The Republicans, who have descended below the level of kindergarteners in trouble with the teacher, tried blaming the Democrats for Barrís refusal to testify. One major moron in waiting, Doug Collins, a Republican of Georgia, opined that ďThe reason Bill Barr is not here today is because the Democrats decided they did not want him here today.Ē
See? It was all the Democrats fault! Why, they wanted to ask Barr questions about his contradictions and lies, and to explain why Mueller was so pissed at him. Thatís all. Iím sure there were reasonable explanations.
Other Republicans blamed Hillary Clinton because they couldnít think of anything else to say. After all, itís not like they would ever force Clinton to testify for 11 hours in response to loaded, ideological and dishonest questions. Given the perfect fairness and civility Republicans showed, is it too much to ask that Barr be given a pass?
Perhaps the best rationale came from the perjurer-in-chief, who is of the opinion that the suspect in a criminal trial should be free to refuse to be questioned by authorities if he felt the questions might be biased against him or cause embarrassment.
OK, fair point. When the LAPD asked Charlie Manson if he stuck a fork in Sharon Tateís belly, that showed great insensitivity and even some microaggression on the part of the police. Better a mass murderer should be allowed to run free rather than to have to deal with impolite and even overbearing police!
Only an overprivileged moron like Trump could, with his bare face hanging out, demand the right for a suspect in a criminal investigation to determine what questions he might have to answer.
And poor Donald has so many other distractions to deal with. Both his nominees to the Fed imploded over the past couple of days, one because he couldnít handle his household finances, let alone a world economy, and the other because he was the most stupid fucking bastard this side this side of a pile of dog shit. Indeed, Trump nominees implode with such regularity and to such comic effect that it reminds you of that episode of ďRussian DollĒ where the protagonist dies a couple of dozen times in the space of five minutes. Or Sideshow Bob with the garden rakes.
Now that the clown rodeo has closed for the day and thereís no longer any doubt that Barr is a criminal Trump stooge, the question arises: what is congress going to do about it? Even Pelosi flat-out called Barrís actions criminal. Dozens of Democrats want him punished: arrest or impeachment, or both.
Make it march, guys. Arrest the guy. If he quits and thus canít be impeached, heís still going to face criminal charges. And Trump is starting to realize that the power of the pardon is a dangerous tool, as witness the fact that even as he was schmoozing with the psychotic murderers of the NRA, and despite Vladimir Putinís howls of outrage, he was letting Maria Butina rot in jail.
If Congress orders Barrís arrest for contempt of Congress and perjury before Congress, Trump may not dare intervene.
In fact, Trump being Trump, heíll probably start calling Barr weak, stupid, fat, and a host of other adjectives, and create an enemy where he had an ally. Weíve seen him do that dozens of times before, with Sessions, Cohen, Manafort, and Ryan. Itís a gift, I tell you.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is threatening to sue to prevent Mueller from testifying before Congress. Think about that: the DoJ appointed Mueller to do exactly what he did, with the intent of giving his report to Congress, and now they are suing themselves to prevent Mueller from giving his report to Congress. Itís the sort of clownery you expect from inept authoritarian regimes, whether Rufus T. Firefly or Donald J. Trump.