Democrats began blasting Attorney General William Barr from the moment he announced the Justice Department’s probe into the roots of SpyGate, the 2016 counterintelligence operation launched against the Donald Trump campaign.
But the most surprising and least self-aware voice of all is that of former Attorney General Eric Holder, who claimed Saturday that Barr "is protecting the President."
"AG Barr has deliberately misrepresented the Mueller report," Holder tweeted. "He has started examinations of the conduct of Intell/FBI personnel without a predicate-for political reasons. He is protecting the President. He does not stand up for the good people he leads. He is not fit to lead DOJ."
Far from misrepresenting the Mueller report, Barr released it in its entirety, although he had no legal obligation to do so. But most outrageous is Holder’s condemnation of Barr that he’s "protecting the president."
There’s no attorney general within recent memory who protected a president more than Holder, who proudly pledged his loyalty to Obama, telling reporters, "I’m still the president’s wingman."
Holder’s allegiance began from the moment he took office, when he allowed a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to disappear. Its members threatened voters at a Philadelphia polling place to vote for Obama, and was, according to a left-wing Village Voice reporter, "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen."
Holder’s latest claim was part of an ongoing attack against the attorney general. Almost three weeks earlier he made a similar accusation against Barr.
"I thought he was an institutionalist, committed to both the rule of law and his role as the lawyer for the American people," he said. "I was very wrong. He is protecting the president."
That statement turned a few heads, including that of Townhall senior editor and The Hill columnist Katie Pavlich.
"Oh spare us," she tweeted. "You were the first sitting attorney general to be voted in civil & criminal contempt by Democrats and Republicans while you were protecting President Obama, who asserted executive privilege to prevent Americans from knowing about your bloody Fast & Furious scandal."
Holder’s tweet received a boost of support from The Washington Post’s editorial board, which published an op-ed alleging that Barr "lit his reputation on fire," for, among other things, his 4-page memorandum of the Mueller report that The Post claimed was "highly misleading."
Again, although neither required nor expected, Barr released the Mueller report in its entirety — nothing could be more transparent than that.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume blasted both The Post and Holder with this observation:
"Remember when the Post got all over Eric Holder for stonewalling Congress, being found in contempt and for declaring himself Barack Obama’s 'wing man,'" he asked. "Neither do I."
Barr tapped Connecticut U.S. Attorney John H. Durham to head the investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russian probe, and FBI Director Christopher Wray advised Congress that he’s also working with Barr to "get to the bottom" of the origin of the 2016 Trump investigation.
Democratic leaders, other legacy news outlets, and Democratic fundraisers such as billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer are also condemning Barr’s probe into Spygate.
The excessive protest begs the question:
What do they have to hide? If they have nothing to fear, why the clamor?
Those who live in glass houses, it’s been said, should avoid throwing stones at others.
Given Holder’s history as Obama’s wingman, he lives in a huge glass house. Accordingly he’d be well-advised to just keep his mouth shut and not say a word lest he be labeled a hypocrite.
But he probably won’t.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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