President Donald Trump’s appointment of William Barr to United States Attorney General, according to The Irish Times’s Suzanne Lynch, “may be [the] shrewdest card Trump has played. We’d have to agree.
Things have been night and day since Barr took over for Jeff Sessions, who surely gave Trump headaches. And the difference between Sessions and Barr was immediate: whereas Sessions recused himself from the Russia collusion hoax, one of Barr’s first major actions as attorney general was when he summarized the findings of the Mueller report, telling the public that there was no collusion and that there was no obstruction.
Since then, Barr has maintained his pledge to get to the bottom of this matter.
Barr on the Horowitz report
President Donald Trump and Republicans waited nearly two years for Horowitz’s report hoping that it would confirm their suspicions that the Russia collusion hoax originated from Democrats, in the different intelligence agencies, hoping to get rid of President Trump. But Horowitz’s report did anything but.
Released on Monday, the report only goes so far as to call the FBI out for mistakes and violations in the way that it went about obtaining court permission to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
As Lynch notes, Barr, “in a statement minutes after its release on Monday, said he disagreed with its findings, claiming the FBI launched an ‘intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.'”
This statement certainly ups the suspense about the current, broader investigation Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are conducting on their own into the origins of the Russian collusion hoax.
In addition, Lynch notes that Barr has also been an aid to Trump in terms of getting the religious vote, pointing to a speech Barr gave in October at the University of Notre Dame.
“Secularists, and their allies among the progressives, have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” Barr said.
Barr is the sort of guy who keeps to himself, so many may not know that he is a practicing Catholic. His message, as Lynch points out, will likely resonate with religious conservatives across the country.
There is no doubt that with Barr’s handling of the Russia collusion hoax and with the way that he has succeeded in every way that Sessions failed, Trump likely could not be happier with his attorney general.