While news of Jeffrey Epstein’s death has dominated the news cycle, leading to an array of conspiracy theories on both the political left and the right, another ugly revelation has come to light inside Donald Trump’s Justice Department. We don’t yet know for sure if William Barr is showing honest anger at the sudden apparent suicide of Epstein, or at the way people see it, but we do know that Barr tried to bury another, unrelated report – and the revelation couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Epstein scandal seemed to get worse by the day for Donald Trump, but a sudden rash of domestic shootings gripped the nation and suddenly changed the media’s focus. Even though right-wing pundits insist that there’s no connection between Trump’s demented rhetoric and the increasing frequency of these massacres, we have recordings of what Trump said himself and encouraged at his rallies, with statistics showing a spike in hate crimes where the Trump campaign held rallies – and perhaps most troubling, a report on domestic terrorism that Barr and Trump tried to suppress since it was written this April.
The report indicates that the overwhelming majority of domestic terrorism incidents last year were caused by white supremacists. Senators Dick Durbin and Cory Booker, who both sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had requested this data from the Justice Department, concerned over how it handles hate crimes, but claimed the information was being withheld. Now we know why.
At the time this report was written, Barr was busy launching a probe into the phony Spygate scandal, doing what he could to spin the findings of the Mueller probe. In other words, the attorney general chose to protect the president’s image over the lives of American citizens. This alone should be grounds for Barr’s ouster.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making