That’s exactly how the Justice Department should treat investigations that might come to nothing and yet could affect a Presidential election simply by the fact the investigation is occurring at all.
From the Journal’s s article, which came out two days ago:
“Mr. Barr was aware of the investigations involving Hunter Biden before the spring, the person said, though it isn’t clear when or how he first learned of the inquiries…Justice Department guidelines advise investigators against taking overt actions in a run-up to an election so as not to be seen as affecting the outcome.”
Huh. You’d never suspect that such guidelines ever existed from the ham-handed way the Obama Justice Department handled the Hillary Clinton email server investigation before that election. That time, the news media broke the story, and the investigation was first used as a way to mitigate the damage to the Obama administration’s candidate of choice, even to the extent of allowing the Attorney General in charge to stay in charge of it after the husband of the candidate whose conduct was being investigated—when that husband had appointed that Attorney General to a high post while he was President—openly attempted to lobby that AG while the investigation was taking place.
Then, to make things worse, after FBI head James Comey—back before he had proven himself to be an unethical lawyer, incompetent manager, and narcissistic boob—seemed to boost Hillary by refusing to indict her based on what we now know was a contrived standard of innocence, he came back and knee-capped her campaign by announcing another investigation relating to the missing emails days before the election. He did this, he said later, because, assuming like everyone else that Clinton would win, he didn’t want to undermine the perception of the legitimacy of her Presidency if it was revealed later that damaging information had been uncovered in an investigation her own party’s Justice Department had withheld from voters.
So instead, we got the Clinton-spun narrative that Comey had intentionally pushed Trump to victory by re-opening the email server scandal, and Trump’s election was declared illegitimate!
Trump has started tweeting his anger about the Justice Department and the FBI’s failure to disclose the Hunter Biden investigation earlier, beginning when he wrote, “Why didn’t the Fake News Media, the FBI and the DOJ report the Biden matter BEFORE the Election?”
And there it is: the reason why people like me never have felt comfortable having someone with the President’s ethical blind spots—Spots? More like the moon landscape!—-and orientation toward an “ends justify the means” in all things great and small in a position of such great power.
Without such a policy, a President could (and in Trump’s case, would) use his law enforcement agencies as weapons in his own campaign, or that of his chosen successor. It was not the Justice Department’s job, function or proper responsibility to correct the corrupt mainstream media and Big Tech efforts to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story so near to the election. Funny—the MSM had no trouble finding anonymous sources, leakers and “whistle-blowers” to reveal behind the scenes developments that would cause suspicion to fall on President Trump and his family, but somehow no such sources ever revealed the existence of the Biden investigation! Did nobody working for the Times or Post ask the question of Barr or other Justice Department officials? Apparently not. Almost nobody asked Joe Biden about it either.
A show of hands: who believes that Hunter Biden never gave his father a heads up that he was a target of an investigation? Would you, if you were Hunter? Yet Biden allowed his surrogates and the news media to push the lie that the laptop story was “Russian disinformation.”
To paraphrase Connie as she hysterically indicts her ruthless, lying brother Michael Corleone to his wife in the final scene of “The Godfather,”
“That’s your President! That’s your President!“
Yes, that’s your President.
I won’t be paying any more attention to indignant declarations by Democrats about how President Trump lies, thanks.
Meanwhile, Bill Barr, who has been smeared by the Axis of Unethical Conduct as a John Mitchell-esque hack ever since he (correctly) concluded that the Mueller Report proved neither “Russian collusion” nor “obstruction of justice,” is owed an apology.
Of course, he won’t get it…just more insults from the President for maintaining his integrity and that of his Department.