Barr should appoint a special counsel

NYPostWhile he still has the job, Attorney General Bill Barr should name a special counsel to take over the Biden probe. The move would guarantee that any decision to squash the investigation or fire the investigators after the change of administrations would instantly become known, and could be contested by Congress and the public.

Barr’s authority is the same one the Justice Department used to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate President Trump and allegations his team colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Although Trump could have fired Mueller, a bipartisan firestorm of condemnation would have resulted. Moreover, making him special counsel shielded the probe from the ordinary chain of command in the Justice Department and FBI.

I won't go so far as to say he should make the appointment immediately, but Barr should absolutely appoint such a counsel before Biden is sworn in. If the President has something in his back pocket to prevent that, great. But we shouldn't neglect planning for the worst.

This entry was published Fri Nov 20 18:44:54 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-11-20 18:44:54.0. [Tweet]

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