It is clear with the addition of Attorney General William Barr; William Barr has weaponized the DOJ. Only, unlike Obama and Clinton, he is not doing it for political purposes with zero regard to actual evidence. Instead, he is doing it because there is too much evidence of serious crimes to ignore.
Barr has also sent Democrats in congress a strong message. The days of this administration cooperating with an endless witch-hunt are over. With the decision today to invoke executive privilege there is zero chance that Democrats have enough time to even consider impeaching Donald Trump. It will take months, if not years, to just get past the executive privilege hurdle.
Then, to make things worse, there was an absolute bombshell story ignored by the MSM. It was not ignored by the Hill:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec made a written account of her meeting with Christopher Steele on October 11, 2016. It included the following line:
Steele’s client “is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8,”
Steele’s client is Hillary Clinton. Also in attendance at that meeting was Tatyana Duran who was a colleague from Steele’s Orbis Security Firm. The documents were never provided to the House Intelligence Committee. These documents were only exposed because of FOIA litigation filed by Citizens United. What makes this worse is that the document was still heavily redacted. That means the rest of the information is likely to be even more devastating.
This is smoking gun evidence that the Clinton campaign was colluding with Russia to influence the election. The name Tatyana Duran may provide some hints regarding the source of this information, since discredited. What makes this even more astonishing is that this meeting was done by a State Department Employee. This is evidence that at least some people in the Obama administration were fully aware of this. This is getting closer and closer to the Obama Oval office.
Democrats are also underestimating a significant difference in firepower. During the Battle of Gettysburg there was an important engagement between the Union Calvary and the Confederate Army. Although greatly outnumbered, the Union Calvary prevailed. One of the reasons for that was that at least some of the Union Calvary soldiers had Spencer repeating rifles. This was the world’s first military rifle that used metallic cartridges capable of loading several shots in a hurry. It was actually quite simple. A Spencer repeating rifle could fire 20 rounds per minute. A muzzle loading rifle could fire 2 to 3 rounds per minute, assuming a very skilled operator. Confederate soldiers were quoted as saying the Union soldiers could load on Sunday and fire all week.
The point is that at least part of the reason the confederates lost at Gettysburg is that they were unprepared for the fire power of the Spencer rifles. This is easy to understand. 100 guys who can fire 2000 rounds a minute can create serious problems even when seriously outnumbered.
Democrats have totally underestimated the firepower of a motivated DOJ led by a no-nonsense commander, loaded with ammunition, who is extremely unlikely to be distracted. If they are not terrified it is because they are either hopelessly stupid or simply not paying attention.
Jerry Nadler flat out embarrassed himself. He not only did not intimidate Barr into surrender, he blundered into a war he cannot possibly win. History is not kind to people who promise everything and deliver nothing.