Attorney General Bill Barr is working hard to curb the possibility of political weaponization of the Department of Justice.
To serve that purpose, Barr recently issued new rules that prevent the launch of any investigation into presidential or vice-presidential candidates unless written approval is provided by the Attorney General himself.
The move was enacted in response to the FBI’s misconduct in investigating the Trump campaign in 2016.
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Barr sent a memo to the FBI laying out the new requirement in which he said, “In certain cases, the existence of a federal criminal or counterintelligence investigation, if it becomes known to the public, may have unintended effects on our elections.”
Barr indicated in the memo that the purpose of the rule is not to hamstring the FBI’s ability to respond to potential violations, but warned that agency “must be sensitive to safeguarding the department’s reputation for fairness, neutrality and nonpartisanship.”
The reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice has been tarnished over the past few years, and Barr is clearly attempting to impose new rules that ensure transparency and accountability within the department going forward.
Impeachment showed that Democrats were more than willing to utilize any means to attack the President, and Obama’s justice department was more than willing to participate in that abuse of power.
The recently released Inspector General’s report exposed the abuse of the FISA courts by the FBI in obtaining warrants to monitor the Trump campaign, highlighting that there is a lot of work to be done.
According to the New York Times, the new rule will remain in place until after the 2020 election, at which time it will be reviewed to determine if it should be renewed.
Barr’s moves to overhaul the inner workings of the Justice Department have not gone unnoticed by the left, which is terrified at the prospect of losing more ground in Washington.
Former White House staffer and current CNN contributor Ben Rhodes tweeted about the memo, “Barr is legit scary. Now consider 4 more years of DOJ as an extension of Trump-Barr worldview of an all-powerful executive.”
Ex-White House counsel and fellow CNN pundit John Dean responded to Rhodes’ tweet, “Ben, I believe four more years of Trump/Barr will give us a dictator — and I am not employing hyperbole!”