What might have been political posturing by Democratic Representative Nadler, has now become another political reality in the halls of congress.
Democrats have introduced an impeachment resolution against Attorney General William Barr.
More specifically, Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee has introduced the resolution under the pretense that Barr has "perverted the rule of law."
Straight from the horse's mouth (Cohen's government website):
“Attorney General Barr has undermined our judicial system and perverted the rule of law,” said Congressman Steve Cohen. “In the past few weeks alone, Barr has ordered the attack on peaceful protestors in Lafayette Park, in violation of their constitutional rights, and moved to drop charges against Michael Flynn, the President’s former campaign advisor, despite his guilty pleas. He fired without any explanation the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York who was overseeing investigations into the President’s associates and possibly the President himself. The pattern here is unmistakable. Barr obstructs justice by favoring the President’s friends and political allies. He abuses his power by using the Department of Justice to harass, intimidate and attack disfavored Americans and the President’s political opponents. My oath to support and defend the Constitution compels me to confront this corruption. Congress is a co-equal branch of government and we must get to the bottom of this and hold Bill Barr accountable.”
The resolution specifies instances of Barr’s abuse of office at the behest of President Trump, including his use of pretextual antitrust investigations against industries he disfavors; withholding subpoenaed information, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report; failing to comply with legitimate subpoenas issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform; and prohibiting the referral of an intelligence Community whistleblower complaint to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The resolution also states that Barr eroded confidence in the judicial system by questioning the legitimacy of Department of Justice investigations into the 2016 Presidential election; misleading Congress and the public about the Mueller report; soliciting foreign assistance about the origins and integrity of the investigation into foreign influence in the 2016 election; and has obstructed justice by interfering in specific cases that affect the President, his family, friends or interests."
I would like to note that, similar to Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Cohen can barely spit his accusations out.
Perhaps Cohen really means to say that AG Barr is perverting the Democrat rules of subverting the law in their favor.
Our friends at Fox News highlighted how Cohen had introduced the resolution just days after other major Dems called it a waste of time:
Cohen specifically cited Barr’s role in Justice Department decision to change sentencing recommendations for former Trump adviser Roger Stone -- who was convicted on charges of obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering – and Barr’s role in the removal of protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House on June 1, prior to a Trump photo op outside St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The congressman’s action came five months after House Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Trump failed when the Senate voted Feb. 5 to clear the president of two counts of wrongdoing.
“At this point, let’s solve our problems by going to the polls and voting on Election Day,” Pelosi said during a Washington Post Live interview.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., similarly called a Barr impeachment effort a “waste of time,” Politico reported, although Nadler also said last week that his committee “may very well” seek to remove Barr.
Last week, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec hit back at any talk of impeaching Barr, who has led the department since February 2019 after previously serving in the post from November 1991 to January 1993 under former President George H.W. Bush.
Kupec, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” dismissed such efforts as “a political thing.”
“If people have a problem with Bill Barr coming back to the Department of Justice to restore one system of justice, not a two-tiered system, I think that says a lot more about the critics than it does about the attorney general,” Kupec said. “Because that is what he has done again and again.
“He approaches all cases with an open mind. He judges them according to the facts and the law without regard to political consideration,” Kupec continued. “This is what he promised to at his confirmation, this is what he has done throughout his tenure as attorney general, and that is what he will continue to do until his last day as AG.”
We may just find out from the Democrats that Barr is in fact a RUSSIA/TRUMP/KKK triple agent, sent from fascist hell to destroy America.
Or we may just find out that he is reinstituting the rule of law to a system that has been exposed for the rotten radioactive wasteland it has become.
The Democrats have already made such fools of themselves on so many other "groundbreaking" investigations, one has to wonder if or when this fails, will Nancy Pelosi voluntarily submit herself for electroshock therapy?
If the Democrats want to bury themselves with another side-show, I say "bring it on."