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Sat Dec 26, 2020, 07:51 AM

Critics fear Trump could pressure William Barr's successor for big favors

Source: The Guardian

Critics fear Trump could pressure William Barrís successor for big favors

Former DoJ officials say they are worried Trump will lean on acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen for potentially risky favors

Peter Stone
Sat 26 Dec 2020 10.00 GMT

William Barrís abrupt move to leave his post as attorney general this week has spurred fears among Department of Justice veterans that Donald Trump will put new pressures on Barrís successor to do him big and potentially risky political and legal favors.

Former justice department officials say they are worried Trump will lean on Barrís less experienced successor, the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to push policies which Trump has suggested he backs, including naming special counsels to investigate President-elect Joe Bidenís son, Hunter Biden, and using the DoJ to investigate Trumpís baseless charges of widespread election fraud.

Critics also fear Rosen could face pressure from Trump to help obtain a legal opinion that would allow Trump to pardon himself by reversing a justice department opinion that dates back to the Nixon era and bars a presidential self-pardon. Such a move would probably trigger widespread outrage.

Mounting concerns that Trump will try to squeeze favors from Rosen, who became Barrís deputy AG in early 2019 without previous DoJ experience, stem partly from Trumpís post-election anger at Barr, despite being arguably his strongest cabinet ally in the run-up to the November election

But after losing to Biden, Trump has become furious at Barr for not publicly disclosing that Hunter Bidenís taxes were being looked at by a US attorney in Delaware during the 2020 campaign. Trump was also livid over Barrís statement that there was no sign of significant voting fraud in the elections.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/26/trump-william-barr-doj-jeffrey-rosen

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 07:54 AM

1. Rosen's career would be over.

He'd be better off running out the clock.

But not counting on any Trumpist to do the smart or right thing.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 08:00 AM

2. Rosen should take some vacation time.

Until January 20th maybe?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 08:45 AM

3. I don't know how old he is but if he still plans on working he wouldn't do it.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 09:41 AM

4. Rosen as no need to comply, simply run out the clock

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 09:47 AM

5. There are only 17 work days left before Biden becomes President.

It won't be hard for Rosen to stall Trump.

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