William Barr became Donald Trump’s Attorney General in an unusual way. He had served in the administrations of both Bushes, but had then moved on to private practice. He caught the President’s eye by writing an op-ed which claimed Trump made the right decision in regards to James Comey.
His tenure as the AG has been filled with controversy and allegations of bias. Thanks to those allegations, the New York City Bar Association is asking Congress to open an investigation into Barr’s actions.
The organization wrote letters to senior leadership in both the House and the Senate. According to the Bar Association:
“The duties to act impartially, to avoid even the appearance of partiality and impropriety, and to avoid manifesting bias, prejudice or partisanship in the exercise of official responsibilities are bedrock obligations for government lawyers. Mr. Barr has disregarded these fundamental obligations in several public statements during the past few months.”
The letter offers a couple of examples of Barr showing bias. The Bar points out a speech at Notre Dame where, “Mr. Barr launched a partisan attack against ‘so-called progressives’ for supposedly waging a ‘campaign to destroy the traditional moral order.’”
During an event in New Orleans, Barr said that District Attorneys in large cities, “style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.”
The organization did not take a position on Barr’s actions, but did ask congress to further investigate their claims.