The Barr saga continues. After 2,000 former DOJ prosecutors signed a letter calling for Barr’s resignation, a national association of judges yesterday scheduled an emergency conference call to take place today to discuss the unprecedented interference by Attorney General Barr in several cases involving Donald Trump. The association’s communication noted, “…it is unheard of for the [Justice] department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case.” In other words, a cancer is spreading at the DOJ and sirens are now blaring.
Meanwhile, one of the prosecutors who signed the recent letter calling for Barr’s resignation penned a scathing article in the Atlantic yesterday. Republican Donald Ayer was the Assistant Attorney General under Bush 41 and was a DOJ prosecutor under Ronald Reagan, and was also William Barr’s boss at the DOJ under Bush. Here’s an excerpt from his article titled “Bill Barr Must Resign”:
The fundamental problem is that [Barr] does not believe in the central tenet of our system of government—that no person is above the law. In chilling terms, Barr’s own words make clear his long-held belief in the need for a virtually autocratic executive who is not constrained by countervailing powers within our government under the constitutional system of checks and balances.
Indeed, given our national faith and trust in a rule of law no one can subvert, it is not too strong to say that Bill Barr is un-American. And now, from his perch as attorney general, he is in the midst of a root-and-branch attack on the core principles that have guided our justice system, and especially our Department of Justice, since the 1970s.
Here’s a link to the full article:
Incredibly, Barr clearly believes that, despite 200+ years of judicial precedent, the courts should have no role in resolving disputes between the executive and legislative branches. In other words, the president can do what he wants and nobody can stop him. He’s above the law. When and if the Supreme Court rules against him, Trump does not need to adhere to their decision. And this is a truly un-American and terrifying prospect. No wonder the legal world is freaking out and talking about a constitutional crisis.
Barr has apparently been angry for many decades that poor, abused president Nixon was forced to leave office during the Watergate scandal. Like Roger Stone, Barr must have considered Nixon a swell guy and hoped one day to push back on the quaint notion that no president is above the law. But let’s keep things in context. Old white Republican men like Barr can moan and whine about unfairly abused heroes like Richard Nixon, but their tears and grief can’t hold a candle to the grief, despair and loss that liberals have lived with since three of our heroes–JFK, RFK, & MLK–were assassinated in the ’60s. And my grandparents were on Nixon’s “enemies list” (version 2) so I know first-hand what an unAmerican scumbag Nixon was. Fuck Nixon and fuck anybody who nostalgizes that degenerate loser. And fuck any treasonous rogue who pisses all over the Constitution by pushing incoherent nonsense about the president not having to follow an order by the Supreme Court.
One huge reason we have to take the White House back this November is to take back control of the DOJ. Until then, we have to keep asking why the investigation into money laundering at Deutsche Bank seems to have stalled, and why the investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine influence campaign seems to have stalled, and why investigation into hush money payments by Trump seems to have stalled. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that there exists a nexus between Russian money laundering through Deutsche Bank and Kushner payments to Russia and Trump loans from Deutsche Bank backed by Russian oligarchs. These things are all related and the facts behind them won’t emerge until Trump is out of the White House and previously formed investigations are allowed to properly conclude. At this point, the American public deserves to know if their president was a massive business fraud propped up by the Russian state.
I’m sick to death of writing about the daily corruption and scandal that flows from Trump and his corrupt cabinet of swamp monsters–and I’m sure you’re sick of it too. But we can’t turn away or surrender to complacency. We have to maintain the outrage that this dire emergency demands, and we have to stay focused on the November election.
I’ll keep saying this: while there are several Democratic contenders that I don’t particularly like, I will enthusiastically support whoever is nominated, whether socialist or oligarch, young or old, man or woman. None of them want to be dictators, none of them are pathological liars, and all of them have the capacity for empathy, which sets them apart from Don The Con. It boggles my mind that ANY liberal or progressive would stay home in November because their favorite candidate didn’t win the nomination. Cable news loves to talk about a split party and a brokered Democratic convention. But the question “Who is electable?” doesn’t matter if every registered Democrat votes. Only 44% of registered Democrats voted in the 2016 presidential election. If 48% of registered Democrats had voted, we would have beaten Trump handily.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office” by increasing registrations and eventually increasing turnout.