charges.