7 thoughts on “The Greater Swamp Toady

    • RICO says:

      “William Barr was invited to meet justice department officials last summer, on the same day he submitted an “unsolicited” memo that heavily criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.
      Barr, who was a private attorney at the time, met the officials for lunch three weeks later and was then nominated to serve as Trump’s attorney general about six months later.
      The revelation about the meeting, which was arranged by Steve Engel, the head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, and which has not previously been publicly disclosed, raises new questions about whether the White House’s [IE: Trump’s] decision to hire Barr was influenced by private discussions he had about his legal views on Mueller’s investigation.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/05/william-barr-memo-meeting-justice-department-steve-engel

        • Plug-ugly says:

          “The “Reputational Interests” of William Barr” (New Yorker April 4, 2019) https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-reputational-interests-of-william-barr
          Etymology: toad +‎ eater, said to allude to an old alleged practice among mountebanks, who would hire a boy to eat (or pretend to eat) toads, which many had considered poisonous. The toadeater (or “toady”) would writhe in pain, until the quack gave him some “medicine”, and then try to impress upon the crowd that the boy was cured. The French equivalent expression is un avaleur de couleuvres. Cf. Toady.] A fawning, obsequious parasite; a mean sycophant; a flatterer; a toady.

  1. 4theRecord says:

    3/28/19: “It’s been just six weeks since Attorney General William Barr was sworn in, but the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has already issued a report slamming a program Barr created.
    On Thursday, the department’s main in-house watchdog publicly released a long-awaited review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s use of bulk collection of telephone-call data — a practice similar to the National Security Agency snooping program revealed in 2013 by contractor Edward Snowden.
    Mentioned in passing in the 144-page report and again in a timeline at the end of the document is the identity of the official who approved creation of the DEA’s first bulk-collection program back in January 1992: the attorney general at the time, Barr. https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2019/03/28/barr-dea-program-1242118 [article includes link to report]

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