You know there’s nothing more comforting for someone who’s been burned before than the cynical pose. You can sit back and make fun of all the suckers and mugs who really believe that the game isn’t fixed. Well, as I declared just a week ago or so I don’t think Bill Barr intends to prosecute any of the Deep State Cabalists that attacked the Trump presidency, not even the low-level losers like Strzok and Page. So much time has gone by that I concluded he was just marking time and running out the clock in order to appear to be investigating the offense but really just protecting the status quo.
But it’s a funny thing. The small progress that has resulted in the charges against General Flynn being tossed out of court has stirred up a hornet’s nest of outrage from all corner of the Swamp. Even the capo di tutti capi of the Swamp, Barry Obama resurfaced to complain that freeing an innocent man was an unheard-of innovation that never could have happened in his day. And his minions rallied more than 2,000 of the swamp creatures to sign off on a letter condemning Barr for daring to recognize an illegal FBI prosecution of Flynn and urging the judge to refuse to dismiss the case. And the media has been flooded with articles about the flurry of activity by the Justice Department:
- Declassified Evidence Undercuts Clapper’s Testimony to Congress
- Durham Moving “Full-Throttle”
- Trump Implies Obama Link on Flynn, Labels Controversy “Obamagate”
- Ex-DOJ, FBI Officials Call on Barr to Resign for Dropping Flynn Charges
- Clinton Camp Knew About Plan to Have Steele Brief Media on Dossier
- Search for Answers in FBI’s Mishandling of Flynn Case
- 13 Unanswered Questions About Dismissal of Flynn Case
- Why Did Obama Tell the FBI to Hide Its Activities?
Could I be wrong about Barr? Is there still hope he’ll get something done? I’ll have to admit that the prospect of seeing the Cabal languishing in some super-max prison is so exciting that it almost makes me faint but I fear disappointment so much that I would do anything rather than go off that cliff again. Let’s look over the prospects. It’s possible that Barr will allow for the investigation to free the wrongly accused and even expose the Obama minions who persecuted them to censure in a report that details the false prosecutions. He could do that without actually indicting a single soul. This would be a kind of “trial in the papers” exercise. And if done during the election cycle it could have a good effect on President Trump’s numbers. That’s sort of what I was saying last week. This is the weakest of the positive outcomes Barr could be working toward.
The next higher outcome is the scapegoat. That is where DOJ latches onto a stooge like Strzok and blames the whole mess on him. He’s painted as a rogue agent who exceeded his authority and in an excess of zeal committed crimes that no one else recognized. And Strzok will be allowed to cop a plea where he’ll get a slap on the wrist and the whole thing will be buried in some bureaucratic teachable moment exercise. This is also a not unlikely outcome. Strzok probably won’t even lose his pension and he can write a book about what a hero he was for zealously guarding the country against Russians.
Beyond this are the really unlikely outcomes. Even the lesser cases involve the indictment of characters like McCabe, Comey, Clapper and Brennan. These men all lied under oath. There are documents attesting to their complicity in illegal activities. Dragging all of this out in public would reveal to the public a partisan and disloyal intelligence community working against a duly elected President of the United States and routinely using tactics that would seem more at home in the soviet KGB. This exercise would have the maximum effect on the public and would reinforce the opinion that the Democrats, the Deep State and the Media conspired to lie to the American public about the whole Russia-gate scam. Potentially such an investigation and the indictments could go up as high as Obama. There is no limit to just how much dirt could be unearthed if rats like Comey think they might be going to prison and needed to turn state’s evidence.
And this latter outcome is the one I find so unlikely at this point. The damage to the FBI and the CIA would be massive. After they see how corrupt these agencies are the public may be willing to see them weakened or even eliminated. But somebody like Barr is almost a father figure to the Department of Justice. Helping to chloroform the FBI might seem like murdering his own kids. And for that reason, I don’t think he’ll ever unleash a full investigation that puts the blame where it really belongs, at the top. At best he’ll target Strzok or possibly McCabe. But no higher.
Let’s assume I’m right. But if Barr really does decide to expose the crooked prosecution of President Trump’s men it will still be enough justification for a far-reaching purge of the Justice Department and the other intelligence agencies and that will be a very useful change for the next four years.
So where does this leave me? Well, really back where we started from. I still don’t know that Barr is going to do much of anything. Could all the noise we’re hearing just be a bunch of nothing? Yes. For all I know this is just the smokescreen that is supposed to convince us that something will happen. I still think that’s the likeliest outcome.
But I do have to admit that Barr’s lieutenants have unearthed a lot of evidence to show that all of the usual suspects did an awful lot of lying around the time of the incoming administration. That alone is a valuable result. It shows that the Russia-gate scam was just that and the Cabal knew it all along. Surely that makes Barr a little more useful than I gave him credit for last week. Bill Barr, I guess I underestimated you at least a little bit. We’ll soon see just how much.