Hatchet Man

How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice Department

by Elie Honig

On Sale: 07/06/2021

Hatchet Man

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Hatchet Man

How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice Department

by Elie Honig

On Sale: 07/06/2021

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig analyzes how Attorney General William Barr has demolished norms and destroyed faith in the Department of Justice, turning one of the most apolitical and respected American institutions into a private law firm supporting and protecting its client: Donald Trump.

America’s top law enforcement official, William Barr is different from his predecessors at the Justice Department. During his tenure, Barr has done profound and pervasive damage, trampling the two core virtues that have long defined the department and its mission across both Democratic and Republican administrations: credibility and independence. Barr has bent the truth, distorted the law, and undermined his Department’s own prosecutions, with one consistent outcome: to protect and advance the political interests of Donald Trump.

Barr’s first act as AG was distorting the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, earning a public rebuke for his dishonesty from Mueller himself and, later, from a federal judge. Barr tried to manipulate the law to squash a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine—the report that eventually led to Trump’s impeachment. Barr intervened in the prosecutions of Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, undermining the work of his own prosecutors to aid the loyal Trump advisers. He got caught lying about his late-night effort to displace the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office was investigating the Trump family and its business. Barr has denigrated Democrats and Trump opponents and has amplified baseless theories about massive mail-in ballot fraud, bolstering the possibility of an ugly battle over the 2020 election results. 

Working at the Justice Department, Elie Honig was taught that the two most important assets a prosecutor has is credibility and independence; without them, a prosecutor is lost. While he and his colleagues fought hard to do justice, to charge well-supported and righteous cases, and to convict serious lawbreakers, they knew that nothing was worth sacrificing character or integrity. To America’s detriment, Barr has relinquished both.

Hatchet Man examines Barr’s unprecedented abuse of power as Attorney General and the lasting structural damage done to the Justice Department through his callous, almost gleeful, politicization of his position and his vast power.

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  • ISBN: 9780063092389
  • ISBN 10: 0063092387
  • Imprint: HarperAudio
  • On Sale: 07/06/2021
  • BISAC1 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National
  • BISAC2 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct
  • BISAC3 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Law Enforcement

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