William Barr had no obvious reason to want to become the nation’s chief law enforcement officer — again. He already has that office on his résumé and no doubt has been making millions every year as a high-powered partner at one of the nation’s highest-powered law firms, Kirkland & Ellis, in the lucrative specialty of advising big corporations on law enforcement and regulatory issues. So I will assume that public service, particularly a desire to straighten out the “hot mess” (Kimberly Strassel’s apt term) at the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI, is what motivated him.
If he succeeds in getting to the bottom of what looks like the biggest political scandal in the nation’s history, he will enter the history books as a great hero of the Republic, the man who uncovered and prosecuted the villains who sought to overturn a presidential election in what is could be termed a coup, perhaps prosecutable under the sedition statute:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States […]
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