The Flap Over the AG

I suppose I should comment about the argument by proxy between President Trump and Attorney General William Barr. I’ve said many times in the past that I don’t understand President Trump’s thought processes at all. I don’t think he should be tweeting at all let alone as frequently as he does. I agree with AG Barr that the president shouldn’t be tweeting about cases in progress or exerting what the military calls “unlawful command influence” over cases or sentencing.

I think that presidential appointees shouldn’t be airing their disagreements with their boss in public and that presidents deserve to have subordinates in whom they can be confident. It is fully within President Trump’s authority to fire Bill Barr. I think he’d be a fool to do so.

I also have a little, tiny paranoid streak that makes me wonder if this flap isn’t battlespace preparation.

6 comments… add one
  • CuriousOnlooker Link

    Battlespace preparation for what?

    A reminder that Trump is not a 50 move chess strategy type of persion.

  • Agreed. But Barr might be. What possible motivation could there be for him to establish an identity as one who stands by his principles regardless of risk?

  • Guarneri Link

    Trump should STFU. Hard for him to do. I won’t speculate on Barr’s motives.

  • jan Link

    Agree with Dave about not understanding Trump’s tweets – at least many of them. To me they often seem self-defeating, tending to undermine his presidency when it seems to be getting traction and sound footing.

    I also am puzzled by Barr’s public airing of a peevish objection to Trump’s tweeting about criminal cases. Then today we have news McCabe is off the hook from further investigation. That surprised me, given the IG’s earlier report about not being”candid,” meaning he lied. I wonder if there is a connection between yesterday’s AG comment and today’s dismissal of charges.

  • GreyShambler Link

    I won’t defend Trump on this one, he should listen to McConnell, and stay away from influencing the AG. When he does this kind of thing, I start to wonder if I want four more years of inevitable investigations and impeachment inquiries. Unforced error.

  • steve Link

    You guys are so gullible. Barr was not sincere at all. Watch. Nothing will change. McConnell was right to stay out of this.


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