On Wednesday evening, the Washington Post published a storyclaiming that Attorney General Bill Barr, who has been the lickiest of Trump spittles since his appointment as Trump’s main clean-up guy in February, declined to offer the same level of cover-up services on Trump’s current Ukraine scandal that he previously provided on the Russia scandal:
President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.
It’s not surprising that Trump wanted Barr to stage a spectacle in which he lies to the American people to cover up for Trump’s crimes. After all, Barr did exactly that in the ancient past of, oh, last April, when he embarked on a spin campaign to distort the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s relationship with a criminal Russian conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election. First though an alleged summary and then through a press conference — both before the release of Mueller’s actual report — Barr went hard on the claims that there was nothing of great importance in the document. This turned out to be flat-out false, as Mueller found both extensive efforts at collusion and obstruction of justice and documented them in considerable detail in the novel-length report.
But now there are “people familiar with the matter” who want to make sure the press understands that Barr is suddenly none too keen on helping Trump cover up criminal conspiracies involving foreign governments.