They believe that the American Justice Dept. head is completely wrong in pushing the point of view that Donald Trump, as President IS above the law….
Barr’s Overwhelming loyalty to Donald Trump come first, above all?….
Is very wrong they feel….
It is NOT what Conservatism is, or should be, to them….
Trumpism should NOT replace it….
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, was one of 13 prominent conservative lawyers to criticize Attorney General William Barr for remarks he made in a recent speech saying President Trumphas not abused his executive power.
In a statement first provided to The New York Times on Friday, the group known as Checks & Balances, wrote: “In recent months, we have become concerned by the conduct of Attorney General William Barr.”
The group took issue with a speech Barr gave earlier this month, in which he spoke about what he described as the “Constitution’s approach to executive power.”
Charles Fried, a member of Checks & Balances who teaches at Harvard Law, pushed back on Barr’s views of the limits of executive power afforded under the theory.
Fried, who served as solicitor general during the Reagan administration, told the Times “the executive branch cannot be broken up into fragments.”
He added that it’s “clear that the executive branch is subject to law” and that “Barr takes that notion and eliminates the ‘under law’ part.”
“Conservatism is respect for the rule of law. It is respect for tradition,” Fried said. “The people who claim they’re conservatives today are demanding loyalty to this completely lawless, ignorant, foul-mouthed president.”
Another member of Checks & Balances, Stuart Gerson, told the newspaper that “Republicans in the Senate and in the House think they’re in a Parliament, and their responsibility is to a prime minister to whom they owe party loyalty.”
“That’s not the American tradition,” said Gerson, who served in the Justice Department under the George H.W. Bush administration. “One can recognize substantial executive power, but that doesn’t mean the legislative branch should be dead.”…