Reagan Solicitor General: William Barr Is A Liar, His ‘Reputation Is Gone’
Attorney General William Barr has laid waste to his reputation by falling in line with President Donald Trump and defending his every move, according to former solicitor general Charles Fried.
Fried, who served under former President Ronald Reagan, told Newsweek that Barr’s “principal concern” is to amass executive power for the president and personal power for himself.
Pointing to Barr’s controversial keynote speech delivered to the Federalist Society in November, Fried said the attorney general’s positions are “shocking.”
“Let me just give you a few examples. He says that ‘immediately after President Trump won election, [opponents] inaugurated what they called 'The Resistance,' instead of the ‘loyal opposition, as opposing parties have done in the past,’” Fried noted.
He continued: “He seems to have forgotten that it's [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell who said [in 2010] ‘the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President [Barack] Obama to be a one-term President.’ At another point in this speech he said that, yes, the Senate has the power of advice and consent [on presidential nominees], but they shouldn't be obstructing the process. But look at what McConnell did with [Supreme Court nominee] Merrick Garland.”
Fried said that despite being a supposedly moral man, Barr has chosen to be “the apologist for perhaps the most dishonest person to ever sit in the White House? I mean, dishonest in the sense that he lies the way other people breathe.”
The attorney general has become one of Trump’s yes-men, in Fried’s view, willing to say anything if it would please the president. And this has squandered whatever credibility Barr had going into the Trump administration — which Fried argued has lost all of its “honorable people.”
His parting thought on Barr? “You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. His reputation is gone.”