Leaving the plantation might not be a safe thing to do

Robert Mueller, Director of Opposition Research. Thomas McArdle – “In the United States, we don’t let prosecutors publicly blemish the reputations of law-abiding citizens for actions that fall short of criminality. At least we didn’t until special counsel Robert Mueller.”

“When it comes to “guilty” or “not guilty” there is no gray, nor should there be. A President is not above the law, but he is also not outside the law’s protection of those innocent until proven guilty. With his unauthorized “not guilty but not exonerated” assertion, Robert Mueller has, in effect, left lawyering, and the rules prosecutors must follow, and made himself stealth director of a lavishly-funded team of political opposition researchers eager to help House Democrats impeach Trump – or defeat him at the polls in 2020.

AG William Barr Cancels Appearance for House Committee Hearing Tomorrow… sundance – “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has created a circus atmosphere ahead of a scheduled appearance by Attorney General William Barr tomorrow.

Barr Did Nothing Wrong’: WSJ Exposes Dems’ Hypocrisy After Shameful ‘Washington Pile-On‘. Tyler Durden – “Joe Biden became the latest presidential contender to demand that AG Barr resign following a 5-hour-plus hearing on Wednesday where Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee howled, mostly without evidence, that Barr was improperly trying to cover for President Trump, that he had deliberately watered down Mueller’s findings and that he was, in effect, acting as a mole within the DOJ feeding information on the 14 ongoing investigations to the White House.

“Given his treatment at the hands of the Senate, it’s hardly a surprise that Barr declined to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, which is stocked with even more bloodthirsty Democrats who will all need to defend their seats in 18 months time. And while Democrats will inevitably portray this as Barr shirking responsibility, as WSJ points out in an editorial published in Thursday’s paper, Barr’s treatment at the hands of the Judiciary’s Democrats was nothing short of reprehensible – and the coordinated ‘leak’ of the Mueller letter on the eve of the hearing was a blatant attempt to discredit an Attorney General who had done nothing wrong.

This trashing of Bill Barr shows how frustrated and angry Democrats continue to be that the special counsel came up empty in his Russia collusion probe. He was supposed to be their fast-track to impeachment. Now they’re left trying to gin up an obstruction tale, but the probe wasn’t obstructed and there was no underlying crime. So they’re shouting and pounding the table against Bill Barr for acting like a real Attorney General.

Barr laid it on the line with the simple question the Russia Hoaxers can’t answer. Thomas Lifson – “his willingness to speak plainly and directly, such as his use (and defense of his use) of the word “spying,” demonstrates that that he and his associates can make their cases in convincing language.

Suicidal Dems Continue to Foolishly Malign Barr. Roger L. Simon – “We are already–if you paid attention to Barr’s testimony or even the story in general–well into Russia Probe II – The Predicate. And that investigation involves real, documented collusion with Russia (on the part of the Clinton campaign and who knows who else) augmented by pervasive media dishonesty.

“What’s interesting, and somewhat disturbing, in all this is how well these people know each other. It’s quite incestuous. Mueller and Comey were buddies when Mueller was named special counsel after Comey was fired. Barr and Mueller have apparently known each other for thirty years.

So it was notable when Barr indicated in testimony Wednesday that when he phoned Mueller about the special counsel’s letter of complaint, he did so on a speaker with others around, taking notes. Apparently, Bill didn’t trust his old friend. Would you?

Dem attacks on Barr come down to three-week gap. Byron York – “Why are so many Democrats and so many of their allies in the press so angry at Attorney General William Barr? What explains the intensity of their feelings?

“Why were those three weeks so important? Because, whatever Barr’s motive, they allowed the attorney general to shape public opinion on Mueller’s findings before Democrats had a chance to spin the report their way. Barr, Democrats said, should have at least released the executive summaries of Volume I and Volume II of Mueller’s report, which detailed the collusion and obstruction questions, respectively.

The Democratic protest might have carried more weight had Barr’s summary of the Mueller report’s principal conclusions been inaccurate. It was not.

William Barr exposed the rampant desperation of Trump’s foes. Michael Goodwin – “They smeared him, called him a liar and said he should resign. The same Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who tried to assassinate the character of Judge Brett Kavanaugh last year pulled the same stunt on Bill Barr — with the same result.

“It was a legitimate, if thin, line of questioning, but Dems didn’t like the answer and lost it again. Obviously frustrated that their main talking point for the entire Trump presidency has come up empty, they savaged Barr and accused him of covering up for a corrupt president.

It was politics at its most dishonest as they tried to argue that up is down and black is white. Barr was mostly stoic, but allowed himself a brief moment to brilliantly summarize the outlandish effort to twist reality.

At one point, he talked of possible “overreach” by top officials, then added: “But what we have to be concerned about is a few people at the top getting into their heads that they know better than the American people.”

At another point, he said, “We have to stop using the criminal justice process as a political weapon.”

The references are unmistakable and the strongest sign yet that Barr suspects wrongdoing in very high places. It’s also a sign that the worm is turning.

In Barr’s Battle With Congress, He’s in the Right. Seth Lipsky – “It turns out that Mr. Mueller wanted the report released piecemeal. Mr. Barr overruled him.

The Barr Testimony: Democrats Gone Wild. John Hinderaker – “I am not up on the stages of grief, but the Democrats are in one of them, grieving through their loss of the belief that Robert Mueller would deliver them from the illegitimate Trump presidency.

Clinton Projection Syndrome. Victor Davis Hanson – “Psychologists might call her claims “projection.” That is the well-known psychological malady of attributing bad behavior to others as a means of exonerating one’s own similar, if not often even worse, sins.

“What Mueller strangely did do — and what most federal prosecutors do not do — was cite all the allegedly questionable behavior of a target who has just been de facto exonerated by not being indicted.

What Mueller did not do was explain that much of the evidence he found useful was clearly a product of unethical and illegal behavior. In the case of the false charge of “collusion,” the irony was rich.

For much of her professional life, Hillary Clinton had acted above and beyond the law on the assumption that as the wife of a governor, as first lady of the United States, as a senator from New York, as secretary of state and as a two-time candidate for the presidency, she could ignore the law without worry over the consequences.

For Clinton now to project that the president should be indicted suggests she is worried about her own potential indictment. And she is rightly concerned that for the first time in 40 years, neither she nor her husband is serving in government or running for some office, and therefore could be held accountable.

Mueller left the plantation in his report as it is political and not in accord with established legal practice. Those who go after Barr, as after Kavenaugh, Thomas, and others, also leave the plantation and strike out into the wilderness. Going rogue like that can be dangerous.

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