Attorney General William Barr is worried, and it shows.
On Monday, Barr was asked about the upcoming testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, which will begin next Wednesday, July 17 at 9:00 a..m EST. Here’s what the AG said, according to the Associated Press (AP):
“I’m not sure what purpose is served by dragging him up there and trying to grill him. I don’t think Mueller should be treated that way or subject himself to that, if he doesn’t want to.”
Barr even suggested he would be glad to assist Mueller if he wanted to fight the congressional subpoena which has prompted his appearance next week, noting:
“If Bob decides he doesn’t want to be subject to [congressional testimony], then the Department of Justice would certainly back him.”
What makes Barr’s remarks so odd is that at a press conference back in May, the attorney general said he had “no objection to Bob Mueller personally testifying.”
So what exactly is going in here? Why the sudden 180 degree shift from the AG? There can only be one reason: He’s worried about what Mueller will tell the congressional committees, and (more importantly), his boss, Donald Trump, is very nervous what may be revealed when Mueller begins telling everything he knows.
And then there’s the fact that the Department of Justice has yet to release a full uncensored copy of the Mueller report to the public. A few chairs of key congressional committees (i.e. judiciary and intelligence) do have copies of the report minus the redactions made by Barr. And they can ask all the questions they want about the full report and underlying evidence. Neither Barr or Trump can do a damn thing about that.
It’s been said before but it needs to be repeated: Innocent people don’t behave this way. Barr and Trump are terrified of what may come out during next week’s hearing with Mueller. It could well lead to the public demanding that an impeachment inquiry begin. And that’s when Trump is in real trouble, because that’s when he’d be most vulnerable politically.
The case against Donald Trump is far from over with. Matter of fact, it’s just beginning.