WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General William P. Barr inserted himself into another high profile investigation Tuesday when he sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee stating “I believe that it is in the public interest for me to decipher the controversial Jussie Smollett case and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Illinois State Attorney’s Office.” The State Attorney abruptly dropped all charges against the actor on Tuesday for allegedly staging his own “racially-motivated” beating.
The Attorney General attempted to clear the Empire actor by stating emphatically that, “[T]he investigation did not establish that Smollett conspired or coordinated with the two Russian African brothers.”
Barr’s clearing of Smollett ignored email and telephone records that Chicago police say proved the actor did indeed coordinate with the brothers in planning the incident. Outraged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fought back tears as he railed against the AG, “Who is the Attorney General to interfere with Chicago’s internal corruption? That’s our business, not his. Barr should stick to misinterpreting the Mueller report and leave the misinterpreting of the Smollett case to us in Chicago!”
But Barr ignored the mayor’s admonition to stay out of the case and insisted on Wednesday that “My job is to step in and make the calls in cases where there’s confusion.” The Attorney General also weighed in Wednesday on the issue of climate change and concluded there’s not enough evidence to say it’s real.
Democrats pounced on Barr’s comments accusing him of trying to appeal to black voters as President Trump ramps up his reelection campaign. “The Attorney General seems to think he’s now Judge Judy”, said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) early Wednesday, “And he seems to think he needs to give us all a thumbs up or down in every case. He’s lowered the bar at the Justice Department.”
Barr later interpreted Pelosi’s comment for the American people, as a good example of a bad pun.