William Pelham Barr

You can look him up:

Barr has been angrily pushed by Mr. Trump in recent days to use the power of the Department of Justice to DO SOMETHING! After weeks of blessed silence, Barr eventually produced a carefully worded memo of instruction to federal prosecutors to investigate substantial allegations, credible, evidence-based claims of voter fraud or electoral irregularity (there are very, very few out there) cautioning the reluctant dogs he’d unleashed to “exercise appropriate caution and maintain the department’s absolute commitment to fairness, neutrality and nonpartisanship.”

Barr also wrote, as if it needed to be emphasized: “Specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries” and “Nothing here should be taken as any indication that the department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election.”

Yesterday sixteen of Barr’s assistant federal prosecutors formally denounced Barr’s weak, politically motivated memo (apparently written solely to placate his seething boss), complaining of Barr’s politicization of the DOJ and noting that, as Barr himself suggests in the memo, there are no credible, evidence-based voting or vote counting fraud allegations to investigate.

Remember Barr’s fearsome, internationally sourced Durham investigation that was going to lay bare the illegal, baseless, partisan conspiracy among Mueller and his Democratic operatives, to claim that the president knowingly accepted campaign help from Vladmir Putin in 2016? There were going to be public announcements of the indictment of traitors right before the election, in the name of justice.

Recall that Barr, as AG, after nullifying the Mueller Report, also made a good faith effort to prevent the credible and urgent whistleblower report on the Ukraine quid pro quo that formed the basis for the president’s impeachment from reaching Congress, as required by law.

Barr has been at this shit for many years, since long before he was a pugnacious teenaged supporter of the Vietnam war (in which he declined to serve), bringing coffee to policemen and duking it out with protesters on his college campus.

Conservative columnist William Safire dubbed Barr, then George H. W. Bush’s Attorney General, the Coverup General. Safire bestowed this name with ample cause — Barr had just successfully covered up his president’s likely role in the Iran-Contra scandal, a role that would have been revealed in the defendant’s copious notes that would become public evidence, had Barr not engineered the daring pre-trial dismissal of Casper Weinberger’s indictment. Barr has proved the aptness of the title Coverup General over and over as Trump’s Attorney General.

He has always been this way, he acts in accordance with his deeply held religious conservative beliefs:

Drug wars, eh? The fault of the victims of the drug wars, no doubt, made dangerous criminals by the random prohibition of certain intoxicants and the harsh punishments for the breaking of such laws. Law and Order at its finest and most just.

After the videotaped public police murder of George Floyd, Barr insisted there is no systemic racism in American law enforcement, claiming that very few unarmed blacks, a mere twelve or so, are killed by police every year. Earlier in his term as Trump’s Attorney General Barr had made this provocative statement, aimed at recalcitrant blacks.

“They have to start showing more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves and if communities don’t give that support and respect they may find themselves without the police protection they need.”

The highly religious Barr makes no attempt to disguise his objective, morally justified, highly combative culture warrior stance. He told a fellow traveler on a conservative talk show recently:

“The Left wants power because that is essentially their state of grace and their [he laughs] secular religion, they want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us, and that’s what, you know, that’s what turns them on.”

People on the Left need a secular religion, you understand, because Christ fucking hates them.

Make a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and watch this amusing, educational, not specious or speculative segment about a tremendously despicable culture warrior who was, until the election, probably the most dangerous right winger in America:

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