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How the Barr Justice Department Works

A number of readers have asked me to explain the different ways the trump justice system impacts those who have been convicted of criminal activity.  It is the mark of a truly just justice system that not every criminal is treated the same since it suggests that there is a concern for the individual and not a mindless imposition of punishment on those convicted of criminal activity notwithstanding their other virtues.  And so it was that within a very short time we saw how a trumpian justice system furthers the cause of justice.

Of the recent examples the most notable is, of course, the commutation of the 4 year 4 month sentence of Roger Stone.  Roger is a man  who has, until recently, avoided the consequences that flow from lack of integrity, as brilliantly described in the Netflix drama about Roger’s career.   Of course lack of integrity can sometimes have adverse consequences as Roger learned when he was convicted of 7 felony counts, including witness tampering and lying to investigators.  And further adverse consequences can flow from such convictions as Roger learned when the judge in his trial imposed a sentence of 40 months in federal prison. Here is something else Roger learned. He learned that properly placed friends can be more important than avoiding the consequences of criminal conviction for unlawful activities.  And no friend can be more properly placed than the man permitted by the people to live in the White House.

The trump has long been a friend and colleague of Roger.  In an apt demonstration of how justice works in the trump world, the trump commuted Roger’s sentence meaning Roger would not have to serve any time in prison.  Explaining the reason for the commutation Kayleigh McEnany, the trump mouthpiece, explained away Stone’s witness tampering and lying,  saying:  “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.” In other words he was convicted of 7 felonies because of the investigation of corrupt activities involving the 2016 election.  She concluded her remarks saying: “Roger Stone is a free man!”

A second example of justice in the trump era is provided by William Barr. William is the attorney general of the United States and a sycophant of the trump.  In furtherance of his sycophancy nothing pleases him more than doing things that please the trump.  The conviction of Michael Flynn afforded William  the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his eagerness to please the trump.

Flynn’s career as a trump crony began on November 18, 2016 when he was named the trump’s national security adviser.  During December 2016 he discussed with the Russian Ambassador U.S. sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.  In describing those conversations to  Mike Pence he misled Pence as to the nature of the conversations. When that was disclosed, the trump dismissed Flynn explaining that he did so because Flynn ”had lied to the vice president and the FBI.”

On December 1, 2017,  Flynn pled guilty to lying to F.B.I. investigators about his communications with the Russian Ambassador.  While Flynn awaited sentencing, the trump concluded that Flynn had been improperly charged.  When the trump came to that conclusion Flynn had already twice pled guilty, In response to the trump’s concern, William took the unusual step of asking the judge in the case where Flynn was awaiting sentencing, to dismiss the charges,  thus bringing an end to the prosecution of Flynn.  The judge refused to dismiss the case and Barr then appealed to the next higher court to compel the dismissal.  As this is written it is not known whether the case against Flynn will be dismissed or whether Flynn will be sentenced by the trial court.

Justice is, of course, not always deflected in the trump world.  Daniel Lewis Lee and Wesley Purkey could attest to that were they still with us.  The United States has not made use of the death penalty since 2003.  The executions of Lee and Purkey on July 14th and 16th respectively ended that hiatus. Daniel Lewis Lee was executed on July 14, 2020 over the objections of the family of his victims, who sought a life in prison sentence for him instead of imposition of the death penalty.  Wesley Purkey, whose execution had been put on hold by a federal judge to determine his mental competency,  was executed on July 16 after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay.

The reawakening of the death penalty as a tool to be used to punish certain convicted criminals was explained by the trump sycophant in response to one of Lee’s lawyers who said,  after Lee’s execution,  that it was “shameful that the government in the end, carried out this execution in haste.”  Not wanting to permit that appeal to decency to go unanswered, Barr responded:   “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

As we now know, nothing is owed to a country whose national security advisor admits to lying under oath to investigators, nor is anything owed to the country when a sometime close friend of the trump is sentenced to prison following his conviction on seven felony counts. That is how justice in the trump-Barr justice system works.

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