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Attorney General Barr Investigating a Praetorian Guard That Believed It Was a Guardian of the People

June 1, 2019 (EIRNS)—Attorney General William Barr quietly demolished Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford which aired on May 31.

There were two main subjects in the interview: Mueller’s claim that he could not “exonerate” the President from obstruction of justice charges, and Barr’s investigation of the origins of the coup against the President. Barr’s announced investigation of the coup’s origins has created outright hysteria in the media and from the Obama Administration officials and intelligence chiefs who are its targets, judges who have drunk the Kool-Aid, and the foreign governments which instigated and played major roles in the coup, such as Great Britain.

William Barr said:

“And look, I think if we are worried about foreign influence in the campaign, we should be because the heart of our system is the peaceful transfer of power through elections, and what gives the government legitimacy is that process. And if foreign elements can come in and affect it, that’s bad for the republic. But by the same token, it’s just as dangerous to the continuation of self-government and our republican system, that we not allow government power, law enforcement, or intelligence power to play a role in politics, to intrude into politics, and affect elections.... I mean, republics have fallen because of Praetorian Guard mentality where government officials get very arrogant, they identify the national interest with their own political preferences and they feel that anyone who has a different opinion is somehow an enemy of the state.... It’s hard to read some of the texts and not feel that there was gross bias at work, and they’re appalling....

“I think one of the ironies today is that people are saying that it’s President Trump that’s shredding our institutions. I really see no evidence of that, it is hard, and I really haven’t seen a bill of particulars as to how that’s being done. From my perspective the idea of resisting a democratically elected President and basically throwing everything at him and, you know, really changing the norms, on the grounds that we have to stop this President, that is where the shredding of our norms and our institutions is occurring.”

Barr was asked about the fact that Mueller was clearly suggesting that he was passing the obstruction charge over to the Congress to run an impeachment trial.

Barr responded:

“Well, I am not sure what he was suggesting, but, you know, the Department of Justice doesn’t use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress. Congress is a separate branch of government, and ... they have processes, we have our processes. Ours are related to the criminal justice process—we are not an extension of Congress’s investigative powers.”

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