I wanted William Barr to be a stellar choice to become U.S. attorney general. I wanted him to demonstrate that Donald Trump was capable of selecting someone with high honor, integrity and gravitas.
He has disappointed me in the extreme.
Barr came to the AG post after serving in that position for President Bush 41. He distinguished himself well serving as the head of Justice Department near the end of President Bush’s single term. My hope when he emerged as the successor to Jeff Sessions was that he would do so yet again.
Instead, he has done so many things that have shattered my misplaced optimism.
He disagreed with the inspector general’s findings that the FBI was not motivated by partisan bias when it began its probe into the Russian attack on our electoral system; he continues to insist that the FBI “spied” on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign; he misrepresented special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings into “The Russia Thing”; he said Mueller cleared Trump of “collusion,” when Mueller did nothing of the kind.
Former AG Eric Holder has said that Barr is “unfit” to serve as attorney general. I fear he is right.
William Barr took an oath in effect to be the people’s lawyer. He has become the president’s personal legal bag man.
He is the No. 1 disappointment to emerge from the Trump morass.