We’ve seen time and again that Donald Trump will selfishly throw anyone under the bus, no matter how loyal they might be to him, if that’s what he thinks he has to do in order to survive. Yesterday it was reported that Attorney General Bill Barr essentially failed in his efforts to hand Trump a victory that he badly wanted. Accordingly, last night, Trump promptly threw Barr under the bus.
Bill Barr handpicked federal prosecutor John Durham to lead the investigation into whether the U.S. government criminally conspired against the Trump 2016 presidential campaign. Last night the New York Times reported that Durham has informed the DOJ Inspector General that he’s found no evidence of any such thing. This was always going to be the outcome, because Durham isn’t corrupt. But it means that Barr has failed in his quest to deliver Trump the impossible “victory” he wanted. So last night Trump tweeted this:
When I said, in my phone call to the President of Ukraine, “I would like you to do US a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” With the word “us” I am referring to the United States, our Country. I then went on to say that ”I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people…..” This, based on what I have seen, is their big point – and it is no point at a all (except for a big win for me!). The Democrats should apologize to the American people!
To be clear, Donald Trump isn’t revealing anything that hasn’t already been known for months. But with impeachment hearings bringing more heat on Trump than ever over his Ukraine phone call, he is pretty clearly urging the media, the public, and the House to focus on what Bill Barr did with Ukraine after this phone call took place. This is the first time Trump has tried to shift the Ukraine heat to Barr – and he did it just hours after learning that Barr had failed to deliver on the “origins” sham investigation. It’s simply what Trump does.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report