AG Barr: ‘Nowadays, People Don’t Care About Merits or Substance’

By Craig Bannister | May 31, 2019 | 2:12pm EDT
Attorney General William Barr (Screenshot)

Attorney General William Barr says he expects to be attacked if he does his job properly, “Because we live in a crazy, hyper-partisan period of time.”

In an interview with CBS This Morning airing Friday, Barr was asked if he expected to have his reputation attacked when he accepted the job as U.S. attorney general.

Barr said that, yes, he did expect to be attacked, because “Nowadays, people don’t care about the merits or the substance. They only care about who it helps.”


“Everything is gauged by politics,” Barr said:

CBS: “When you came into this job, you had a good reputation on the right and the left. You’re now someone who is accused of protecting the president, enabling the president of lying to Congress – did you expect that coming in?”

AG Barr: “Well, in a way, I did expect it – Because, I realize that we live in a crazy, hyper-partisan period of time. And, I knew that it would only be a matter of time, if I was behaving responsibly, and calling them as I see them, that I’d be attacked – because, nowadays, people don’t care about the merits or the substance. They only care about who it helps, who benefits, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits. Everything is gauged by politics. And, as I say, that’s antithetical to the way the department runs.”

Barr said that one of reasons he accepted the job was because he is at the end of his career and doesn’t need to fear losing any “a lot of political capital”:

“And, any attorney general in this period is going to end up losing a lot of political capital. And, I realize that. And, that’s one of the reasons that I, ultimately, was persuaded that, maybe, I should take it on. Because, I think, at my stage in life, it really doesn’t make any difference.

“I’m at the end of my career.”



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