The revelations from John Bolton’s  book keep coming.
In the manuscript obtained by the New York Times, Bolton states that he spoke to Attorney General Bill Barr specifically about the July 25th phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Zelensky, and that poses a problem for Barr.
“Mr. Bolton also said that after the president’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine, he raised with Attorney General William P. Barr his concerns about Mr. Giuliani, who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by the president, and told Mr. Barr that the president had mentioned him on the call,” the New York Times reported. 
According to Barr’s spokesperson, however, Barr didn’t learn about the call from Bolton and didn’t find out about it until mid-August.
William Barr, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, has likely just been caught in the most consequential lie out of the Justice Department in decades.
John Bolton will have notes. He will have told other people that he spoke to A.G. Barr, these other people who can corroborate Bolton’s account. Bolton may have a memorandum or an email as evidence.
Bolton will almost surely be able to prove that he’s telling the truth. Yet, A.G. Barr is stuck with an official statement from his office, a statement that is a bald-faced, brash-assed lie.
The public will ask why Barr lied, and the answer will be obvious. He lied to protect himself and Trump from consequences stemming from the crime – extorting Ukraine.
Barr lied because he knows that what Trump did was a crime, just like the GAO knows that it was illegal to hold up the aid for any reason, never mind a personal political reason. A.G. Barr lied to be a team player, and cover Trump’s crime.
The Attorney General is supposed to have some independence from the president, because everyone knows – and have known through all past administrations – that there could be a time when the attorney general had to investigate something in the White House. Such an occasion occurred on Barr’s watch, an obvious crime – and Barr let it go, to be a team player.
When all is said and done, if Bolton’s account is proven – and it is pretty damned certain that it will be – William Barr may be impeached, and become the second Attorney General to be imprisoned.
Right now, William Barr is every bit as terrified as Donald Trump, because their fates are inextricably tied.
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