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Former deputy Attorney General issues an ominous warning about what will happen if Bill Barr stays in power

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In an op-ed for The Atlantic this Monday, the former U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush wrote that the integrity and independence of the Justice Department has been compromised by Attorney General Bill Barr so that President Trump “can operate above the law.”

Donald Ayer points out that when Barr was first chosen to serve as AG by Trump in 2018, he was met with a relative amount of bipartisan approval by many who expected him to “push back on any improper attempt to inject politics into its work.” But when his first year of service came to an end, his conduct has shown that such expectations were misplaced as he “appeared to function much more as the president’s personal advocate than as an attorney general serving the people and government of the United States.”

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Compounding his conduct were the events of last week, with Barr’s 11th hour disruption of the “evenhanded conduct of the prosecutions of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn by experienced Department of Justice attorneys.”

“More generally, it appears that Barr has recently identified a group of lawyers who he trusts and put them in place to oversee and second-guess the work of the department’s career attorneys on a broader range of cases,” Ayer writes. “And there is no comfort from any of this in Barr’s recent protests about the president’s tweeting. He in no way suggested he was changing course, only that it is hard appear independent when the president is publicly calling for him to follow the path he is on.”

The problem with Barr, according to Ayer, is that he doesn’t believe in the central tenet of our system of government—that no person is above the law.

“In chilling terms, Barr’s own words make clear his long-held belief in the need for a virtually autocratic executive who is not constrained by countervailing powers within our government under the constitutional system of checks and balances.”

“Bill Barr’s America is not a place that anyone, including Trump voters, should want to go. It is a banana republic where all are subject to the whims of a dictatorial president and his henchmen. To prevent that, we need a public uprising demanding that Bill Barr resign immediately, or failing that, be impeached,” Ayers writes.

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Read his full piece over at The Atlantic.


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‘Party of Lincoln is dead, dead, dead’: Ex-House Republican lawyer says it’s time to give up on ‘hopeless’ GOP

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Former House Republican Congressional Committee Investigative Counsel Sophia Nelson this week published a scathing column about her former party in which she encouraged Americans to simply give up hope that it will ever properly serve as a check on President Donald Trump.

In her latest Daily Beast column, Nelson called the GOP "hopeless" and declared that "the party of Lincoln is dead, dead, dead" after so many of its members stayed silent in the wake of Trump's widely panned photo-op stunt at St. John's Church in Washington D.C.

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Pulitzer-winning historian issues dark warning about Trump’s GOP

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum fears President Donald Trump and his Republican allies might complete their authoritarian transformation by stealing November's election.

Applebaum appeared Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss her latest column for The Atlantic, where she warns that Republicans have been complicit in Trump gathering authoritarian powers over democratic institutions -- and they may soon finalize that process.

"What would come next?" Applebaum said. "In a lot of liberalizing countries or countries that cease to be democracies, what comes next is the attempt to steal an election, and what I hope all Americans will be focused on over the next several months is will Trump and will the Republican Party collaborate in an attempt to steal this election?"

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Jimmy Carter silently scorches Trump: ‘We are better than this’

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Former President Jimmy Carter has issued a statement in response to the police killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent nationwide protests. But the nation's 39th President also took a silent swipe at President Donald Trump, and his handling of the protests.

"We need a government as good as its people, and we are better than this," Carter, who is now 95, writes.

It is a stern rebuke to the nation's 45th President, whom Carter does not mention by name.

Carter's comments come in the wake of criticism in the handling of the nationwide protests by former President George W. Bush, who also issued a silent rebuke to President Trump. Bush called for law enforcement to "protect" the protestors and asked: "How do we end systemic racism in our society?"

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