Former federal prosecutor and current CNN analyst Renato Mariotti, who was interviewed on Tea Pain’s “Paincast” Friday, had plenty to say about Attorney General William Barr’s recent testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
A lot of Mariotti’s observations centered on Barr’s ability to manipulate the facts to fit a narrative that helped President Donald Trump more than the American people, especially when it came to questions about the rule of law and the Mueller investigation.
When Tea Pain jokingly asked Mariotti whether anything matters anymore, Mariotti responded that listeners of the podcast probably cared about a lot of things.
“We care about the rule of law, we care about whether or not the Constitution is followed,” Mariotti said. “But I think one thing that everybody is learning is something that I’ve known as a lawyer for many years, which is that the law is not a perfect instrument, that it takes time to enforce the law, that it can’t be done as easily or as quickly as we like.”
Because of the fact that the law sometimes takes time to be administered, it can result in people getting away with “all sorts of bad things,” the former federal prosecutor opined. “I just think what we’re not used to is one of those very bad people being the president of the United States.”
Tea Pain also asked Mariotti whether he could explain Barr’s behavior over the past few weeks, in which he seemingly acted more like an attorney working on behalf of Trump rather than the independent head of the Department of Justice.
“Explaining the unexplainable,” Mariotti said with a chuckle. “I’ll see what I can do.”
Mariotti, who admitted he’s “not a big fan” of Barr’s, told Tea Pain that he believed the attorney general came to a conclusion on the Mueller report about Trump’s supposed innocence “long before he even got the job.”
Tea Pain stated that he noticed himself that Barr was acting “more like a press secretary than a lawyer.” Mariotti responded that he agreed with that notion.
“I will tell you the one thing I will give Bill Barr credit for is he’s very good at misleading people, deceiving people without technically lying,” Mariotti said. “You could see his brain working when he was up there, trying to come up with a way of sidestepping a question or answering it in a way that was evasive, but technically not a lie.”
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