Peter Stone is a Washington-based investigative journalist who has covered a wide array of lobbying and campaign finance issues, working for National Journal and McClatchy newspapers, among other publications. He is the author of Casino Jack and the United States of Money: Superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and the Buying of Washington (2010). (October 2019)

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William Barr, Trump’s New Roy Cohn

Before William Barr became attorney general, Trump liked to ask “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”—referring to Trump’s early mentor, who had once been a chief counsel for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch-hunt and was later a lawyer and political fixer in New York whose clients included mob bosses—as well as the real-estate developer who is now America’s president. Now, said Stephen Gillers, an NYU law professor and an expert on legal ethics, “He’s got his Roy Cohn—only a much more polished, presentable, and establishment version.”