a reply to: xuenchen
Has anybody said the report won't be released?
Not to my knowledge. President Trump has actually agreed that it should be released.
I expect it will be released with some redactions. Such is normal. As scraedtosleep said, I have no reason to mistrust Barr at this time with his
conclusions, and that means that this whole thing was an exercise in futility at best and an attempted coup d'etat as worst. I would actually have an
issue disclosing national security concerns over something so side-showish. In addition, there are certain details I don't want
about... if the rumors and leaks of the past 2 years are to be believed at all, Mueller investigated whether President Trump was hiding coded messages
in his feces to be intercepted by KGB agents living in the sewers beneath Mar-a-Lago. I'd just as soon not know any more about that.
(That's called "hyperbole" for the comedic-impaired.)
The details of the report are really not that critical, though. What's important to me is that never in my half-century-plus of watching the fiasco we
call "politics," have I ever witnessed this extent of hatred and vitriol being twisted into legality and weaponized against a sitting President.
Never. That tells me that either Donald Trump is so damn squeaky clean he makes Mother Theresa look like Snidley Whiplash, or he's a genius mastermind
at covering his own tracks.
I suspect a bit of both to be honest... not squeaky clean, but still cleaner than anyone investigating him, and good at legal maneuvering.
Also important are the reactions to this report: in courts all across our land, every single day of the workweek, judges have handed down criminal
rulings all based on one simple principle: "not guilty" means that the accused is free to go. No courtroom has ever heard a judge say in modern times,
"The accused is found not guilty of the charges, but he's probably still guilty so let's keep trying." Were that to ever be said, it would blow ATS
up! How dare a judge not respect double jeopardy prohibitions? And yet, in this very thread, we have people saying that exact same thing
because Barr says Trump isn't guilty, it doesn't mean he's innocent. Show us the report! More investigations! AAAARRRGGGGHHHH!"
Sorry, but yes it does mean he is not guilty. Barring (no pun intended) some massive (and highly ill-advised) coverup by Barr, President Donald J.
Trump is not guilty of either Russian collusion or Obstruction of Justice. He is exonerated and free to go be President.
Four years ago, I would have chalked this up to simple denial... it's common when disappointing news is discovered. The victim of a tornado often
takes days to fully realize their home is no longer there; they typically wander around their trashed yard looking for it. A good friend of mine once
rolled his car end-over-end seven times, completely destroying his Maverick so badly the papers wrote it us as being a Mustang... and before he
collapsed, he walked over to the wreck and turned off the headlights. Denial is real, and no, it's not a river in Egypt.
But 2016 has shown that this denial can turn into literal insanity. Reality itself can become displaced for far too many in this literally
life-threatening imperative to destroy someone over a political disagreement. After all, that's what the oft-touted TDS really is: an uncontrollable
denial of reality. Sad, really, as it was started as a bad joke that eventually came to be true. Even Pelosi and Shiff have come out with official
statements that show how deeply embedded in the psyche this delusion can become.
Maybe I'm wrong; I hope I am. Maybe after a few days, people will come to realize that it's over and all the debate was over literally nothing. Call
me an optimist for holding out that hope. It is, I suppose, my last attempt to avoid despair, for if we cannot move past this national insanity, we
are no longer a nation united and will fall as a nation divided. I'd really like for my kids and my future grandkids to enjoy the advantages the
United States has brought to the world.
On a slightly-related note, I did something yesterday that I have never done: I purchased a piece of political propaganda. I found a great deal at a
flea market and bought three large flags to place in my yard: one being a Confederate Battlejack, one being a University of Alabama Football flag, and
the last being a Trump 2020 "Keep America Great" flag. I'm thinking of hanging them in that order. As a friend said, they represent Family, Country,
and State, in that order as they should be. Now I need to make a flagpole and pick a location... preferably somewhere that has good line-of-sight for
a scope should vandals appear.