Trump AG pick poised to re­claim old job

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON >> When Wil­liam Barr was at­tor­ney gen­eral in the early 1990s, he was out­spo­ken about some of Amer­ica’s big­gest prob­lems — vi­o­lent crime, drug ad­dic­tion, teenage preg­nancy. The “Age of Aquar­ius,” he warned, had given way to crack ba­bies and bro­ken fam­i­lies, mis­ery and squalor.

The rhetoric re­flected Barr’s deep-seated per­sonal be­liefs and was typ­i­cal talk for a con­ser­va­tive Re­pub­li­can at a time when fam­ily val­ues and toughon-crime stances de­fined the party.

Now, as Pres­i­dent Trump’s nom­i­nee for at­tor­ney gen­eral, Barr is poised to re­turn to the same job in a dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent Wash­ing­ton.

Repub­li­cans just pushed through the big­gest crim­i­nal jus­tice over­haul in a gen­er­a­tion, eas­ing prison sen­tences. Fam­ily-val­ues are sel­dom dis­cussed while Trump, twice-di­vorced and ac­cused of af­fairs and sex­ual mis­con­duct, sits in the White House. Serv­ing Trump, who faces in­ten­si­fy­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions from the de­part­ment Barr would lead, is un­likely to com­pare with his ten­ure un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush.

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