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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 08:02 PM

Opinion: Bill Barr's despicable conduct is now on full display

It was already a matter of record that William Barr abused his power as attorney general under former President Donald Trump. Turns out, it's even worse than we knew.

There's no question that Barr was fundamentally dishonest (to put it charitably). Federal judges nominated to the bench by presidents of both political parties have found that Barr "lack(ed) ... candor"; that his public and in-court statements were "disingenuous," "incomplete," "inconsistent" with truth and "called into question Attorney General Barr's credibility." Others, including former special counsel Robert Mueller, thousands of former Justice Department officials (including me), and members of Congress have expressed doubt or worse about Barr's truthfulness and integrity.

We already knew that Barr politicized the Justice Department. He used it defensively to shield Trump from potential criminal exposure by misleading the public about Mueller's findings, and by declaring, contrary to the evidence and the law, that Trump had not obstructed justice. (In his report, Mueller detailed extensive evidence of obstruction, but declined to clearly state whether he concluded that Trump had committed a crime). And Barr intervened in unprecedented fashion to undermine his own Justice Department's prosecutions of Trump's political allies Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.

But recent revelations -- that prosecutors in Trump's Department of Justice subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of Democratic members of Congress, their staffs and families -- are different in kind. According to The New York Times, Barr even moved a New Jersey-based attorney to the main Justice Department to work on a case related to Rep. Adam Schiff of California, one of the House Democrats whose data was sought. (Barr, the Justice Department and Apple declined to comment on the story to the Times, though the Justice Department's inspector general has said it will investigate.)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/opinion-bill-barrs-despicable-conduct-is-now-on-full-display/ar-AAKXkks

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