AG Barr Doubles Down: Just sent A Stern Warning To Authoritarian Governors

The Justice Department is going to begin to go after governors who are continuing to oppress the constitutional rights of their citizens. Attorney General Barr is examining draconian stay-at-home orders and other directives ordering businesses to shut down.

“We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe,” Barr said. “To the extent that governors don’t and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce — our common market that we have here — then we’ll have to address that.”

Barr noted that most states are in a “sensitive stage,” trying to balance the pandemic and the pressure to reopen. Despite this Barr said that “as lawsuits develop, as specific cases emerge in the states, we’ll take a look at them.”

States like Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan are completely off the rails and should expect a visit from the Attorney General.

“We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place,” Barr said. “And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them. And if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs.”

During his radio interview, Barr said, “these are very, very burdensome impingements on liberty. And we adopted them, we have to remember, for the limited purpose of slowing down the spread, that is bending the curve. We didn’t adopt them as the comprehensive way of dealing with this disease.”

“You can’t just keep on feeding the patient chemotherapy and say well, we’re killing the cancer, because we were getting to the point where we’re killing the patient,” Barr said. “And now is the time that we have to start looking ahead and adjusting to more targeted therapies.”

Some Democrat Governors better get ready because they are about to find themselves in federal court.