Ever since he became Attorney General of the United States in February, William Barr has made it clear that he will do anything and everything to shield President Donald Trump from the legal or ethical consequences of his many criminal actions.
Whether it was Barr’s “summary” of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller — which omitted some of the key findings contained in the report that suggested Trump was guilty of obstructing justice — or his eagerness to launch a politically-motivated inspector general investigation of the Russia probe, Barr has been an eager and effective lapdog for Trump.
Barr has also gone to bat for Trump when it comes to the matter of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly committed suicide earlier this month in his holding cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Shortly after Epstein’s death, Barr sprung into action, saying he was angry Epstein had escaped justice.
And yet, Barr soon went about trying to make certain none of the loose ends of the Epstein case could be traced back to Trump, firing the acting head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and trying to quell the growing calls for a closer look into what exactly the connection between Trump and Epstein had been, especially since the two had once been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1994.
Now, however, it appears that Barr’s efforts to keep Trump clear of the dirt surrounding Epstein may have been in vain, as the investigation has spread to another country, according to CNN legal reporter Shimon Prokupecz, who sent out this tweet recently:
The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed on Friday it is opening a preliminary investigation into Jeffrey Epstein.
The preliminary investigation has been opened on the counts of: rape, rape of minors over 15 years of age, rape of minors under 15 years of age,
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 23, 2019
France might not be able to charge Trump with crimes, but they can certainly make the details of their investigation public, and if those just so happen to point in Trump’s direction, there’s absolutely nothing Barr can do to forestall it. Also, if evidence of sex crimes committed by Trump happen to come up during the French investigation, those can also be used in the impeachment inquiry that begins as soon as Congress returns from its recess early next month.
If Trump and Barr thought the president was in the clear, they weren’t counting on another country looking into the matter. And that alone should have Trump terrified, because he has no idea what such probe might uncover.
The Jeffrey Epstein matter may be over for Epstein, but it’s only beginning for Trump and others who traveled in the late sex offender’s orbit.