“His conservative Catholic worldview envisions a titanic struggle in contemporary America between Christian belief and nihilistic secularism, a struggle that requires law and justice to get off the sidelines and join the forces of light. This mix is volatile because it turns democratic politics into a clash of total systems, and compromise into acquiescence with evil.” The Atlantic’s great George Packer on the president’s not so great William Barr: Failure Is a Contagion.

+ “A current Justice Department prosecutor is planning to tell lawmakers on Wednesday that in his many years in the government, ‘I have never seen political influence play any role in prosecutorial decision making. With one exception: United States v. Roger Stone.'”

+ “The decision was written by Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump after holding a position in Trump’s White House.” Michael Flynn Is One Step Closer to Walking Off Scot-Free. (This could be the first time the Justice Department has celebrated unprosecuting someone.)

+ Whistleblower: Barr directed faulty antitrust reviews of marijuana mergers. “The rationale for doing so centered not on an antitrust analysis, but because [Barr] did not like the nature of their underlying business.”

+ I don’t like the nature of Barr’s underlying business. And neither do 65 faculty members from his law school alma mater who say he has ‘failed to fulfill his oath of office.’ (That’s just from one school…)