A Potential Third Coverup?

The Bill Barr led DOJ did not follow its own procedures, agreed to with the FEC. The article clearly pointed out what should have happened.

” In its handling of the investigation and a potential campaign-finance violation, the Department of Justice appears to have ignored a rule that a matter under investigation must be referred to the Federal Election Commission. Critically, if the department had followed the rule, the Ukraine affair would have been disclosed to the American public. “

…” but an overlooked problem is that a federal government memorandum required the Justice Department to refer this complaint to the Federal Election Commission. And by all publicly available information, the department failed to do so.”

Bill Barr, is once again acting in the best interests of the President and not in the best interests of the country, as an Attorney General is tasked.

14 thoughts on “A Potential Third Coverup?

  1. More fake news.

    Here, the NYT alleges a coverup, but in the body of its own report it admits it has no idea what happened: See the paragraph that begins, “So what went wrong at the Justice Department?”

    Sloppy, unethical journalism like this is the reason I don’t pay much attention to the NYT.

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    1. Sloppy cherry picking aside, I don’t let you go unchallenged.

      Here is probably the most key part of the piece.

      “Here’s the key part for our purpose: When information comes to the attention of the Justice Department indicating a “probable violation” of the Federal Election Campaign Act, the document says, “the department will apprise the commission of such information at the earliest opportunity.”

      Note the standard for when the Justice Department must notify the F.E.C.: when there’s a “probable violation,” a low bar compared with the standard for actually bringing a criminal prosecution that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

      So again, as far as anyone knows, the Justice Department never provided that notification. And there’s more. The memo further explains that when the Justice Department determines that a probable violation “does not amount to a significant and substantial knowing and willful violation” — presumably what happened when the department decided not to continue investigating the matter described in the whistle-blower complaint — then “the department will refer the matter to the commission as promptly as possible.”

      This, too, the Justice Department appears not to have done.”

      The DOJ, under the partisan leadership of Bill Barr, has become a completely beholden legal arm for Mr. Trump. The lack of independence keeps showing up. Barr should be next in line for departure based on his lack of independence. The USAG is NOT a lawyer for POTUS. He )or she) is supposed to be the lawyer for the people.

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      1. The article is damning and of course not fake news. The dam is breaking and the heels of the delusional are firmly dug in.

        Using facts and rational thought to address push back from the cult will continue to be futile, but again, I applaud your energy and effort.

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      2. Yes, I read all that before posting, Mr. Green. Here’s the operative paragraph in your own quote:

        “This, too, the Justice Department appears not to have done.”

        In other words, NYT is alleging a coverup based on appearances, not facts. Slimy.

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        1. Once again you have overlooked a major statement in the piece:

          “Critically, if the department had followed the rule, the Ukraine affair would have been disclosed to the American public.”

          And if you are so damned smart, how did you miss this as an OPINION piece and NOT a news article.
          Written by a couple of Georgetown Law gurus.

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        2. RE: “Once again you have overlooked a major statement in the piece”

          Hardly. The article doesn’t show that the DOJ didn’t follow the rule. It only assumes that it didn’t.

          RE: “how did you miss this as an OPINION piece and NOT a news article.”

          Doesn’t matter. Commentary is news. Fake commentary is fake news.

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          1. Hardly my great Aunt Fanny. If the DOJ would have followed through on their own rules, the whole thing would have been made public before the whistleblower report was filed.

            Commentary is NOT news. And this opinion piece brings up some painful aspects of the Trump DOJ that you refuse to accept. Harding is jumping up and down in his coffin in Marion, OH because he is no longer the moist corrupt President in the history of this country.

            “Doesn’t matter. Commentary is news.” I do hope you remember that in the future. As folks like Hannity, Ingraham and the like spread fake news and conspiracies all of the time. As do many of your sources.

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          2. “Commentary is news. Fake commentary is fake news.” ??

            I now understand why facts and reality have no affect on your mindset.

            And will henceforth decline to dialogue with you as it would an unkindness to continue to embarrass someone who has slipped into mental decline.

            Be safe, and if you are still able, seek help.

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          3. RE: “And will henceforth decline to dialogue with you”

            I’m good with that. Other than posting low-brow insults, you have shown no ability to reason or enlighten on any topic.

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          4. RE: “Commentary is NOT news.”

            Right. That’s why it appears in a _news_paper.

            RE: “this opinion piece brings up some painful aspects of the Trump DOJ that you refuse to accept”

            It brings up some pitiful speculations which are not substantiated in any way.

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          5. Commentary is an opinion. News are facts.

            Oh, wait. That explains your confusion. If facts are involved you ignore those.

            Some old advice my father once gave is coming to mind at this point: Don’t get into a pissing contest with a skunk.

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          6. Commentary is news on Fox, that’s true.

            Most other media outlets take precautions to label it as OPINION and commentary. And, most other outlets go to great effort to NOT then report their OWN opinions as news the next day. Not Fox.

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