Donald Trump’s Ukraine plot, for which he’s on the verge of being acquitted by the U.S. Senate, never would have happened at all were it not for Attorney General Bill Barr’s manipulation of the Robert Mueller investigation.

Given the daily avalanche of news, it seems like decades ago when Barr deliberately flummoxed the end of Mueller’s work, but, shockingly, it’s only been less than a year since that all went down. Before most Americans had a chance to objectively absorb Mueller’s dual volumes, Trump’s recently appointed attorney general chose to body-check the entire process by cherrypicking the investigation for details he thought would exculpate his new boss, compiling those misleading movie-review blurbs into an open letter that completely defanged Mueller’s findings in one March afternoon.

Read the rest of Bob Cesca’s piece at Salon