Maddow on AM Joy yesterday:
.@Maddow: Over the two parts of the interview that we played, the two nights, #LevParnas‘ comments about William Barr were among the things that stuck with me and kept me up. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/aXDWLQ3NG8
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) January 18, 2020
Me too, Rachel. The Trumps and their mobbed-up flunkies are an extreme danger to the republic and must be defeated. But GOP establishment figures like Barr, who’ve proved willing to go to any lengths to keep the con going, are a more insidious menace.
Some connected and elected Democrats vouched for Barr when Trump nominated him. They figured a long-term DC player could be trusted to protect institutions instead of subverting them on behalf of the demented conman. It was a bad bet.
The hot tub salesman who filled the AG job on an acting basis was an unqualified numpty, but at least he was impeded in his corruption by lack of familiarity with the job. Not so Mr. Barr. Consider a small sample of Barr’s inappropriate actions since his confirmation:
- Lied about the contents of the Mueller report before its release
- Held a press conference just prior to the Mueller report release to lie about it some more
- Buried the whistleblower report and unlawfully failed to transmit the complaint to the FEC
- Dismissed IG investigations that cleared Trump’s perceived enemies and reopened investigations
- Undermined relationships with allies to investigate “deep state” conspiracy theories
- Obstructed investigations into corrupt attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census
Parnas is a shady character with his own agenda, so it makes sense to treat his unverified claims about Barr or anyone else with skepticism. But as Maddow points out, Trump did mention Barr as well as Giuliani during the phone call with Zelensky to advance the extortion scheme.
Speaker Pelosi gets it. She called Barr a “rogue attorney general” and one of “the president’s henchmen” the other day at a press conference (clip included in another post). She’s right:
Does anybody think that the rogue attorney general is going to support–appoint a special prosecutor? No, because he’s implicated in all of this. This is an example of all of the president’s henchmen, and I hope that the senators do not become part of the president’s henchmen.
Pelosi’s remarks about Barr didn’t get the attention they deserved because of the media circus around Trump’s impeachment. But it was reassuring (for me, at least) that she chose to make them.
Because only a portion of one half of one branch of government is currently acting as guardians of the Constitution the entire government swore to uphold, it’s a heavy lift to ask the House Dems to investigate the attorney general too. But no one else is going to shoulder that load. It’s up to the Speaker.