Bill Barr's despicable conduct is now on full display
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(CNN) It was already a matter of record that William Barr abused his power as attorney general under former President Donald Trump. Turns out, it's even worse than we knew.
There's no question that Barr was fundamentally dishonest (to put it charitably). Federal judges nominated to the bench by presidents of both political parties have found that Barr " lack(ed) ... candor "; that his public and in-court statements were " disingenuous ," "incomplete," "inconsistent" with truth and " called into question Attorney General Barr's credibility." Others, including former special counsel Robert Mueller , thousands of f ormer Justice Department officials (including me), and members of Congress have expressed doubt or worse about Barr's truthfulness and integrity.
We already knew that Barr politicized the Justice Department. …
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