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The Daily BeastApr 19, 2019
Forget Roy Cohn, Future Presidents Would Ask ‘Where's My Bill Barr?'
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersHe lost me at "no collusion."

I have been withholding judgment of Attorney General William Barr, believing that someone who has previously served in the Department of Justice as he did would respect the institution and the rule of law. His conduct before and after his confirmation had provided some reason to question his motives, but I still held out hope that he would lead honorably in handling the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Barr confirmed my worst suspicions when he stood at the podium to discuss the release of Mueller's report into Russian election interference. Instead of using the language of a prosecutor, Barr parroted President Donald Trump's favorite talking point of "no collusion" four times. And it got worse from there. 

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The Daily BeastApr 19, 2019
Trump's Right About One Thing: There's a Double Standard for Him
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos from GettyFor two years now, President Trump has promoted the narrative that he has been singled out for persecution by the Special Counsel and by his political opponents. The Mueller probe, he has vented, is a form of "Presidential Harassment," a "Witch Hunt" aimed at unseating "your favorite President." In the president's apparent view, no other person - and certainly no other president - would have been treated so harshly.

In the wake of the Mueller Report, and Trump's exoneration by Attorney General Barr, it is now clear that the truth is exactly the opposite: No other person - and no other president - could have escaped prosecution for obstruction of justice, or at least impeachment, on facts like these.

Let's start with what separates Donald J. Trump from almost everyone else: He is the president. For Bob Mueller, Trump's status as president gave Trump a double leg up: First, under Department of Justice guidance, Mueller could not indict the president so long as he remains in office. To that extent, of course, Trump was treated like any other sitting president elected since the issuance of the original Office of Legal Counsel memo. But Mueller took that immunity a critical (and, in my view, mistaken) step further: He reasoned that, because the president could not be indicted, it would be unfair even to reach a judgment about whether Trump had committed obstruction. As a result, Mueller declined to make a formal obstruction finding and instead handed the case off to Attorney General Barr.

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