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From the moment the central claim of the Russiagate conspiracy was decimated by the Mueller report, Democrats have generated a series of manufactured outrages to keep the conspiracy dream alive.
Why the theatrics? Well, the scope of the Trump “collusion” theory has radically contracted from its heyday.
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What was once “Donald Trump personally colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election for the Kremlin!” is now “Why won’t the attorney general release the entire unredacted version of a report that exonerates the president of collusion!” It doesn’t have quite the same bite.
So Democrats have moved from conspiracies about Russia to conspiracies about the report debunking the conspiracy.
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After a week of histrionics about Attorney General Bill Barr, who had offended Democrats and their media allies by writing a letter that accurately laid out the findings of the special counsel’s two-year investigation before releasing it, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler began demanding the release of the unredacted report. The White House, as expected, asserted executive privilege.
Though the law clearly places discretion over the redaction with the attorney general, Nadler claimed assertion had triggered a “constitutional crisis.”
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And committee Democrats quickly moved ahead with a contempt vote. Actually, some Democrats aren’t even content with simply holding Barr in contempt — they want to arrest the attorney general. “Its day in the sun is coming,” Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said this week.
We have some precedent here. In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was the first US attorney general in history to be held in both criminal and civil contempt. The Obama administration had refused to hand over specific documents that pertained to a specific law enforcement endeavor.
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Operation Fast and Furious had cost lives, yet the Obama administration wouldn’t hand over memos that likely contradicted Holder’s sworn testimony on the matter. Instead, they asserted executive...
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