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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 11:38 AM

Barr failed at his job. His bootlicking resignation letter made that clear.

Opinion by Ruth Marcus

William P. Barr told friends, when he was tapped for attorney general two years ago, that he was returning to the position to help save the Justice Department. Barr failed spectacularly at that task and ruined his reputation in the process.

Nothing made that more clear than the bootlicking letter of resignation he submitted Monday to President Trump.

No aspect of Barr’s departure is normal. Cabinet officials do not leave administrations to spend more time with their loved ones — the president tweeted that Barr wanted to “spend the holidays with his family” — 37 days before the end of a presidency.

When Cabinet secretaries do leave, they tend to use their letters of resignation to laud the public servants who worked with them. Barr’s fired predecessor, Jeff Sessions, thanked “the hard work of our prosecutors and law enforcement around the country,” adding, “I am particularly grateful to the fabulous men and women in law enforcement all over this country with whom I have served. I have had no greater honor than to serve alongside them. As I have said many times, they have my thanks and I will always have their backs.”

Barr choked out a single sentence — actually, a single, semi-coloned phrase in a much longer sentence — praising the department’s work supporting “the men and women of law enforcement who selflessly — and too often thanklessly — risk their lives to keep our communities safe.”

He saved his praise-heaping for the man who had spent the weekend bellyaching about Barr for failing to go after Hunter Biden — or, more precisely, for failing to break the law by disclosing an investigation into Biden before the election, when it might have helped Trump’s reelection prospects.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/14/barr-failed-his-job-his-bootlicking-resignation-letter-made-that-clear/

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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 11:50 AM

1. Did Barr really fail at his job or did he accomplish exactly what he was appointed to do?

At this point it's hard to imagine that any of tRump appointees were actually here for the good of the People or to defend and protect the Constitution.

Barr did exactly what his "boss" wanted him to do. It's not what any of us would imagine a US Attorney General would do, but this administration has been all about destroying Democracy rather than upholding it. So, Barr did what he was appointed to do and now tRump is putting someone else in that position to carry on. That's the real unsettling thing. What is the new guy willing to do for this dangerously mentally ill person at the helm?

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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 11:59 AM

2. Bootlicking resignation letter?

The OP is being exceedingly, galaxy-class generous. That letter was more a reflection of what toilet paper is used for.

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