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Attorney General of the United States Delivers Another Authoritarian Rant


To keep with today’s theme, how about the latest episode of “projection is a hell of a drug” from Donald Trump’s personal consigliere:

As the impeachment hearings continued, Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday trash-talked Democrats for attempting to “drown the executive branch with oversight demands,” saying they were working for political gain without thinking of the consequences.

“In waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in shredding norms and undermining the rule of law,” Barr told a room of attorneys at the annual gathering of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that has been influential in determining President Donald Trump’s nominees for federal judges.

The remarks about Democrats ignoring the rule of law were especially ironic because they came a mere hours after Roger Stone, one of Trump’s previous advisers, was convicted on all counts for lying to Congress during its probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The attorney general’s speech also came on the second day of presidential impeachment hearings examining allegations that Trump attempted to interfere in the 2020 elections by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

They also came the same day Donald Trump announced his intention to pardon a war criminal who shot an unarmed young girl completely unprovoked. And now, the punchline, verbatim from Barr’s speech:

For these reasons, conservatives tend to have more scruple over their political tactics and rarely feel that the ends justify the means.

What can you even say at this point?

I’m so old when a former president briefly meeting the Attorney General on an airplane was a five-alarm scandal.

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