Attorney General Bill Barr is finally being called out by the New York City Bar Association over his severe misconduct as the top law enforcement officer in the country, and Congress is being urged to open an investigation.
Ever since Barr took over the job once occupied by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he has been doing nothing but President Donald Trump’s bidding, all while maliciously transforming the Justice Department into a political weapon that promotes bias, racism, and theocracy while protecting Trump at all costs.
And now the New York City Bar Association has had enough, which is why the organization sent a letter to Congress rebuking Barr and requested a formal investigation of his misconduct be opened.
“We write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association (the “City Bar”) to urge Congress to commence formal inquiries into a pattern of conduct by Attorney General William P. Barr that threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice,” the letter began. “We make this request based upon our belief, as similarly recognized by Mr. Barr during his Senate confirmation hearings, that the Attorney General occupies a unique position with special obligations as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. We also make this request in keeping with the City Bar’s mission to embrace advancement of the rule of law and the fair administration of justice, especially by those who are entrusted with important public responsibilities.”
“Mr. Barr’s recent actions and statements position the Attorney General and, by extension, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as political partisans willing to use the levers of government to empower certain groups over others,” the letter continued. “These statements are the latest examples of a broader pattern of conduct that is inconsistent with the role of the Attorney General in our legal and constitutional system and with the norms and standards that govern the fair administration of justice. We urge Congress to exercise its constitutional authority to investigate this troubling pattern of conduct, in order to assess Mr. Barr’s actions as Attorney General and to consider any legislative and oversight responses and remedies that may be necessary.”
The letter goes on to list several statements and actions by Barr that demonstrate his dereliction of duty to the Constitution and the rule of law, including his admission that he is working to overturn secularism in this country in favor of a theocratic state run by right-wing evangelicals, an abandonment of one of the foundational principles of this government and the nation.
“The duties to act impartially, to avoid even the appearance of partiality and impropriety, and to avoid manifesting bias, prejudice, or partisanship in the exercise of official responsibilities are bedrock obligations for government lawyers,” the letter explained. “In the context of pending investigations,
government lawyers also are obliged to be circumspect in their public statements and to avoid prejudging the outcomes of those investigations.”
“For the reasons stated above, we have significant concerns about the propriety of Mr. Barr’s recent actions and statements,” the letter concluded. “We urge Congress to exercise its constitutional obligations by expeditiously commencing formal inquiries into Mr. Barr’s conduct.”
If the House opens an investigation, they will likely find overwhelming evidence to move for impeachment. And impeachment would be a dubious distinction on Barr’s professional record because no Attorney General has ever been impeached in the history of the United States. This is how far Barr has sunk, and he has no one to blame except himself because he’s the one who chose to become Trump’s toady and personal lawyer instead of fulfilling his oath to defend the Constitution and the rule of law.
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