Barr needs radical oversight
The Washington Post
It’s time for House Democrats “to get much more aggressive in their oversight of the attorney general,” said Greg Sargent. In a scathing ruling last week, a federal judge accused William Barr of a “lack of candor,” suggesting the AG pre-spun the findings of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to politically benefit President Trump. Judge Reggie Walton—an appointee of President George W. Bush—said he now intends to review the full Mueller report to determine what should be unredacted and made public. “All this opens the door for House Democrats to unleash the oversight hounds in a serious way.” We need to know if the Justice Department redacted incriminating details about Trump, whether those redactions were coordinated with the White House, and what constraints, if any, Barr put on Mueller. Scarred by the impeachment process, some Democrats worry that voters will regard this stepped-up oversight as a “politically unpalatable relitigation of the past.” In fact, it would “be all about what’s coming.” Barr might try to assist Trump with re-election: He has already opened a special channel for Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, to send in dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Will House Democrats let him get away with it?