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Barr Hatches Plan That Would Make Trump Immune From All Congressional Oversight

With it becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump cannot manage to stay out of legal and political trouble as a result of his many questionable business dealings and attempts to extort foreign countries to investigate his opponents, Attorney General William Barr has devised a plan for using the federal courts to make Trump immune from all oversight, according to an eye-opening article from The New Yorker.

The current AG operates from the point of view that a U.S. president has absolute power that cannot be questioned or challenged, which is something that Trump himself has suggested repeatedly over the past three years in office:

“Barr maintains that Article II of the Constitution gives a President control of all executive-branch agencies, without restriction. In practice, this means that Trump would be within his rights to oversee an investigation into his own misconduct.”

So if the FBI wanted to investigate Trump or a member of his family for any crime whatsoever, Barr would be willing to let the president limit or shut down that investigation on a whim.

But would the courts allow such a radical view of the Constitution to take hold and be applied? That depends on who you ask.

Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare doubts any federal judge or panel of judges would sign off on such a radical perversion of checks and balances:

“The idea that the President gets to assert executive privilege over material that has already been made public is laughable. I think they are very likely to lose a lot of this.”

However, former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer, who served in the administration of George W. Bush, is of the opinion that the current Supreme Court, which leans to the right, might just go along with such an expansive view of presidential power:

“The ultimate question is what happens when these reach the Supreme Court, which has two Trump appointees. There is a real danger that (Barr) succeeds … This, I believe, was his opportunity — the opportunity of a lifetime — to make major progress on advancing his vision of an all-powerful Chief Executive.”

Barr’s plan to make President Trump able to do as he pleases without any explanation or oversight will certainly be accelerated if Trump is reelected, according to NYU Law professor Stephen Gillers, who says Barr’s efforts are already well underway:

“The Congress needs information to do its job, and the President has frozen it out — especially in the impeachment investigation. Another check is the media, and the President’s use of the term ‘fake news’ can cause people to lose faith in the media. What remains are the courts, which are slow and cumbersome.”

A president who is allowed to rule without any restrictions or oversight on his actions is no longer a servant of the people or the nation. He is, instead, a dictator.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

2 replies on “Barr Hatches Plan That Would Make Trump Immune From All Congressional Oversight”

The SHITHEAD in the WH is a criminal that belongs in prison. Breaks the constitution, blocks investigations, has been sued for every known type of law suit including raping a 13 yr child…yeah was friends with J Epstein, enact a the 2017 tax scam for the wealthy, caged children and keeps them away from their parents, promotes racism, is hated around the world including heads of countries, started a war with Iran and was responsible for the downing of the of an airplane…yes ask any world leader about this one. The list is endless. So this SHITHEAD deserves IMPEACHMENT and be thrown out of office before he does more damage.

Bravo! It is time that trump and his band of misfits are purged becoming a mere stain in the annals of history. Teflon Don’s criminal career needs to end to preserve the US Constitution, the rule of law and the judicial system that prevents the Judicial System to be another kangaroo court at the behest of a corrupt and fully sanctioned Autocrat

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