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Trump and Barr Corrupt the Justice Department as John Kelly Speaks Out: A Closer Look

Trump and Barr Corrupt the Justice Department as John Kelly Speaks Out: A Closer Look
-President

Trump

and his Attorney General are turning the

Justice

Department

into a political weapon to protect

Trump

's friends and punish his enemies, and now

Trump

's ex-Chief of Staff is speaking out. For more on this, it's time for "A

Closer

Look

." ♪♪ -You might remember that in order to justify their vote to acquit

Trump

in his impeachment trial, several Republican Senators tried to reassure us that impeachment would be a teachable moment for

Trump

, that he would change his behavior, and that he had learned his lesson. -Enduring an impeachment is something that nobody should like. Even the president said he didn't want that on his résumé. I don't blame him. So if a call like that gets you an impeachment, I would think he would think twice before he did it again. -I think that he knows now that if he is trying to do certain things, whether it's ferreting

corrupt

ion there, in Afghanistan, whatever it is, he needs to go through the proper channels. -Are you confident that the president won't seek foreign assistance again? -I believe that the president has learned from this case. The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson. -You think he's learned his lesson? He's 73 years old and he hasn't even learned how to properly apply bronzer all the way to the top of his face. I mean... For real. Tom Hanks spent more time putting makeup on Wilson. And sure enough, within days of being acquitted,

Trump

began...
trump and barr corrupt the justice department as john kelly speaks out a closer look
a campaign of exacting revenge on impeachment witnesses and proving that he had not learned his lesson, as was obvious to all of us. For example, he vindictively fired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a key impeachment witness who received a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq. It was an on act of petty revenge. And, yet,

Trump

defended his firing of Vindman this week by once again insisting that the impeachable offense he committed, his phone call with the president of Ukraine, was actually perfect. -I obviously wasn't happy with the job he did. First of all, he reported a false call that wasn't what was said on the call. What was said on the call was totally appropriate. And I call it a perfect call. I always will call it a perfect call. - It was a perfect call, as perfect as my spray tan, applied evenly to every part of my face so I definitely do not

look

like an overcooked ham with googly eyes." So now that

Trump

is once again abusing his power, the Republicans who said he learned his lesson are silent. But there was one Republican who suddenly decided to speak up at a paid speech yesterday, and that's

Trump

's former Chief of Staff

John

Kelly

. Now,

Kelly

never spoke up when he was

Trump

's Chief of Staff during some of

Trump

's worst abuses and lowest moments. But now that he's getting paid to give speeches,

John

Kelly

seems to have grown a conscience and now he's suddenly criticizing

Trump

. -Former White House Chief of Staff

John

...
trump and barr corrupt the justice department as john kelly speaks out a closer look

Kelly

sounding off on President

Trump

, as "The Atlantic" reports, "The retired general explained in the clearest terms yet his misgivings with

Trump

's behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine." Speaking last night at Drew University,

Kelly

said that, "Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was simply following the training he'd received as a soldier."

Kelly

added, "We teach them, 'Don't follow an illegal order. If you're ever given one, you'll raise it with whoever gives it to you and then you tell your boss.'" -Hey, man, I'm going to say the same thing to you that I say about the president's spray tan -- "Too little, too late." And then after those comments went public,

Kelly

was rewarded for his belated truth telling. The way anyone who turns on

Trump

is rewarded with a nasty personal attack on Twitter.

Trump

tweeted "When I terminated

John

Kelly

, which I couldn't do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head, being Chief of Staff just wasn't for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper. But like so many exes, he misses the action." I'm sorry, do you mean the word, exes? It's not just spelled with the letter "X." When you say "X," people tend to think of the X-Men. What X-Man would

John

Kelly

be? The one who waits a month after Magneto destroys the city and then says, "We should have done...
trump and barr corrupt the justice department as john kelly speaks out a closer look
something." So now

Trump

is in a dumb feud with one of his former Chiefs of Staff. Meanwhile, we're learning strange and new details about his relationship with another one of his former Chiefs of Staff, Reince Priebus, and one particular very dumb obsession

Trump

had with Priebus. Now as we all know, Donald

Trump

is not a well-read man. But it's still fascinating to find out the things that he's curious about. This week, we learned one of the strangest, dumbest things about

Trump

yet and it requires a bit of explanation. Priebus was

Trump

's first Chief of Staff. And he was from Wisconsin, which you may know, is referred to as the Badger State. And according to a new book by the

Trump

administration called "Sinking in the Swamp,"

Trump

was obsessed with badgers and he kept asking Priebus questions about badgers, even in situations where it wasn't appropriate. These are real highlights from the book. "When Reince Priebus was the White House Chief of Staff, President Donald

Trump

repeatedly asked him whether badgers, the state animal of Priebus' home state of Wisconsin, are mean to people, how they work, and how aggressive they can get. "Are they mean to people?"

Trump

at least twice asked Priebus in the opening months of his presidency, "or are they friendly creatures?"

Trump

also wanted to know if the badger had a personality or if it was boring, what kind of damage could a badger do to a person with its flashy,...
sharp claws? Oh, my God,

Trump

is obsessed with badgers. He's probably curious because he can relate to the badger. I mean,

look

at him. He

look

s like a mama badger fending off a hoard of coyotes. I mean, there's so many questions about this. First of all,

Trump

want to know how badgers work, like, what does he mean by work? Does he mean, "Do they have hearts that pump blood to the rest of their bodies?" or does he mean "Do badgers have jobs?" So what do these badgers do for a living? Do they build dams like beavers? You know, 'cause I'm -- I'm in real estate, too." Seriously think about how insane this is. The president of the United States has shown more genuine curiosity about badgers and how they work than literally any other subject in his portfolio. He's 70 going on 7. Was he asked for environmental reasons, or for his second-grade essay project? This summer, I learned how badgers work and if they are mean to people. They have personalities and are not boring and stupid like my ex,

John

Kelly

." In fact, according to the book,

Trump

showed more genuine curiosity about badgers than actual policy issues. For example, just this week he intervened directly into the criminal case of one of his cronies, Roger Stone, seen here dressed like a Bond villain, who instead of petting a white cat pets a Wisconsin badger. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering to help cover up the Russia conspiracy as part...
of Robert Mueller's investigation. Prosecutors originally recommended up to nine years in jail, but then

Trump

whined about how unfair it was on Twitter, and his

Justice

Department

, led by Attorney General Bill

Barr

intervened to change it to a much more lenient sentence. And yesterday

Trump

celebrated that move claiming no one could even specify what Stone was guilty of. -I want to thank the

Justice

Department

for seeing this horrible thing. They saw the horribleness of a nine-year sentence for doing nothing. Nine years for doing something that nobody even can define what he did. -Just because you can't define it, doesn't mean nobody can define it. I mean, you can ask your lawyer. he should at least be able to

look

it up. I mean, he's always showing us his phone. Boss, again, I Googled "witness tampering," and it says right here, apply ointment as necessary, then use a cooling pad -- Oh, sorry, wrong tab. I also Googled "what to do when you sit on your own balls." What's clear here is that

Trump

and

Barr

are turning the

Justice

Department

into a tool for

Trump

's personal political benefit. In fact,

Barr

is taking control of cases that are of personal interest to

Trump

and has reportedly even made himself into

Trump

's personal defender. -

Barr

describing an expansive new profile in "The New Yorker" as attempting to maximize executive power, and, "Like no Attorney General since the Watergate era, he has acted as...
the president's political sword and shield." -That's right,

Barr

is now

Trump

's sword and shield, which is true metaphorically. But you know

Trump

would also love a literal sword and shield. I'm surprised that they don't just let him walk around the White House with a sword from Medieval Times and a Burger King crown so he can yell Where are you, badgers?! Don't try to charm me with your winning personality. And if it seems to you like

Barr

is acting more like

Trump

's personal defense attorney than the Attorney General of the United States, just remember at his confirmation hearing last year,

Barr

revealed that he literally did interview to become

Trump

's defense attorney during the Mueller investigation before

Trump

appointed him Attorney General. -It was a very brief meeting where essentially the president wanted to know -- Yeah, he said, "Oh, you know Bob Mueller. How well do you know Bob Mueller? I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller, and he was interested in that, wanted to know what I thought about Mueller's integrity and so forth and so on. So he asked me for my phone number. I gave it to him, and I never heard from him again. -I mean, I know why he never called you. He was probably distracted by some dumb thought about animals that had nothing to do with what you were talking about.

Trump

was probably sitting there while you were talking thinking to himself, I wonder which animals are nice and which ones are mean. I bet...
squirrels are nice and pigeons are mean. Elephants are nice, Bobcats are mean. Groundhogs are neutral. No one ever had a problem with groundhogs. Oh, and penguins are fancy because they wear tuxedos! So an imbecile President whose only interest in his own self-preservation is turning the

Justice

Department

into a political weapon for his own benefit,

Trump

keeps digging himself deeper and deeper, much like

Trump

's great friend, the majestic badger, whose mating call echoes throughout the forests of Wisconsin. And I imagine if

Trump

were to hear that call, he might say something like... -They call it a perfect call. I always will call it a perfect call. -This has been "A

Closer

Look

." ♪♪