Magazine August 24, 2020, Issue

Barr’s Dilemma: How to Get Politics Out of the Justice Department

Attorney General Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, July 28. (Matt McClain/Pool/Getty Images)
The Democrats’ case against the attorney general is wildly distorted

Attorney General William P. Barr has a dilemma: how to purge federal law enforcement of the politicization that has left its reputation in tatters, while simultaneously ensuring accountability in one of modern history’s most politically combustible criminal probes.

That probe, conducted at Barr’s direction by John Durham, the United States Attorney for Connecticut, is scrutinizing the origins and predication of what even the attorney general has taken to calling “Russiagate.” This is the “investigation of the investigators,” focusing on the Obama administration’s — in particular, the FBI’s — counterintelligence and criminal investigations into claimed suspicions of Trump “collusion” with Russia. Based on

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This article appears as “Barr’s Goal” in the August 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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