American Opinion: Barr’s tell-all book finds Trump unfit. Welcome to Earth, Bill – West Central Tribune
Former Attorney General William Barr spent nearly two years interfering for a dangerously unfit president. Now, in a brazen but not very persuasive attempt to clean up his image in history, Barr is warning that his ex-boss, Donald Trump, has no place in the White House and should not be invited back. “Trump only cared about one thing: himself,” Barr wrote in his new memoir. “Country and principle took second place.”
How curious that Barr says he didn’t find out about this obvious fact until late in his term — because to so many Americans it was horribly obvious the whole time Barr was helping Trump destroy political norms. and undermine the Constitution.
As the nation’s top legal official, Barr’s duty was to the American people. Instead, he generally acted like another of Trump’s sleazy personal lawyers, except with the power of the federal government behind him.
When Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on the Trump campaign’s troubling alliances with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Barr blocked its publication until he could publish his own “summary” of bleaching. To this day, due to Barr’s petty gaslighting campaign, many Americans believe Mueller’s report exonerated Trump of any impropriety – when in fact it left disturbing questions of conspiracy with the Russian disinformation efforts and all but proved that Trump obstructed justice.
Barr then set out to respond to his vindictive boss’s request to “investigate the investigators” who had launched the Mueller investigation. Although Barr’s own Inspector General concluded that the investigation was warranted, Barr appointed special prosecutor John Durham, hoping to find otherwise. Three years later, Durham’s ongoing investigation looks increasingly like a big nothing.
After Trump’s pal Roger Stone was convicted of lying to the FBI, Barr overruled his own prosecutors to recommend a lighter sentence. Barr decided to drop the charges against Trump and confessed to perjury Michael Flynn. No wonder nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees have alleged that Barr repeatedly “undermined the rule of law” and demanded his resignation.
The ethical bridge too far, even for Barr, finally came in late 2020, when he refused to endorse Trump’s lie about a stolen election. Within weeks, this most loyal of lackeys was gone, with Trump publicly chastising him as “cowardly.” Now Barr is emerging from under the tires of Trump’s bus to warn that his former boss is a belligerent narcissist who has done “a disservice to the nation.”
You do not say.
Yet Barr’s book, according to published accounts, still defends its own indefensible actions on behalf of Trump. If only Barr had included some much-needed soul-searching, instead of just announcing those revelations about Trump that anyone with a working brain recognized years ago.
Barr’s book, by the way, is called “One Damn Thing After Another.” What a perfect description of the tenure of a man who could – and certainly should – go down in history as one of America’s worst attorneys general.
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