— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 17, 2019
I read Bill Barr’s speech to the FedSoc just now. I think it is best delivered while wearing a uniform and mirrored shades, and while standing on a balcony.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 16, 2019
Provided some people only get 3/5 of a vote. https://t.co/mpCwVy8IYX
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) November 16, 2019
Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday vigorously defended President Trump’s use of executive authority and suggested that House Democrats were subverting the will of voters by exploring whether to remove the president from office for abusing his power.
Mr. Trump campaigned on a vow to upend Washington, and voters were aware of his agenda when they elected him president, Mr. Barr said.
“While the president has certainly thrown out the traditional Beltway playbook and punctilio, he was up front about what he wanted to do and the people decided they wanted him to serve as president,” Mr. Barr said in a speech at a conference hosted by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group influential in Republican politics.
[Evergreen question: Who funds the Federalist Society?]
Mr. Trump’s opponents “essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple by any means necessary a duly elected government,” Mr. Barr added…
Speaking for an hour at the upscale Mayflower Hotel a few blocks from the White House, Mr. Barr hit back at the president’s critics on an array of fronts as he argued that Mr. Trump, in his capacity as president, has not overstepped his authority.
While Mr. Barr never uttered the word impeachment, he castigated those he sees as stalling Mr. Trump’s agenda. He defended the president’s right to set policies, steer the country’s diplomatic and military relations and keep executive branch conversations confidential from congressional oversight…
Mr. Barr is known as an executive power maximalist and a believer in the unitary executive theory, which posits that the Constitution imbues the presidency with broad powers that are subject to relatively little oversight.
He has argued, for example, that Congress cannot make it a crime for a president to exercise executive powers corruptly; and that presidents have authority over law enforcement investigations even when investigators are scrutinizing their activity…
when Bill Barr was a young adult, eight in 10 Americans were white Christians
now four in 10 are white Christians
that’s the backdrop for Barr’s feeling of aggrievement and victimization https://t.co/AAKsHkNkQh
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 16, 2019
Trump has found his Roy Cohn. https://t.co/Y4jp0RSKnp
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) November 17, 2019
Possibly related news:
Trump talks Russia probe audit with attorney general and White House counsel in Oval Office meeting https://t.co/Vr3fGXE8Mx
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) November 15, 2019
From doing more crimes. https://t.co/mmD3Xux2Kx
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 16, 2019
Extremely weird that Bill Barr leaked his Fed Soc speech to you of all people
— Matt Singer (@matthewjsinger) November 16, 2019