Nobody Knows Anything
So, it’s been a week.
What do we know?
We know that William Barr issued a tightly worded letter claiming Robert Mueller found no evidence to support the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russian government, and punting on the question whether Donald Trump’s actions regarding the investigation amount to a legal case for obstruction of justice.
We know that Barr himself is someone a courtroom drama would call a hostile witness, someone whose word is not to be trusted.
We know that in the days following the letter, the Department of Justice issued its own statement promising its own summary, and that Barr promised to provide the full report, but with redactions both legally required and arbitrary.
We know there is no legal requirement to redact anything for certain chairs of congressional committees.
We know the report itself is nearly 400 pages long.
And we know that everybody has been losing their fucking heads.
What we know hasn’t changed much. It hasn’t changed much in more than two years. It looks unlikely to change much for another nineteen months.
What we’ve known, what we’ve always known, is this: On December 9, 2016, the Washington Post reported that “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House”.
The report said that Mitch McConnell had been briefed on the matter in September, before the election, and dismissed the evidence.
The report said the CIA was pinning it on actors “one step” removed from the Kremlin, a common practice to provide plausible deniability.
We know that in the face of this report, in the face of briefings about Russian interference in an American election in the months preceding the report, and in more than two years following this report, Republicans have done nothing to respond to this attack on our democracy, nothing to thwart additional attacks.
We know that Republicans have done nothing to protect America because they benefit from Russia’s attacks on America.
We know that Republicans were, and remain, traitors.
And that’s all we need to know.
As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: The part I’ve always lived is that Rummy delivered a perfect description of epistemology.
The FBI and (In)Justice departments are all packed with incompetent Republicans, just in case anyone’s still wondering how Ru$$ia, a failing petro-kleptocracy, managed to hand them their asses in 2016.
Wow–finally some good news!
Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post
Golly, the NYT is noticing that maybe Barr didn’t provide a disinterested summary.
Gee, WaPo’s noticing too. What is this world coming to when you can’t take a handpicked AG’s summary at face value?
So are all of the people at the DOJ and FBI incompetent, soulless, self-serving cowards? Is there not a single one of them that will resign in protest and speak out against this crazy bullshit in the face of an obvious cover-up, or FSM please, leak all of the documents?
Critical commentary that’s a must read from an anonymous commenter:
Barr. Jesus Christ. A natural born fascist, an Opus Dei Catholic with a profound hatred for democracy and a stupefying willingness to shatter democracy on behalf of a cabal of dark money billionaires, because these Federalist Society types tend to believe the whole Enlightenment was our big mistake.
I don’t see how this tide of fascism is stopped in this country. I honest to God believe we’ve passed the point of no return.
In any case, Barr is serving the same function at Justice that McConnell is in the Senate and Roberts and his majority on the Court. And there’s no-one in a position to stop them.
The icing on this horrid cake is our billionaire press, which might have saved us with some good reporting—there was a point until fairly recently when that would have been enough—but which is obviously, god help us, determined to double down on the horrendous malpractice of 2016 that got us into this hell on earth in the first place. They will blow smoke to keep the Republicans in power in 2020, or die trying.
As it turns out, when a handful of multi billion dollar corporations control the news, and when their executives are profoundly contemptuous of democracy and its institutions, then the consequence is a press that is more outraged by Joe Biden’s wandering hands than by a president who instructs border guards to break the law and lie about it in court, or an Attorney General engaged in reckless obstruction and smears.
The New York Times—which helped to set the tone for the relentless media attack on Secretary Clinton in 2016— is already treating Barr’s demented and dangerous remarks with the same Vaseline-lensed deference the Times showed to Mr. Hitler and his chums some 85 years ago.
Apparently, the very rich old men who are bankrolling this horror show believe they’ve come up with the magic formula to get the fascism without the 50 million dead and the shattered cities: to get the prison camps without the death camps: to get the censorship and the paramilitary toughs maintaining public order, without the murders, rape squads, and other fascist games. Maybe they’re right.
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