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Five Ways William Barr Is Turning America Into a Dictatorship - 2020-02-27

F0.png Five Ways William Barr Is Turning America Into a Dictatorship February 27, 2020, Robert Reich, American Prospect

William Barr was installed as attorney general specifically to turn the Department of Justice into an arm of the Trump Cover-Up. And we've seen him do exactly that. Barr has corrupted and politicized the Department of Justice, working hand in hand with Donald Trump to bend federal law enforcement to the president's will. Here are some of the ways Barr is helping Trump turn our democracy into a dictatorship:

1. He intervened in the sentencing of Roger Stone, Trump's longtime confidant and adviser, who faced a prison sentence for obstructing Congress and witness tampering in connection with the Russia investigation. The day prosecutors announced they were seeking seven to nine years for Stone's sentencing, Trump called the sentence "a horrible aberration," and said that the prosecutors "ought to be ashamed of themselves" and were "an insult to our country." A mere 24 hours later, after Trump's public tantrum, the Department of Justice announced it would change its sentencing recommendation for Stone. Showing more backbone than Barr, four career prosecutors then withdrew from the case, and one resigned.

The incident caused such an uproar that Barr was forced to declare that he wouldn't be "bullied" and that Trump's tweets "make it impossible to do my job." But anyone who has watched Barr repeatedly roll over for Trump saw this as a minimal face-saving gesture. For example:

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