The position of United States Attorney General was created by the Judiciary Act of 1789 to serve as head of the Department of Justice (DoJ). As with all government positions and agencies created by the Constitution or by law, the role of the DoJ is well defined.
The official mission statement of the DoJ states their role is:
“To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”
The DoJ and their head owe allegiance to the Constitution and laws first and foremost.
However Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace cried foul—again— over a new mission taken on by President Donald Trump’s second Attorney General, William Barr. On February 14, 2019, Barr filled the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions.
Sessions took heavy criticism from the President over his lack of loyalty to Trump. But Wallace stated that would be a nonissue for Barr.
Friday AG Barr sat down with Bill Hemmer on Fox News. In the Barr-Hemmer discussion, the new AG towed the Trump administration line of characterizing Democrats, the FBI—a law enforcement agency now working under Barr—and his own Justice Department’s investigation of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election as a “witch hunt.”
Afterward, Chris Wallace spoke on the program America’s Newsroom about the interview.
“[Barr] clearly is protecting this President and advocating his point of view on a lot of these issues.”
“I suspect that as President Trump, who probably has watched some of this interview himself, is saying: ‘Finally no Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr instead’.”
Watch the full segment here.
Wallace was far from alone in his assessment of AG Barr’s misplaced loyalties.
Chris Wallace on Bill Barr: “He clearly is protecting this president.”
Trump has succeeded installing a fixer as the nation’s top law enforcement official. pic.twitter.com/35Oocjx8Z9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2019
Finally found his Cohn. History will long remember.
— Gwenn Evitts (@EvittsGwenn) May 17, 2019
An Attorney General is decidedly NOT an attorney for the president. Particularly when the president is under investigation.
But I guess America forgot that.
— John Staller (@jjstaller) May 17, 2019
Trump has exhibited from early in his administration that he is quite adept at finding people who are the exact opposite of what a position requires, be it communications, education, environment, hhs, economy, justice…
— JCK (@Cycloptix) May 17, 2019
Maybe we’ll be seeing more federal judges releasing redacted parts of the Mueller investigation. We’re at critical mass with the AG his fixer. If anyone has to power to bring the truth about Trump to light, now is the time because something ugly is in the works. He’s telling us.
— Patty (@suo_gan) May 17, 2019
Barr is clearly doing exactly what Donald wants him to do. He is the new “fixer” and should be impeached. He is not working for We The People, he is only working to protect Donny. We are watching our country die in front of our eyes and doing nothing.
— Lynn Marie (@nlm53) May 17, 2019
This man needs to be impeached! He is flagrantly lying on TV! The Mueller Report is being read out loud, the Flynn tapes will be coming out, and the release of the court files on Flynn, prove the accusations have BEEN credible..and YET Barr still lies for him! #ImpeachBarr
— Kim Tullio-Steinen (@Shebabasmom) May 17, 2019
Does any Republican realize how dangerous this is?
Are tax cuts really this important?
— victor-hyer (@victor_hyer) May 17, 2019
Dont forget the Senate Republicans involvement.
— TOverhauser (@to221w6) May 17, 2019
Also worth noting, Barr’s interview with @BillHemmer was within @FoxNews self-proclaimed “Hard News” block of programming, further blurring the distinction between it and its pro-Trump evening opinion shows and @foxandfriends that precedes it weekdays.
— Tom Shafer (@TomShafShafer) May 17, 2019
People drew similarities to and outright allegations about organized crime.
Just like a mobbed up asset of transnational organized crime would do, huh? 😐
— Neurotica Provocatrix (@TbBrame) May 17, 2019
Barr and his law firm represent some of the most notorious figures in Russian organized crime. Follow the money.
— Paul (@pabloalto) May 17, 2019
Both #ImpeachTrump and #ImpeachBarr are currently trending heavily on social media platforms.
Whether Congress takes words to action remains to be seen.