One key query about Barr is whether or not he hopes to rehabilitate his repute. He got here into the job hailed as a man who was going to be sober, respectable, and critical, a counterweight to Trump. He’s been something however—a openly dishonest determine abusing energy in lockstep with Trump. At 70 years previous, it’s unlikely he thinks he’s going to hold on to change into lawyer normal in a 3rd administration, however he might nonetheless be a outstanding determine within the conservative authorized world, the Republican Celebration, and the media.
The query is which a part of the conservative authorized world, which a part of the Republican Celebration, and which a part of the media. Does Barr wish to resume being an institution man, quoted approvingly in media not owned by Rupert Murdoch and people to his proper? Or does he wish to keep full Trump?
Both approach, the person who’s presided over a federal capital punishment killing spree and despatched unmarked federal militias to kidnap individuals off the road in U.S. cities can’t be gone quickly sufficient. Right here’s hoping he and Trump commerce blows on the best way out.