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> On Feb 14, 2020, at 11:39 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism 
> <marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> On 2/14/20 11:25 AM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
>> Barr took an enormous hit with that whole event of the recommended sentence
>> to Stone being withdrawn immediately after Trump's tweet. It was crystal
>> clear that Trump is now running the (in)Justice Department. And, in fact,
>> so did Trump. Trump's response was completely out of character for him.
>> Completely and totally. To just respond that Barr has a right to express
>> his opinion? No. In my opinion, this was all a set up job, agreed upon
>> between Trump and Barr in advance, made to try to heal Barr's image.
>> John
> NY Times, Feb. 14, 2020
> Trump Claims ‘Legal Right’ to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases
> By Michael D. Shear

The NYT piece is perfectly consistent with John’s reading, and I think he’s 
correct, but I think the truth is even scarier. What better cover for a radical 
politicization of the DOJ than to set up an orchestrated and perfectly 
manageable tension between Trump and Barr for public consumption? It “proves” 
that Barr is a man of principle, fighting to preserve the integrity of the DOJ 
and maintain his independence, and simultaneously allows Trump to keep huffing 
and puffing to keep his base happy, but leave Barr in place as “proof” that 
Trump isn’t a tyrannical despot. It’s genius.
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