The Department of Justice or the Department of Trump?

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks flanked by U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley during the coronavirus daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 1, 2020. Photo credit: Tom Brenner/Reuters.

What is happening at the Department of Justice? The DOJ is charged with impartially enforcing federal law and serving the interests of the American public. But is the DOJ actually just serving one member of the American public: the President? 

Brand and Levinson discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s criticism of governors issuing stay-at-home orders, his direction to ask for a light sentence for Trump ally Roger Stone, and his request to dismiss charges against former Trump administration member Michael Flynn.  They also discuss Barr’s controversial characterization of the Mueller Report.  

Brand and Levinson also talk about Madeleine’s experience with a screenplay-pitching dentist. 

Credits

Guest:
Jessica Levinson - Professor, LMU's Loyola Law School in Los Angeles - @LevinsonJessica

Host:
Madeleine Brand