Guess what? Those twin Torquemadas of the U.S. Congress—Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler—have sent a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz and acting Director and Chief Counsel of the Office of Professional Responsibility Jeffrey Ragsdale requesting they investigate Attorney General William Barr.
I know. You’re almost as shocked to read this as Captain Renault was about gambling at Rick’s in “Casablanca.”
Investigating for Messrs. Schiff and Nadler is the equivalent of breathing for the rest of us, with or without ventilators. It’s what they do. (Actually, it’s a disease with them. When will we get the vaccine? It’s desperately needed.)
Oh… the cause of this particular investigation? Barr, in their view, broke Department of Justice rules by stating his agreement with the firing of former Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson.
But that’s what shrinks call the “presenting complaint.” The real issue is that they’re petrified about what Barr and his investigator John Durham may shortly do.
If even a few of those connected to the Mueller/Russia investigation are indicted, their two-to-three-year-long jihad against Trump will look just like that—a jihad. The history books will render them both either irrelevant liars or despicable liars, depending on the writer.
So Barr must be tarnished in advance, in Marxist parlance, “by any means necessary.” To show just how desperate S & N may be, the choice of the Atkinson firing holds many potential booby traps for them. It could well expose to the public the true nature of the Ukraine impeachment and Schiff’s role in manipulating the quondam “whistleblower.”
It may be that they hope, as with most IG investigations, it will drag on for months, if not years, long enough to besmirch Barr throughout whatever embarrassing revelations are to come. (It’s already rumored that Kevin Clinesmith, the FBI attorney who is reported to have changed email language regarding Carter Page’s CIA service, is about to be indicted. Will he “sing”?)
Returning to the jihad metaphor, which isn’t so stretched because Schiff and Nadler have pursued their attacks on Trump with nothing short of religious fervor, their several-years-long monomania is a coronavirus of its own.
It has so distracted the public, the media, and the Congress from their true missions to serve America that the Congress—other than Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)—entirely missed the coming pandemic and paid little to no attention to what was happening in communist China.
Then when Trump closed travel to China, they accused him of “xenophobia” and “racism” (don’t they get tired of this?) and continued to ignore the whole thing, concentrating on impeachment, with our two Torquemadas at the fore. Public health wasn’t even on their radar.
During impeachment, Trump may have taken his eye a little off the ball too, but considering the non-stop attack he was under, it’s hard to blame him. And on the Democrat side, they couldn’t have been less interested in the CCP virus or any virus. It was impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, all day and night.
Indeed, during the Democrats’ last presidential debate, neither the virus nor even China itself got so much as a mention by the candidates or their media allies. But then Bernie would never criticize a communist, and Biden wouldn’t bite the hand that fed him until it was no longer tenable. (After joining the chorus calling Trump a “xenophobe,” he finally had to admit—especially with his son profiting from the Bank of China—the president did the right thing.)
They accuse Trump of having “blood on his hands” with the virus, but that is yet another case of what has become a “symphony of projection” on the part of the modern liberal (as far from the JFK kind as Washington is from Wuhan).
As for a vaccine, I’m optimistic that one will eventually be found for the CCP virus. Some smart people in the United States, the UK, and Israel, among other places, are working on it.
But a vaccine against Schiff–Nadler Investigation Disease (SNID)? I don’t know if Jonas Salk or Pasteur himself could figure it out.
Roger L Simon—the Epoch Times’ senior political columnist—is the author of 13 books. His latest is “The GOAT,” available now as an audiobook. He is also an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter.
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