Attorney General William P. Barr wants to be certain the Justice Department and the FBI acted lawfully and appropriately in the initial stages of the Russia investigation. What could be wrong with that?
In principle, nothing. Moreover, Barr has picked a well-respected career prosecutor, John H. Durham, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, to undertake the inquiry. Durham previously looked into similarly controversial department actions for Janet Reno and Eric Holder.
But in context, Barr’s decision raises multiple concerns — and, in this case, context is everything.
First and inevitably, Barr in taking this action has provided a political boost to President Trump, who is eager to make the mantra of…