Posted BY: John Green
In discussing the Hunter Biden investigation with The Federalist, Bill Barr, most recently Donald Trump’s attorney general, said:
Intervening events, especially recent reports about FBI whistleblowers and the possible reach of the investigation, warrant adding the protections of special counsel status to assure that key decisions are made independently without political favor.
Wow! Talk about an inflated sense of his own authority. Barr exerted only minimal influence over the DOJ when he was in charge. Does he really believe they care what he thinks now?
Why doesn’t he just insist that Hunter, Joe, and the whole Biden clan confess their sins? That’s about as likely to happen as Merrick Garland taking advice from him.
But maybe Barr’s newfound concern is more about assuaging his guilt than achieving anything resembling justice. The Hunter Biden scandal is just a byproduct of the mess that Bill Barr left behind when he handed the DOJ over to the likes of Merrick Garland.
When Barr was appointed head the DOJ, he never seemed to recognize something that had been obvious for years to anyone without blinders on. The DOJ was already steeped in corruption — the rot was part of its culture.
In the years preceding Barr’s tenure, the DOJ had engaged in gun-running to drug cartels. That was a departmental attempt to “juice up” the gun violence statistics in support of more gun control. The attorney general at the time, Eric Holder, was even held in contempt of Congress for withholding evidence of the scandal.
The DOJ had spent at least a year functioning as Hillary Clinton’s “fixer.” The Department of Justice destroyed evidence and granted immunity to guilty players — and got nothing in return. The attorney general at the time, Loretta Lynch, even had a clandestine meeting with the husband of the target. The DOJ declined to prosecute just a few weeks later.