When President Bill Clinton left Washington in 2001 upon the arrival of President George W. Bush, he only trashed the White House.
When President Barack Obama left in 2017 upon the arrival of President Donald Trump, he trashed everything else, including the rule of law.
Obama’s people did not vandalize the computers, cut phone lines and overturn desks and furniture in the White House and the adjacent Executive Office Building the way the Clinton people did.
But the damage that Obama left behind is much more serious and longer lasting. There is hardly an agency in government, from the IRS to the EPA, that Obama did not politicize during his eight years as president.
This includes the FBI and CIA, which conspired against and spied on Donald Trump, both before and after Trump succeeded him as president.
And the liberal establishment media, which swooned over Obama, not only let him get away with it, but cheered him on. Obama had their number and they knew it.
Recall Obama’s first speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009, shortly after he had been elected. Looking over the sea of reporters and their guests, Obama said, “Most of you covered me.” He paused for effect, and then said, “All of you voted for me.”
The remark was first met with some nervous laughter before everybody got up and cheered. What he said was true. Obama had them in his pocket. He knew it and they knew it. Only the public was in the dark.
Obama in their eyes could do no wrong; and when he did, the stories were usually ignored, excused or buried.
However, while nobody was prosecuted for the mess that the Clintons left behind — the property damage came to some $20,000 — nobody in their right mind would say the same about the coterie of scheming wiretappers and fabricators that Obama surrounded himself with.
These are the people who, with the phony Trump Russian dossier and the wiretapping of Gen. Michael Flynn, are responsible for the creation of the Mueller investigation that sought crimes that had not been committed, which eventually led to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s phony Democratic impeachment of President Trump.
Attorney General Bill Barr last week sent a shock wave of dread to Obama’s top appointees, especially in the intelligence and law enforcement community associated with the origins of the Trump Russian collusion probe.
Barr did this when he announced last week that neither Obama nor Joe Biden were subjects of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation into the origins of the phony Russian collusion probe.
Barr said, “As of President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others.”
Who are the “others”? That would be everyone around Obama and Biden, starting with top FBI and intelligence officials involved in the scheme to derail Trump from the presidency or drive him from office by using fabricated and debunked information linking him in criminality to the Russians.
“What happened to the president in the 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent. It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented,” Barr said.
“We saw two different standards of justice emerge,” he said, “one that applied to Trump and his associates and another that applied to everyone else.”
Barr made clear, however, that he was not interested in a “a tit-for-tat exercise” where one administration investigates another seeking retribution. As long as he is attorney general, he said, “the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan, political ends.”
Except when it is. If crimes were committed by Obama officials in the FBI and in the intelligence community, the Obama officials who committed them will be indicted and face punishment, as they should.
But what about the people at the top who gave the orders? What about the rule of law?
Interestingly Barr said that “not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime.”