“I didn’t ask him to do it,” replied Trump.
Which, well, OH MY GOD.
Trump may be trying to sneak past on a technicality here in that he may not have gone directly to Barr and said, “Please open an investigation into whether or not the FBI relied on the dossier put together by Christopher Steele — and funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton — to begin the FBI probe.”
But come on, man. Unless Barr was on a different planet for, say, the past 18 months, he HAS to know exactly what Trump thinks of the FBI investigation (and the special counsel that followed) and his desire for there to be an investigation into the investigation. Trump has literally said — and tweeted — that very idea hundreds of times.
“So now the Radical Left Dems don’t talk about Collusion anymore, because the Mueller Report said there was No Collusion, they only want to talk about Obstruction, even though there was No Obstruction or No Crime – except for the crimes committed by the other side!” Trump tweeted
over the weekend.
“Also, there are ‘No High Crimes & Misdemeanors,’ No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction,” Trump tweeted
earlier this month. “ALL THE CRIMES ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE, and that’s what the Dems should be looking at, but they won’t. Nevertheless, the tables are turning.”
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment,” Trump tweeted
in late April. “There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!”
There are, without exaggeration, dozens and dozens of these tweets.
And even more public statements.
“They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done, between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place,” Trump said in a press conference the day after the 2018 midterm elections.
Talking about Clinton at a campaign rally in Montana in October 2018, Trump said: “It is incredible the deep state, where they don’t even look at her. Isn’t it incredible?”
And thanks to the Mueller report, we know that Trump tried to get then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not only un-recuse himself from the ongoing Russia probe but also to order the prosecution of Clinton.
Given this mountain of evidence, it’s beyond ridiculous for Trump to claim that he had nothing to do with Barr’s decision to open an investigation into the investigation. (As CNN reported on Monday night, US Attorney John Durham has been tasked by Barr with looking into the genesis of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe.)
Take it out of the political context. Father’s Day is next month. Let’s say that starting today, I say — on a daily basis — something like this to my wife and kids: Man, these Nintendo Switches are pretty amazing. It’s the future of video games. Those things are amazing!
When my family started to think about what to get me for Father’s Day, guess what will be top of mind? A Nintendo Switch! Because I have been talking about them nonstop for the past month!
Now, did I ASK them to buy me a Nintendo Switch for Father’s Day? I did not! Did I “know” they were going to buy one? I did not! But that doesn’t change the fact that I sowed the soil in a way that they knew EXACTLY what I wanted them to get me. Right? Right.
That is exactly what Trump has been doing. Except that instead of mentioning something once a day for a month, Trump mentioned it multiple times a day for 18-ish months.
So whether or not Trump “told” Barr to open an investigation is entirely beside the point. Barr knew exactly what Trump wanted. And he did it.