Washington – Following the abrupt announcement of the departure of Attorney General Bill Barr from the Department of Justice, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:

“Attorney General Bill Barr has done tremendous damage to the Department of Justice and to the American people’s very faith in our justice system. Barr has repeatedly used the DOJ for the benefit of President Trump–protecting Trump’s friends and allies, attacking his perceived enemies and furthering his personal interests and agendas. Barr has shown again and again that ‘law and order’ for this administration is anything but equal, benefiting those who are white and well-connected while endangering others. It is beyond ironic that Barr seems to have been pushed out for not going quite far enough to abuse his position for Trump’s benefit, however unconscionably far he did go. The reason may be ridiculous, but good riddance.”