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    Attorney General William Barr personally questioned the last inmate to share a cell with Jeffrey Epstein before the multimillionaire sex offender died by suicide, a source told the New York Daily News. Epstein was found hanging from cloth tied to a bed frame early on Aug. 10, 2019, rocking the highest levels of the Justice Department. Investigators' attention turned to Efrain 'Stone' Reyes, who had been transferred out of a cell he shared with Epstein the day before the suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. Reyes' niece and other sources previously told the Daily News that Reyes was moved to the privately run Queens Detention Center, which holds cooperating witnesses. Efrain 'Stone' Reyes, 51 (left), was the last inmate to share a cell with Jeffrey Epstein (right) before his August 2019 suicide. He was interviewed personally by Attorney General Bill Barr Following Epstein's death,...
    Outgoing Attorney General William Barr announced that Operation Legend, a Justice Department initiative designed to reduce violent crime, has resulted in more than 6,000 arrests since its inception, more than 400 of which were murder charges. In a press statement released on Wednesday, Barr praised the program's record of reducing crime. “Operation Legend removed violent criminals, domestic abusers, carjackers and drug traffickers from nine cities which were experiencing stubbornly high crime and took illegal firearms, illegal narcotics and illicit monies off the street," he said. "I commend our federal law enforcement and prosecutors for seamlessly executing this operation in partnership with state and local law enforcement.” Operation Legend was inspired by the story of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was killed on June 29 in his Kansas City home while he was asleep. Ryson Ellis, 22, was subsequently arrested and charged with the murder in August. The release of the...
    US Attorney General William Barr participates in a news conference to provide an update on the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 on the 32nd anniversary of the attack, at the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C, U.S., December 21, 2020.Michael Reynolds | Reuters WASHINGTON – Outgoing Attorney General William Barr broke with President Donald Trump on Monday when he said the country responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government agencies "certainly appears to be the Russians." By singling out Russia as the likely perpetrator of the cyber attack, Barr sided with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the rest of the national security establishment, but contradicted the president. Barr made the remarks during an impromptu press conference, just two days before he is scheduled to leave his job. After several days of silence about the sweeping breach of both government and private sector networks,...
    Attorney General William Barr will leave office Wednesday the same way he came in — as a class act. He carried out his role as the consummate professional who followed the law, administered justice, and forged ahead — despite relentlessly unfair and unjustified criticism leveled at him. Barr offered a refreshing contrast to President Barack Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, who characterized himself as Obama’s wingman. Barr understands that his first loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law, not the president. He knows that the attorney general must be an objective, apolitical enforcer of our nation’s laws. Barr certainly cannot be characterized as the president’s wingman. Consider the anger expressed from the right over the fact that Barr kept the investigation of Joe Biden’s son Hunter secret until after the November election. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION Barr has conducted himself as an ethical professional,...
    Jeffrey Rosen will be taking over as acting attorney general following Attorney General William Barr's resignation. Rosen previously served as deputy attorney general, a position to which he was confirmed in May 2019 following the departure of Rod Rosenstein. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION "Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General," President Trump announced Monday. "Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!" The 2019 Senate confirmation vote fell along party lines, 52-45. Rosen takes over as head of the Justice Department at a time when Trump and his campaign are challenging the results of the presidential election. In August of this year, Rosen warned of possible election interference by foreign actors. While Rosen said that he had not seen evidence of foreign actors trying to change actual votes, he warned that some appeared to...
    DONALD Trump denounced Attorney General William Barr in a series of tweets, branding him a "big disappointment" - amid claims Barr tried to bury a probe into Hunter Biden's finances. Trump then took to Twitter again on Monday, to confirm that Barr would be replaced as Attorney General before Christmas. 3A Wall Street Journal report claimed Barr was aware of the investigation into Hunter Biden for months Credit: New York Times 3Hunter Biden has denied any criminal activity and has not been charged with any crimes Credit: Getty Images - Getty The news comes after reports that Trump planned to fire him over the handling of an investigation into Joe Biden's son. A report in the Wall Street Journal claimed Barr knew about an investigation into Hunter Biden's "tax affairs" for months, and attempted to keep it under wraps during the election year. Prosecutors were specifically asked if their...
    Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest defenders, is resigning and will depart his post on Dec. 23, just weeks before the president leaves office. Barr submitted his resignation to Trump on Monday following a meeting at the White House, Trump said in a tweet announcing the attorney general's departure that came just minutes after President-elect Joe Biden surpassed the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College to officially become the next president. [ READ: Electoral College Makes Joe Biden’s Presidential Win Official ]Trump characterized Barr's departure as friendly, but his resignation comes two days after Trump publicly criticized him for not doing enough to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son. It also followed criticism from Trump after Barr refused to back the president's claims of fraud in last month's presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become the acting attorney general after Barr leaves, Trump said. ...
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr is resigning, confirming speculation that he would leave his top cabinet post amid mounting criticism of his performance from President Trump. “Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family,” Trump tweeted Monday. The president added: “Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!” Trump tweeted a copy of Barr’s resignation letter saying he will depart his job on Dec. 23. “I will spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the Administration,” Barr wrote, in a letter that...
    ATTORNEY General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s biggest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president. Barr on December 14 went to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation.  1Outgoing Attorney General William BarrCredit: AP:Associated Press If Jeff Rosen taking over for William Barr? Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he labeled “an outstanding person,” will become Acting Attorney General. What did Trump say about Barr? The president took to Twitter to confirm that he had met with the outgoing attorney general. "Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!" he wrote. "As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family." Most read in NewsBreakingDIS-BARREDTrump FIRES AG Barr -...
    Covering up evidence, ignoring subpoenas, protecting key Trump allies from prosecution—none of it was enough to save him from Trump's wrath Via tweet—of course—Donald Trump has just announced the resignation of Attorney General William Barr, who will be leaving his post as of December 23rd. Trump also posted Barr's hilariously fawning letter, which conspicuously does not mention whether he was asked to leave or did so of his own accord, only noting that he will be wrapping up matters over the next week "as discussed." Trump was widely reported to be angry with Barr over Barr's inability to nullify the election on his behalf based on conspiracy theories and autocratic nonsense, and rumors of his possible firing had been circulating for weeks. Trump posted Barr's ousting to Twitter only minutes after California's 55 electors officially gave Joe Biden the Electoral College win and the next presidency of the United States. This was...
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    President Trump announced that Attorney General William Barr will be leaving the Trump administration just before Christmas. "Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon. "Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!" Barr's letter announcing he would be leaving his position this month said he will depart on Dec. 23. “I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General," Barr wrote. "I am proud to have played...
    Reuters WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Monday that Attorney General William Barr will be leaving his job just before Christmas and Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general. Barr, in a letter to Trump posted by the Republican president on Twitter, said he would leave his post on Dec. 23. This is a breaking story, check back for updates.
    (CNN)William Barr will be leaving his role as attorney general, President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday evening."Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," Trump tweeted."Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!"This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president over the president's baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into president-elect Joe Biden's son.Barr went to the White House on Monday, where Trump said he submitted his letter of resignation. "As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," Trump tweeted. Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020...Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney...
    President Trump announces Attorney General William Barr has handed in his resignation letter. As per letter, Barr will be leaving post just before Christmas.  This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 
    William Barr takes a seat after a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019.Yuri Gripas | Reuters Attorney General William Barr will depart the Trump administration before Christmas, President Donald Trump said Monday. The widely anticipated departure of Barr, the head of the Department of Justice, came just moments after President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump was formalized by the Electoral College. Barr in early December directly contradicted Trump when he revealed that the Department of Justice had not found any evidence of large-scale voter or election fraud that would overturn President-elect Joe Biden's projected victory. That admission during an interview with the Associated Press undercut the president, who has refused to concede to Biden and is falsely claiming he won the election, citing an array of unproven fraud...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump: Attorney General William Barr resigning, effective ‘just before Christmas.’ Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Donald Trump referred to Attorney General William Barr as a “big disappointment” on Saturday, responding to reports that Barr knew the Department of Justice (DOJ) had been investigating Hunter Biden for months, but said nothing. A big disappointment! https://t.co/esmB5HrJlH — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020 Many Trump supporters are also outraged at Barr for announcing earlier this month that the DOJ had not yet found evidence of voter fraud sufficient to overturn the election results. Instead of criticizing Barr, Americans should be praising him. Barr refused to be what Attorney General Eric Holder was for President Barack Obama — the president’s “wing-man.” He also refused to be what Attorney General Loretta Lynch was for Obama — a lackey who met with President Bill Clinton on the tarmac while the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information on her illicit email server. Even after that, she...
    Amid reports that Attorney General William Barr is considering leaving his position, MSNBC political analyst Rick Tyler suggested that the president’s longtime ally would likely be fired by tweet. “By now Barr is familiar with the pattern: Trump fosters speculation about firing an official he is not pleased with; Official muses about resigning; Trump asks official to not resign; Trump fires by Tweet,” he tweeted. The comment was a response to The Washington Post’s reporting on the possibility that Barr told associates that he might resign before President-elect’s Joe Biden’s inauguration. As the publication noted, Barr has faced increased criticism from Trump for claiming that the Department of Justice had not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud that could overturn the results of the 2020 election. The comment came as the U.S. leader continues to claim victory and allege that the electoral process was rigged for his Democratic opponent. Barr...
              U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) on Friday said that he, along with 20 conservative House members and four House members-elect sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking that he join Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s investigation into organizations’ attempts to register illegal and invalid voters in Georgia. The letter strongly urges Attorney General Barr to issue a restraining order or temporary injunction under federal law preventing organizations from registering illegal and invalid voters in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff election. Also, the letter lists several accusations against the organizations. By way of background, these organizations stand accused of registering a deceased Alabama voter, encouraging illegal voting by out of state residents, as well as knowingly sending Georgia voter registration applications out of state – as far as New York. Brooks said in a statement, “The evidence is overwhelming that Georgia’s...
    President Donald Trump appeared to hesitate Thursday when a reporter asked whether he “still had confidence” in Attorney General William Barr. Trump took a few questions after awarding legendary Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (RELATED: President Donald Trump Awards Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Lou Holtz) WATCH: President Trump took a moment after the ceremony to reiterate his claims that rampant fraud impacted the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which he still has not conceded to President-elect Joe Biden. He then voiced his disappointment in the Justice Department, saying that Barr had not “looked very hard” at the allegations of irregularities, adding, “This is probably the most fraudulent election anyone’s ever seen.” “Do you still have confidence in Bill Barr?” one reporter asked. After a long pause, Trump replied, “Ask me that in — a number...
    US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with US Attorney General William Barr (R) during the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on May 22, 2019.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump's spokeswoman refused to say Wednesday whether Trump still has faith in Attorney General William Barr, a day after Barr said there was no significant evidence to support the president's claim of widespread election fraud. Barr's comment about the lack of such evidence during an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday badly undercut allegations by Trump and his campaign legal team that the president has been swindled out of re-election by ballot fraud. The interview sparked immediate speculation that Trump would fire Barr, who until Tuesday was seen as a staunchly loyal supporter of the president. During a press conference Wednesday, a reporter asked White House...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 28, 2020.Chip Somodevilla | POOL | Reuters The U.S. Department of Justice has not found evidence of large-scale ballot fraud that would reverse President-elect Joe Biden's projected win over President Donald Trump in the election, Attorney General William Barr said in a new interview Tuesday. Barr's statement to the Associated Press undercuts claims by Trump, his lawyers and many of his political allies that he was the victim of a massive voting fraud that swindled him out of a win. "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the AP. Barr, who is head of the DOJ, told the news wire service that federal prosecutors and FBI agents have looked into complaints they have received about possible fraud,...
    WILLIAM Barr is an American Attorney General who authorized the Department of Justice to look into alleged "voting irregularities". But who is his wife Christine? Here is everything you'll need to know... 2William Barr with his wife Christine MoynihanCredit: AFP - Getty Who is William Barr's wife Christine? William Barr is married to Christine Moynihan. Christine is a graduate of English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and has a Masters in library science from Catholic University. When did William Barr and Christine get married? William and Christine married in 1973, the same year he began working for the CIA. 2 US Attorney General William Barr and Christine Barr arrive for the State Dinner at The White House in 2019Credit: Getty Images - Getty MORE TRUMP NEWSLive BlogUS DECIDEDFox News turns off Trump briefing 'false claims' by press sec Kayleigh McEnanyBAD MEDICINETrump claims Covid vaccine approval was purposely held until...
    Attorney General William Barr in a memo issued on Monday authorized the Justice Department (DOJ) to look into voting irregularities in the 2020 presidential election. The memo was addressed and signed from Barr to U.S. Attorneys, the assistant attorneys general for the DOJ’s criminal division, civil rights division, the national security division, and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray. “Now that the voting has concluded, it is imperative that the American people can trust that our elections were conducted in such a way that the outcomes accurately reflect the will of the voters,” the memo read. Barr’s memo comes after 39 House Republicans pressed Barr in a letter on Friday to allow available DOJ resources to look into allegations of voting irregularities across the country in several key battleground states. The Trump campaign has filed a number of lawsuits in some of those states. Barr...
    Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs will send a letter Monday to Attorney General William Barr asking the Department of Justice to use all of the resources necessary to prevent violence and destruction in the streets on election night. The Daily Caller first obtained the letter Biggs will send to Barr, which mentions the riots and looting that have been ongoing for several months, as well as reports of possible violence in Washington, D.C. on election night. Biggs calls for Barr to use all tools necessary to protect the nation’s capital. Biggs also asks Barr to describe his plans for safety on election night. “For the past few months, Americans have watched as extremist groups and violent rioters seized on the legitimate protests of law-abiding Americans as an opportunity to commit violence and sow discord across our country,” Biggs’ letter to Barr reads. “We’ve witnessed billions of dollars in property damage...
              U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr updated the public Wednesday about the federal Operation Legend law enforcement initiative, which operates in several U.S. cities, including Memphis. This, according to a press release that the U.S. Department of Justice officials published on its agency’s website. As The Tennessee Star reported last month, as part of Operation Legend, federal law enforcement agencies work with local and state law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. Barr offered updates during a roundtable with law enforcement officers in Albuquerque. In Memphis officials have charged 51 defendants with federal felonies, the press release said. The press release went on to say the following of those 51 individuals in Memphis: • Exactly 30 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses • Exactly 14 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses • Exactly seven defendants have been charged with other violent...
    William Barr United States Attorney General William Barr is going to self-quarantine for several days out of caution, Department of Justice Kerri Kupec said Sunday evening according to The Associated Press. He tested negative four times since Friday, she said. This follows a rollercoaster of a weekend for White House officials, as well as some criticism for Barr. It just so happens that a number of top Republican figures, who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, were at the Rose Garden ceremony on September 26 for new U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. This includes President Donald Trump, First Lady Melena Trump, long-time surrogate Kellyanne Conway, as well as GOP Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Thomas Tillis. Most attendees were maskless. Even Tillis, who did have a mask, was seen very much not social distancing. And yes, William Barr was there too, and was seen talking in close proximity to Conway. The AG’s initial decision not to...
    Attorney General William Barr will self-quarantine out of caution after President Donald Trump and several other lawmakers and aides tested positive for the coronavirus. Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Sunday that Barr has had four COVID-19 tests since Friday, and all have come back negative. She says he will self-quarantine for several days out of an abundance of caution. Barr attended one meeting at Justice Department headquarters on Friday and stayed home during the weekend, except to be tested. He plans to remain home for several days. Barr attended the White House event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett last weekend and was seen on video having a conversation with former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, who has tested positive for coronavirus. Neither was wearing a mask. © Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr will self-quarantine "for now" but is expected to return to work this week, according to a Justice Department spokesperson. The attorney general recently came in close contact with members of President Donald Trump's inner circle who have tested positive for Covid-19, including former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.Heres who has tested positive and negative for Covid-19 in Trumps circleBarr has received four negative Covid-19 test results since Friday morning, including Sunday, Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Sunday. He anticipates returning to the Department of Justice midweek, according to Kupec.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    A sitting federal prosecutor spoke out against Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs YouTube to battle mail-in voting misinformation with info panel on videos MORE, saying he has “brought shame” on the Department of Justice (DOJ).  James Herbert, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said he was compelled to issue the stunning rebuke Thursday over concerns Barr was politicizing the Justice Department.  “While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general," Herbert wrote in The Boston Globe. "The attorney general acts as though his job is to serve only the political...
    President Trump will sign an executive order to protect babies born prematurely or after surviving an abortion, he announced Wednesday. “Today, I am announcing that I will be signing the Born Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve,” the commander-in-chief told attendees while delivering the keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. “This is our sacrosanct moral duty,” he remarked at the virtually-held event. The president went on to tout the importance of Catholic schools for offering underserved children a chance at a better education. In his speech, Trump also announced an increase in federal funding for neonatal research “to ensure that every child has the best chance to thrive and to grow.” The White House declined The Post’s request for more details on the order, including when they hoped it would be signed....
    Donald Trump’s attorney general has a novel perspective on the Department of Justice: That political influence in prosecution is a feature, not a bug. William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors to explore criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing a police-free zone during civil unrest in her city. If true, this conduct would be an astonishing abuse of power against a local Democratic official who has been at odds with Trump over strategies for handling COVID-19 and civil unrest. Barr has also reportedly suggested to prosecutors that they consider charging protestors with sedition, a crime that is rarely charged because of free speech concerns.   The attorney general’s embrace of politics — jarring to those of us who have worked for a department that prides itself on its independence from politics — was on display during an interview Monday, when he said that our country could become “irrevocably committed to...
    Attorney General William Barr showed just how like Donald Trump he is on Wednesday night by lying while comparing coronavirus lockdowns to slavery. That is not an exaggeration of what he said or a translation of more veiled language. Speaking at Hillsdale College, Barr said that. Specifically: “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.” First, “other than slavery” leaves a huuuuge space, since slavery was not in fact a simple “intrusion on civil liberties,” it was a dehumanizing system of unimaginable horror. It was a moral stain that remains with the United States to this day. It was the institutionalization of every kind of torture, out in the open, supported by the law and the structures of government. Nothing comes close. But if something did come...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr expressed frustration with some local and state prosecutors' handling of riot-related crimes, telling top Justice Department prosecutors that he wants them to be aggressive in bringing charges related to protest violence, including exploring using a rarely used sedition law, according to a person familiar with the matter.Since taking office in 2019, Barr has lashed out at a group of left-leaning district attorneys in cities around the country who have sought to change the way they prosecute low-level drug and other crimes. It's a theme that has gained traction in conservative media, which Barr follows closely, and he is known to focus on the issue from time to time. Still, some federal prosecutors were taken aback last week when the attorney general brought up the possibility of charging violent protesters with sedition, which makes it a crime to conspire to overthrow the US government.Barr claims DOJ program...
    The Justice Department's action is consistent with the expansive view of executive authority it has taken under Attorney General William Barr. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended the Justice Department's move to intervene in a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, even as experts were skeptical of the federal government's effort to protect the president in a seemingly private dispute. The Justice Department's action is "a normal application of the law. The law is clear. It is done frequently," Barr said at an unrelated news conference in Chicago. He added, "The little tempest that is going on is largely because of the bizarre political environment in which we live." Loading...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr strongly suggested during an NBC News interview on Wednesday night that there are more criminal charges coming in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation of the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. NBC News reporter Pete Williams asked Barr: “Okay, would you say—it’s unlikely that there’ll be further criminal charges?” Barr responded: “No, I wouldn’t say that at all, no.” Is John Durham nearing the end of his investigation? WILLIAM BARR:I– I'm not gonna characterize exactly where he is. I'll just leave it at that–WILLIAMS: Okay, would you say– it's unlikely that there'll be further criminal charges? BARR: No, I wouldn't say that at all, no. — Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 10, 2020 This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical role in cutting Chicago's murder rate roughly in half since before the operation," Barr said.RELATED: Operation...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.EMBED More News Videos US Attorney General William Barr gives an update on Operation Legend in Chicago. Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News VideosThe I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks."The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical role in cutting Chicago's murder rate roughly in half since before the operation," Barr said.RELATED: Operation...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr will be in Chicago Wednesday morning to give an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative known as "Operation Legend."Since that program launched in July, federal charges have been filed against more than 100 people in Chicago. The operation is also underway in eight other cities across the U.S.RELATED: Operation Legend Chicago targets ex-cons with gunsEMBED More News Videos The I-Team has uncovered new details on "Operation Legend," the federal initiative to turn the tide of gun violence on the streets of Chicago. The Department of Justice operation involves hundreds of federal agents in Chicago conducting large scale, counter-gang investigations involving confidential informants, covert aerial surveillance and dangerous street work, according to officials.RELATED: Operation Legend ATF mobile ballistics van comes to ChicagoEMBED More News VideosExclusive: Crime Gun Intelligence Mobile Command Vehicle rolls into Chicago. What are they doing in there?
    Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr made a series of false and misleading claims in a contentious interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.Barr also made additional claims that have not been proven or were lacking in context. Here are fact checks of some of his remarks. Russian interference in the 2020 electionBlitzer noted that the intelligence community's top elections official said that Russia is working to help President Donald Trump get elected, while both China and Iran prefer Democratic opponent Joe Biden to win. Blitzer asked Barr: "First of all, do you accept that Russia is once again interfering in the U.S. presidential election?"Barr said, "I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again."Read MoreFacts First: The intelligence official, William R. Evanina, said that Russian interference is happening now, not that Russia "might" try to interfere. In an August statement, Evanina said, "We assess...
    Two Trump administration Cabinet members, Attorney General Bill Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said they believe that China poses more of a foreign threat to November’s election than Russia. During an appearance on CNN earlier Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr was asked about the threat posed by Russia, Iran and China to sow discord among the electorate and interfere in the election. “Which is the most assertive, the most aggressive in this area?” host Wolf Blitzer asked. “I believe it’s China,” Barr said. China more than Russia right now.” He was asked why he made that assessment. “Because I’ve seen the intelligence. That’s what I’ve concluded,” Barr replied, adding that he couldn’t discuss classified information. But he said he wouldn’t be surprised if Russia – or another foreign country – tries to meddle just as Moscow and other adversaries did in the 2016 presidential election. see also ...
    Attorney General William Barr dismantled CNN host Wolf Blitzer during an interview on Wednesday afternoon over the issue of universal mail-in voting. “Wolf, this is sort of cheap talk to get around the fundamental problem, which is the bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said back in 2009 that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion,” Barr said before Wolf tried to interrupt him. “Let me talk.” “And since that time, there have been in the newspapers, in networks, academic studies saying it is open to fraud and coercion,” Barr continued. “The only time the narrative changed is after this administration came in. But elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion. For example, we indicted someone in Texas—1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote, he made them out and voted for the person he wanted to....
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr is appearing on CNN Wednesday afternoon to speak with Wolf Blitzer at a pivotal moment for the Justice Department two months before the election.Barr has been near the center of a political storm around civil unrest, especially in Wisconsin and Oregon, in recent weeks where civil rights protests over police killings of Black Americans have at times turned violent. It's also nearly 60 days until the 2020 election, and President Donald Trump has publicly and repeatedly leaned on his attorney general, one of his most trusted Cabinet members, to prosecute former officials he dislikes and give leniency toward his allies. Barr has for months touted an investigation he commissioned to re-examine investigators' work in the early days of the Russia probe, an effort Barr's critics have alleged is driven by a political attempt to help the President during his reelection bid.This story is breaking and will...
    Attorney General William Barr is “vehemently opposed” to the idea, floated by President Donald Trump, of pardoning National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowed, The Associated Press reported. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, last week Trump suggested that he’s “looking very strongly” into pardoning the Booz Allen Hamilton contractor, who is a wanted man in the U.S. but who has been living in exile in Russia since 2013. The attorney general, however, is reportedly having none of it. “He was a traitor and the information he provided our adversaries greatly hurt the safety of the American people. He was peddling it around like a commercial merchant. We can’t tolerate that,” Barr said.   Drew Angerer / Getty Images Back in 2013, Snowden became a household name after he revealed thousands of classified NSA documents to journalists, detailing how government agencies were carrying out warrantless mass surveillance on Americans....
    Law enforcement officers have made nearly 1,500 arrests, including 90 homicide arrests, and charged 207 individuals with federal crimes across 9 major U.S. cities since the Department of Justice (DOJ) rolled out Operation Legend in early July, according to a Wednesday statement from Attorney General William Barr.  The DOJ defines Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight the sudden surge of violent crime” in a July 8 news release. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has also seized nearly 400 firearms in this time period as well. Nearly half of the federal charges levied have been for federal gun crime offenses thus far. More than 1,000 federal law enforcement officers have been dispatched to Operation Legend cities, and $78.5 million has been made available to...
    Attorney General William Barr said there will be a "development" in U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation on Friday. He made the announcement Thursday evening during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Barr stressed it won't be an "earth-shattering development," but an "indication that things are moving along at the proper pace as dictated by the facts in this investigation." This story is breaking and will be updated. News William Barr Justice Department John Durham
    Attorney General William Barr expressed his sadness following Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best's decision to resign on Tuesday. Best made the choice to step down amid protests related to police brutality and racial injustice. Her decision also comes as the Seattle City Council voted to cut the police force and her salary drastically. "I was disheartened to learn of the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best," Barr said in a statement. "Her leadership and demonstrated commitment to her oath of office reflected all that is good about America’s law enforcement." Barr also praised Best on attempting to stand up to mob violence during weeks of unrest in Seattle. "Her example should be an inspiration to all who respect the rule of law and cherish safety and security in their communities," Barr said. "This experience should be a lesson to state and local leaders about the real costs of...
    Attorney General Willam Barr does not appear to be one to take allies for granted. Amid the toxic national climate of brazen left-wing mobs physically attacking police and other law enforcement officials night after night, Barr noticed something recently that warmed his heart. What did he see? While traveling in Virginia, the attorney general got an eyeful of folks standing in front of a police precinct and doing the exact opposite of what he's likely come to expect in recent months. Specifically, these folks actually were backing the blue, instead of attacking the blue. So Barr asked his FBI detail, "Can we make a quick U-turn?" And with that Barr got out and greeted the pro-police rally attendees and thanked them for standing with embattled officers. Kerri Kupec, the spokesperson for Barr, tweeted video of the interaction Sunday:...
    Attorney General William Barr proved once again that he may be the best — or at least the most compatible — hire President Donald Trump has made.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Attorney General William Barr “a blob” and accused him Tuesday of being “a henchman” for President Donald Trump. Pelosi spoke briefly with “The Beat” host Ari Melber on MSNBC, reflecting on Barr’s testimony during his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. (RELATED: ‘Is That Ok?’: Barr Slams Democrats Downplaying Rioters Using ‘Projectiles That Have Penetrated Marshalls To The Bone’) WATCH: Pelosi began by claiming that Barr’s hearing had only served as proof that the attorney general had “contempt for our democracy.” “I just thought he was despicable and so beneath the dignity of an attorney general,” Pelosi said, noting that her own work had kept her from watching the hearing in its entirety. “I did tune in to hear certain questions that I had an interest in his answers, and they all related to upholding the Constitution of the United States. He fell very...
    Attorney General William Barr defended the Trump administration's decision to send federal agents to Portland, Oregon, to protect government property during ongoing riots in the city, asking House Democrats, "Since when is it OK to burn down a federal courthouse?" What are the details?After months of unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, federal officers were sent to Portland to defend the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse after it became a recent target of violent mobs who have attempted to set it on fire and attacked several U.S. Marshals standing guard. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told Barr he should be ashamed of himself for sending in federal agents, accusing the attorney general of making the move for "obvious political objectives" to help President Donald Trump, the Daily Mail reported. Barr fired back, "Since when is it OK to burn down...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) likened Attorney General William Barr to a "blob" over his testimony Tuesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee. The Democratic leader was speaking to Ari Melber on his MSNBC show when she made the questionable comparison. "I just thought he was despicable. So beneath the dignity of an attorney general," she said. She admitted that she did not watch the entire hearing but that she tuned in to hear his answers about upholding the Constitution of the United States. "He fell very short in that regard. He is there to support the president, Donald Trump, no matter what, he's not the president's lawyer," Pelosi added. Pelosi was defending her previous comments calling federal agents "storm troopers" when she went on to insult the attorney general personally. Barr said that her comments were...
    During a Tuesday hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr was pressed on whether Donald Trump could postpone the United States elections in November. As reported by Business Insider, Barr did not explicitly say whether he believed the president could take such an action. “Actually, I haven’t looked into that question under the Constitution,” Barr said. “I’ve never been asked the question before, I’ve never looked into it.” According to a Business Insider fact check, Trump does not have the power to unilaterally decide to postpone of cancel the election. In order for the date of the election to be changed, Congress reportedly must vote to modify Chapter 1 of Title 3 of the United States Code, which legislates the appointment of America’s leaders. Others, including voting rights lawyer Marc E. Elis, have supported this notion. “While states can set their own primary days, the federal general...
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying on Tuesday "violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests" sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.Barr told members of the House Judiciary Committee at a much-anticipated election year hearing the violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is disconnected from Floyd's killing, which he called a "horrible" event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between the Black community and law enforcement."Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd's death or any legitimate call for reform," Barr said of the Portland protests.The hearing marks Barr's first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee after 18 months in office, bringing him face-to-face with a panel that voted last year to hold...
    House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler chided Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking GOP member on the committee, after he played a video filled with clips of violence directed toward law enforcement. After the video played for several minutes during Tuesday's hearing with Attorney General William Barr, Nadler said the Republican minority on the panel failed to provide advance notice. "Well, I hope that Mr. Jordan will never complain about the length of my opening statement," Nadler said upon the video's conclusion, which aired during Jordan's opening remarks. "Without objection, I'm going to insert the committee's audio, visual policy into the record of this hearing and note that the minority did not give the 48-hour notice required by that policy," the New York Democrat added. The video contained clips of violent protesters throwing debris at officers, setting vehicles and buildings ablaze, and toppling statues of historical figures. Barr, who is appearing...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr is testifying on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing that is being billed as oversight of the Department of Justice. Fox News obtained Barr’s prepared remarks and reported: When U.S. Attorney General William Barr appears before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time Tuesday, he plans to take no prisoners as he will strongly condemn the “grave abuses” in the “bogus Russiagate scandal,” while also highlighting Black-on-Black violence and defend law enforcement officers, a transcript of his prepared remarks obtained by Fox News Monday night said. The attorney general will not be alone in his unusually aggressive posture, as most GOP lawmakers on the panel, including ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, are expected to strenuously object to the proceedings, Fox News is told. Barr is expected to deny Trump has improperly interfered with any of his decisions, before pointing to...
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr is defending the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying "violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests" sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.Barr will tell members of the House Judiciary Committee at a much-anticipated hearing on Tuesday that the violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is disconnected from the death of Floyd, which he described as a "horrible" event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between the Black community and law enforcement."Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd's death or any legitimate call for reform," Barr will say of the Portland protests, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released by the Justice Department on Monday.Barr will also touch on other controversies that...
    Attorney General William Barr testifies to the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing concerning oversight of the Justice Department's activities. The hearing was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST, but it was delayed to 10:45 a.m. after Chairman Jerry Nadler got into a car accident. The congressman was unharmed, according to his spokesperson. News William Barr Justice Department Law Donald Trump House Democrats Congress
    United States Attorney General William Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee beginning at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Tuesday morning. Barr will face his first congressional testimony in over a year and will be pressed by the House Judiciary Committee for the first time in President Donald Trump’s administration. Barr initially accepted the invitation on June 24 after after chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) threatened to subpoena him following his decision to terminate Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York who was investigating several members of Trump’s legal team including Rudy Giuliani. On Tuesday morning, Nadler was involved in a minor car crash that pushed the hearing back from its original start time. Nadler’s office said he was not injured in the accident. Lawmakers said they will focus on the federal government’s response to nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd. On June 1,...
    Attorney General William Barr's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee has been delayed after Chairman Jerry Nadler was in a car accident on his way to Capitol Hill. Nadler, a New York Democrat, was not injured, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN. Nadler was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. The oversight hearing with Barr, originally set for 10 a.m. EST, is now expected to start 45 minutes behind schedule. The story is breaking and may be updated. News William Barr Attorney General Jerry Nadler Congress
    William Barr Attorney General William Barr is finally testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, and his opening statement is a preview of a performance that in a just world would get him charged with lying to Congress. “From my experience,” Barr will say, “the President has played a role properly and traditionally played by Presidents.” The decision-making comes entirely from Barr: “the handling of the matter and my decisions on criminal matters have been left to my independent judgment, based on the law and fact, without any direction or interference from the White House or anyone outside the Department.” It’s just that he, William Barr, is so very distressed at how the Department of Justice treated Donald Trump so very unfairly before he came along to fix it. Why did Barr come back to the Justice Department after years making money and at the brink of retirement? “Because I revere the Department and...
    Attorney General William Barr plans to pull no punches in his Tuesday appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, a transcript of his opening remarks show. The opening statement, released Monday evening, show a defiant Barr defending his conduct as paramount to getting “to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal.” “Many of the Democrats on this committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the president’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions,” the attorney general’s statement reads. “Judging from your letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today.” Barr goes on to say how President Trump “has not attempted to interfere in these decisions,” before offering some insight into the working relationship between the two. “Indeed, it is precisely because I feel complete freedom to do what I think...
    Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPompeo's China speech at odds with Trump's 'America First' foreign policy Deteriorating relations with China put US companies on edge Cuomo says Wolf, Cuccinelli violated oath of office and should be investigated MORE is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the first time. The hearing is likely to be contentious, with Democrats demanding answers about his handling of high-level prosecutions of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to pay tribute to Lewis at Capitol on Monday Cotton called out for remarks on slavery in criticism of 1619 Project Congress set for messy COVID-19 talks on tight deadline MORE's associates, pressing Barr about what they see as the politicization of the Department of Justice and grilling him about his recent role in the clearing of peaceful protesters outside the White House so that Trump could stage a photo-op in front of a historic church that...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr is set to accuse congressional Democrats of seeking to discredit him because of his investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe in a combative opening statement for Tuesday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.Read the full opening statement:Written-Statement-of-AG-Barr-HJC-07-28-20 (PDF)Written-Statement-of-AG-Barr-HJC-07-28-20 (Text)
    A coalition of 27 distinguished legal professionals on Tuesday filed an ethics complaint with the Washington, D.C. Bar Association against Attorney General William Barr which urges the organization’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to open an investigation into the A.G.  The group alleges that Barr has undermined the rule of law and interfered in the administration of justice. Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, one of the document’s authors, described the 36-page complaint as “a meticulously researched legal brief that describes in painstaking detail how Mr. Barr has violated his attorney’s oath of office and rules of professional conduct.” The complaint is predicated on four particular actions taken by the attorney general, each of which the group claims evinces Barr’s pattern of professional misconduct and exemplifies his breach of duty to the American people.  Here are those four points, as quoted directly from the document: In absolving the president...
    (CNN)Lawyers for Michael Cohen filed a petition seeking his immediate release from prison, alleging that President Donald Trump's former personal attorney was taken back into custody because a tell-all book he is writing about his years as the President's fixer. In a court filing late Monday against the Attorney General William Barr, the head of the Bureau of Prisons and the warden at the Otisville, New York, federal prison, Cohen's attorneys alleged that the Justice Department retaliated against Cohen for writing a book about the years he worked for Trump, violating his First Amendment right to free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union joined Cohen In the lawsuit."The First Amendment forbids Respondent from imprisoning Mr. Cohen in retaliation for drafting a book about the President and for seeking to publish that book soon," Cohen's lawyers wrote in the court filing. "The government's effort to exercise prior restraint over Mr. Cohen's...
    WATCH: Attorney General William Barr Warns America About What Communist China Is Trying To Do
    Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday that the unfair policing of African Americans is a 'widespread phenomenon' before rejecting calls to defund the police. Protests over the recent police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and other African Americans have ignited a national conversation about the role of law enforcement in society.  During an interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Barr addressed policing in America, saying: 'I do think it is a widespread phenomenon that African American males, in particular, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt.' 'I think it is wrong if people are not respected appropriately and given their due,' he explained, 'and I think it's something we have to address,' he added.  Scroll down for video  Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday that the unfair policing of African Americans is a 'widespread phenomenon' During...
    In a Wednesday report for Vanity Fair, Gabriel Sherman claims that Attorney General William Barr is opposed to commuting Republican operative Roger Stone’s 40-month prison sentence, which is set to begin July 14. According to Sherman’s reporting, Donald Trump has told people he wants to commute Stone’s sentence, while Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone are opposed to the plan. “Barr has told Trump not to do it, and if he does there will be a mutiny at DOJ,” a source briefed on the internal government debates allegedly said. Despite the pushback, a Republican close to the White House suggested there are fears that Trump won’t listen. “You can’t underestimate how hard it is to get information through to him. When you talk to him, he just talks at you. He doesn’t like to read memos, so there’s not really a way to get through to him. Everyone agrees.”...
    Brad Reed June 29, 2020 2:40PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story Faculty members at the George Washington University Law School are calling on one of their most famous alumnus to resign. Law and Crime News reports that 80% of GWU Law School law professors and deans this week signed a letter demanding Barr's resignation, as well as encouraging lawmakers to investigate and censure him. : The faculty members said in the letter that Barr has "undermined the rule of law, damaged public confidence that the law applies equally and fairly to all persons, and demonstrated contempt for basic constitutional rights." The letter then went into a list of offenses committed by Barr ever since he was first confirmed at attorney general in 2019. "He obfuscated and misled the American public about the results of the Mueller investigation," they wrote. "He wrongfully interfered in the day-to-day activities of career prosecutors,...
    On Thursday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs after attempting to provide Attorney General William Barr the power to veto Inspector General (IG) investigations of Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers. As reported by Bloomberg, the committee instead backed Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s proposal, co-written with Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, which provides the IG with the authority to conduct such investigations. Former Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, who criticized Graham’s failed amendment, voiced support for IG independence to ensure they can adequately handle sensitive cases. “We designed IGs to be very independent,” Grassley said. According to The Hill, Graham’s amendment, which was written with the help of current IG Michael Horowitz, was rejected in a 21-1 vote. “I’m not going to support legislation that allows an IG to investigate discretionary decisions at the Department of Justice,” Graham said in defense of his amendment. “If...
    The lawyer investigating the Jeffrey Epstein case was fired because he would not drop his demands to speak with Prince Andrew, it has been claimed.   Geoffrey Berman, the ousted US attorney for the Southern District of New York, had accused the Duke of York of repeatedly refusing requests to be interviewed to aid his investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's co-conspirators.  Attorney General William Barr removed him from his post at the weekend.  Now the lawyer for Epstein's victims, Spencer Kuvin, speculates that President Donald Trump or his staff could have told Mr Bermen to stop investigating Prince Andrew - and fired him when he refused.  Mr Kuvin told The Sun Mr Berman's removal was a big step backwards for his cause of getting justice for victims, and the timing of the dismissal was 'highly suspect for an internal favor having been requested by the President'. Geoffrey Berman, the ousted US attorney for...
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler confirmed that he is preparing to issue a subpoena targeting Attorney General William Barr. The New York Democrat joined MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for an interview on Monday night amid reports that he was getting ready to subpoena the Trump administration official for a hearing in July. "We have begun the process to issue that subpoena. Yes, it is very much true. We are doing that," Nadler said when asked about the reports. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the committee, referenced the plans in a letter obtained by Axios earlier in the day. "Today your staff indicated that you intend to issue a subpoena to Attorney General William P. Barr for testimony at a Committee hearing on July 2, 2020," Jordan wrote to Nadler. "The Attorney General had previously agreed to appear voluntarily in March, before you cancelled the hearing due to the...
    Attorney General William Barr told Fox News during an interview on Sunday that mail-in voting “absolutely” opens the flood gates to voter fraud. “Well, there’s a big discussion right now about mail-in voting,” Fox News host Maria Bartiromo said. “Hillary Clinton said, it’s fine, it’s fair.” “Well, it absolutely opens the floodgates to fraud. Those things are delivered into mailboxes. They can be taken out,” Barr responded. “There’s questions about whether or not it even denies a secret ballot, because a lot of the states have you signing the outside of the envelope. So, the person who opens the envelope will know how people voted.” “There’s no – right now, a foreign country could print up tens of thousands of counterfeit ballots, and be very hard for us to detect which was the right and which was the wrong ballot,” Barr continued. “So, I think it can upset and undercut...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It was a jarring sight in a city where most of the political establishment is vehemently opposed to just about everything Attorney General William Barr and the Trump administration stand for – the AG and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross grinning side by side during an impromptu visit by Barr to Boston. And it touched off scathing reactions from, among others, City Councillor Andrea Campbell, who wrote: “to see our Police Commissioner shoulder-to-shoulder with someone who has enabled a lawless, racist president is not just disappointing, it’s disturbing.” Added City Councillor Michelle Wu: “‘This is a disgrace to our city and a breach of trust to our communities.” Gross issued a statement reading in part: “I would rather take the opportunity to educate someone on what we are doing in Boston on how we value and work with the community, and how we support our officers in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top federal prosecutor in Manhattan steps down after Attorney General William Barr told him Trump had fired him. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Donald Trump routinely attacks media outlets and tangles directly with reporters when he feels that they are not being fair to him — and Attorney General William Barr’s apparent willingness to do the same may make him one of the better fits in the Trump administration.
    Attorney General William Barr said during a Fox News interview that aired on Monday evening that the reason that people have not seen members of Antifa charged yet as it pertains to the recent spate of violent riots across the country is because the investigations into Antifa are much more in-depth than a lot of the cases that have already been brought against other people who have been arrested. “We have some investigations underway and very focused investigations on certain individuals that relate to ANTIFA,” Barr told Fox News anchor Bret Baier. “But in the in the initial phase of identifying people and arresting them, they were arrested for crimes that don’t require us to identify a particular group or don’t necessitate that.” “Does Antifa have leaders?” Baier asked. “It’s a very loosely organized group,” Barr responded. “And they and they have sort of a unique or unusual system of...
    Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that federal law enforcement officials have evidence that Antifa and other extremist groups have been involved in instigating and participating in acts of violence that have rocked the nation for days as riots have broken out following the death of George Floyd. “While many have peacefully expressed their anger and grief, others have hijacked protests to engage in lawlessness — violent rioting and arson, looting of businesses and public property, assaults on law enforcement officers and innocent people, and even the murder of a federal agent,” Barr said at a news conference. “Such senseless acts of anarchy are not exercises of First Amendment rights; they are crimes designed to terrify fellow citizens and intimidate communities.” “As I told the governors on Monday, we understand the distinction among three different sets of actors. The large preponderance of those who are protesting are peaceful demonstrators...
    The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, and crowds broke overnight curfews imposed to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread to cities across the U.S.The renewed protests came after Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He also was accused of ignoring another officer who expressed concerns about Floyd as he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he could not breathe while Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. Floyd, who was black, had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a store.Chauvin, who was fired along with three other officers who were at the scene, faces more than 12 years in prison if convicted of murder.An attorney for Floyd's family welcomed...
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