An Equal Opportunity Piss-er Off-er

Attorney General William Barr may be the most dangerous man in Washington DC right now. Within a week he managed to get both Republicans and Democrats to break out the pitchforks and torches and call for his head.

First, Barr took issue with the sentencing of Roger Stone and intervened in lowering the sentencing the DOJ was asking for. I wrote about that here last week. The news of this was released as President Trump tweeted about the overly harsh sentence, opening AG Barr to claims that he was acting upon Trump’s wishes in doing so. Then the DOJ declined to bring charges against former FBI assistant director Andrew McCabe, which enraged Trump supporters who promptly accused the DOJ of having a two-tiered justice system, one for little people like Stone and another for powerful and protected insiders like McCabe. Barr then did an ABC interview where he mildly rebuked Trump for making public statements that Barr said made it impossible for him to do his job while also stating: “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the President.”

By Saturday there were partisans on both sides calling for Barr to resign.

Friendless in Washington DC

A group of conservative and libertarian lawyers calling themselves, “Checks and Balances” told Americans they should all be terrified of an AG who does the President’s bidding.

This group was formed by George T. Conway III, husband of Counselor to the President, Kelly Ann Conway. It is comprised of members of the Federalist Society which has been responsible for making many of the suggested appointments to vacancies on the federal bench that Trump has been filling. Mr. Conway is also a very vocal critic of the President and also heads up a super PAC called the Lincoln Project which states as its aim: “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”

If you have problems wrapping your head around the seeming contradictions of members of the Federalist Society seeking and getting the cooperation of President Trump in reshaping the federal bench for generations to come, while at the same time prominent members of the Society are working their hearts out to get rid of him by supporting Democrats you are not alone…