Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trump Widely Praised for Strong Pick to Replace Sessions

President Trump is being widely praised for choosing William Barr as his new Attorney General.

USA Today reported that former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who served in the administration of George W. Bush and was a strong supporter of Sessions, called Barr a “superb nomination.”

“He (Trump) couldn’t have done any better,” Mukasey said. “He’s a very smart lawyer, has excellent judgment and, most importantly, has done the job before.”

In the aftermath of Sessions’ firing last month, Mukasey and Barr, ironically, authored a column in the Washington Post with former Attorney General Edwin Meese, lauding Sessions’ tenure despite unrelenting pressure from the White House.

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From Town Hall

For many months, Jeff Sessions’ departure from the Trump administration looked like a ‘when-not-if’ proposition — and it was.  Immediately after the midterm elections, the president asked for his Attorney General’s resignation, sparking protests, widespread speculation about a successor, and (warranted) consternation about the constitutionality of the temporarily acting AG’s authority.  The president has now announced his pick to fill the vacant cabinet-level position and become America’s top law enforcement officer:

Barr was “my first choice from day one,” and “a terrific man, a terrific person, a brilliant man,” Trump said, speaking to reporters outside the White House…Barr, a lawyer who was previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under the late President George H.W. Bush, has defended Trump’s controversial decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 when Comey was leading the Russia probe. After Comey’s firing, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over that investigation, which includes any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s 2016 election campaign, and any potential obstruction of justice…Barr has said there is more reason to investigate potential wrongdoing by Trump’s campaign opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, than there is to probe any potential collusion…Barr has said political donations show Mueller’s team of professional prosecutors tilt uncomfortably to the left. On Twitter, Trump calls them “17 Angry Dems.” “I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group,” Barr told the Washington Post in July 2017.

That Reuters write-up devotes most of its prime real estate to running through controversial statements the nominee has made regarding Trump, the Mueller investigation, and Hillary Clinton.  For an easily-digestible summary of what’s giving Democrats and the media heartburn about Barr, here’s a tweet from a Washington Post reporter:

But despite the media’s overwhelming urge to make absolutely everything about immediate Trump-centric concerns, let’s remember that Barr is also an eminent and deeply-experienced attorney who served in this exact capacity during the administration of the president upon whom the media just lavished days of deservedly adoring coverage, following his passing. Barr is not a wild-eyed or under-qualified nobody, plucked from obscurity to serve as a neutered or sycophantic a ‘yes man.’ Have a look at the reaction to Barr’s selection from Benjamin Wittes, a vituperative Trump critic and one of James Comey’s closest friends:

Guess who agrees?  None other than Kellyanne Conway’s relentlessly Trump-negative husband, a conservative attorney.  Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and respected writer at National Review, also gives Trump’s nod a strong initial review:

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