What America Needs Is a Good Dose of Bob Barr at Justice!
Christian Josi from November 30, 2016
The best résumé you never heard about?
During his tenure as a federal prosecutor (which overlapped with Sessions, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama), Barr led the prosecutions of many significant drug cases (including one of the first involving a cartel figure extradited from Colombia). He also pressed for the establishment of, and then headed a subcommittee in, the U.S. Attorneys’ office at the Department of Justice that focused on public corruption — reflecting the fact that his office prosecuted many such cases (including that of a Republican Member of Congress from Georgia). Barr’s nonpartisan handling of public corruption cases helped insulate him from some of the charges of partisanship that Democrats lodged against him when, as a congressman, he was an early and aggressive advocate for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
Another of Barr’s signature issues in the House was defending the Second Amendment. Barr became the “go-to guy” for the National Rifle Association on key firearms issues, based on his knowledge of the issue, and his understanding that the Second Amendment must be defended constantly and against indirect as well as direct attacks. Right up there with his advocacy of the Second Amendment was Barr’s relentless defense of privacy rights, earning him the sobriquet “Mr. Privacy” by famed writer William Safire. ...
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