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    Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process.

    Garland, 68, is the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He launched his career at the Justice Department decades ago.

    Garland oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and gained significant management experience inside the sprawling department in the 1990s.

    Some Justice Department veterans had been looking to history for a way to move ahead from the chaotic Trump era when the president has routinely attacked federal prosecutors and FBI agents. The current attorney general, Bill Barr, this year likened some of his employees to young students at a Montessori school.

    Former Justice Department officials pointed out that after Watergate, President Gerald Ford enlisted former University of Chicago President Edward Levi to be attorney general and restore public confidence in the institution. The Justice Department bestows an award for honor and integrity in his name.

    Supporters said Garland could play a similar role if he could be enticed to leave his lifetime-tenured appointment on the federal bench. Garland joins a number of other department veterans on the Biden short list for attorney general, including former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Obama administration, former civil rights chief Deval Patrick and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, among others.

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    Sounds good, however does Biden have the "time" to do all the things he has to do? Like "rebuilding" the whole government from the "ground up", fixing all our horrible laws and add proper laws as well restoring the whole White House. And on top of that deal with the virus and the "outside world" Wow, "you must be "superman" to be able to do that.

    I fear it all will become "bandaids" because the Trump party will "bulldoze" him.

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    William Barr may well be the next person to fall into the "revolving door" category.

    President Trump remained livid at Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday, with one senior administration official indicating there was a chance Barr could be fired — not just for his public comments undercutting Trump’s unfounded claims of election-shifting fraud, but also for steps he did not take on a probe of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign.

    A day after Barr told the Associated Press that he had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Trump continued to complain about his attorney general, people familiar with the matter said.

    One senior administration official said there was a chance Trump would fire his attorney general and asserted that the president was not merely frustrated over Barr’s fraud-related assertions. The person said that several people are trying to persuade Trump not to do so. Like others, this official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

    Barr and Trump’s relationship had been deteriorating even before his comments to the AP. One official said the two had barely spoken in recent months, as the president was frustrated by the attorney general’s not releasing any findings of Durham’s investigation before the election and not taking more aggressive steps to back his claims of election fraud. Barr met Tuesday with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, but it is unclear what they discussed.

    Without telling the White House, Barr had in October secretly appointed Durham a special counsel, essentially giving him more political and legal protection once the Biden administration takes over.

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    All very nice, but as long as no one does something about our government structure and laws then all these appointments keep on meddling/stirring in the "soup" or "swamp" whatever, so appoint someone to "correct" our laws on just about all fronts. That is priority "one"
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    William Barr may well be the next person to fall into the "revolving door" category.

    If you read between the lines, Barr wants to be fired. He is trying to get fired. By being fired it helps his career. It would be like a Nazi General who betrays Hitler right as allied forces are about to invade Berlin from all sides. Makes him look like he switched to the winning team and becomes one of the good guys who helped win the war.

    Barr has never been loyal to Trump, but was willing to do Trump's dirty work while it was to both of their advantages at a power grab. If this had been a closer election, or Trump has won, Barr would be fully on board with Trump's conspiracy theories of election fraud, using the full power of the Justice Department to get the election over turned by the SC. Barr is not about Trump, nor Republican policies, it strictly about power.

    Barr is far far smarter than Trump, and spent his time taking advantage of Trump's ignorance and greed to increase Barr's own power as AG. Barr would have gone off the deep deep end of justice pool if he had another 4 years. Like Trump, Barr wanted to be appointed AG "for life", and he would have helped Trump stay in power indefinitely.... Now that is clearly impossible, Barr wants to be fired to make himself look like he has always been on the side of Justice the entire time as AG, when of course he has spent the last 2 years pushing Trump's corrupt agenda to remain in power indefinitely.

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    Barr: "The only reason Trump won't fire me now is because I wanted to be fired"

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    To fire anyone with 40+ days left while you're doing zero is just like the bully pushing another kid into the mud. What a pathetic mess they have become.

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    Trump considered firing Barr last Friday.

    Trump blames Barr for not getting Trump re-elected. According to Trump, if not for Barr, he would have won all 50 states by nearly 50 million votes over Biden. A much better corrupt Attorney General would have arrested Biden, Harris, Clinton, and Obama before the election, and they would be convicted of treason this very day. Barr didn't even bother to manufacture evidence of voter fraud and link it to the Biden campaign. What's the point of being a corrupt AG if he's not going to be 100% corrupt, 100% of the time? A major loser and a Trump traitor. Trump pointed out he has fired people with better corrupt qualifications on The Apprentice. Trump stormed out of oval office ranting "I knew I should have appointed myself to be the Attorney General; I was my first pick in the first place!!!!"

    I must say, I truly enjoy how much losing the election eats away at Trump. He'll never be able to let it go. On his death bed, his last words will be "I didn't lose the election, it was a conspiracy!"

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    wwjd, the "fun" is just starting; we've got still a while to go until January 20th; by that time the whole "chicken coop" hopefully destroyed themselves. Sorry to say that this country is in "bad" shape; in Europe they are glued to the tube in amazement. Yes Trump still thinks he's running the "Apprentice", but has no clue that he's worse than any "apprentice"ever.

    Read Mary Trump's book; he's just an spoiled little baby who wants his warmed up bottle to suck on. Barr is just another "fat" baby who as any "lawyer" here and learned to cheat and lie; that's part of the job. Ever seen an "honest" lawyer here?

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    Barr is out, barely lasted the weekend. It appears Barr has been standing in the way for what Trump wants done between now and Jan 20th. Maybe Trump will get a temp AG that is willing to do the things Barr refused to do. Still plenty of time left to have Joe and Hunter Biden arrested and charged with who-knows-what crimes. We can easily hear Trump demand "I want both of them sitting in jail without the option of bail. I'll fire as many people as I need to at the Justice Department until it happens!"

    OK, we know that the Bidens will not arrested. But we know with complete certainty that if Trump could had made it happen, Joe Biden would have been sitting in jail months ago and still be there today. That is the scary party, not the lack of corruption on the part of Donald Trump.

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    Yes, Barr is out per December 23rd. Indeed his temporary replacement is an "yes" man, so I worry that he will let Trump do what he wants. The main worry is what will Trump do until January 20th. I hope that at least we get an "normal" X-Mas without Trump's face on TV.

    Since his "cult" still wants him to fight, we may get unrest all over the place and he will stoke the fires.

    As Mary Trump says, he will not stop and stay the awful trampling screaming spoiled baby with an tantrum.

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    Yesterday at some Republican gathering Barr defended his Nov-Dec 2020 decision not to support Trump's claim that the election was stolen. He is attempting to win back moderate Republican support (and the entire legal community) because of how he ran the DOJ prior to the election.

    Barr was, and always has been, professionally and politically ambitious. Barr was using Trump just as much as Trump was using Barr. Barr was 100% on board with whatever Trump wanted, as long as Trump was president. But the moment it was clear Trump had lost the election by a significant margin, Barr was ready to clean out his office and move on. For Barr there was no F'ing way was he going to promote election claims that had no factual foundation and no legal merit. It was not because he was being an ethical man, it was because he knew if he did stay on board the Trump train, in the end, it would be a huge train wreck, and everybody, including Donald Trump, would be blaming him for everything. Trump and his base would be blaming him for not being successful in getting the election results overturned even it required him to commit federal crimes. And everybody else (those not in Trump's base) would be blaming him for even attempting to have a valid election overturned when in fact he knew there was no election fraud. A huge risk that he would be charged with federal crimes.

    The way Trump thinks and operates, facts do not matter, election results do not matter. The only thing that matters is that he gets what he wants, and typically that means he wins by using tools that most people do not use (lying, stealing, cheating, etc). If loses $1 million during a poker game, he claims that the other players cheated, when in fact he was cheating the entire poker game, but still lost $1 million... That is an example of how bad Trump is at winning; even when he cheats, he still manages to lose... But the kicker to Trump's all financials dealing is that $1 million he lost during the poker game (aka his business ventures over 50+ years), was other people's money (Bank loans), not his, so in the end, he loses nothing, but many others do. Always gable with other people's money.

    Barr was smart enough not to take Trump's bait, and attempt to use the DOJ to have the election overturned. Trump expected Barr to do whatever it takes to make it happen, just like Trump has always done: Use other people and resources and force them to do what is required to achieve expected results. Facts do not matter and the truth is irrelevant. Create false information, alter documents, accuses others of illegal acts they never committed. If what is required is illegal, pressure others to commit the crimes, convenience them they are doing the right thing, or feel they have no choice. Create the illusion that their actions are justified because they "Saving America" or any other BS they need to hear to get them to break the law and do other unethical actions such as lie, cheat, steal. It never matters how something gets done, as long as it gets done.

    Think Barr like to Nazi general who reported directly to Hitler, more than happy do whatever is needed to done, as long as Hilter remains in power, but once it became evident that Allied armies were going to win the war, his unwavering loyalty is gone and is saving himself.