Merrick Garland’s long wait is over but his problems are just starting
Paul Rosenzweig, a resident senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a non-partisan public policy research organisation, said: “Bill Barr was Thomas Cromwell to Trump’s King Henry VIII, the enabler who tried to do everything for his king and then got axed in the end because there were a few lines that even he was not willing to cross.
“I think Bill Barr politicised the department and was as destructive, if not more destructive, of the rule of law and things that are important to American norms of legal behaviour than Trump was, at least in part because he knew what he was doing was wrong and did it anyway. I see the Department of Justice as very damaged and Merrick Garland as the restorative balm.”
Rosenzweig said: “If Garland has any smarts at all – and he does – he won’t answer that question. ‘Having studied the facts, I’ve been a judge on the DC circuit, I really don’t know anything about what happened except what I read in the papers. We wouldn’t make that decision until after fully reviewing the facts.’”