Giuliani, Barr, Cohen serve up ‘Something Burger’: Darcy cartoon

January 18, 2019 GMT

Giuliani, Barr, Cohen serve up ‘Something Burger’: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Burger King Donald Trump had to be choking on his “hamberders” listening to Rudy Giuliani’s talk about collusion on CNN,  Attorney General nominee William Barr’s comments during his confirmation hearing and reports that Trump told Cohen to lie in his Congressional testimony.

Does Trump have Barr’s remorse?

During his confirmation hearing, Barr said that Jeff Sessions was justified in recusing himself.   Barr also said the Mueller investigation was not the ’Witch Hunt” Trump repeatedly called it.   Barr talked about his respect for Mueller and detailed their longtime working and social relationship.  Potentially most  damaging to Trump, Barr confirmed that he believes a president coaching a witness to give false testimony is obstruction of justice.

With a few exceptions, “Hearing Barr” seemed a stark contrast from “Memo Barr.”  


CNN reports, Trump “was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with special counsel Robert Mueller.   Trump complained to aidses he didn’t realize how much Mueller’s and Barr’s work overlapped or that they were close, according to the CNN report.

Trump shouldn’t have been surprised by his Mueller connection because Barr told him about it according to his hearing comments.  

“I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller and that the Barrs and Mueller were good friends and would be good friends when this is all over,” Barr said of his interview with Trump.  “Bob is a straight-shooter and should be dealt with as such,” said Barr.

One area where “Hearing Barr” and “Memo Barr” were in sync was on the issue of what constitutes presidential obstruction of justice.  That’s more bad news for Trump in light of the BuzzFeed story that Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Organization’s effort to build a Trump tower in Russia.

“In your wrote on page 1 that a president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction, is that right?” Senator Amy Klobuchar asked Barr, during his hearing.    “Yes,” Barr replied.

Sen. Lindsey Graham followed up aking Barr, “So if there was some reason to believe that that president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely, that could  be obstruction of justice?”   Barr replied, “Yes, under an obstruction statue, yes.”

Based on his confirmation hearing testimony, I would vote yes to confirm Barr.  But Trump may be wishing he could pull out of his Barr nomination as well as NATO.

Rudy’s ramblings run over Trump and campaign staff.


When Rudy Giuliani insisted to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he had never said “No Collusion” he was not only contradicting his 18 months of denying there was any collusion with Russia, he was contradicting all of his client Trump’s denials of there being any collusion him or his campaign.

“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign.  I said the President of the United States.  There is not a single bit of evidence the President of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here, conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC,” Giuliani told Cuomo.

Trying to clean up his mess and clarify his remarks, Giuliani later tweeted”

“My statements on collusion haven’t changed.  The misinterpretation has changed.  The point is I represent the President not the campaign.  But from both perspectives there is no involvement in collusion with Russians on the email hack, the only possible crime.”

In a 2018 Fox News interview Giuliani was asked, “Regardless of whether collusion would be a crime, is it still the position of you and your client that there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever on behalf of the Trump campaign?”   “Correct,” Giuliani replied.

Since the Mueller investigation began, the only phrase Trump has repeated more than “No Collusion” is maybe “Witch Hunt”

Political pundits immediately began to ponder whether Giuliani’s comments reflected another example of him being off his game, or an attempt get ahead of damaging news that he knows is about to break.

While the damaging BuzzFeed Cohen story did break, Giuliani was actually responding to Cuomo asking him about the news that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had passed Trump campaign polling to a Russian tied to Russian intelligence.

Something Burger, not Nothing Burger.

Trump noted in a tweet that he had paid for the yuge order of “Hamberders” he served at the White House for the visiting National Champion Clemson Tigers.  Yuge Giuliani, Barr and BuzzFeed/Cohen “Something Burgers” have been added to the stack, and Trump may end up paying for those too.