Now that Attorney General Bill Barr has “resigned” (or been fired), it’s important to note that while he broke numerous laws and needs to go to prison, many if not most of his criminal schemes ended up failing. One of his most notorious failures was when he tried and failed to install his own guy in charge of the SDNY. Now someone from that failed plot is also resigning.
Bill Barr tried to force out Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney in charge of the SDNY, and replace him with Craig Carpenito, the U.S. Attorney in charge of New Jersey. We’ll never know precisely what Barr wanted Carpenito to do once he was in charge of the SDNY, but it was obviously corrupt, or else Barr wouldn’t have been pushing so hard to make the switch.
But now that Barr is resigning this evening, Craig Carpenito is also resigning this evening. That can’t possibly be a coincidence. Barr says he’s resigning to spend more time with his family. Is Carpenito also resigning to spend time with Barr’s family?
What’s interesting is that while Bill Barr was going to automatically lose his job in 37 days anyway, a new President tends to keep some existing U.S. Attorneys in place while replacing others. Carpenito must have concluded that President Biden isn’t going to keep him around after his role in Barr’s failed SDNY plot. But why resign alongside Barr, instead of just quietly sticking around for the final 37 days?
With Barr now leaving the DOJ a few weeks earlier than previously expected, it’s possible that the DOJ will now begin exposing Barr’s ugliest of corrupt antics. Perhaps Carpenito is looking to hurry up and get off the stage before Barr’s SDNY plot comes to the surface. There’s no indication that Carpenito committed any crime, but the scandal could be ugly anyway. In any case, the rats are continuing to flee the sinking ship.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report