It was a stroke of political genius to have Attorney General William Barr on Thursday hold a news conference hours before the release of the Mueller Report.
He set out a logical presentation and the legal requirements under the Constitution, as frenzied and frenetic Democrats attempted to discredit him.
Hoping perhaps to once again smear the President with their own disingenuous interpretation of the report.
Barr took to the podium a little after 9:30 a.m. to remind desperate, disgruntled and dejected Democrats along with their deflated minions within the press, that as the Attorney General within the “Executive Branch” of the government, his responsibility (not congresses) to enforce and apply the law as written.
Which seemed evident when a female reporter aggressively asked Barr at the conclusion of the press conference, why Mueller was not in attendance, erroneously stating that it was “his report.”
Barr causally responded, “No, it’s not. It’s a report he did for me, as the Attorney General,” adding that he was outlining the decisions he made “since these reports are not supposed to be made public.”
This once again illustrates just how misinformed the press truly is, and the reason for the news conference in the first place, to set the record straight that there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.”
The Attorney General began the news conference along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein standing behind him in a show of solidarity. Reminding those in attendance that this was a dual effort between the two, in concluding some of the legal issues left to their interpretation regarding the issue of obstruction, and their decisions to redact certain material within the report.
“As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the Special Counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the President and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense,” Barr explained.
“After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Barr also reminded viewers that the wider issue within the Mueller Report was how the Russians attempted to influence the 2016 election, by employing a disinformation campaign targeting the American people, hoping to sow discontent among the voters, by using phony websites, along with the media’s natural biases against the President, all worked in tandem in dividing America, and discrediting the President’s historic win.
“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes,” Barr said, adding that Americans “should be grateful” for the findings.
Barr explained that it was the President’s prerogative under the Constitution to invoke executive privilege over any portions of the report. However, he did not. The Attorney General also disclosed that both White House counsels, as well as Trump’s personal lawyer, were able to review a redacted version of the report in advance.
The President also weighed in before the Mueller Report was released branding the Russian investigation into his campaign “the greatest political hoax of all time.”
Adding, Crimes were committed by Crooked Dirty Cops and DNC/The Democrats.”