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Did William Barr Throw Down the Gauntlet?

Feb 14, 2020 - The New York Times

Or was it just a performance?

Or was it just a performance?

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There are two plausible explanations for William Barr’s surprising criticism of President Trump yesterday.

The first is the literal one. Barr, the attorney general, lashed out at Trump, — for “a constant background commentary that undercuts” the Justice Department — because Barr is legitimately upset...