Attorney General William Barr caused a stir when he indicated that the Department of Justice field should investigate vote fraud. If you think that is a rather obvious no-brainer, you need to understand that the old policy was not to investigate election fraud until Election Day is over and the winners have been officially certified.
You got it. According to our unofficial Washington establishment policy, we the people are not to be made aware of criminal conduct by candidates, campaigns or political operatives until it is … too late. So much for the importance of a FULLY informed public.
Now, I understand there is an argument for not bringing up bogus charges in a willful attempt to influence the outcome of an election, but providing a grace period for the evil-doers – those who might be corrupting our democratic system in real time – seems indefensible if you apply a little logic and common sense.
According to the policy, if law enforcement has evidence that a candidate — or folks working on behalf of a candidate –has committed a crime or is involved in vote manipulation — from stuffing ballots to intimidating voters – it should not be revealed to the public until the crook has been officially ensconced in office.
In the spirit of the policy, maybe people should be shielded from crime 30 days before our birthdays. Why spoil our celebration by exposing some crime we committed during that period. Yeah, I know that is ridiculous – but not a whole lot more than the policy.
There are a few things you need to know about the policy. For all intents and purposes, it only applies to presidential campaigns and candidates. I assume that because I can think of many instances in which investigations and accusations against lesser candidates have surfaced in the media during the height of a campaign – especially against Republican candidates.
The policy is best described as bureaucrat-think — a form of logic that defies common sense and can only survive in the twisted world of politics. This policy is not the product of some brain-dead bureaucrat in the bowls of the bureaucracy. No. No. No.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – the stridently partisan big mouth from the very small state of Rhode Island – has endorsed the policy – at least as it might apply to Democrats. In response to a media question, Whitehouse said that he is not at all bothered by the lack of any investigation regarding the Role of the Hillary Clinton campaign in queuing up the bogus Russian collusion investigation with a phony dossier.
We should also recall how then-FBI Director James Comey was humbled after he indicated that the investigation of Clinton’s handling of the controversial server was still ongoing during the campaign. He said it would take months to assess new information. Within a week, he appeared before the cameras to announce that they had miraculously completed the months of work over the weekend and there was nothing new to report. Later revelations established that there was a lot more to investigate.
The problem with the look-the-other-way policy is that it is arbitrary – meaning enforced or not enforced according to the political folks in charge. This was seen in those wronged lady-accusations issues. When made against Trump, they were reported over and over throughout the campaign, his presidency and regurgitated in his second campaign.
But you may not have noticed that the media dropped the equally credible accusations against Biden faster than one drops a recently discovered mistress. There was no follow-up. No demands to see the records hidden in the files of the University of Delaware. No interviews with corroborative witnesses.
The policy should be that all accusations and investigations should move forward in a transparent way that keeps the public informed. The people can then judge for themselves the efficacy of the information. False accusations and bogus investigations will always reveal themselves as long as the media will report factually – and not serve to impose false credibility on one side or the other.
So, there ‘tis.