Bill Barr is a champion of justice
Barr's take, as he told CBS News on May 7, was that if Flynn lied, it wasn't a crime because there was no lie that was "material to a legitimate investigation," as the team investigating Russia and the 2016 campaign was closing up. Also, it's not clear that Flynn intended to lie to the FBI because the national security veteran knew that the feds had recorded the conversation.
But as Mark Corallo, a one-time spokesman in President George W. Bush's Department of Justice, told me: "Faced with financial ruin and the prospect of his son being prosecuted, he took a deal. By the way, it happens every day."
Corallo worked briefly for Trump's private legal defense team. He resigned shortly after the White House released a false statement that asserted Donald Trump Jr. and other top campaign figures met with a Russian lawyer to discuss adoption issues, when in fact Trump's son had been teased into the meeting with the prospect of dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The meeting did not live up to the hype. In part, because of Trump's false spin, it became dirt used against Team Trump.
Corallo applauded Barr for dismissing the case against Flynn as the right response to federal law enforcement's "absolute culture of everybody's guilty, we just haven't caught them yet." When law enforcement chooses to "investigate people, not crimes, tear up the Constitution," Corallo warned.
The FBI's questioning of Flynn? "A perjury trap," quoth Barr, who noted FBI officials failed to inform Flynn that he was under investigation and worked around White House protocol.
Many big media outlets treat Barr's behavior as partisan. Somehow they have no worries that federal prosecutors working under the Obama administration launched a probe against the GOP nominee based on a "dossier" funded with Democratic money.
There are a lot of people inside the beltway who hate Trump. And he does little to try to change their minds. But law enforcement shouldn't be a popularity contest, with prosecutors hounding individuals who haven't broken the law.
As Barr told CBS, "I think it's sad that nowadays these partisan feelings are so strong that people have lost any sense of justice, and the groups that usually worry about civil liberties and making sure that there's proper procedures followed and standards set seem to be ignoring it and willing to destroy people's lives."
Contact Debra J. Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-7391. Follow @DebraJSaunders on Twitter.
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