Playing it straight at the Justice Department

US Attorney William Barr is an honorable man and an independent AG. But he has made his life and work more difficult by wading into the culture wars.

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Opinion

February 21, 2020 - 3:32 PM

William Barr, US Attorney General. Photo by (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The attorney general of the United States should not be influenced by the president or members of the White House staff on how to prosecute particular cases before the Department of Justice.

The department should have a healthy degree of separation from partisan and presidential politics.

That’s not a matter of constitutional law. President Donald Trump is correct: The president has the authority to intervene.

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