Can you see it? Not so sure.
Now that I have crawled out of my fetal position in the corner of my panic room, I can think straight. I should have learned from life experiences that personal expectations can often lead to disappointment. My expectations and I assume those of many others were that Robert Mueller was our magician. Poof! He would make the Grifter and others disappear from our sight. That is, unless we chose to visit them in prison.
I am going to try and stick to facts as I know them:
*Mueller was limited in scope in his investigation to the allegation that
there were links or coordination between the Grifter and the Russian government. He also could investigate potential obstruction of justice by the Grifter and others. Supposedly, he did not find links between the government and the Grifter. That does not mean there were no links between him and individuals. Lots of Russians have crossed his path.
*Barr sure had a busy weekend. He took that report and presented a four-page summary which included portions of some of Mueller’s sentences completely missing context. Similar to if Barr took the first sentence of A Tale of Two Cities and only said “It was the best of times.”
*Barr has a troubling view of Presidential power. Troubling only to those who believe in the rule of law. He has refused to say whether he would follow guidance of the Justice Department’s ethics guidelines. Any readings of his views on Presidential powers leaves room for concern. He also wrote an unsolicited opinion before he was considered for the job as AG critical of the Mueller investigation. Bingo! You won the job.
*It is said the Grifter now feels emboldened. When hasn’t he? But now he has someone else saying “no collusion”. Within hours he has used that new boldness to:
o threaten Puerto Rico with stopping almost 100% of assistance needed due to Hurricane Maria.. In case you have forgotten, Puerto Rico is an I island surrounded by big water. So big that the paper towels he threw at them have probably all been used.
o accuse President Obama of wiretapping him.
o threaten to eliminate health care assistance for 21,000,000 people and stop Medicaid assistance for many with prescription drug assistance.
o investigate Russia’s tampering with the election. Nyet. Nyet. Nyet. Just kidding.
There is still hope. Thank you, Stephen Colbert, for reminding me there are still at least twelve investigations ongoing. Many by the Southern District of NY involving tax and money laundering issues. You are ours for the getting.