Attorney General William Barr is acting as the president’s personal attorney to push an authoritarian agenda. His actions threaten the independence of the Department of Justice. They challenge the rule of law and trample on the constitutional mandate for separation of power among the three branches of government. The head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Ronald Reagan said, “If you’re having trouble distinguishing Mr. Barr’s vision of the presidency from the rule of a king, you’re not alone.”
The last week of May was pretty rough on our nation. It began with yet another in a long, painful and unjustified string of unarmed black men dying at the hand, or in this case the knee, of a white police officer.