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Unequal Justice: Impeachment, Bill Barr, and the Reichstag Fire

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'Trump has dispatched Barr on a Reichstag-esque mission to promote a wacky & discredited rightwing conspiracy theory, which originates from the darkest corners of the rightwing Internet, that could, discredit the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian election interference, divert public attention from Trump’s manifold acts of corruption, and cripple the impeachment inquiry. It’s too early to tell what kind of narrative Barr will ultimately confabulate to come to Trump’s rescue, but the President’s other surrogates have been hard at work, auditioning defenses to impeachment, lambasting the impeachment process & contending, among other risible verbal broadsides, that Congressional Democrats are trying to engineer a coup d’état. Trump has finally found his Roy Cohn.'

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"One possible explanation is that Barr is a proponent of the legal doctrine of the "unitary executive." Long popular in rightwing circles dating back to the Reagan era, the doctrine maintains that that all authority of the executive branch is concentrated in the person of the President, and that the presidency is largely immune from Congressional oversight.Barr may believe he has found the perfect vehicle for the unitary theory in Trump. If that theory now prevails, it will remain in place for future conservative Presidents to utilize. If that's the case, we can expect Barr to confect a figurative version of the Reichstag fire, endorsing the far right's most blatant pro-Trump conspiracy theories, in the weeks and months ahead"

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