Barr’s legacy is tied to Trump’s crimes
It’s been one year since Attorney General William Barr was confirmed and began to green light Trump’s corruption. During that time—and especially over the past week—Barr’s reputation and legacy have been shredded.
After Trump complained on Twitter about his former adviser Roger Stone’s recommended prison sentence, Barr heeded the call. He intervened and his DOJ contradicted its own attorneys, calling for a shorter sentence. Barr has since faced unprecedented blowback from within his own department.
In an attempt to deflect, Barr criticized Trump’s tweeting, saying it makes it “impossible” for him to do his job. But Barr isn’t concerned about Trump’s corruption; he’s concerned that Trump admitting to it publicly makes it harder to carry out behind the scenes.
Barr should remember his own words from his 1991 confirmation hearings: “The attorney general must ensure that…the enforcement of the law is above and away from politics.”