US attorney general in hot water after comparing lockdown, slavery

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2020

His only rival for the spotlight is Donald Trump.

Attorney General William Barr took aim at his own Justice Department on Wednesday night, criticizing prosecutors for behaving as "headhunters" in their pursuit of prominent targets and for using the weight of the criminal justice system to launch what he said were "ill-conceived" political probes. Instead, Barr is alleging that there is a contemporary dastardly practice that rivals the historical memory of slavery itself.

"Putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest". He argued that the governors are not to be trusted, that they are acting as a kind of deep state to suppress the liberties of the common folk: "They treat free citizens as babies that can't take responsibility for themselves and others".

Nor was this all.

Barr's comments also angered lockdown supporters, but he earned a round of applause at the DC event after making them.

"Name one successful organization or institution where the lowest level employees' decisions are deemed sacrosanct - there aren't".

"This is city property that has been destroyed and you have a local prosecutors office that is ready and willing and able to charge these cases in state court, but the federal government is attempting to emphasize these protest-related crimes for whatever agenda they are seeking to pursue", said assistant federal public defender Dennis Carroll. Barr was having none of it.

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Even some Democrats, including District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, have called for the Justice Department to pursue federal charges against violent demonstrators, going as far as accusing the Trump administration of declining to prosecute rioters. Durkan recently responded to the report, saying that she found it "chilling".

"Ultimately, this is not a story about me".

"The attorney general, senior DOJ officials and USA attorneys are indeed political, but they are political in a good and necessary sense", Barr added. Additionally, he's also reportedly advised federal prosecutors to look into sedition charges in these cases as well.

Barr has denied doing Trump's bidding in either the Stone case or the Flynn case. They may, in fact, harm his standing.

Some cases are viewed as trumped up and should not be in federal court, lawyers say, like a teen accused of civil disorder for claiming online "we are not each other's enemy, only enemy is 12", a reference to law enforcement. In turn, the opposition to Trump has also made it abundantly plain that it intends to organize and demonstrate against Trump. The Hartford Courant reported the resignation was related to pressure from Barr to produce an interim report prior to the November presidential election.

But Trump has an advantage in this possible looming struggle. Chris Christie and Dick Thornburgh, the former governor of Pennsylvania who later served as us attorney general.

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