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Dirty But Not Dirty Enough for Trump

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February 19, 2019 11:11 p.m.

I’ve just been reading through the Times story that dropped this afternoon. You should definitely read it. The one big news break is the reference to Trump trying to get Matt Whitaker, former possibly acting Attorney General, to put Geoff Berman, US Attorney in Manhattan, back in charge of the various investigations of Trump and his associates emanating from that office. Besides that the real value is how it pulls together so many different strands of Trump’s campaign of obstruction now going back over two years. It ends with Bill Barr taking over as Attorney General. This brought my attention back to something I’ve discussed a few times in recent weeks: Barr’s own history trying to abuse his power as Attorney General in the final weeks before the 1992 presidential election on behalf of then-President Bush.

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