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Former Federal Prosecutor: Bill Barr Faces Criminal Liability For Lying About The Mueller Report

Now that a federal judge has made it clear that former Attorney General William Barr lied about what was contained in the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an attempt to take the heat off failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, another question has now come to the forefront: What happens to Barr for lying to the public and, more importantly, to Congress the courts while he was under oath?

That was the topic of discussion on MSNBC Wednesday, with former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal explaining what happens next for Barr:

“I’m not sitting here feeling good about the fact that I and so many others were right two years ago. I desperately wanted to be wrong. Our system is set up to trust Barr was attorney general of the United States. not the attorney general for President Trump. He was supposed to be for the people. Unfortunately, there was always a degree of corruption around him. He constantly acted like one of Donald Trump’s personal attorneys. Now, with the new decision by the judge into his deception, he’s finally being treated like one of the gang, which he always was.”

Katyal added that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson was very clear in her ruling that the Justice Department must release a DOJ memo Barr used to bolster his own personal interpretation of the Mueller report. She also noted that Barr had indeed lied under oath:

“She called Barr’s actions in the litigating position disingenuous, which is something you almost never hear a federal judge say about any litigant, particularly not someone from the Justice Department, and particularly not the attorney general of the United States. If a federal judge calls your testimony before the Congress disingenuous, as she did, I think it’s time to start retaining legal counsel, and ideally someone who can save whatever is left of that tattered reputation that you have.”

Host Nicolle Wallace asked Katyal what can be done to the former attorney general now that he’s out of office. Katyal replied:

“Well, I think, you know, this is true about every attorney who surrounded themselves with Donald Trump. They run into criminal liability. You see it — you know, we’ll talk about [Rudy[ Giuliani a bit later. You see it time and again, Michael Cohen, all these other people. Judge Jackson is saying in this opinion, Barr, you testified before Congress, your testimony before Congress was that you had made these decisions. Now it looks like you didn’t actually make these decisions, and this material you’re trying to prevent the American people from seeing you claimed was shielded because you hadn’t made the decisions at the time, but it looks like you did.”

All of that, Katyal concluded, suggests that Barr is in very big trouble legally:

“So, there is the possibility of a criminal investigation into Bill Barr now. There’s also the possibility of civil and disciplinary actions against him as well. I mean, the attorney general of the United States is supposed to be above reproach. Here you have the top lawyer for the entire government, you know, being accused of being disingenuous by an incredibly well-respected judge in D.C.”

This is an open and shut case. A slam dunk. The Justice Department needs to take action and charge Barr to send a message to all future AGs: You’re supposed to defend the Constitution, not the president.

Here’s the full interview with Neal Katyal:

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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