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Drew AngererWhat stays of Bill Barrs sullied reputation was blown up when federal district Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the government has to turn over the memorandum, which the public has yet to fully see and the Justice Department relied upon in declining to prosecute the 45th president. Not only was Barr being disingenuous by announcing his decision before the Mueller report was released and pretending he used the report to reach a conclusion rather than simply announcing that the one hed come to before the special guides work had even finished his work, she wrote, but DOJ was disingenuous to this Court.The fact that (Trump) would not be prosecuted was a given, the judge wrote. In fact, it was a given from the second Barr was appointed by Trump, as the past necessarily became prelude given his first stint as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. Back then, DOJ resisted attempts to get to the bottom of U.S. government-backed funding of Iraq in the run-up into Saddam Husseins invasion of Kuwait. Mueller Report Has a Hidden Message for BarrPressed by House Democrats to appoint an independent counsel, Barr refused, while insisting it was not a crime, simply not criminal at all, nothing illegal. What he meant was that oversight was for Democratic presidents only. In 2019, Barr stonewalled then Sen. Kamala Harris when she asked him if Donald Trump or anyone at the White House had inquired or advocated that he open an investigation to anybody. Think of Barr as an upgraded version of Roy Cohn, an earlier Trump lawyer. Both men attended Horace Mann, the swank private college in the Riverdale section of New York City, and Columbia University. As with Cohn, things are not ending well for Barr. For the record, Judge Jackson’s recent remark wasn’t written on a blank slate. Judge Reggie Walton, a George W. Bush appointee, had blasted Barr’s allergy to the truth. In a March 2020 decision in a related case, the judge seriously questioned Barrs integrity and authenticity, and deployed words like distorted and misleading to create his point. In addition, he observed that it seemed that Barr had made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse concerning the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary. ”DOJ isn’t a public relations shop. Likewise, the department ’s client is the U.S., not the occupant of the Oval Office. The imperial presidency is supposed to have limits. Barrs reputation also stands to be tarnished by his efforts to place his thumb on the scale in relation to the sentencing of a since-pardoned Roger Stone and the Mike Flynn debacle. Like Stone, Flynn too got a Trump pardon. But along the way, Barrs managing of Flynns case raised eyebrows from the seat. Specifically, Judge Emmet Sullivan hammered Barr whilst dismissing, at the DOJs petition, its own case against Flynn after he had pleaded guilty. Sullivan observed, In light of the governments previous argument in this case that Mr. Flynns false statements was absolutely materials because his false statements went into the heart of the FBIs investigation, the governments about-face, without explanation, raises concerns regarding the regularity of its decision-making process. ”“Raises concerns”? Talk about understatement. From the end of Trumps term, Flynn would call for the imposition of martial law. Meanwhile, Flynn’s brother, Charles Flynn, another general, was on duty during the insurrection. To top it off, Flynns lawyer, Sidney Powell, would emerge as a grim punchline in trying to releases the Kraken to try and push through Trumps Big Lie. As for the Flynn pardon, it occurred on Barrs watch, on November 25, 2020, more than two weeks before Barr quit. And here too, Barrs ago is relevant. Following Bush 41 lost to Bill Clinton, Barr successfully pushed for pardons for Caspar Weinberger, Ronald Reagans defense secretary, and others in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal. I favored the broadest pardon authority, Barr explained. There were some people just arguing just for Weinberger. I said, ‘No–in for a penny, in for a pound. ’”To his credit, Barr resisted Trump’s entreaties to find fraud with the election where none existed and, when he eventually quit, the incoming AG took a swipe at Trump and his attempts to reverse the election results, and tried to indicate there was still some regularity to DOJ’s decision-making procedure by declaring that “ it’s incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to guarantee the integrity of elections and encourage public confidence in their outcome. ”Much too little, too late. Meanwhile, AG Merrick Garland has until May 17 to appeal Judge Jackson’s judgment. If he does not, the full memo that Barr used when he was the attorney general to justify the fix that was in will immediately become publicand the fixers reputation will take one more hard hit as his successor begins the difficult work of restoring integrity and public confidence in a battered Justice Department. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our best stories in your inbox daily. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.