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William Barr has a weirdly fatalistic take on his withering reputation: 'Everyone dies'

Attorney General William Barr apparently isn't too concerned about his reputation because at some point, he'll be dead.

Barr spoke with CBS This Morning in a Friday interview and was asked about the intense criticism he has received over the past few months from those who accuse him of covering up for President Trump and lying to Congress, with this coming after he was previously a more widely-respected figure. Barr contended that in this "crazy hyper-partisan period," any attorney general would inevitably "end up losing a lot of political capital."

But Barr doesn't mind this and, in fact, said that he was in a good place to take the job because he's "at the end of my career" anyway. But when CBS' Jan Crawford suggested Barr might be worried about the reputation he has worked on his entire life being affected, he had an oddly dark rebuttal.

"Yeah, but everyone dies," he said, adding with a laugh, "and I don't believe in the Homeric idea that immortality comes by having odes sung about you over the centuries, you know?" Brendan Morrow