A petition is circulating to disbar U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr from practicing law in New York and the District of Columbia, where he is licensed. The petition alleges that Barr should be disbarred for conduct largely pursued in his present capacity as attorney general. There is, in fact, substantial evidence to back up the charge that Barr satisfies the legal criteria for disbarment pursuant to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct; and the New York and Washington, D.C., bar associations should accordingly take heed in acting in the best interest of the American people.
A primary function of the Justice Department, which the attorney general directs, is “to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.” Sadly, the Justice Department under Barr has not lived up to its charge. A case in point has been Barr’s attempt to block a recent intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint that mentioned Barr himself as complicit in President Trump’s alleged attempt to solicit interference from Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. election.