“He is bringing to bear, in all of his conduct here, a perspective on the law that the president is all-powerful and should be able to do pretty much whatever he wants,” said Donald B. Ayer, who preceded Barr as deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration. “And I think we’re not done yet. It seems likely that Barr will do some pretty bad things with whatever facts Durham finds, by viewing them through the lens of his twisted concept of executive power.”…

“He seems a lot more of a Kool-Aid drinker than I expected,” said one Justice Department employee, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer frank assessments of the attorney general. “Once you start eroding public confidence in the bureau, that’s got an impact on our ability to get convictions in our cases.”

Added another: “It’s this internal debate, ‘Am I violating my own principles by staying here and working under this set of conditions? Or am I . . . somebody who should stay so when this nightmare is over, we can just start putting the pieces back together?’”