August 7, 2020

Imagine if President Trump had written an op-ed or gone on TV with a message to those who might be subpoenaed by, say, Adam Schiff or Jerrold Nadler: REFUSE TO COOPERATE.

Can you even imagine the fevered cries of “Obstruction!!”? Of course, in the chess game that was the phony “Trump/Russia” investigation, they managed to set it up so that virtually anything Trump said or did, even it it was well within his authority as President, could be viewed as obstruction of justice.

But Andrew Weissmann, former special counsel Robert Mueller’s infamous “pit bull” whose specialty is withholding exculpatory evidence, has quite arguably obstructed justice himself. Here’s the story from Daniel Chaitin in THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER.

In an op-ed in THE NEW YORK TIMES (where else?), he and co-author Ryan Goodman, a former Defense Department special counsel, urged Justice Department officials to consider not cooperating with two investigations being overseen by Attorney General Bill Barr. There’s the wide-ranging John Durham investigation, and also the John Bash investigation into all that unmasking of American citizens. (Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was one of those unmasked, but there were many more.)

The reason Weissmann and Goodman are making a stink is that they don’t want either of the reports to come out before the election. So they maintain that putting it out before the election would be political --- an attempt to interfere with the election. But I say that keeping a completed report under wraps until AFTER the election would be political --- a calculated attempt to interfere with the election by keeping voters in the dark. Likewise, interfering with the investigation so that the report can’t be completed in time would be political. Sounds like obstruction to me.

"What can be done if Mr. Barr seeks to take actions in service of the President’s political ambitions?” they wrote. “...Employees who witness or are asked to participate in such political actions –- who all swore an oath to the Constitution and must obey Department policies –- can refuse, report and, if necessary, resign. Other models include speaking with Congress under subpoena or resigning and then communicating directly to the public. Reputable organizations are at the ready to advise whistle-blowers about the risks and benefits of pursuing these paths."

They’re probably talking about that same law firm that protected the “anonymous” whistleblower that kicked off Trump’s impeachment. How conveeeeenient. Of course, if Barr does anything at all that happens to benefit Trump, it must have been done “in service to the President’s political ambitions.”

One big take-away from Weissmann’s behavior is that he must think these investigations found some really, really bad stuff.

By the way, if you’re interested in a book not to buy, Weissmann has a book coming out in September, purported to explain why the Mueller team could have “done more” in their Russia investigation. Well, let’s see...according to Sidney Powell, they sure could have “done more” to get exculpatory documents to defense attorneys! A lot more.

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  • Lea Nilles

    08/14/2020 04:19 AM

    All of these people who have committed crimes, broken any laws, must be brought to justice. I am sick and tired of this lawlessness in our country and so many of our Congress,
    People working in hih positions who have broken the law and no consequences. This is wrong!! It must stop.

  • Robert Markel

    08/13/2020 08:43 PM

    What are you afraid of ; the truth coming out Democrat losing the election
    People going to jail

  • J Mitchell

    08/08/2020 09:06 PM

    If they hold these investigations until after the election, and Trump loses, and/or dems take power in both houses, we will NEVER be allowed to know the results of these investigations. The demonuts are corrupt to the core, and in league with foreign adversaries in an effort to usher in their utopian “one world government”. They MUST be rooted out and dealt with.

  • Judy Croce

    08/08/2020 04:57 PM

    Weismann needs to be arrested and barred from practicing law. He needs to lose his license like Obama and Michelle.

  • Diane Larson

    08/07/2020 02:01 PM

    need to prosecute now before election and voting starts in Sept. Publuc needs to know. Some may not have brains to care or know the difference

  • Kenneth Begun

    08/07/2020 12:48 PM

    That's how the democrats took the house. They held off reporting that the president was not guilty of collusion until after the democrats won in 2018. Mueller knew the answer before the election and it would have turned out much better for Republicans if he had not delayed the report. They're trying to do the same thing again.

  • Barbara Kaufer

    08/07/2020 12:39 PM

    I swear I sincerely hope that they get taken down and hard.