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June 8, 2020

WTF? The Powers of the Attorney General

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:07 am
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I read on the Vox blog site, the following:

Monday evening, law enforcement officers gassed and used rubber bullets to clear peaceful protesters from an area near the White House — President Trump soon emerged from the White House so that he could have a photo op at a nearby church. Subsequent reporting revealed that Attorney General Bill Barr personally gave the order for law enforcement ‘to clear the streets around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday.’” (Emphasis mine.)

Here is a summary of the powers of the US Attorney General: “As the chief officer of the Department of Justice, the attorney general enforces federal laws, provides legal counsel in federal cases, interprets the laws that govern executive departments, heads federal jails and penal institutions, and examines alleged violations of federal laws.”

When the office was instituted in 1789 the original duties of this officer were “to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the President of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments.” And they hadn’t changed in my lifetime that I can find..

So, how is it that Bill Barr is now in the chain of command of local law enforcement? Why wasn’t Mr. Barr told by the local police to go fuck himself?


  1. Of course now that people have been pointing out that Barr doesn’t have the authority to issue orders like that he’s trying to claim that he personally didn’t issue any such orders. Of course not having the legal authority to do something hasn’t stopped him and his boss from doing it anyway. Like him ordering the DOJ to drop the prosecution of one of Trump’s cronies despite the fact that the man already pled guilty to the charges the DOJ wants to drop. Sigh…

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 8, 2020 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  2. Not only that … exactly who gave the order to clear the area with tear gas and rubber bullets (!) when the protest was peaceful?


    Comment by Nan — June 8, 2020 @ 11:49 am | Reply

    • Notice that Barr wasn’t apologizing for that, he was denying that tear gas was used, even when empty pepper spray and tear gas canisters were found in the litter. He also claimed that pepper spray was not a chemical … confusing natural chemicals with synthetic chemicals, a mistake an intelligent person wouldn’t make. So, he wasn’t apologizing for the methods, just dissembling about issuing orders he wasn’t authorized to give.

      On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:49 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 8, 2020 @ 11:54 am | Reply

      • In this administration … it’s NEVER their fault. Always someone else’s misinterpretation or, according to Trump, liberal leftist lies!


        Comment by Nan — June 8, 2020 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

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