As amended yesterday by the honorable William P. Barr on September 8, 2020
To serve as commander in chief of the military
To sign bills into law or veto them, as he sees fit
To appoint cabinet members and judges, subject to approval by the Senate
To see that the laws are faithfully enforced
To lie and smear a woman you raped before you became President, in order to destroy her reputation and serve as a warning to any of the other women you raped that you will do the same to them if they open their big fat traps.
I bet you weren't aware that Attorney General Barr added that last one to the list, but he did:
"Yet again, Bill Barr proves that he is the perfect Attorney General and personal attorney for Donald Trump...Bloomberg is reporting that the DOJ, which is supposed to be an unbiased, non-politicized justice seeking department, is trying to take over Trump's defense, effectively pitting itself against an American citizen. And the taxpayers would be paying for this defense...Trump was due to give a deposition and provide a DNA sample to compare to DNA left on a dress Carroll was wearing at the time of the attack.
Bloomberg reports that in the court filing, the DOJ said that - are you ready for this - that Trump was "acting within the scope of his job as President" when he allegedly defamed Carroll. They also asked to move the court to Manhattan *federal court* from New York State Court. So they want the case to be Federal (where Barr can oversee it and, most likely, kill it) versus State Court, where Barr has no jurisdiction and Trump could be indicted while in office."
Which should, if nothing else, put that DNA test off until well after the election. Given that, if Trump is innocent of this rape as he claims, the DNA test would exonerate him, it is strange that he is fighting with every ounce of his strength to prevent the test from happening, but this new strategy is an escalation in malignance. Trump is claiming, and his Attorney general is supporting him in that claim, that lying about a violent crime he committed before he was President is a legitimate part of his Presidential duties. If he and the Attorney General have so far eroded the rule of law that they get away with this, who pays for his defense is the least of issues, because they could then make a defensible claim that he cannot be sued for acts taken in pursuit of his Presidential duties, and Barr could immediately dismiss the case on his own authority. And it would then be inscribed in our nation's laws forever that hiding criminal behavior is a legitimate right of the President.
This is not a random act of desecration which Trump and Barr are carrying out. It is part of their long term plan to turn the President into an uncontrollable dictator, answerable to nobody but, apparently, foreign tyrants like Vladimir Putin. Its implications start to reach the scale of the enabling acts of 1933, which paved the way for dictatorial rule in Nazi Germany. Any person at this point who cannot see the clear direction this is heading is a fool.