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Trump’s brain: would conservative attorney general William Barr sabotage the US election to win Trump a second term?

The playboy president brought a clever and cultured conservative lawyer into his tent. Is William Barr now ready to bend any rule to help Trump keep the White House?

Illustration by Tim McDonagh

If the lawlessness of the Trump years can be reduced to a single moment, it might well have occurred on 1st June. Six days after the police killing of George Floyd, the president decided to stage a photo opportunity by holding up a Bible in front of St John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House. At the time, protesters against police brutality were still on the square near the church. Trump’s photo-op required their removal. “What ensued was a burst of violence unlike…

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