The attorney known as Robert Mueller’s “pit bull” is accusing Attorney General Bill Barr of launching a politically-motivated probe into President Donald Trump’s enemies.
Clinton insider and MSNBC contributor Andrew Weissmann claimed that Barr’s appointment of an outside prosecutor to review the Michael Flynn case is a “ruse” to open a new investigation into James Comey, Comey’s former deputy Andrew McCabe, and FBI agent Peter Strzok, the Washington Examiner reported.
Weissmann joins the chorus of mainstream media voices accusing Barr of weaponizing the Justice Department to settle Donald Trump’s personal scores. “All they did was swapped out a loser case for starting an investigation that is going to be of Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok,” he told Chuck Todd.
Barr orders Flynn case review
Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media ramped up attacks on Barr after he intervened to lighten the nine-year recommended sentence for Roger Stone, a Trump confidante, for obstruction crimes last week. Barr followed that up by appointing Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, to review the case of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Flynn, who is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to investigators in Mueller’s probe about his contacts with a Russian diplomat, is widely seen by Trump and his supporters, along with Stone, as having been entrapped by a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Weissmann claims Barr is targeting Comey
The news Friday that prosecutors would drop their case against Trump enemy McCabe, who was accused of lying about leaks to the media, fueled perceptions of a double-standard — but not for Weissmann.
The Justice Department dropped McCabe’s case because Flynn’s provided a better pretext for continuing to investigate Trump’s enemies, including Comey, Strzok, and McCabe, Weissmann claimed without much explanation. Suggesting that Barr has gone rogue for Trump’s benefit, Weissmann questioned his decision to appoint Jensen since the judge in Flynn’s case found “nothing there” to justify Flynn’s claims that he was entrapped by the FBI.
Trump keeps up attack on Mueller
Trump has continually fumed against a lack of accountability for key figures involving in the Russia “witch hunt,” including Comey, McCabe, and Strzok, as well as the “13 angry Democrats” on Mueller’s team, including Weissmann. The Justice Department firmly rebuked Comey for leaking memos to the press last year to spark the Mueller probe but declined to prosecute him. Strzok, who interviewed Flynn, was fired from the FBI over anti-Trump texts he exchanged with his mistress Lisa Page.
In his impeachment victory speech, Trump slammed “that sleazebag” Comey, “dirty cops” at the FBI, and made fun of the two “lovers” Strzok and Page. Trump said that all of the cases originating in Mueller’s probe should be “thrown out” in a tweet burst Tuesday and threatened to file lawsuits over the “witch hunt.”
These were Mueller prosecutors, and the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things. Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020
Mueller’s “pit bull” joins Barr pile-on
Democrats and the media have consistently defended the FBI and DOJ from Trump’s criticism while likening Barr to Trump’s personal henchman. In that vein, the left lauded the four prosecutors who quit the Stone case after Barr intervened as heroes standing against a tyrannical takeover. They also attacked Barr for questioning the basis of Mueller’s probe, for which purpose Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate, among other imagined misdeeds by the attorney general.
The insinuation of Weissmann’s claim appears to be that Barr is an untrustworthy figure and that any attempts to counter perceived political influence in the Mueller probe, and the cases that grew out of it, like Stone’s and Flynn’s, are inherently suspicious. It’s an ironic but not surprising accusation, coming from the Mueller prosecutor who attended Hillary Clinton’s election night watch party.
Weissmann, who like fellow Deep State creep McCabe is now working for the liberal media, is just following the cable news script. Trump’s bad, Barr’s bad, Flynn’s a crook, and it’s members of the “Deep State” who are the real victims.