A Mystery Barr None

William Barr

Trump has blasted Mueller’s team for political donations. But attorney general nominee William P. Barr has given more than $500,000.

How Trump’s Next Attorney General Could Derail the Mueller Probe: In 1992, William Barr recommended pardons that some saw as a cover-up to protect the president. Critics fear more of the same if he’s confirmed.

No one wants to be Trump’s chief of staff. For much the same reason, logically, no one—especially, no one qualified for the job—should want to be Trump’s next Attorney General. Yet William P. Barr, Esquire, himself a former Attorney General, aspires to the position.

In a previous post, I argued that there is something wrong with this picture. I argued that William P. Barr, Esquire, has something up his sleeve.

As to what he has up his sleeve: logic would tell us that it’s either a plan to protect Trump, or a plan to ease him out of the way in favor of President Pence. So which is it?

The Politico article, cited above, has lots of interesting information and makes the case, sort of, that Barr, who helped George H.W. Bush pardon his way out of the Iran-Contra scandal, is here now to reprise his act and get Donald Trump off the hook.

All that might be true. And if it is true, then I will have been proven wrong in my suspicions. But I don’t think so.

Unlike a senatorial empty suit—take John Kyle as a good example—Barr is not a modestly affluent spokesman for the rich and powerful, i.e., a well-paid towel boy in the brothel. No, William P. Barr, Esquire, has risen to become part of the rich and powerful, the kind of people who get the John Kyle’s of the world to do their bidding.

Together, Mr. Barr and his wife, a homemaker, have given about three quarters of a million dollars to Republican candidates. Clearly, they have lots of money. They do not need the Attorney General’s salary, which turns out to be $205,700 per annum.

In 2016, Barr gave the Trump campaign $2,700. Chump change to buy a seat at the table, if needed. But before that, he had given $55,000 to Jeb Bush’s political action committee.

On the evidence, Barr is an establishment guy, not a Trump guy.

And what about the fact, emphasized in the Politico article, that Barr has had negative things to say about the Mueller investigation?

Well, you could take that information at face value.

Or you could speculate that was all part of a long simmering plot to inveigle Trump into embracing someone whose mission in life would be to consign Trump to the dustbin of history.