Under Attorney General Bill Barr’s leadership, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been investigating the possibly nefarious origins of the Trump–Russia collusion probe. But now, the New York City Bar Association says Barr is the one who needs to be investigated.
According to Axios, the association sent a letter on Thursday urging several members of Congress to open a probe into Barr over what they call a “pattern of conduct that is inconsistent with the role of the Attorney General.”
A letter to Congress
The letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“We write on behalf of the New York City Bar Association (the ‘City Bar’) to urge Congress to commence formal inquiries into a pattern of conduct by Attorney General William P. Barr that threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice,” it begins.
The Bar Association goes on to allege that the attorney general has disregarded his “fundamental obligations in several extended public statements during the past few months.”
Among such statements is an address Barr gave to the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention late last year. In it, the attorney general blasted “so-called progressives” for having “engaged in a war to cripple by any means necessary a duly elected government.”
Barr went on to praise conservatives for having “more scruple over their political tactics” and showing more fealty to the rule of law in the talk, according to Axios.
The NYC Bar also cited a speech delivered in October at the University of Notre Dame in which Barr said leftists are fighting a “campaign to destroy the traditional moral order” and commit “organized destruction” of traditional religion. Barr also promised to fight the “forces of secularization.”
Also mentioned were remarks Barr gave last month in New Orleans condemning liberal prosecutors who “style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law,” as well as statements the AG made about U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into potential misconduct relating to the Trump–Russia probe.
In a Dec. 10 interview, Barr “asserted that the FBI’s factual predicate was ‘insufficient to justify’ its investigation and that the FBI may have acted in ‘bad faith’ in commencing that investigation,” according to the NYC Bar.
“Mr. Barr’s recent actions and statements are in sharp and diametric contrast to the principles he cited in his confirmation hearings,” the bar’s letter complains. They went on:
For the reasons stated above, we have significant concerns about the propriety of Mr. Barr’s recent actions and statements. We urge Congress to exercise its constitutional obligations by expeditiously commencing formal inquiries into Mr. Barr’s conduct.
Whether top House members will take up the bar’s request remains to be seen.