It’s high time for Democrats to pay for their repeated attempts to take down President Donald Trump.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs wants to know when the Deep State individuals who have been working to get rid of the president will be indicted by Attorney General Bill Barr.
“Where the hell is the report? Where the hell are the indictments? Where the hell are the charges against the politically corrupt Deep State within the Justice Department, the FBI, and why in the hell aren’t we hearing apologies from someone in that rancid, corrupt, department about what they permitted?” he asked.
Dobbs’ series of questions came on Thursday during “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” when he passionately went after Barr for his recent criticism of President Trump’s use of social media.
“I guess I am so disappointed in Bill Barr, I have to say this,” he began. “You know, it’s a damn shame when he doesn’t get what this president has gone through, and what the American people have gone through, and what his charge is as attorney general.”
Dobbs continued: “To hear this attorney general complain about this president, who’s fighting every one of those damn people to do the right thing and get this country straightened out. And it’s his mission to do so, not to carp about his boss.”
Dobbs’ comments came in response to an ABC News interview Barr gave in which he said that some of the president’s tweets make “it impossible for me to do my job.” In this scenario, the tweets that Barr was obviously referring to were the ones about the Roger Stone sentencing.
Republicans have generally responded to Barr’s comments in one of two ways. The first, the position that has been taken by Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and others, is that Barr said the right thing — that the DOJ and Barr ought to operate under some semblance of independence and that Barr made clear that it does in the interview. This line of reasoning works nicely, especially against the backdrop of a Democratic party that is crying foul over a partisan-driven DOJ.
But Dobbs isn’t having it. “And by the way,” he said. “I don’t want to hear any crap about an independent Justice Department. This Justice Department, as does everyone, works for the president. It is part of the executive branch.”
This brings us to the other approach that has been taken, which is that the Constitution allows the president to make sentencing recommendations to the DOJ, and so even if Trump’s tweet did influence the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation of Stone, it doesn’t matter. And, to go one step further, Trump not only could commute Stone’s sentence, should he so choose, but he can outright pardon him.
Picking a winner
This latter line of reasoning is obviously the position that Dobbs has taken. But which one is right? The answer is probably both, with the recognition that the first is a bit more politically savvy.
That being said, Dobbs’ criticism of the attorney general was a bit over the top, as Barr has been doing a good job. His call for the indictment of Deep State operatives, however, was spot on, and something that we know Barr is working towards.