Trump Says He Intends to Nominate Bill Barr as AG

On Tuesday, I noted that Trump still hadn't nominated anyone to fill the Attorney General vacancy left by Jeff Sessions nearly a month ago.

Today, Donald Trump told White House pool reporters that he intends to nominate Bill Barr, who previously served as Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration.

If you want to know what qualities Barr has that make him appealing to Trump, look no further than this report by Ryan J. Reilly at the Huffington Post: Barr, who was a Trump supporter during the 2016 election, "has previously supported Trump's call to investigate his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and questioned the need for Robert Mueller's special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election."

Barr also "wrote a piece for The Washington Post days before the election saying that then-FBI Director James Comey did the right thing by disclosing that the bureau had essentially reopened the Clinton investigation. Months later, after Trump fired Comey, Barr wrote that Comey had 'sandbagged' the Justice Department and usurped its authority by making the initial announcement about the Clinton probe in the summer of 2016."

He seems great. (He does not seem great.)

The truth is, because Trump is a president who is a goddamned crook with zero respect for the rule of law and a willingness to abuse his power to obstruct justice and avoid accountability, anyone who is willing to work in the capacity of Attorney General for him is axiomatically unfit to be the nation's attorney general.

That's quite a conundrum. But here we are.

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