AG Barr, the Department of Justice and the coup attempt

James Howard Kunstler weighs in on the growing controversy over prosecutions (or the lack thereof) in the Department of Justice.

You are forgiven for failing to follow all the twists and turns in this latest installment of what might now be called CoupGate, a summation of the seditious campaign to overthrow the president, which already has gone through so many gates — SpyGate, RussiaGate, MuellerGate, UkraineGate, WhistleblowerGate — that Mr. Trump looks like he’s spent three years training for the giant slalom in the next winter Olympics. A localized Civil War is underway in the Department of Justice now. Mr. Barr is in the middle, getting it from both sides.

The AG has apparently partitioned the DOJ into two separate realms: the now-identified corps of coupsters working desperately to keep their asses covered in an unraveling conspiracy, and Mr. Barr’s group attempting to account fairly for all that has happened, while salvaging what’s left of the outfit’s institutional legitimacy. Too much documented evidence of crime is out there in the public domain to dismiss these activities as a “conspiracy theory.” The trouble is, so many were involved from so many branches and agencies, that fully prosecuting every angle of it could bring down the permanent bureaucracy like the Jenga tower it has become.

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The coup has been so broad, deep, and thick that I predict cases will have to be brought under the RICO statutes in batches for different groups in separate agencies and branches of government. For instance, there is the Intel Mob, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intel (DNI) James Clapper, current Intel IG Michael Atkinson, so-called whistleblower (he that cannot be named, E*** C**********) and International Man of Mystery Joseph Mifsud. There is the gang from the State Department who helped engineer UkraineGate, including former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, former Sec’y of State John Kerry, and others. There is that big herd of rogue lawyers in the DOJ and its stepchild, the FBI, the names widely disseminated by now, Comey, Strzok, Baker, Boente, Carlin, Clinesmith, et al. There’s Robert Mueller and his henchpersons, Andrew Weissmann, Jeannie Rhee, et al. There’s another band of seditionists in Congress that includes Mark Warner of the Senate Intel Committee, the now notorious idiot Adam Schiff over in the House, and staffers who worked for both. There’s a bunch in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment that paid over a million dollars to Alternate International Man of Mystery (actually, CIA asset) Stefan Halper to run entrapment schemes against people working for Mr. Trump. There’s a swarm from Barack Obama’s White House, including Valarie Jarrett, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, Alexandra Chalupa, former Vice-President Joe Biden and the former President himself. And finally, there is the 800-pound-gorilla over in the Democratic Party thicket, namely Hillary Clinton, and those connected to her and her charity fraud, the Clinton Foundation, which is the real and actual predicate for the whole sordid affair — a list that includes Viktor Vekselberg of Russia’s Skolkovo project, $25-million donor Russian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, and Dmitri Alperovich of CrowdStrike, (Russian collusion, anyone?) as well as rascally freelancers such as Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the shadowy Nellie Ohr, lawyer/lobbyist Adam Waldman, and Hillary errand boys Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer. The stories behind those names are all over the web, in case you want to edify yourself.

Now, perhaps, you can see the scope of this big hot mess, and deduce the degree of difficulty that William Barr faces in attempting to set it all straight … Failure to attend to it may turn a mere bureaucratic civil war into a genuine citizen rebellion featuring some of the 300-million-odd firearms at large in the republic. I believe Mr. Barr is aware of what’s at stake and will behave honorably.

There’s more at the link.

I hope Mr. Kunstler is right, and I hope Attorney General Barr succeeds in bringing the necessary prosecutions.  This cloud is still hanging over the nation as a whole, and looks set fair to influence the coming elections.  It needs to be resolved as soon as possible;  but just as the mills of God grind slowly, so do the wheels of the justice system.  One can’t bring charges prematurely, or based on inadequate and/or incomplete evidence, otherwise the guilty parties will probably get away with their crimes.

I wish Mr. Barr good luck and every success.  The Republic needs it, badly.



  1. Burn it down. Burn it all down.
    Start over from scratch. Black list every single person from the ancien regime. The ones who don't end up in prison or hanged, that is.

  2. The ONLY SOLUTION for this nonsense in 'Mordor on the Potomac' is to disband and blacklist every member of the alphabet agencies in D(district)of C(riminals) DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA, BATFE, EPA, etc. That is the ONLY way to be sure that the rot is removed and can not rise again.

  3. The problem is the corrupt section seems to substantially outnumber the good guys. Barr and Durham and whoever are a small team trying to document this all and get strong cases together without letting too much leak.

    How many years does this take? Can it even finish before something else bad happens? Can it finish before the people openly rebel and those "300 Million firearms" (a gross underestimate) come into play?

    And Kuntsler goes through this list without even mentioning the corruption between the last administration and China. There's billions of dollars flowing around in that one, too.

    But I do like his phrasing of calling Hillary the 800 pound gorilla in the Democratic thicket.

  4. Seems to me that it's kind of like finding yourself in the midst of a dirty game, where a bunch of the players are cheating. You can struggle on and fight, trying to win against the cheaters; or you can just flip the table over, shoot the cheaters, clean up the mess, and start over. The total amount of disruption might ~seem~ tough, but in all likelihood it would probably be faster, cheaper and more effective than trying to fix the broken system from within the system.

  5. the guilty parties will probably get away with their crimes.

    Until DaveS' solution happens–or a bit sooner or later than that.

  6. I used to work in a subdivision of the DOJ. Let me tell you, every dirty thing you've ever though about corruption there is true. DOJ is at least as Leftist as the State Department.

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