Wish a Not-So-Fond Farewell to Outgoing Attorney General William Barr
Attorney General William Barr will be going home for Christmas, and not returning.
President Donald Trump dropped the news (as he has done with many resignations and terminations during his term) on Twitter, attaching to the tweet an almost comically fawning resignation letter from Barr.
Of course, it’s normal for outgoing government officials to praise their (almost) ex-bosses and brag about what they’ve accomplished. But Barr’s comically off-topic obsequious gushing is directed right at Trump’s hungering ego: “Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met by a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive or deceitful, was out of bounds.”
The letter goes on like this for another paragraph, entirely about Trump’s accomplishments, before very vaguely mentioning what the Justice Department did under Barr, fighting the drug war and Mexican cartels and supporting “the men and women of law enforcement who selflessly—and too often thanklessly—risk their lives to keep communities safe.”
Barr’s last-minute exit, less than a month before Trump’s presidency ends, is likely a reflection that even his most ardent supporter in the White House was unable to appease Trump and humor his fantasies that the election results are fraudulent and that he actually won a second term. The last straw was most likely the discovery that Barr had not disclosed to the public prior to the election that the Justice Department was investigating President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter for possible tax evasion. There is an amusing irony here: The decision by former FBI Director James Comey to hold a press conference to discuss the investigation of Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 election, which contradicted typical Justice Department protocol, was used by Trump as one of the reasons to terminate Comey. It’s almost as though Trump does not actually care about proper eth
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