William Barr wrote an unsolicited memo before he was appointed to his current position as Attorney General. It was intended to discredit the Mueller investigation. It sets forth an expansive view of the powers of the president and supports Trump’s view that the president is above the law. As Trump put it, “the president can do whatever he wants.” Barr agrees.
To learn more about the Barr memo, read the following reviews of it.
This commentary by the ACLU links to the memo.
This analysis by Neil Kinkopf of the University of Georgia School of Law highlights this startling passage:
I would like to focus attention…on the ramifications of Mueller’s theory of the President’s constitutional powers for the rest of the government. Those ramifications are vast and proceed from the memo’s most jaw-dropping passage: “Constitutionally, it is wrong to conceive of the President as simply the highest officer within the Executive branch hierarchy. He alone is the Executive branch.”
Barr rejects the fundamental idea of checks and balances. He rejects the principle that no one is above the law. He asserts that the president is.
He is pushing out or firing prosecutors who are independent, like Geoffrey Berman in New York.
Under Barr’s leadership, the rule of law is being eroded. This should concern us all, regardless of party.