Even Attorney General Bill Barr’s highly politicized Justice Department found no legal wrongdoing.
Ever since Attorney General Bill Barr authorized Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate President Trump’s bogus charge that the CIA and FBI improperly investigated candidate Trump, the right-wing media and spokesmen have hyped en ever evolving “scandal.” After Trump’s false claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped was refuted, the “scandal” became that former NSC adviser Michael Flynn’s named was improperly “unmasked” by the Obama White House.
Oh and what a scandal it was.
“I will tell you this,” Trump blustered a year ago. “I think you’re going to see a lot of really bad things,” he said. “I leave it all up to the attorney general and I leave it all up to the people that are working with the attorney general who I don’t know. … I think you’ll see things that nobody would’ve believed.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) called Flynn’s unmasking a bigger scandal than Watergate. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) claimed this was an event “unprecedented in the 243 years of our nation’s history.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted that “the Obama/Biden administration unmasking” was far worse than Trump walking into the White House without a mask while still contagious with covid-19. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, National Review, the Federalist, Fox “News” — all the usual super-spreaders of right-wing conspiracy theories — took up the hue and cry.
It was all a grift.
Even Bill Barr’s Justice Department has concluded there was no wrongdoing. No one will be charged. John Durham will not deliver the wished-for October surprise. John Brennan will not be indicted. Susan Rice is not going jail. The fantasy hype machine failed except in its desire to pollute the information atmosphere.