Barr, truth and the Mueller report
Dr. E. Faye Williams | 4/26/2019, 6 a.m.
The much-anticipated and long-awaited Mueller report has been handled in an unbelievable way.
We first received four pages about a 22-month study that told us nothing truthfully. U.S. Attorney General William Barr led us to believe everybody had been “picking on the poor innocent president.” Mr. Barr’s four pages gave President Trump the opportunity to continue his mantra that the report totally exonerated him, when it clearly did not. Just days before, President Trump was throwing flames at the Mueller team.
There’s no doubt the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House are doing everything they can to discredit the Mueller report. Mr. Barr produced his four-page report to try to confuse Americans.
Before releasing a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18, Mr. Barr held a press conference that proved Rep. Maxine Waters’ characterizations of Mr. Barr as a lackey and a sycophant. All laws, precedents and common courtesies were broken denying lawmakers and the public what we have the right to know — the truth. I wondered why we couldn’t get Mr. Mueller’s findings rather than having Mr. Barr tell us what the report said.
Before activist Dick Gregory died in 2017, he warned us about this chaos. I didn’t see clearly what he meant until Mr. Barr delivered his interpretation of what the Mueller report actually said. Mr. Barr’s version compared with the redacted report released to the public is mind-boggling. What Mr. Barr reported has no relationship to what the Mueller report actually said.
We now know and understand why some on the Mueller team were concerned — even offended — by Mr. Barr’s version of the report. The Mueller report does not exonerate President Trump. It specifically says he did many things that would endeavor to obstruct justice, such as trying to get his staff to commit illegal acts, but they refused. In essence, Mr. Mueller has turned the matter over to Congress to act on the findings in the report.
Mr. Barr has shown himself to be a puppet of President Trump, with no concern for the American people. He leaves me, as well as many others, with no confidence in the Justice Department. We have a sick person leading our nation who knows nothing but name-calling, exclusion of non-white people and punishment of all who disagree with him.
The report presented by Mr. Barr is reason to understand that it is up to us to deal with the systematic process of being wounded by circumstance. A brilliant group I know has developed a program that focuses on healing and prevention. Our whole society is wounded when the system on which we’re expected to depend favors certain people over others.
This country cannot seem to overcome its horrible history of unequal treatment of people of color and the underserved. We must take heed when a talented group of people who look like us come up with a system for healing our wounds.
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The writer is president of the National Congress of Black Women.