The New Yorker interviewed Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general who served under President George H.W. Bush, who warned that Attorney General Bill Barr has one goal in mind: to have a president with “complete and unchecked power.”
Ayer noted that Barr is doing everything in his power to make sure Donald Trump has total power.
“[Barr’s] systematic trashing of the department’s traditions of even-handedness and independence have helped him make significant progress toward his goal of an autocratic President,” Ayer said. “I think Barr is getting as much out of Trump as Trump is getting out of Barr. All for his own reasons of wanting the President to have complete and unchecked power.”
David Laufman, a former head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, tells The New Yorker that the consolidation of power around the president hasn’t just been limited to the DOJ.
“I think we need to be careful not to be too lackadaisical in recognizing the significance of what is happening throughout our government, not just in law enforcement and intelligence but the attempted politicization of our public health system,” he said.
You can read the entire interview HERE.