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(Politico)   Barr officially assumes the position of Trump's "fixer," which considering all the things Trump breaks, is probably job security until the heat death of the universe   (politico.com) divider line
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2047 clicks; posted to Politics » on 04 Aug 2020 at 1:53 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-08-03 9:07:27 PM  
It is not like anyone was not aware.  His first act upon taking the role was to end the Mueller investigation and suppress the report.
 
2020-08-03 9:39:21 PM  
In slightly more than 500 days in office, Attorney General William Barr has pivoted from establishment D.C. attorney-sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States

You clearly didn't do your research on Barr. This guy's has been dirty since Bush Sr.
 
2020-08-03 10:22:29 PM  
Barr is one of the few competent people around Trump. Miller and the Turtle are in that club. They're very dangerous.
 
2020-08-04 12:03:28 AM  
The guy is worse than Trump.
 
2020-08-04 1:21:02 AM  
It's so weird that William P. Barr shows up in the Iran-Contra affair wiki.

That's probably a coincidence.
 
2020-08-04 1:56:11 AM  
I didn't catch all of the last hearing with Barr, but I suspect the Democrats were out for something, not sure what, but I suspect they're gunning for an impeachment of Barr.

Hope they got what they needed.
 
2020-08-04 2:05:50 AM  
One proposal backed by several Republican senators, for example, would allow the department's respected and well-funded inspector general to look into allegations of professional misconduct of the sort Barr has been accused of. Currently such allegations are reviewed by another office within the department that is supervised by the attorney general-virtually ensuring that his behavior will escape scrutiny.

I'm beginning to think this whole thing wasn't very well thought out.
 
2020-08-04 2:09:10 AM  

fusillade762: One proposal backed by several Republican senators, for example, would allow the department's respected and well-funded inspector general to look into allegations of professional misconduct of the sort Barr has been accused of. Currently such allegations are reviewed by another office within the department that is supervised by the attorney general-virtually ensuring that his behavior will escape scrutiny.

I'm beginning to think this whole thing wasn't very well thought out.


Depends on who you're asking.
 
2020-08-04 2:10:04 AM  

HerptheDerp: I didn't catch all of the last hearing with Barr, but I suspect the Democrats were out for something, not sure what, but I suspect they're gunning for an impeachment of Barr.

Hope they got what they needed.


He was very evasive and is an effective time waster. He is like:

Q: Yes or no. Would you pick a penny up off the street?
A: Well, it would depend on if it was on the sidewalk or the street. Another factor is it if was shiny or not and where it was minted. If was minted in Denver I'd have to think twice about it because...
Q: Yes or no?
A: That question can't be answered in a yes or no format. There is also the weather to factor in as if it was hot it might burn my fingers and...

Then we have:

Q: Do you have the quote I am referring to?
A: Yes, yes I do. I have it on page 80 of my notes <takes forever to find it if ever> Ah! Here it is on page 88.

That was mostly how it went.
 
2020-08-04 2:15:04 AM  

edmo: The guy is worse than Trump.


Yep, because he's actually competent at what he does. Barr, Trump and McConnell are the three biggest examples of people who make me question my opposition to the death penalty.

/The Republican governors that willingly went along with Trump's pro-COVID efforts are also on that list, but not as prominent.
 
2020-08-04 3:26:58 AM  
We're going to need some serious reforms on the way the executive branch of the federal government works after this. I hope if the Dems win everything in November they're up to the task. All agencies will need cleaning of Trump appointees (and anyone hired by those appointees) from top to bottom. We need independent IGs that can't be fired by the executive. Trump has exposed so many weaknesses in our system. If we get an opportunity to fix them and don't take it...the next GOP Pres could be a more competent Trump.
 
2020-08-04 3:51:10 AM  
If Biden wins, he needs to install Sally Yates as the new Attorney General. She probably has the clearest idea of who needs to be shown the door and she's strong enough to ignore partisan bull-crap from either party. The fact that she's wicked smart, competent, and knows the department inside and out makes her the best choice IMHO.

/she's also nice to look at which would be a relief after Sessions and Barr
 
2020-08-04 6:29:27 AM  
I really hope if Biden wins we take action against these assholes when they can't slither away under the protection of the presidency
 
2020-08-04 6:49:53 AM  

Barfmaker: Barr is one of the few competent people around Trump. Miller and the Turtle are in that club. They're very dangerous.



That is pretty much my "Nice Letter Approving of Their Funerals" list. No particular order.
 
2020-08-04 7:04:16 AM  
Barr is a good/bad proposition.

Barr is good at what he does. Protects his brand, deceives competitors, evades commitment to truth.

Barr is bad for America. Always has been. It's why his team keeps him on the roster.
 
2020-08-04 7:52:29 AM  
Thanks, op-ed.  Those of us who weren't delusional knew this over a year ago when Barr buried Mueller's report and went looking for manufactured evidence from our enemies to hurt Biden's campaign.
 
2020-08-04 8:46:39 AM  

LordJiro: edmo: The guy is worse than Trump.

Yep, because he's actually competent at what he does. Barr, Trump and McConnell are the three biggest examples of people who make me question my opposition to the death penalty.

/The Republican governors that willingly went along with Trump's pro-COVID efforts are also on that list, but not as prominent.


Of them all, I reserve an especially gruesome place in hell for Barr.  The others were at least elected.  Barr was not and therefore deserves the utmost scrutiny with the public trust he's been charged with keeping.  Worse, Barr is the top official at the Justice Department, the agency that sets the tone for law enforcement all around the country.  Only a man with the most impeccable record and highest moral character should ever occupy that office.  It's a job for boy scouts, not slimy partisans.  Betrayal of that office should receive the maximum penalty possible.

If it came to it, I would let the Turtle and even Trump skate if it meant Barr is fully prosecuted and convicted.  In many ways, Barr has already done more damage to our nation than the other two.
 
2020-08-04 9:12:57 AM  
Does he fix the plumbing?
 
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