Donald Trump fired AG William Barr with only five weeks left in office, lol

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Last night, I watched Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, and she did an interview with one of my favorite lawyers/legal commentators, Neal Katyal. Katyal made a really great point that throughout the Trump administration, the American people could never count on the Attorney General. The first AG under Donald Trump was treason elf Jeff Sessions, who was basically fired by Trump for not being corrupt ENOUGH. Then Trump appointed Bill Barr, who turned the AG position into what closely resembled a consigliere to a mob boss. The list of Barr’s corruption is long, and it includes misrepresenting Robert Mueller’s report, using DOJ resources to shield Donald Trump from a rape lawsuit, punishing DOJ and FBI officials who were not sycophantic enough to Trump, and on and on. Barr was never OUR lawyer. He was Trump’s lawyer.

I’m not going to claim that Barr was some kind of paragon of electoral integrity, but I was surprised by his relative hands-off approach to the election. Sure, he made noise about “punishing” voter fraud and I’m sure he was trying to ratf–k behind the scenes. But Barr largely left Trump to swing. We also found out that Barr did one thing right: he hid the fact that federal authorities are investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes. Which is what the DOJ is supposed to do – not be politicized, not be used as a political tool by either campaign. But truly, Barr is a terrible f–king person and he can rot. One or two okay decisions don’t make up for the fact that he was the worst AG in decades. And now… he’s gone. Fired in the last five weeks of the decrepit, treasonous Trump administration.

President Trump said on Monday that Attorney General William P. Barr would depart next week, ending a tenure marked by Mr. Barr’s willingness to advance the president’s political agenda and by criticism that he eroded the post-Watergate independence of the Justice Department. Mr. Barr had in recent weeks fallen out of favor with the president after acknowledging that the department had found no widespread voter fraud. Tensions between them escalated this past weekend when Mr. Trump accused his attorney general of disloyalty for not publicly disclosing the department’s investigation into President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter Biden during the campaign.

Mr. Trump sought to play down their differences on Monday, saying in a tweet announcing Mr. Barr’s departure that “our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!” The decision to quit was Mr. Barr’s, not the president’s, a person familiar with the matter said, and the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, helped to facilitate his exit on cordial terms with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Barr reciprocated the praise in a resignation letter devoted to commending Mr. Trump’s term, saying that the Justice Department was pursuing some accusations of voter fraud and mentioning that he and the president had met on the issue on Monday afternoon. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to elaborate on its work on the accusations or how it fit with Mr. Barr’s earlier assertions that it had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Still, Mr. Barr’s resignation allows him to avoid further confrontation with the president over his refusal to advance Mr. Trump’s attempts to rewrite the election results or his efforts to interfere in criminal inquiries into Mr. Biden’s family.

Mr. Barr also praised Mr. Trump in the letter for overcoming what the attorney general said was an unprecedented effort by his political opponents to take down the president.

“No tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds,” Mr. Barr said. “The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”

Jeffrey A. Rosen, the No. 2 at the Justice Department, will take over as acting attorney general when Mr. Barr leaves on Dec. 23. Richard Donoghue, an official in Mr. Rosen’s office, will become the deputy attorney general.

[From The NY Times]

So it ends with a treasonous whimper and not a bang. Imagine being the Attorney General of the United States, America’s top lawyer, getting sh-tcanned for not being corrupt enough, and then writing that sycophantic letter claiming that haters were always trying to take down Russia’s useless idiot.

As for what Trump is doing right now – there is no grand plan. Trump is just a petty, immature bully and he wants to “punish” all of the people who were “mean” to him. This is score-settling, not a larger plot involving pardons and criminal conspiracies. If Barr had stayed, he wouldn’t have had any problems with Trump pardoning everybody.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    The final weeks of 2020 are certainly making up for the first several months.

    Apparently Putin has now congratulated Biden on his win – am sure the Orange one is sulking in the toilet over it.

    • Miranda says:

      If he’s not sulking in the toilet, he’s cowering in his bunker. Hell, I probably would be too, if I realized that Vladimir Putin no longer had any use for me.

      • LightPurple says:

        And when Putin is finished with you, you don’t last long. He doesn’t leave anything to chance.

    • Seraphina says:

      Trump, Putin and Erdogan are thick as thieves. And the late call from Putin should Biden on alert.

  2. sa says:

    That resignation letter was embarrassing to read. He didn’t just kiss Trump’s ass, he full on made out with it.

    • Ash says:

      I’m still on board with the theory that it wasn’t a resignation letter so much as a “confirmation of firing” letter. It’s not clear either way. The only argument against this though is that it suggests there was a “previous discussion” and Trump is famous for never firing anyone – understandable for the biggest coward in the world.

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      It was really disgusting to read. What a pathetic ass kisser he is.

    • Seraphina says:

      @sa, ewwwwww, but funny. I don’t know how some of these men sleep at night. Politics is a dirty business indeed.

    • OnceUponA says:

      Barr wrote the letter like Trump wrote any of his books.

      Barr signed the letter. His last bit of obedience.

    • FYI says:

      Barr didn’t write that letter. He may have signed it, but he sure as shlt didn’t write it. Probably Stephen Miller wrote it, because Trump can’t write or speak coherent sentences.

  3. STRIPE says:

    His resignation letter was so insane I don’t even believe he wrote it. It is 2 pages of kissing Trumps behind. I believe someone from the Trump team wrote it and gave it to him to sign because it doesn’t make any sense to put 2 pages of “poor Trump”in a resignation letter. I event struggled to find the part where he said he resigned. It made 0 sense.

    • Mac says:

      I believe he wrote it. He’s playing both sides. He wants a lucrative job post Trump and he’s jumping ship before the crazy pardons start.

  4. ArizonaRose says:

    Current headcanon: Barr was summoned, walked in the room and was told “Sign the letter and get the nice tweet,” or don’t sign this letter and get fired by mean tweet.

    Barr never deserved better. He was a sycophant to a tyrant and deserved to be humiliated.

    As Molly Jong-Fast says: Fuck that guy.

  5. Joanna says:

    HAHAHA! I don’t feel any sympathy for those who cuddle up to Trump and then get dumped. Barr was trying to appease both sides in hopes he would get to keep his position. It was disgraceful how Barr has been Trump’s boy and carried out his vendettas.

  6. Sofia says:

    Goodbye. Although they’re all going to be unemployed come January anyways

  7. Seraphina says:

    Kaiser, I listened to the pod cast and recall your statements about the year the royals had a lot of news during the Celebitchy “Holiday Hours”. I thought, get ready – Trump will keep you busy this year with his antics.
    And he is making the US a shitshow for all. Shame on the GOP for standing by and watching him destroy it. They also don’t realize he is destroying the party. GOOD.

  8. indywom says:

    Barr saw the writing on the wall and distanced himself from Trump in the last few weeks because he wants another job and despite the insanity of MAGA no one really wants a corrupt lawyer. Barr thinks that by stating a few facts people will forget the horrible things he has done. Trump is dangerous because he is reckless but Barr was even more so because he knew exactly what he was doing. I hope the whistle blowers come out of hiding when the new administration is sworn in. Biden is going to be busy uncovering all the corruption of the past four years.

    • LightPurple says:

      The GOP is already trying to rehabilitate his reputation with several of them issuing statements about how Barr is a man of great integrity.

      No person with integrity would ever write a letter like that.

      • Desert Lizard says:

        Agreed. No person with integrity would have done the things he did for Trump. I think Barr believed that Trump would win again and never leave, creating a fascist dynasty involving his kids. Barr thought he had great job security. Then Trump lost bigly and it all went pear shaped. It’s ugly and will get uglier. The Republicans deserve every bit of flaming sh*t left on their doorstep.

  9. Sunny says:

    Keep seeing “ratf–k”— what does this mean?

  10. Leah says:

    After the EC votes came in that’s when I found out about Barr. The timing isn’t surprising, Trump probably threw a fit, threw a greasy chicken wing at him and yelled “you’re fired!”.

    No pity at all for Barr. I hope he’s disBarred, charged and thrown into prison.

  11. Rapunzel says:

    The saddest part is it seems Trump actually thinks if Barr hyped the Hunter Biden stuff more, he (Trump) would have won.

    Newsflash, Don: Hunter Biden wasn’t your opponent and nobody cares about his scandals but you and your cavedwelling supporters.

    Apparently Trump never learned the lesson we all got in 2016: it’s much harder to cover an old white dude in irrelevant sh– than it is to smear a woman in butter emails.

  12. Sean says:

    Watching all of the rats abandon the Trump ship reminds me of the ending to Batman Returns. The Penguin’s attempt to kidnap the children of Gotham is foiled. As Batman descends on Penguin’s lair, his henchmen quietly slip away.

  13. FancyPants says:

    I find this terrifying. Barr quit because whatever Trump has up next is too evil even for him.

  14. SM says:

    Hahaha. Once the news of Hunter Biden onvestigation came out, it was clear that Barr’s days were numbered. The orange looser is so predictable. The only element of surprise is how long it took him. I expected a tweet first thing Monday, but Trump probably is in a fast food coma in WH bunker most of the time now.

  15. grabbyhands says:

    Now we get to wonder what kind of horror show is waiting it’s turn because whoever 45 puts in for the final five weeks is going to be unspeakably horrible and will have a single goal of doing as much damage as possible on the way out, just like his boss.

  16. jferber says:

    The second right thing Barr did was to say there was no significant fraud in this election that would make a difference as to the winner. That also got him fired, as it did Krebs (a man I have respect for and is now suing Trump for defamation, I think). I must add that Comey DID reveal the Hillary e-mail investigation (what a laugh now after what all these crook mofos did), politicizing it just days before the election. He was flat-out wrong and criminal to do that and I regret buying his book. As for Barr, eff him. The new guy, Rosen, is a corrupt ass-kisser, too.