WASHINGTON. Perhaps this headline best describes Attorney General William Barr’s Thursday press conference heralding the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted “Russia collusion” report.
The Trump presidency to date: the most transparent and scandal-free administration in American history!
According to AG Barr:
“Consistent with long-standing Executive Branch practice, the decision whether to assert Executive privilege over any portion of the [Mueller] report rested with the President of the United States. Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege. And he would have been well within his rights to do so… the President confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report… no material has been redacted based on executive privilege.”
The “scandal free” gunrunner
Consequently, Trump’s actions stand in stark contrast to those of resident Barack Obama. In 2012, the so-called “scandal free” president invoked executive privilege to deny congressional committees administration key documents. Those documents pertained to the administration’s sale of weapons to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel. US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens lost their lives in what became known as “Operation Fast and Furious.”
Congress eventually declared then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of that body. They expressed frustration about Holder’s slow-walking of documents they demanded. Those documents directly concerned the Obama administration’s lethal gun-running operation.
Real gun scandal vs. phony Russia scandal
In contrast to the Obama administration’s stonewalling of Congress, Trump’s AG demonstrated that neither Trump nor his 2016 campaign team ever “colluded” with Russia. Nor did the president attempt to obstruct DOJ’s two-year investigation. An investigation he knew was based on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign’s and Democratic National Committee’s opposition research. Research that crucially included the notorious Christopher Steele anti-Trump dossier.
Democrats and their MSM propagandists still insist that Trump was a spy employed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But they never claimed anyone was harmed or killed as a result of this now-proven hoax.
Fake news, blind news
Earlier, in a June 20, 2012 editorial, the Times excused President Obama’s use of executive privilege to shield information on its sale of 2,000 weapons to a Mexican drug cartel.
“There was no reason the House committee and the Justice Department could not work out a deal to produce the documents requested, or some form of them. Instead, they [Republicans] show again that every issue, large or small, can be turned into ammunition for political combat.”
Democrats and their friends on the Times’ editorial board showed little concern that so many lives came to a murderous end. With real ammunition, no less. Predictably, no Obama administration official ever faced federal charges for initiating the illegal sale of weapons in Operation Fast and Furious.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas
While attending a tech conference in Las Vegas in 2018, Obama told the assembled:
“I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something to brag about.”
Now contrast this with President Trump’s openness in his administration’s response to the Russia hoax investigation. Then compare it to Obama’s dubious and absurd claim of incorruptibility. A fake incorruptibility that flourished behind the opaque iron curtain that fell with a thunderous bang in the wake of his executive privilege claim.
Top Image: Attorney General William Barr. CNN screen capture.