Ex-Bush Deputy AG: William Barr Is ‘Un-American’ And Must ‘Resign’ Now
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called for William Bar to resign in an op-ed published in The Atlantic, arguing that the current attorney general is destroying the integrity and independence of the Justice Department in order to assist Donald Trump in operating above the law.
Barr’s conduct first raised eyebrows in the beginning of March 2019, with his public whitewashing of Robert Mueller’s report, in which he served as President Trump’s personal advocate rather than as an attorney general serving the people and government of the United States.
Ayer, who served under George H.W. Bush, noted Barr’s willingness to mix politics into the Justice Department, seen in the events of the past week in the prosecutions of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.
“He in no way suggested he was changing course, only that it is hard to appear independent when the president is publicly calling for him to follow the path he is on,” Ayer wrote.
Ayer criticized Barr for his lack in belief of the central tenet of our system of government -- that no person is above the law -- calling the attorney general “un-American.”
Ayer writes: “Far from emphasizing thorough, transparent, and evenhanded processes -- like the investigations presided over by former Special Counsel Mueller and Inspector General of the Department of Justice Michael Horowitz -- Barr has done whatever he can to suppress findings adverse to the president, and to endorse conclusions more favorable to Donald Trump.”
Based on Barr’s rhetoric in his November speech to the Federalist Society, it is clear that Barr seeks to expand presidential powers “for the creation of a president with nearly autocratic powers.”
The legislative and judicial branches operate in conjunction in a system of checks and balances within the U.S. government. Yet, according to attorney general Barr, “more and more, the president’s ability to act in areas in which he has discretion has become smothered by the encroachments of the other branches.”
“Bill Barr’s America is not a place that anyone, including Trump voters, should want to go,” Ayer concluded. “It is a banana republic where all are subject to the whims of a dictatorial president and his henchmen. To prevent that, we need a public uprising demanding that Bill Barr resign immediately, or failing that, be impeached.”