As was predictable, Bill Barr deciding to secure his parachute as the gas leaks out of the Trump Organization blimp may well result in his getting to test it early:
President Trump remained livid at Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday, with one senior administration official indicating there was a chance Barr could be fired — not just for his public comments undercutting Trump’s unfounded claims of election-shifting fraud, but also for steps he did not take on a probe of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign.
A day after Barr told the Associated Press that he had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Trump continued to complain about his attorney general, people familiar with the matter said.
One senior administration official said there was a chance Trump would fire his attorney general and asserted that the president was not merely frustrated over Barr’s fraud-related assertions. The person said that several people are trying to persuade Trump not to do so. Like others, this official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
I actually hope it doesn’t happen because, as Paul said earlier this week, it seems pretty clear that the wily old Phalangist is angling to get back in the good graces of as much as the legal establishment as possible. (This may seem ridiculous, but Ken Starr was welcome on the New York Times op-ed page even after presiding over a rape campus. The great elite legal/media circle jerk is nothing if not forgiving.) Getting defenestrated by Trump would only help his efforts; hopefully Jared can explain this to the Don.