I doubt it’s an accident that only days before we are supposed to learn some of the results of the epochal recount in Arizona’s Maricopa County, an article has popped up in The Atlantic—“Inside William Barr’s Breakup With Trump.” The subtitle is: “In the final months of the administration, the doggedly loyal attorney general finally had enough.”
How better, as they say, to “throw shade” on whatever emerges from Arizona?
And apropos that subtitle, was Barr ever really “doggedly loyal”?
The article that seeks to assure us of this is by Jonathan Karl, ABC’s White House correspondent and among the more prominent members of the mainstream media nomenklatura, ergo militantly anti-Trump from the start on everything from Russia to hydroxychloroquine (and, therefore, almost always wrong).
Karl’s new book, due in November, is called “Betrayal,” or, as its publisher puts it, “the story of Trump’s downfall, complete with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the darkest days in the history of the American presidency.”
Karl himself writes in the article (obviously also a promo for the book):
“In a series of interviews with me this spring, Barr spoke, for the first time, about the events surrounding his break with Trump. I have also spoken with other senior officials in the Trump White House and Justice Department, who provided additional details about Barr’s actions and the former president’s explosive response. Barr and those close to him have a reason to tell his version of this story. He has been widely seen as a Trump lackey who politicized the Justice Department. But when the big moment came after the election, he defied the president who expected him to do his bidding.”
So why would Barr choose to state his case with, of all people, a journalist who has been, for all intents and purposes, a major propagandist for the other side?
A parallel and ultimately more important question raised inadvertently by the article is why, on Dec. 1, 2020, Barr told Associated Press beat reporter Michael Balsamo (mumbling, so it had to be repeated, if we are to believe Karl) “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Those words from the then-attorney general were trumpeted far and wide as more than just an indication but as near as possible to actual proof the imputation the election was “rigged” was nonsense. Time to move on.
Not everybody did, obviously, but also worth asking is where Barr got his information so early in the game, only a few days more than a month after the election?
The answer is from the same Department of Justice and FBI that brought us the endless lies about nonexistent Trump–Russia collusion and the consequent despicable and possibly traitorous behavior regarding retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and George Papadopoulos—the same DOJ and FBI that Barr had promised to fix but seems absolutely the same as it always was, maybe worse, something painfully close to our own homegrown NKVD, if not already there.
Why would he (or anyone) trust information from such people after all we have gone through? And so quickly that a thorough investigation couldn’t possibly have taken place? What was wrong with him? Or is Barr an entirely different man than we thought, someone more akin to, well, Karl?
This is also the same Barr who told us early on that Barack Obama and Joe Biden were off-limits in the investigation he had assigned to John Durham in order to put the whole Trump–Russia fraud to rights (by 2060 at the latest, evidently). Like certain banks and General Motors, Obama and Biden were deemed, by our former AG, too big to fail (or do evil).
Barr would probably dismiss what I just wrote as the rantings of an extreme right-winger. Actually, it’s something different. I’m not an extreme anything, despite what the subnormals now in charge of our military might say.
What I am is an American patriot appalled at what has become of my country. And a great part of the problem—in its very essence—are people such as Barr and Karl and the dance they do together.
It’s a dance many of us outside the Beltway and the coasts recognize, a kind of preservation/elevation ritual for the Deep State and all those who profit from it. That includes the mainstream media, a key participant if there ever were one, whose best-known members do exceptionally well under the existing system. (Karl’s net worth is an estimated $11 million. Rachel Maddow is said to be worth $25 million off an annual salary of $7 million).
Doing even better is longtime Beltway attorney Barr, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $40 million. If this is about Barr saving his own skin, he has a lot to save.
Now, he and Karl are collaborating to bury Donald Trump—or trying to.
The Deep State clearly has a vested interest in the status quo. Indeed, the whole concept of the Deep State, Republican and/or Democrat, all parts, is about preserving the status quo so its participants can continue to profit.
Trump may be richer than practically all of them, but he obviously stood for a different economic class, a much more average one—most of whom don’t live in the Beltway and have never been part of that gravy train.
People such as Barr and Karl no doubt have higher-toned explanations—what might be called pseudo-democratic or some such—for their behavior. And no doubt they feel Trump far too vulgar for words. They are also no doubt convinced of their own righteousness.
But in the end, it’s all about the money and the power, in whatever order, plus, in Barr’s case, a soupçon of reputation-saving (it’s not).
As for Karl’s book, it needs a better title than “Betrayal,” already used for a play by a far better writer, Harold Pinter. How about “Viva la Swamp!”?
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon
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