Why Would You Believe Anything William Barr Said?

From Esquire, by Jack Holmes:

At this point, there is really no reason to believe anything that anyone associated with the current regime says about anything until it can be independently verified. That ought to be the case with any administration, really, but the sheer volume and audacity of the lies coming out of the crew assembled by Donald Trump, American president, has brought things to a new level. This is government by used car salesmen, whose only job is to sell the notion that The Boss hasn’t already removed the muffler.

So on Thursday, Barr prepared a whole shtick about how independent he is, and how the president “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” (Strangely, he was not so forthcoming when Senator Kamala Harris asked him a similar question under oath: “Has the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?” Barr hemmed and hawed.) The attorney general even debuted a new act wherein he is Very Frustrated with the president’s behavior on the Tweet Machine, something he could never have foreseen when he took the job multiple years into Trump’s presidency. The tweets, he said, “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

The fact of the matter is that William Barr would not have this job if he did not accommodate Trump’s regular interference. Jeff Sessions lost the job because, while he was down with the racism and the private prisons and all that, he refused to completely corrupt the Department of Justice and reconstitute it as an arm of presidential power. The acting attorney general in the interim between them, Matthew Whitaker, was a former Big Dick Toilet Salesman who got the president’s attention by defending him on television. As historian Douglas Brinkley once told me, “It’s by nature almost impossible for Trump to build an administration of quality…It’s not about good governance or ethics or even dead-rock patriotism. It’s about full-bore allegiance to him, to Trump.”


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