October 27, 2020

DOJ now a “vehicle” to advance Trump’s reelection

Donald Trump; Bill Barr
Donald Trump; Bill Barr

Donald Trump and Bill Barr Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

A team of legal experts is calling on the House of Representatives to immediately launch formal impeachment proceedings against Attorney General William Barr for an array of abuses during his tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official, including wielding the powers of the Justice Department to advance the political objectives of President Donald Trump.

In a detailed 267-page report (pdf) released Monday, lawyers from the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington made the case that based on his words and actions as attorney general, “Barr appears to embrace an autocratic view of the power of the executive branch, specifically presidential power, and he views his own extensive authority as flowing from this nearly unbounded view of presidential power.”

“This authoritarian

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