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Impeach William Barr if he doesn't release the Mueller report

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Barr can't be Trump's new Michael Cohen

United States Attorney General William Barr is acting as though he has a choice about releasing the Mueller report. He doesn't. Unless Barr wants to live in infamy as a disgraced enabler of the mad and corrupt president, He needs to fulfill his constitutional duty and release the report in its entirety. If he fails to do so, he should be impeached.

In the Department of Justice Order that initiated the investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that the purpose of special counsel investigation was to "ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election."

The question of Russian interference in the 2016 election affects all citizens. This scope amplifies the meaning of Part 600 - General Powers of the Special Counsel, Code of Federal Regulations. The Special Counsel must deliver a confidential report to the U.S. Attorney General. At that point, "The Attorney General may determine that public release of these reports would be in the public interest, to the extent that release would comply with applicable legal restrictions" 600.9 - Notification and reports by the Attorney General.

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It couldn't be more obvious. The integrity of our democratic republic is the critical subject of inquiry and, given the overriding importance of that subject, the public interest must be served.

Why would we think Bill Barr would withhold the report "

" because he told us so in his confirmation hearing.

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Barr tried to come off as calm and thoughtful when answering questions. Despite his demeanor, he offered everything we need to know about his intentions. He accepted the notion that a sitting president cannot be indicted in a criminal case. There is no such restriction on presidential indictments in the Constitution. That doesn't bother Barr. He bases his opinion on a 1973 Nixon Department of Justice memo that somehow rationalized this position. Barr also informed us that if confirmed, he would not report on anything other than indictments.

Professor Alan J. Lichtman of American University summarized the ugly truth behind Barr's position in the confirmation hearings:

"Here is the Catch-22. Barr won't authorize an indictment of the president, but he is opposed to commenting on investigations absent indictments." Spectator USA 01/16/2019

Without hesitation or a scintilla of embarrassment, Barr gave the public a clear message I decide what gets released and unless there's an indictment, nothing gets published. He left out the need for full transparency based on the defined mission of the Special Counsels effort: "to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election" and "determine" the obvious that "the release of these reports would be in the public interest."

Impeaching a Cabinet Member

Cabinet members may be impeached on the same grounds as the president and vice president. The three broad categories of impeachable offenses are: "(1) improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of the office; (2) behavior incompatible with the function and purpose of the office; and (3) misusing the office for an improper purpose or personal gain" Congressional Research Service 10/29/2015.

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The House of Representative brings charges in the form of articles of impeachment. The House debates and votes on the articles. If a simple majority of representatives vote for impeachment, the articles go to the Senate for trial. The executive branch official (e.g., Attorney General) is immediately removed from office if two-thirds of Senators casting votes favor the resolution,

The only cabinet member to ever be impeached was the Grant administration's war secretary William Belknap. The House of Representatives passed the impeachment articles unanimously, but the Senate failed to reach a majority for conviction.

Barr's handling of the report today, 3/24, shows precisely why the prospect of impeachment must move to the front of the line. The letter he summary of findings he sent to Congress said nothing about the task of the investigation, the role of Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

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In the end one thing is clear: 'Russiagate' never happened. It was a conspiracy theory that appears created by the CIA, FBI, Obama DOJ, Clinton campaign and collusion by the corporate media. Trump might not be my desired type of politician and I disagree with his many of his policies. But, he got rid of the TPP, he didn't push WW-III in Syria and he is trying to defuse the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula. He's been able to repatriate some manufacturing jobs to the USA. These achievements are clearly not in line with globalist corporatocracy plans. Hence why 'Russiagate' was created. Trump is correct in describing it as a treasonous plot, a witch hunt. Just because he's right wing and has anti environmental policies and pursued criminal regime change in Latin America (like all US presidents) doesn't change the issue that Russiagate was an illegal attempt to overthrow an elected president. That is what needs to be condemned. Separate out the environment and Venezuela and Yemen, but give Trump his due for his antiglobalist stance. And save the vestiges of US democracy by going after the perpetrators of the Russiagate conspiracy theory.

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You and all others ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Can't you possess at least a little idealism or decency?

It's NOT ABOUT fighting with Trump. It's not about endless partisan bickering. It's about fixing the USA.

Find someone better than Trump and elect him/her President in LESSS THAN 2 YEARS. And Biden definitely isn't the one.

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This is trivial, but have most forgotten that on the campaign trail Trump actually said, "Hey Russia, if you're listening, can you get copies of Hillary's emails?". What a circus this is, and for what? Let's get these GD wars stopped and then we can focus on our country and really making it better for all of us...and with the wars stopped, it'll also make it better for millions in the Middle East...and we can start sending reparations...no country over there attacked us.....


P.S. Russia didn't get Trump elected, our very undemocratic system of having an Electoral College did. Trump did not receive the majority vote. This country does not have a Democracy it can brag about.

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Isn't Kris Kobach Russian?

I'm pretty sure Pastor Mark Harris is a Russian.

And, of course, Brian Kemp is a Russian.

Lastly, the Russians own all of the voting machine companies.

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When somebody asked Ron Paul about whether Snowden, for the release of the NSA tapes. was a traitor, he said "I don't know, but if he has tapes of what goes on at the Federal Reserve meetings, I would like to hear them."

Nobody went "OMG! Ron Paul is in collusion with Snowden."

The narrative was that Hillary lost 30,000 emails, and no one could find them. In the context that Russia had hacked the DNC and Hillary's private server. Trump joked that maybe Russia could get them. "OMG! Trump is giving the Russians marching orders."

I never noticed Putin following orders.

In that infamous takedown of McCain as no war hero, Trump was copying, exactly, a comedy riff that Chris Rock and All Franken used on McCain when he was running for President.

Nobody went "OMG! They are disrespecting a war hero."

When Jay Z in an interview with Van Jones and called Trump and orange orangutan, Trump answered him with a Rap-tweet.

"Somebody please

inform Jay-Z

that because

of my policies,

Black Unemployment

has just been reported

to be at the LOWEST RATE

EVER RECORDED!"

Trump is sophisticated, current, and cool. And that's why 16 High-level Republican candidates, the Clinton machine and a Joseph McCarthy/J.Edgar Hoover style Justice Department witch-hunt haven't been able to touch him. They are fighting against the Manichean paranoid images in their own head. It has nothing to do with who Trump is.

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But many think "impeach" means Removal From Office. That's not the case. Barr, or Trump, or anyone, can remain in office after a mere slap on the wrist impeachment. Clinton was impeached....and he remained in office anyway. Big "ouch" is all it is....barely.

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Billy Barr is just the piano player, in a political saloon located in the District of Columbia. He (only) knows favorite songs of the Bush Family. Enjoy a piano medley of the Bush Family's favorite songs, but don't ask him for autographs when he's entertaining! 9/11 remains off limits.

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