Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous

imaginethat

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As it was in GW's administration, dark characters drawn to Trump's flame play the leading roles in his administration. I believe GW did not see this until late in his presidency.

I think Trump relishes in it.

Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous
He is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president.
Buried behind our president’s endless stream of lies and malicious self-serving remarks are actions that far transcend any reasonable understanding of his legal authority. Donald Trump disdains, more than anything else, the limitations of checks and balances on his power. Witness his assertion of a right to flout all congressional subpoenas; his continuing refusal to disclose his tax returns, notwithstanding Congress’s statutory right to secure them; his specific actions to bar congressional testimony by government officials; and his personal attacks on judges who dare to subject the acts of his administration to judicial review.​
More blatant yet are his recent assertion of a right to accept dirt on political opponents from foreign governments, and his declaration of a national emergency, when he himself said he “did not need to do this,” he just preferred to “do it much faster.”​
Attorney General William Barr has not had the lead public role in advancing the president’s claims to these unprecedented powers, which have come to us, like most everything about this president, as spontaneous assertions of Trump’s own will. To the contrary, in securing his confirmation as attorney general, Barr successfully used his prior service as attorney general in the by-the-book, norm-following administration of George H. W. Bush to present himself as a mature adult dedicated to the rule of law who could be expected to hold the Trump administration to established legal rules.​
Having known Barr for four decades, including preceding him as deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, I knew him to be a fierce advocate of unchecked presidential power, so my own hopes were outweighed by skepticism that this would come true. But the first few months of his current tenure, and in particular his handling of the Mueller report, suggest something very different—that he is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president.​

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Just one example.

New rules will give AG William Barr more say over immigration courts

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr has moved forward with a regulation changing the way immigration courts handle appeals, expanding the ability of those courts and the attorney general himself to issue decisions that bind the way all immigration judges must decide cases.
And guess whose philosophy those reg changes will be in accordance with.

New rules will give AG William Barr more say over immigration courts
 
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AND to think we were concerned about Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.
 
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AND to think we were concerned about Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.
Yeah, funny how that goes. He was a wimpy yes-man, part of the bad. But he did stand firm on recusing himself. That was the good. How he swallowed the ongoing barrage of insults and slights Dotard heaped upon him is still beyond me. That was another part of the part of the bad.

All things are relative and compared to Barr, Sessions is starting to look almost angelic.:)
 
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Yeah, funny how that goes. He was a wimpy yes-man, part of the bad. But he did stand firm on recusing himself. That was the good. How he swallowed the ongoing barrage of insults and slights Dotard heaped upon him is still beyond me. That was another part of the part of the bad.

All things are relative and compared to Barr, Sessions is starting to look almost angelic.:)
IMHO....it's the smart ones you have to worry about! Winky wink.
 

imaginethat

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Yeah, funny how that goes. He was a wimpy yes-man, part of the bad. But he did stand firm on recusing himself. That was the good. How he swallowed the ongoing barrage of insults and slights Dotard heaped upon him is still beyond me. That was another part of the part of the bad.

All things are relative and compared to Barr, Sessions is starting to look almost angelic.:)
Maybe not angelic, but principled.