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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is condemning the Mexican government for its decision not to press drug-related charges and subsequently close the country’s investigation into former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos.  According to Reuters, a Department of Justice spokesperson said late Friday that it was “deeply disappointed” with the decision not to file charges, a move Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly supported earlier in the day.  In a brief statement in response to the decision, the Justice Department said, "The United States reserves the right to recommence its prosecution of Cienfuegos if the Government of Mexico fails to do so.”  Reuters reported that upon instructions from Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s foreign ministry published a 751-page document showing records of U.S. evidence compiled against Cienfuegos, including logs of alleged phone communications. A DOJ spokesperson told Reuters that the agency was also “deeply disappointed” by the decision to release this information to...
    Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen condemned the rioters who forced their way into the Capitol Wednesday, saying the Department of Justice (DOJ) would “enforce the laws of our land." "The violence at our Nation’s Capitol Building is an intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy,” Rosen wrote in a statement, pledging to work with various federal and municipal law enforcement agencies. “We intend to enforce the laws of our land." The statement came hours after rioters interrupted debate in both chambers as lawmakers were gearing up to formally certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Georgia voters deliver blow to Trump Warnock win puts Democrats within reach of Senate majority Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE’s victory.  Rosen said DOJ responded by directing officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Marshals...
    Washington (CNN)Outgoing Attorney General William Barr on Monday said it "certainly appears" Russia is behind a massive cyberattack on US federal government agencies, an accusation that is in contrast with President Donald Trump, who has avoided condemning Moscow for the incident."I agree with Secretary Pompeo's assessment. It certainly appears to be the Russians, but I'm not going to discuss it beyond that," Barr said at a news conference, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments last week that "we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity."Barr says no need for special counsels to investigate election or Hunter BidenIt's the latest notable break by Barr from Trump's political agenda. At the same news conference, he said there was no need to appoint a special counsel to investigate President-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter, and the attorney general has disputed Trump's false claims of widespread...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump posted a call for Attorney General William Barr to be fired today if he knew about the Hunter Biden tax investigation in April, but failed to publicly disclose it. On Saturday morning, Trump posted a tweet from conservative media figure Todd Starnes that read “If the Wall Street Journal story is true and Attorney General Barr knew in the spring about the Biden investigation and kept it quiet — he should be fired by the end of business today.” Trump added “A big disappointment!” A big disappointment! https://t.co/esmB5HrJlH — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020 But word of the investigation actually did leak in October, a time so optimal for political leaks that there’s a term for it: the October surprise. Trump also posted several other tweets, rife with lies and misinformation, as part of his Saturday morning tweetstorm. Earlier this week,...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE had a tense meeting with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrList of Republicans breaking with Trump grows longer Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly Trump rants against election results for 46 minutes in new video post MORE after he said this week that the Department of Justice has not found any evidence of widespread election fraud, ABC News and CNN reported.  Sources familiar with the matter told the networks that when Barr visited the White House on Tuesday for a pre-scheduled meeting with chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill EPA chief quarantining after exposure to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19...
    Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs attacked Attorney General Bill Barr and said that his show is all the proof he needs of evidence of voter fraud. Dobbs fumed at Barr on Monday for not doing more to help out the president’s legal fight. He fumed at Barr on Tuesday for saying the DOJ has seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election. And he fumed again on Wednesday, saying Barr should watch his show: “I would only say to the attorney general: watch this broadcast. Review what we’ve reported here over the last four weeks. Take a look at what is said on this broadcast tonight and you will change your statement if there is any honesty remaining whatsoever in the Department of Justice.” You can watch above, via Fox Business. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis was notably displeased with Attorney General Bill Barr undermining her team’s claim that the 2020 election was corrupted by mass voter fraud. During an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Ellis was asked for her reaction to Barr saying the Department of Justice has “not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” After Bartiromo lamented that Barr’s statement “may very well stop any whistleblowers from coming forward,” Ellis referred to the statement she and Rudy Giuliani sent out complaining that the DOJ hasn’t done enough to look at the “ample evidence” of fraudulent activity. “It’s really bizarre that the attorney general came out with that statement,” said Ellis. “It really undercut the election integrity efforts. And to our knowledge, the Department of Justice has not interviewed any of our witnesses, looked at any of our evidence...
    Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO) openly mocked “hapless” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding that Attorney General Bill Barr somehow prove his new assessment that there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. On Tuesday, Barr released a Justice Department statement that effectively blew up all of President Donald Trump’s false claims and conspiracy theories about election fraud. This inconvenient acceptance of reality by the nation’s top law enforcement official provoked an immediate, heated response from the Trump campaign’s legal team, which has lost 39 of 40 election lawsuits since Election Day, and prompted Johnson to demand Barr “show everybody” the evidence that doesn’t exist. Speaking with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, McCaskill first weighed in on Barr’s announcement, which sparked a torrent of commentary because Barr so publicly undercut a president he has so consistently defended in the past. “No one is throwing a parade for Bill Barr....
    Madison Summers November 11, 2020 0 Comments House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is taking aim at U.S. Attorney General William Barr after he authorized federal prosecutors to “pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities” before the 2020 presidential election is certified. Calling Barr’s memo from Monday “both flawed and deeply disturbing,” Nadler said in a statement on Tuesday, “It is unlikely to open new legal avenues for the Trump campaign, but speaks to Barr’s dangerous and irresponsible impulse to pander to the President’s worst instincts.” He continued, “The Department of Justice cannot open an investigation into election fraud or any other crime without a proper basis in evidence. As the memo appears to concede, there is no evidence whatsoever of widespread voter fraud.” Barr wrote in the memo that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact...
    In the closing months of his first term in office, President Donald Trump has taken the public approach of a wannabe authoritarian, but with the private perspective of a MAGA internet troll. Over the past week, Trump declined to commit to a peaceful, orderly transition of power, no matter who wins the 2020 presidential election, declaring at one point: “We’re going to have to see what happens.” To horrified voters, onlookers, and the Democratic opposition, it was another clear instance of the sitting president openly telegraphing his plans to seize power, something some administration officials fear will soon take form within the federal government and among major party organs. But to Trump, it was… funny as hell. According to two people familiar with the matter, hours after the president stepped away from the cameras, Trump continued following the fallout in the press, including on cable news, and began privately remarking...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to the American people about the threat level China poses to the U.S. election Sunday on CNN. Reacting to a CNN clip of Barr saying China is engaged the most aggressive election interference, Schiff said, “That’s just a plain false statement by the attorney general, a flat-out false statement. Interestingly some other administration officials have been trying to mislead the public by saying China is the bigger threat to the country in speaking of global terms because of the rising power of China. They’re using that answer in response to questions about the election, but they’re at least careful in their misleading the public by not saying that they’re a greater threat to the election. They’re saying generically that they’re a bigger threat. But what Bill Barr just did in that statement was just flat-out mislead...
    BARR on fraud in the vote-by-mail process: "Elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion." THE FACTS: Multiple studies have debunked the notion of pervasive voter fraud in general and in the vote-by-mail process. The five states that relied on mail-in ballots even before the coronavirus pandemic — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah — have said they have necessary safeguards in place to ensure against fraud and to prevent hostile foreign actors from co-opting the vote. More states intend to rely more heavily on mail-in voting this fall because of the pandemic. The attorney general cited a report from more than a decade ago from a commission led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker that said voting by mail was vulnerable to fraud. But the commission pointed out in a statement in May that it had found little...
    Madison Summers September 7, 2020 0 Comments Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is making it clear he thinks Russia is trying to sow misinformation in the upcoming election more than China. He accused Attorney General William Barr of “flat-out” misleading the American people regarding what country is a bigger election security threat. Barr was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during an interview on September 2 which country — out of Russia, China, and Iran — is the “most aggressive” when it comes to alleged interference in the U.S. elections. “I believe it’s China,” Barr responded, adding, “Because I’ve seen intelligence. That’s what I’ve concluded.” Schiff was asked during a CNN interview on Sunday if he has seen evidence that China is a bigger election security threat than Russia in the upcoming presidential election. However, the Democratic lawmaker slapped down that claim. “That’s just a plain false statement by...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats Schiff asks intel officials to brief House panel on election security threats Democrats explore new ways to resurrect election security briefings MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHarris hits Trump, Barr for denying systemic racism in justice system: They 'spend time in a different reality' Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Jimmy Carter supports absentee ballots, says he's used them for more than five years MORE of lying when he said China posed the greatest threat to U.S. elections this year.  "That’s just a plain false statement by the attorney general, a flat-out false statement," Schiff said in an interview with CNN. "What Bill Barr just did in that statement was just flat-out mislead the American...
    Attorney General William Barr is "just flat-out lying" to the American people with his claims that China is interfering with the November presidential election more than Russia, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday.  "Thats just a plain, false statement by the Attorney General. A flat-out false statement," the California Democrat said Sunday on CNNs "State of the Union." "You can tell that Bill Barr is just flat-out lying to the American people, and its tragic but its as simple as that." Schiff added that there have been other administrations who are "trying to mislead the public by saying that China is the bigger threat to the country, speaking in global terms because of the rising power of China." However, those people are "at least careful in misleading the public" by not saying China is a greater threat to the election, but what Barr did was "flat-out mislead the American...
    (CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday accused Attorney General William Barr of lying about intelligence related to foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election. In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union," Schiff was asked about Barr's claim from last week's interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that China is interfering with the election more than Russia. "That's just a plain, false statement by the Attorney General. A flat-out false statement," Schiff said, maintaining, "you can tell that Bill Barr is just flat-out lying to the American people, and it's tragic but it's as simple as that."He added: "It's just such a disservice to the country that we can't trust our own attorney general, but apparently Bill Barr is willing to do anything or say anything to help Donald Trump."CNN has reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.Read MoreSchiff's comments come after news last...
    Former President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterBarr likens mail-in voting to 'playing with fire' in testy interview with CNN's Blitzer Why polling failure is often journalistic failure There was nothing unlawful or improper about Trump's acceptance speech MORE on Thursday pushed back after Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillicon Valley: Russia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election DOJ plans to file antitrust charges against Google as soon as this month: report Barr suggests law enforcement could be sent to polling places over 'criminal threat' MORE and the White House cited his 2005 study on mail-in voting in an attempt to discredit the practice ahead of November’s general election. "I approve the use of absentee ballots and have been using them for more than five years," Carter said in a statement....
    (CNN)Jimmy Carter is pushing back on efforts by Attorney General William Barr and the White House to use the former Democratic president's work studying voting by mail to discredit the practice."I approve the use of absentee ballots and have been using them for more than five years," Carter said in a statement Thursday.He also contextualized his findings from a mail-voting commission in 2005 that Barr and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany have employed to disparage voting by mail.Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Barr had referenced the "fundamental problem" that "the bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said ... that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion."McEnany had asserted earlier Thursday that Carter "said in 2005, as part of a bipartisan commission, absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud." Read MoreBut Carter on Thursday pointed to a statement...
    Two House Republicans have requested Attorney General William Barr’s opinion as to whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) violated federal law when she ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address back in February. Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer, of Alabama, and Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, of Louisiana, penned their request to Barr on Tuesday. “Nancy Pelosi’s famous tantrum on the House floor was more than disgraceful; she violated her responsibility to preserve official documents delivered to the House of Representatives,” Palmer said in a statement to Fox News. Pelosi tore apart her copy of the speech as soon as Trump concluded his remarks. The speaker stood by her actions afterward, saying “it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” She issued a statement slamming the speech as untruthful. “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2020 presidential race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden heats up, Attorney General William Barr warned of the potential of substantial fraud in voting by mail — but he omitted necessary context, and states that rely on the process say there is little evidence of such activity. He also suggested that China poses more of a threat to election security than Russia, even though that was not the conclusion of an official intelligence assessment last month. Here’s a look at the claims, made in a Wednesday night interview with CNN: BARR on fraud in the vote-by-mail process: “Elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion.” THE FACTS: Multiple studies have debunked the notion of pervasive voter fraud in general and in the vote-by-mail process. The five states that relied on mail-in ballots even before the coronavirus pandemic —...
    Anthony Barr never has been outspoken about issues away from the football field. But the 28-year-old Vikings linebacker figured it was time to change that during the offseason. Soon after George Floyd was killed while in custody of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, the usually low-key Barr joined fellow Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks as one of the more prominent NFL voices for social justice. “I think this is the responsibility that we have not only as citizens but as athletes in the community, especially that the event was so close, hit so close to home for us with the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis,” Barr said Thursday before a training camp practice. “It only felt right to kind of be a little more proactive than I have been. I kind of put pressure on myself and my peers and my family members to do the same.” Five days...
    Cody Fenwick August 1, 2020 8:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., took advantage of his opportunity on Tuesday to question Attorney General Bill Barr and exposed his relentless lying during the House Judiciary Committee hearing. In response, the attorney general appeared at times visibly uncomfortable and tried to shamelessly warp the truth. "On April 18, 2019, you state that "the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel's investigation,' you're aware of that?" Neguse asked. : "Mm-hmm," said Barr. "Today, yes or no, Mr. Barr, under the penalty of perjury, do you testify that that statement was true at the time you made it?" "I thought it to be true at the time I made it," Barr said, putting his hand on his face. "Why isn't it true?" : "I'll get to that," said Neguse. "Does it have to do with quibbling over—" "Reclaiming my...
    Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that Democrats cut off a video he showed during his opening statement at a Tuesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr before it ended. "They wouldn't let us complete our video, they wouldn't let him answer questions..." Jordan, R-Ohio, said. "They pulled the plug on the video?" host Steve Doocy asked. BARR SPARS WITH DEMS ON TRUMP TIES, RIOTS AT FIERY HOUSE HEARING "Yeah, it wasn't all the way through. We had more to show. They wouldn't let him answer the questions. And there was a point where they weren't even going to let him take a restroom break," Jordan responded. The House Judiciary GOP posted the full video on its Twitter account Tuesday after the opening statement by Jordan. A comparison between the video posted by the Judiciary Committee Republicans and the tape from...
    One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors believes Attorney General William Barr was caught making a "false statement" about the Russia investigation. Andrew Weissmann, who was known as Mueller's "pit bull," told MSNBC that a House Democrat cornered Barr during the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday into admitting the White House did not fully cooperate with the special counsel investigation as he had claimed more than a year ago. "I thought Rep. Neguse did a phenomenal job in cornering the attorney general in what I think is going to come out of this is something that is really a false statement. He said, 'You said in a press conference that the White House fully cooperated in the Mueller investigation,' and the attorney general would not repeat that under oath. He said, 'No, no, what I really meant was fully cooperated only with respect to document production," Weissmann said....
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 28, 2020Chip Somodevilla/Abaca via ZUMA Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Attorney General William Barr is nothing if not consistent, and his visit today to Congress proved it. It also proved he’s not great with this whole honesty thing. Testifying Tuesday before confrontational Democrats and obsequious Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, Barr stuck to his claims that President Donald Trump has never asked him to intervene in any federal criminal cases. But for a guy who says he hasn’t been pressured, Barr has been awfully helpful to Trump on issues related to what the attorney general on Monday called the “bogus Russiagate scandal.” Throughout the nearly day-long hearing, Barr made a slew of misleading statements. Here are a few of today’s worst offenders: Playing dumb about Stone, Part...
    Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) took advantage of his opportunity on Tuesday to question Attorney General Bill Barr and exposed his relentless lying during the House Judiciary Committee hearing. In response, the attorney general appeared at times visibly uncomfortable and tried to shamelessly warp the truth. “On April 18, 2019, you state that “the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation,’ you’re aware of that?” Neguse asked. “Mm-hmm,” said Barr. “Today, yes or no, Mr. Barr, under the penalty of perjury, do you testify that that statement was true at the time you made it?” “I thought it to be true at the time I made it,” Barr said, putting his hand on his face. “Why isn’t it true?” “I’ll get to that,” said Neguse. “Does it have to do with quibbling over—” “Reclaiming my time!” said Neguse. “You answered the question. I have another question for you.” But Barr...
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent state and local governments engaged in religious discrimination from receiving federal funding during the coronavirus pandemic. The Safeguarding Americans from Coronavirus and Religious Exercise Discrimination (SACRED) Act would block state and local governments from receiving coronavirus relief funding if Attorney General Bill Barr finds that those governments are discriminating against religious individuals or religious institutions and violating First Amendment rights. Barr would have to certify that the governments were no longer discriminating against religious freedoms in coronavirus regulations for them to receive funding, according to the text of the proposed legislation. (RELATED: Here’s How The DOJ Has Fought Against Orders Limiting Religious Services During The Pandemic) “Throughout this pandemic we’ve seen numerous examples of state and local governments instituting discriminatory regulations that unfairly target people of faith and which restrict houses of worship from operating while exempting secular gatherings...
    Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., came out fighting Tuesday when he began questioning Attorney General Bill Barr – dismissively telling the Justice Department leader that his opening statement read “like it was written by Alex Jones or Roger Stone.” Johnson – who is no stranger to combative back and forths with witnesses testifying before the House Judiciary Committee – blasted Barr’s statement when comparing it to something Jones, a noted right-wing conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder, and Stone, the notorious GOP political operative and friend of President Trump. “Your opening statement reads like it was written by Alex Jones or Roger Stone,” Johnson said, before going on to question Barr about Trump’s “prolific” tweeting and if it affects how the attorney general does his job. Barr is on Capitol Hill to appear before the House Judiciary Committee – bringing him face-to-face with a panel that voted last year to hold him...
    C-SPAN Attorney General Bill Barr appeared before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday for a fiery grilling by House Democrats on how he has run the Justice Department. Attorney General Bill Barr faced fiery questioning from Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on matters ranging from the Roger Stone and Gen. Michael Flynn cases, to the militarized federal response to ongoing racial justice protests. Democratic Chair Jerry Nadler in his opening statement accused Barr of “twisting the Department of Justice into a shadow of itself” by acting as a sword and shield for President Donald Trump. Barr appeared ready for a fight, judging from the opening statement he released Monday, in which he attacked the Russia probe as “bogus” and railed against protesters who have taken to the streets following the killing of George Floyd. House Republicans, too, came loaded for bear. Armed with a 49-page list...
    U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr listens during a roundtable discussion with law enforcement hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Attorney General William Barr is set Tuesday to testify before Congress that "violent rioters and anarchists" have "hijacked" the protests over George Floyd's death "to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims." Barr will also offer a full-throated defense of his much-criticized conduct in the federal probe of Russian election interference, slamming the "bogus 'Russiagate' scandal" and asserting President Donald Trump has not acted inappropriately. Barr is set to deliver the opening statement at 10 a.m. ET before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee, marking his first-ever appearance before that panel during his tenure in the Trump administration and his first session before Congress in over a year. The hearing comes more than...
    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...
    The Attorney General's opening statement to his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee strongly condemns the protests in Portland while touching on "Russiagate" and other issues. Attorney General William Barr is set to discuss in a congressional hearing topics including the Portland protests, the “Russiagate” scandal, and his working relationship with President Donald Trump, CNN reported. The report comes the night before Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Barr’s testimony will come on Tuesday, July 28, the same day that National Guard officer Adam DeMarco is set to dispute the Trump administration’s report on the June 1 Lafayette Square protests, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the city of Portland has seen 61 consecutive nights of unrest, which have reached a fever pitch in recent weeks following the deployment of federal troops to the city in...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr accuses 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.In Barr's prepared remarks, which were provided to CNN by the Justice Department on Monday, the attorney general says he has acted independently of President Donald Trump in the decisions he's made in several criminal cases he's handled."Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get 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. Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your...
    (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)
    The events surrounding Geoffrey Berman's departure from his role as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York have remained a mystery for weeks following Berman's June 20 dismissal. The brouhaha over Berman's ouster began on June 19, when Barr announced that Berman would be resigning from the Southern District of New York — one of the most powerful district courts in the country — and that he would be replaced by current Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton. At the time, Berman was investigating Trump's close political ally, Rudy Giuliani. He had already prosecuted Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. The day before Barr pushed Berman out, Berman had refused to sign a letter written by Trump administration officials condemning New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for restricting religious gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee, obtained by...
    In prepared congressional testimony, the recently ousted U.S. attorney from New York describes in exquisite detail Attorney General William Barr's repeated attempts to force him out of the job. Geoffrey Berman, formerly the top prosecutor in the Southern District of New York who resigned under pressure from both Barr and Donald Trump, recounts both an in-person meeting and a phone call in which Barr tried to coax, cajole, and even threaten him out of the position. Barr ultimately announced Berman's resignation without Berman's knowledge or consent. During a 45-minute in-person meeting on June 19, Berman said Barr urged him to take a job heading up the Justice Department's Civil Division, but Berman told Barr he "loved" his job at SDNY and wasn't interested in overseeing the department's Civil Division. "The Attorney General pressed me to take the Civil Division position, saying that the role would be a good resume builder," writes Berman. Barr...
    (CNN)Geoffrey Berman, the former US attorney in Manhattan who was fired last month following a tense standoff with Attorney General William Barr, on Thursday provided a detailed explanation of how Barr pressured him to resign before he was ultimately fired.Read his opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee below. Berman-Opening-Statement (PDF)Berman-Opening-Statement (Text)
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced Saturday that his panel will launch an investigation into the firing of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman. Nadler said in a statement: The House Judiciary Committee will immediately open an investigation into this incident, as part of our broader investigation into Barr’s unacceptable politicization of the Department of Justice. On Wednesday, the Committee will hear from two whistleblowers who will explain why Barr’s attempt to fire Mr. Berman is part of a larger, ongoing, and wholly unacceptable pattern of conduct. If the President removes Mr. Berman, then we will take additional steps to secure his testimony as well. [email protected] announces the House Judiciary Committee will open an investigation into the Berman/SDNY firing: pic.twitter.com/mVNfe8aZoR — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 20, 2020 On Friday, the Department of Justice announced that Berman was resigning as Manhattan’s top prosecutor. Shortly thereafter,...
    Attorney General William Barr has responded to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who publicly contradicted Barr’s announcement that he would step down by releasing a statement of his own. “I was surprised and quite disappointed by the press statement you released last night,” said Barr. “As we discussed, I wanted the opportunity to choose a distinguished New York lawyer, Jay Clayton, to nominate United States Attorney and was hoping for your cooperation to facilitate a smooth transition.” “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” he continued. “Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the president to remove you as of today, and he has done so.” Berman, whose office prosecuted Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney, and is currently investigating Rudy Gulliani, the president’s personal attorney, followed up...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down, burn statue of Confederate general in DC US attorney in NYC who spearheaded probes of Trump allies refuses to leave as DOJ pushes ouster Trump to host 4th of July event despite pleas from lawmakers to cancel MORE has officially fired a U.S. attorney in Manhattan who led multiple investigations involving his associates, according to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.  The Justice Department announced late Friday that it would replace Geoffrey Berman, a powerful prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, though Berman announced shortly afterward that he had no intention of resigning.   In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed News, Barr notified Berman that he asked Trump to officially fire him after his statement the night before.  "Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service," Barr wrote. "Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I...
    Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, pulled no punches on Twitter late Friday night calling out Attorney General Bill Barr as a “liar” The tweet came after an accusation that Barr had intentionally tried to mislead people about the sudden “resignation” of US attorney Geoffrey Berman. The brouhaha began late Friday night after Barr announced in a press statement that Berman — Bharara’s successor on the job — would be resigning from his position. The late-night bombshell raised eyebrows, especially as Berman had reportedly been investigating billions of dollars in loans made by Deutsche Bank to President Trump’s company and that of son-in-law Jared Kushner in years past. Berman had also been investigating the finances of Trump’s inaugural celebrations. Hours later, however, Berman put out a statement of his own contradicting Barr, saying he’s not going anywhere. “I learned in a press release...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr told Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a letter on Saturday that President Donald Trump has fired him. Read the full letter:"Dear Mr. Berman:I was surprised and quite disappointed by the press statement you released last night. As wediscussed, I wanted the opportunity to choose a distinguished New York lawyer, Jay Clayton, toRead Morenominate as United States Attorney and was hoping for your cooperation to facilitate a smoothtransition. When the Department of Justice advised the public of the President's intent to nominateyour successor, I had understood that we were in ongoing discussions concerning the possibility ofyour remaining in the Department or Administration in one of the other senior positions we discussed,including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Chairman of the Securities andExchange Commission. While we advised the public that you would leave the U.S. Attorney's officein two...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down, burn statue of Confederate general in DC US attorney in NYC who spearheaded probes of Trump allies refuses to leave as DOJ pushes ouster Trump to host 4th of July event despite pleas from lawmakers to cancel MORE has officially fired a U.S. attorney in Manhattan who led multiple investigations involving his associates.  The Justice Department announced late Friday that it would replace Geoffrey Berman, a powerful prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, though Berman announced shortly afterward that he had no intention of resigning.   In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed News, Barr notified Berman that he asked Trump to officially fire him after his statement the night before.  "Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service," Barr wrote. "Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you...
    Late Friday evening, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, who has been investigating President Donald Trump’s allies, would be stepping down. The U.S. attorney, however, said that was not the case. In a statement, Barr announced that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was “stepping down” after introducing Trump’s pick to replace him, Jay Clayton, who currently chairs the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Finally, I thank Geoffrey Berman, who is stepping down after two-and-a-half years of service as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. With tenacity and savvy, Geoff has done an excellent job leading one of our nation’s most significant U.S. Attorney’s Offices, achieving many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters.  I appreciate his service to the Department of Justice and our nation, and I wish him well in the future,” Barr said in the statement. Shortly...
    In a stunning plot twist, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman issued a statement Friday night asserting that he will not, in fact, resign — in direct contradiction to an announcement that he was stepping down made hours earlier from Attorney General William Barr. “I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney,” Berman said in a statement posted to the Southern District of New York Twitter account. “I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,” Berman’s statement continued. “I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” he continued. “Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption. “I cherish every day that I work with...
    Oklahoma City — The wife of a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky died unexpectedly in the family's home Tuesday night at the age of 39, reports CBS Lexington affiliate WKYT-TV. Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of Republican Representative Andy Barr, passed away in Lexington, Barr's chief of staff, Mary Rosado, said in a statement. The Fayette County coroner was called to the family's home following the announcement of her passing, WKYT-TV said, adding that Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers was there for a short time, as well. He didn't offer any information about any investigation to WKYT. Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr and wife Carol Barr in undated family photo WKYT-TV Other officers told WKYT it was a family situation and the family would release information. Family members later asked WKYT to leave the area. Trending News Justice Department sues to halt release of Bolton's book Trump signs executive order on...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The wife of a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky died unexpectedly in the family’s home Tuesday night at the age of 39, news outlets reported. Eleanor Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, passed away in Lexington, Barr’s Chief of Staff Mary Rosado said in a statement. The Fayette County coroner was called to the family’s home following the announcement of her passing, WKYT-TV reported. “During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven,” the statement added. “Congressman Barr may release a more detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two beautiful daughters.” TOP STORIES Chick-fil-A apologizes for confusion after people mistake photo for supporting police FBI picked most outlandish anti-Trump dossier claims for official U.S.-Russia report Judge...
    Instagram/Rep. Andy Barr Rep. Barr and his wife pictured in December 2019. Eleanor Carol Barr, the wife of Kentucky Republican congressman Andy Barr, has died at the age of 39. Barr’s cause of death has not been made public. A statement from Barr’s chief of staff Mary Rosado read, “During this tragic time, we respectfully ask for privacy for Congressman Barr and his family to grieve Mrs. Barr being called home to heaven. Congressman Barr may release a more detailed statement at a later date, but right now is solely focused on being a father to his two beautiful daughters.” READ NEXT: Teenage Porn Star Controversy Rocks California High School
    Attorney General Bill Barr. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler announced Tuesday the committee had secured the testimony of two witnesses who can lend insight into Attorney General William Barr's “unprecedented politicization” of the Justice Department. One of the witnesses House Democrats subpoenaed is Aaron Zelinsky, who worked on the prosecution of Trump bestie Roger Stone and resigned from the team handling the case after Barr intervened in an attempt to lighten Stone's sentence. The other is John Elias, who was tasked with reviewing a fuel efficiency deal between California and big auto makers, which the Trump administration has sought to undermine. "Mr. Elias can speak to the Department's improperly motivated activity by the Antitrust Division," a statement from Nadler read.  A third witness, former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer, who served under George H.W. Bush, will also testify about "what is at stake when there is a breakdown of the Department's independence at...
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