Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the Obama administration, says that the current AG, William Barr, is completely unfit to lead the Department of Justice.
In an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post, Holder notes that Barr has recently suggested the executive branch of the federal government doesn’t have to answer to the other two branches, legislative and judicial:
“At a Federalist Society event, the attorney general delivered an ode to essentially unbridled executive power, dismissing the authority of the legislative and judicial branches — and the checks and balances at the heart of America’s constitutional order. As others have pointed out, Barr’s argument rests on a flawed view of U.S. history. To me, his attempts to vilify the president’s critics sounded more like the tactics of an unscrupulous criminal defense lawyer than a U.S. attorney general.”
And then there was the suggestion made by Barr that communities which fail to show the proper respect for law enforcement officials may find themselves without police protection. That, Holder writes, is a slap in the face of the concepts of law and justice:
“Barr … issued what seemed to be a bizarre threat to anyone who expresses insufficient respect for law enforcement, suggesting that ‘if communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.’ No one who understands — let alone truly respects — the impartial administration of justice or the role of law enforcement could ever say such a thing. It is antithetical to the most basic tenets of equality and justice, and it undermines the need for understanding between law enforcement and certain communities and flies in the face of everything the Justice Department stands for.”
Those two examples, Holder concludes, are proof positive that Barr is the wrong person to lead the DOJ:
“The American people deserve an attorney general who serves their interests, leads the Justice Department with integrity and can be entrusted to pursue the facts and the law, even — and especially — when they are politically inconvenient and inconsistent with the personal interests of the president who appointed him. William Barr has proved he is incapable of serving as such an attorney general. He is unfit to lead the Justice Department.”
William Barr is little more than a professional toady for the most corrupt president in U.S. history. He is a disgrace to the office of attorney general and a direct threat to the Constitution.
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