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BANG: Judge Orders Release of Trump Obstruction Memo and Accuses Barr of Being ‘Disingenuous’
There are a lot of people who cannot understand why they have not seen an indictment of Donald Trump yet. Indeed, just this morning, a prominent person (we will leave out the name) tweeted, “How was there not an indictment ready on January 20th?” All we can say in response to those people is that, thankfully, the wheels of justice turn slowly. One cannot make a mistake at that level. Additionally, one must consider the context and the stability of the country.
It takes time. It also takes preparation, step by step.
Today we reached one of the most significant steps. Judge Amy Berman-Jackson, who is building quite a name for herself, issued what Politico calls a “withering opinion” in releasing Bill Barr’s memo justifying the DOJ’s decision to not prosecute Trump for the many allegations of obstruction of justice set forth in the Mueller investigation.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued that ruling in a withering opinion that accused Barr of being “disingenuous” when describing Mueller’s findings and found that the Justice Department was not candid with the court about the purpose and role of the 2019 memo prepared by Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.
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*Pro tip: Never, ever, let yourself be in a position where a judge calls you disingenuous. Doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer, defendant, plaintiff, court reporter, witness, a guy lost on a tour, be as sincere as ffff… don’t be “disingenuous.”
“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” wrote Jackson, an appointee of former President Barack Obama.
We wrote a series prior to January 20th, “Goodbye to all that,” saying goodbye to everyone, one at a time. Our “goodbye” to Bill Barr mentioned something about him spending the rest of his life worrying about being on the other end of a “United States v. ” caption.
“Not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has been disingenuous to this Court with respect to the existence of a decision-making process that should be shielded by the deliberative process privilege,” she wrote. “The agency’s redactions and incomplete explanations obfuscate the true purpose of the memorandum, and the excised portions belie the notion that it fell to the Attorney General to make a prosecution decision or that any such decision was on the table at any time.”
So that happened.
The one guy who should be shaking is… Donald Trump. Well, him and, by extension, Bill Barr, because in this matter they’re somewhat joined in their fate. The fact that a judge finds the reasoning for not prosecuting a president, or anyone else, “disingenuous” is quite the sign. Perhaps it is a sign of things to come. Perhaps some people will get their answers as to when indictments might be filed.
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