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    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The signing of free agent linebacker Anthony Barr could nudge young star Micah Parsons closer to being primarily a pass rusher for the Dallas Cowboys. The club also had depth in mind with the addition of Barr, a four-time Pro Bowler who spent his first eight seasons in Minnesota. Dallas had shown interest in him long before training camp in California. Barr is starting his stint with the Cowboys on the physically unable to perform list, not for an injury but because the club is taking a conservative approach getting the 30-year-old ready for camp practices. Parsons had 13 sacks on his way to winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, tied for the third-most for a first-year player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Because of injuries early last season, there were times Parsons played the majority of his snaps at defensive end, and the Cowboys usually had two other linebackers on the field. The addition of Barr means the top three choices in the new mix, which includes Leighton Vander Esch, are...
    The first testimony shown at the first public hearings of the January 6 Committee on Thursday evening was a recorded deposition of former Attorney General William Barr, who had voluntarily agreed to testify in closed-door proceedings. It was not clear whether Barr understood that in providing a deposition, he was agreeing to an on-camera appearance in public, without context, without the protections of legal counsel, and without cross-examination by the opposition. Barr was shown saying that he tried to explain to then-President Donald Trump that he believed claims of election fraud were “bullshit,” after the Department of Justice had said that it would follow up on any leads about attempts to distort the vote. Barr’s skepticism has long been a matter of public record, and it led to his resignation from the Cabinet prior to the end of President Trump’s term in office. He defended Trump’s performance in office but changed his view of Trump after January 6. Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School commented on the use of Barr: It is fascinating to watch Thompson...
    Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed "impeachable conduct" and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.Amash's comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress saying the President's conduct meets the "threshold for impeachment."Justin Amash is the loneliest Republican in CongressAmash is a rare GOP critic of Trump and previously said Trump's conduct in pressuring then-FBI Director James Comey could merit impeachment. In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Amash said he believed "few members of Congress even read" special counsel Robert Mueller's report and that the report itself established "multiple examples" of Trump committing obstruction of justice. "Contrary to Barr's portrayal, Mueller's report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," Amash said in a string of messages on Twitter. Here are my principal conclusions:1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller's report.2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.3. Partisanship has eroded our system of...
    President Biden on Friday nominated Obama-era Treasury official Michael Barr to serve as the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator after his controversial first pick withdrew her nomination.  If confirmed, Barr would serve as the Fed's vice chairman for supervision, overseeing the nation's largest financial firms including J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup.  Barr served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations and currently works as a law professor the University of Michigan. The Fed seat has a 10-year term.  'While I'm doing everything in my power to lower prices for families, the Federal Reserve plays a critical role in fighting inflation and Barr will make a strong Vice Chair for Supervision,' Biden said in a statement.    'Barr has spent his career protecting consumers, and during his time at Treasury, played a critical role in creating both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the position for which I am nominating him,' Biden continued.  Barr will now have to clear the Senate Banking Committee and sit for a hearing before going for a vote before the full Senate. The Senate...
    Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr may not be able to solve the mystery of whether Melania Trump really knows how to speak five languages, but he does believe that the former first lady was “smarter” than her husband, former President Donald Trump. Perhaps Barr has reason to make this assertion in his new memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another.” Melania Trump pushed her husband to hire him, he reveals, according to The Independent. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at the Justice Department in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP) Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP In the book, the controversial Barr recounts a conversation he had with the then-President, who told him that Melania was solely responsible for him being hired to join Trump’s administration and serve as the chief lawyer for the U.S. government, The Independent reported. Trump confessed to Barr: “We were watching the hearing together, and when I got angry, she said, ‘Are you crazy? Look at him. Right out of central casting. He looks and acts like an Attorney General! Leave...
    When William Barr was serving as U.S. attorney general in 2019 and 2020, his critics often lambasted him for being one of then-President Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders — and for claiming that the Mueller Report was more favorable to Trump than it actually was. But Trump’s relationship with Barr went sour in a big way following the 2020 presidential election when Barr refused to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledged that now-President Joe Biden had legitimately won. Barr has kept a relatively low profile during Biden’s 13 months in the White House. But he discussed the 2020 election and the late 2020/early 2021 lame duck period during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, which is schedule to air this Sunday night, March 6. Some highlights of the interview have already aired on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “The sit-down with Holt is Barr's first televised interview since he stepped down as attorney general in late December 2020,” NBC News reporter Dareh Gregorian explains. “Barr is publishing a new book about his time in the Trump...
    (CNN)It's generally a good rule to judge people by those who work most closely with them.Which makes what former Attorney General Bill Barr thinks of Donald Trump all the more important -- and intriguing. In excerpts of his forthcoming book obtained by the Washington Post, Barr takes a decidedly dim view of the former President after working closely together for much of the final two years of his time in office. Of Trump, Barr writes at one point:"People are worthwhile to Trump only as means to his ends — as utensils. When they don't help him get what he wants, they are useless."That is as concise -- and accurate -- of a description I have seen yet of the purely transactional nature of how Trump engages with the everyone he meets. For Trump, you are useful to him if you are willing to do what he wants you to do. The second you stop doing exactly what he wants you to do, you turn into an impediment to him -- and the enemy.Read More(This is not to excuse Barr and...
    Former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillary Clinton on Durham report: 'Trump & Fox are desperately spinning up a fake scandal' 36 percent in Texas poll think Biden didn't win election legitimately Durham alleges cyber analysts 'exploited' access to Trump White House server MORE is sitting down for an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, his first since leaving former President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge strikes down part of Biden surprise billing rules in win for doctors Overnight Defense & National Security — More Western pressure as Russia moves in Jan. 6 defendant who said 'this is war' on social media sentenced to 45 days in jail MORE's administration.  The hour-long special will air in primetime on March 6 at 9 p.m., the network said.  Highlights from the conversation will air next Thursday on "NBC Nightly News" and the following Friday on the "Today" show. Barr will also speak with anchor Savannah Guthrie for a live one-on-one interview on March 7 on "Today." Barr is doing the NBC spots as he looks to promote his upcoming book, "One Damn Thing After Another," which NBC called "a candid memoir documenting...
    A conservative pundit is warning that a second Trump presidency could be far worse than the first. In fact, he believes Americans will remember his first presidency “with a certain sense of nostalgia” if he's elected again in 2024. On Wednesday, February 2, Charlie Sykes —founder of the conservative news website The Bulwark— wrote a piece highlighting how a second Trump term would differ from the first. Although the former president had a number of loyalists and sycophants in his corner who were willing to distort the rule of law, Sykes noted that even they had boundaries. "So, this is worth thinking about: Pence, Barr, and Giuliani were not merely Trump loyalists: over the last four years, they had repeatedly shown a willingness to rationalize, lie, cover-up, bully, bluster, and bend the law for Trump’s benefit," Sykes wrote. "But it turned out there were lines they would not cross. There was a Barr-Pence Line — and apparently even a Giuliani Line — beyond which there be dragons." He pointed to Trump's efforts to overturn the presidential election and former...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr was reportedly served a summons on Thursday at his home in the pricy Washington, D.C. suburb of McLean, Virginia. The summons requires that Barr respond to a suit brought by Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen regarding the alleged violation of his First Amendment rights in 2020. According to Cohen's lawyer Andrew Laufer, Barr was "wearing shorts and did not appear happy." The lawsuit is part of a case against both Barr and Trump alleging that they were personally involved in his release to house arrest during the COVID-19 crisis that was spreading through prisons. As a non-violent offender, Cohen would have been released to house arrest, but was required to sign a statement that he would not do interviews or publish a book. Such a request would violate Cohen's First Amendment rights, his lawyer argued. Cohen took the suit up the chain to a judge who shot down the demand, agreeing that the move was retaliation. "I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail...
    Getty Vikings nose tackle Michael Pierce exited the first half of Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns with an elbow injury. The biggest presence on the Minnesota Vikings defensive line could be missing in the team’s NFC North opener against the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce battled an elbow injury throughout practice last week but was given the go on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He reaggravated the injury and exited the Browns game at the end of the first half. Coach Mike Zimmer revealed Pierce would undergo an MRI on Sunday. Zimmer had not gotten any word of the results of the procedure before his Monday press conference. Third-year defensive tackle Armon Watts replaced Pierce on Sunday and performed well, producing a 69.3 Pro Football Focus defensive grade and a 71.6 run defense grade. Pierce’s status will likely be updated on Wednesday when the first injury report of the week is due. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Zimmer Expects...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has been ruled out for the season opener at Cincinnati because of a nagging knee injury that kept him on the sideline for much of the preseason. The Vikings also listed rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw as out for the game on Sunday against the Bengals, with their first-round draft pick still catching up after a second offseason surgery on his midsection to address a groin injury he had in college. Rashod Hill is the starter. Barr tore his pectoral muscle in the second game of 2020 and missed the remainder of the season. Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday “he’s close” to being ready to play. Newcomer Nick Vigil, who played the first four seasons of his career in Cincinnati, will start in Barr’s place at the strong side spot and make the calls for the defense. Another free agent addition this season, wide receiver Dede Westbrook, is at full speed after being brought along slowly upon his arrival at the start of training camp. He tore the ACL in...
    The new book I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker includes many first-hand accounts of conversations former Attorney General Bill Barr had with other officials in Donald Trump's administration. While the book doesn't say whether or not Barr was a source, many stories including Barr attempt to portray him as a one of few pushing back against Trump's more harebrained ideas. In one incident, in April 2020, Trump was raging over Christopher Wray being in control of the FBI. He wanted Wray fired just as he'd done with James Comey. Trump also wanted to get rid of former deputy director of the FBI, David Bowdich and replace him with Kash Patel, a former aide to Devin Nunes who worked to discredit Robert Mueller's investigation. According to the book, "in private conversations with colleagues, Barr called Patel a 'walking disaster.'" He went on to tell Trump that he would quit on the spot. "Mr. President, if you try to make Kash Patel the deputy director I will resign immediately. No ifs, ands, or buts," said Barr, according...
    If there was any doubt that Jan. 20 signaled the rebirth of the nanny state, the slew of executive actions signed by President Joe Biden on his first days in the Oval Office confirmed that it has returned with a vengeance. In addition to revealing his long love affair with regulatory power, Biden made clear that virtually any actions undertaken by his predecessor were ipso facto bad to the bone and must be revoked, rescinded and condemned. Take, for example, Executive Order No. 13992, signed the afternoon of Jan. 20 and titled, “Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation.” The document is a paean to the regulatory behemoth that has grown to immense proportions in Washington, D.C., in recent decades. E.O. 13992 does not even try to disguise its preference for “regulatory tools” to undo the “harmful policies and directives” of the previous quadrennium, especially former President Donald Trump’s failure to enact “racial justice” or address “climate change.” This particular executive order, the eighth in Biden’s opening salvo, criticizes by name a series of actions undertaken...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr has said that Donald Trump's allegations of election fraud and his claims that the Presidency was 'stolen' from him 'precipitated' the DC riots, in his first TV interview since resigning. Barr was asked about Trump and his campaign's claims about the legitimacy of the election, and appeared to take a swipe at his former boss.    ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo asked Barr: 'Perhaps the debate about the integrity of the election was the final straw?' Barr replied: 'I think that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill' He added: 'I think it's always important to remember most people are exercising their First Amendment rights but there is a substantial group obviously that went far beyond that and broke into the Capitol and tried to interfere with the proceedings and that's unacceptable.'  ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo asked Barr: 'Perhaps the debate about the integrity of the election was the final straw?' Barr replied: 'I think that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill' 'Regardless...
    CLICK HERE if you’re having trouble viewing this gallery on a mobile device. Vaccine moonshot by John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, PA Marshall Ramsey SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds Biden Wins The Race by Peter Kuper, PoliticalCartoons.com How The Trump Stole The Election by R.J. Matson, CQ Roll Call GOP Alternate Universe by Dave Whamond, Canada, PoliticalCartoons.com MAGA Mind by Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT Loyalty Oaf by Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT Canned Trump by Bill Day, Tallahassee, FL Barr The Toady Preserved by Bob Englehart, PoliticalCartoons.com Lowering The Barr by Randall Enos, Easton, CT Christmas Bedtime Stories by David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star, Tucson, AZ Scientists Rock by Bruce Plante, PoliticalCartoons.com Its over by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian Mike Luckovich Michael Ramirez ...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is set to hold a press briefing on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.  This comes on the day that followed an Electoral College vote that confirms President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 general election, a result that outgoing President Donald Trump has not conceded he lost. It also comes one day after the resignation (ouster?) of Attorney General William Barr was announced by President Trump via Twitter. Coincidentally, the last briefing, held on December 2nd, came just after news broke that Barr had appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a special counsel, tasked with probing the origins of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. McEnany will almost certainly face questions about Barr’s departure, President Trump’s refusal to concede, despite losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, as well as his continued baseless claims that the election was somehow stolen. Also, the United States passed another grim milestone in recent days, recording over 300,000 confirmed total deaths from Covid-19, another issue that will likely come up. Earlier in the day, President Trump retweeted a specious...
    White House communications director Alyssa Farah is resigning from her post after less than a year in the job - a tactic admission the President Donald Trump is not returning for a second term. She is the most senior member of the administration to depart since the election, which Trump has still not conceded.   Farah took the senior communications job in April 2020 as part of a team new Chief of Staff Mark Meadows brought in to shake up the press shop. She knew Meadows from when she worked for him on Capitol Hill. In September 2017 she became Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary and moved to the Pentagon in two years later to serve as its spokesperson.  White House communications director Alyssa Farah is resigning from her post, the first senior aide to leave since the election President Donald Trump has refused to concede the contest to President-elect Joe Biden Farah's last day is on Friday, and she plans to start a consulting firm focusing on the corporate, political and defense realms, according to The Washington Post, which...
    Attorney General Bill Barr tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning, hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE announced they tested positive for the virus, a Department of Justice spokesperson told MSNBC. Barr was tested “out of an abundance of caution,” though he hadn’t been in the same room as Trump since Saturday, at a reception for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court.  Other key administration officials such as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPope declined to meet with Pompeo The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi, Mnuchin make last-ditch effort for COVID-19 relief...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson is not used to losing, coming from college powerhouse LSU. His first two professional games with the Minnesota Vikings have been about as defeating as a player could experience in the sport. After going 34-7 in three years with the Tigers, who won the national championship in 2019, Jefferson has found himself not only on the beginning of the learning curve for an NFL offense but dealing with the unfamiliar feeling of inferiority on the field. The Vikings still have plenty of their schedule left to play, but they’ve been soundly beaten by Green Bay and Indianapolis over the first two weeks of this strange pandemic season. “We’ve just got to bounce back and find that energy that this organization has been having for the last couple years,” said Jefferson, the 22nd overall selection in the draft. LSU never had a losing streak while the dynamic wide receiver was with the program. Neither did Destrehan High School, where he went in suburban New Orleans. Now a Vikings team that has not posted a...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Off to an 0-2 start while trying to acclimate several new pieces into Mike Zimmer’s defense, the Minnesota Vikings suffered another big blow on Monday. Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle sustained in Minnesota’s 28-11 loss at Indianapolis a day earlier. Barr was placed on injured reserve on Monday. “Anthony was our first draft pick that we’ve had when we came here,” Zimmer said. “A big, integral part of the defense. Good leader, great guy. It’s tearing him up inside that he’s not going to be able to play but … we’ve got to move on.” The Vikings have started 0-2 for the first time with Zimmer as coach. The defense — Zimmer’s calling card — has struggled to stop the Colts and Green Bay Packers, while the offense has been unable to sustain any momentum. Minnesota has allowed 35.5 points and 438 yards per game, the second- and fourth-highest totals in the league, respectively, through the first two weeks. The Vikings were...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “This is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department and we’re on the forefront of this fight," Barr said. President Donald Trump's administration in August awarded $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for victims of human trafficking. “It's only by cooperating with all our partners, our state and local partners and those in the private sector that we're going to be able to make any progress and ultimately end the victimization of those boys and girls,” Barr said. The wife of the Republican Kemp, Marty Kemp, has made human trafficking a focus of her work as Georgia's first lady. “The governor and the first lady here have been second to...
    ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “This is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department and we’re on the forefront of this fight,” Barr said. President Donald Trump’s administration in August awarded $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for victims of human trafficking. “It’s only by cooperating with all our partners, our state and local partners and those in the private sector that we’re going to be able to make any progress and ultimately end the victimization of those boys and girls,” Barr said. The wife of the Republican Kemp, Marty Kemp, has made human trafficking a focus of her work as Georgia’s first lady. “The governor and the first lady here have been second to none in the nation...
    ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “This is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department and we’re on the forefront of this fight,” Barr said. President Donald Trump’s administration in August awarded $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for victims of human trafficking. “It’s only by cooperating with all our partners, our state and local partners and those in the private sector that we’re going to be able to make any progress and ultimately end the victimization of those boys and girls,” Barr said. The wife of the Republican Kemp, Marty Kemp, has made human trafficking a focus of her work as Georgia’s first lady. “The governor and the first lady here have been second to none in the nation...
    As time expires on President Trump’s first term and a turbulent election looms, Attorney General William Barr addressed the elephant in the room at the Justice Department. During a speech for Hillsdale College on Sept. 16th, Barr noted that its career prosecutors can “sometimes become headhunters” who fuel the “criminalization of politics.” Alarmingly, he said “I see it everyday.” Though he didn’t name names or cite cases, there’s a straight line to Russiagate. A 30-something FBI lawyer named Kevin Clinesmith pled guilty last month to altering a government e-mail in order to improperly obtain a FISA Warrant against Carter Page, thereby gaining a window of surveillance into the Trump Campaign. Similarly young DOJ prosecutors, Jonathan Kravis, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando resigned en masse from the February trial of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone after Barr rebuked their grossly excessive 7-9 year recommended sentence for a 67-year-old, first-time, non-violent offender. Barr compared the situation to school children: “Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it’s no way to...
    Joe Biden is taking heat for misstating several facts during a CNN town hall in Pennsylvania, where he misled undecided voters about a number of points, including that he’d be the first president without an Ivy League degree and that President Trump hasn’t condemned white supremacists. Biden, 77, boasted during Thursday’s town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper that he’d be first commander-in-chief to not have an Ivy League education on his résumé, seemingly unaware that President Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980, went to Illinois’ Eureka College while several other presidents didn’t even get a college degree. “When you guys started talking on television about ‘Biden, if he wins will be the first person without an Ivy League degree to be elected president,’ I said, ‘Who the hell makes you think I need an Ivy League degree to be president?’” Biden said. “I’m not joking.” The Washington Post, however, noted that “no reporter said that,” adding that neither Biden nor his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, had attended an Ivy League institution. That makes the Biden-Harris ticket the first such...
    https://siteeditor.abcotvs.com/SiteEditor/index.htm#Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19 at a CNN drive-in town hall crowd Thursday night in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.The Democratic presidential nominee faced a half-dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine in the town hall from moderator Anderson Cooper and audience members.ABC News fact-checked what Biden said during the town hall event. Click here for the original ABC News report.EMBED More News Videos Joe Biden fielded questions during CNN town hall in Pennsylvania on September 17, 2020. Biden misstated attorney general's comment on slavery, lockdownsBiden's claim: Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to respond to those "who say it's individual liberty to not wear a mask." Biden said, "Well let me tell you something. You know I -- What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous. That it's like slavery. You're taking away freedom. I would tell you what takes away your freedom. What takes away your freedom is not being able to see your kid, not being able to go to...
    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 that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment.'"Barr went on to tell Blitzer that he...
    Even before he arrived to be Donald Trump’s personal attorney general, William Barr engaged in attacks against the Department of Justice investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Shortly after his approval by Senate Republicans, he appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to begin an investigation into the investigation. After more than a year, Durham’s investigation has resulted in its first charges … sort of. Because the single charge is actually something that showed up in a review of the case by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz last December. The single charge is directed at former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith and concerns the FISA warrant issued for the surveillance of Carter Page. In obtaining that warrant, Clinesmith was asked to make sure that Page was not an active source for an “other government agency,” almost certainly the CIA. Clinesmith apparently obtained this assurance, but sent an email that made it appear as if the statement had come from someone at the “other agency” rather than himself. And that is the crime for which he was indicted on Friday—a crime which, according to Horowitz’s report, did...
    Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to forging a document that was used to renew surveillance against Carter Page. The formal charge is one felony count of making a false statement–it is currently unclear under which exact federal statute Clinesmith will be charged. According to the New York Times, 38-year-old Clinesmith reached a deal with U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham over the altered Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) email which was used by FBI investigators to obtain permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court to maintain a wiretap on Page in 2017. Per that report, Clinesmith’s attorneys insist he was simply trying “to clarify facts for a colleague” but made a mistake–apparently resulting in the falsified email used to keep the spying operation afloat. The Friday announcement comes as a minor point of vindication for President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated but largely unproven claims that unlawful spying was conducted against him by the outgoing administration of Barack Obama in an effort to kneecap the 45th presidency. Clinesmith In June...
    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, Clinesmith's attorney told The Associated Press on Friday. Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation. Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was "not a source" for another government agency. Page has said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Clinesmith is being charged in federal court in Washington and is expected to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement, his attorney Justin Shur told The Associated Press. Durham was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr last year to investigate the...
    He came, he saw, he ate their lunch. Bill Barr, denied a meal break, made himself a happy meal out of Democratic amateurs. Another congressional hearing, another Dem disaster. They planned a public hanging of the attorney general and spent weeks constructing their scaffold. He is corrupt, a liar, a toady, they and their media handmaidens assured us, and the House Judiciary Committee will reveal all. Two obstacles quickly became apparent. The first is that the Dems were led by Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose rabidness is exceeded only by his haplessness. The start was delayed because Nadler was in a minor car accident. That was obviously an omen, but Nadler doesn’t take hints, so he plowed forward into a head-on crash with a heavyweight opponent superior in ­every way. Nadler specializes in duds, demanding that former special counsel Robert Mueller testify a year ago, only to see the Russia, Russia, Russia hysteria collapse on national TV. Then Nadler, bearing a lifetime grudge against President Trump, did such a terrible job in the first impeachment hearings on Ukraine that Speaker Nancy...
    New York’s own Rep. Jerry Nadler was in two car crashes Tuesday. The first left him uninjured but delayed the start of the House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr. In the second, he humiliated himself with his long-winded, unhinged attacks on the AG. Nadler’s opening statement ran over 1,000 words, all to insist that Barr “has twisted the Department of Justice into a shadow of its former self, capable of serving most Americans only after it has served those in power.” Barr has been “flooding federal law enforcement into the streets of American cities, against the wishes of the state and local leaders of those cities, to forcefully and unconstitutionally suppress dissent,” Nadler claims. see also Your rudeness isnt recognized! Reps Jordan, Nadler clash at AG Barr hearing A House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday featuring Attorney General William... In fact, the Justice Department doesn’t have the staff to “flood” many cities, and its main program to send in help operates only with local agreement — such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s OK earlier this week....
    In his first-ever appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr will condemn the "grave abuses" in the "bogus Russiagate scandal," while also highlighting Black-on-Black violence and defending law enforcement officers in no uncertain terms, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks obtained by Fox News on Monday night. Barr's unusually aggressive posture will be matched by a full-throated defense from GOP lawmakers on the panel, including ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Fox News is told. "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," Barr is expected to say at the outset of his remarks. "Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today." Barr will go on to deny that Trump has improperly interfered with any...
    The leader of MS-13 has been charged with terrorism amid a nationwide crackdown on the group, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The indictment, unsealed in Virginia against Melgar Diaz, marked the first time the Justice Department has brought terrorism charges against a member of MS-13. Attorney General William Barr described Diaz as "the person who would green-light assassinations" for the gang in the United States. Four unidentified members of the Mara Salvatrucha "MS-13" show their tattoos in the unit where they are kept imprisoned in the National Penitentiary in Tamara. (AFP via Getty Images) Prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty against Alexi Saenz, another MS-13 leader in Long Island, N.Y. charged in seven killings, including those of two high school students slain with a machete and a baseball bat. "We believe the monsters who murder children should be put to death," Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that his administration would not rest before bringing every member of the gang to justice. The announcement came a day after grand juries in New York City and Nevada...
    The federal government executed an inmate for the first time in nearly two decades on Tuesday morning. Daniel Lewis Lee was convicted on May 4, 1999, of killing three members of an Arkansas family: William Frederick Mueller, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller, and his 8-year-old stepdaughter Sarah Elizabeth Powell. The Department of Justice executed Lee at the federal prison near Terre Haute, Ind., on Tuesday, the first federal execution carried out since 2003. Lee was scheduled to die at 4 p.m. on Monday but a federal court delayed his execution in a last-minute ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court resolved the issue at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, putting out an unsigned 5-4 ruling overturning the Monday stay, according to the Associated Press. “I didn’t do it,” Lee said in his final remarks. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer … You’re killing an innocent man.” Lee’s attorney Ruth Friedman released a statement following her client’s execution. Friedman said that amid the chaos of the court rulings and confusion in the Department of Justice...
    The U.S. government carried out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Tuesday. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, died by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didn’t do it,” Lee said just before he was executed, according to the Associated Press. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. ... You’re killing an innocent man.” Lee was a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl, according to the Justice Department. He robbed and shot the family, covered and sealed their heads with plastic bags, weighed them down with rocks, and threw them into a bayou. He was convicted by a jury more than 20 years ago. Hours earlier, the Supreme Court ruled that Lee could be executed even after a lower court issued a ruling to stop it. The Supreme Court, in their 5-4 ruling, said Lee and the other three death row inmates who sued to stop their executions "have not established that they are likely to...
    The U.S. government carried out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Tuesday. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, died by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didn’t do it,” Lee said just before he was executed, according to the Associated Press. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. ... You’re killing an innocent man.” Lee was a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl, according to the Justice Department. He robbed and shot the family, covered and sealed their heads with plastic bags, weighed them down with rocks, and threw them into a bayou. He was convicted by a jury more than 20 years ago. Hours earlier, the Supreme Court ruled that Lee could be executed even after a lower court issued a ruling to stop it. The Supreme Court, in their 5-4 ruling, said Lee and the other three death row inmates who sued to stop their executions "have not established that they are likely to...
    The Justice Department filed an emergency appeal after a federal judge blocked its first scheduled execution over coronavirus concerns. The move came Friday evening after Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, chief judge in the Southern District of Indiana, filed an injunction that prohibits the chief law enforcement agency from executing Daniel Lewis Lee, who was found guilty of murdering a family of three, including an 8-year-old child. The family of the victims, Nancy Mueller and Sarah Powell, argued that there was "no legitimate reason" for Lee's execution to continue as scheduled due to the coronavirus outbreaks in prisons. Magnus-Stinson said the order would be lifted if federal authorities demonstrated a “reasonable consideration of the plaintiffs’ right to be present for the execution.” In response, the DOJ argued it planned to "take an extensive array of precautions to mitigate the risk," further adding that if executions were postponed until the procurement of a coronavirus vaccine, it would create “an indefinite delay.” “Although the government endeavors to facilitate attendance by victims’ family members who wish to attend a scheduled execution,...
    The Justice Department is going forward with plans to resume federal executions for the first time in more than a decade. Attorney General William Barr has instructed the Bureau of Prisons to proceed with three scheduled lethal injections in Indiana next week, resuming federal executions for the first time in more than 15 years, according to the Associated Press. The move has been criticized by those who oppose the death penalty and those who feel that the coronavirus is too dangerous to bring people together for executions. “Why would anybody who is concerned about public health and safety want to bring in people from all over the country for three separate execution in the span of five days to a virus hot spot?” Robert Dunham of the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonpartisan organization that collects information on capital punishment, asked. Barr denied that the move is political, arguing that the government has an obligation to carry out death sentences imposed by courts and owes it to the families of victims. “The American people, acting through Congress...
    Attorney General William Barr's team was in for a shock when it met with special counsel Robert Mueller before his report was released, according to a forthcoming book. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote about Barr's "first chance" to assess the Russia investigation in early March 2019 in True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump, an excerpt of which was published last week by the New Yorker. He described a "fairly relaxed session" in which Mueller "gave a brief introduction" to Barr and his staff, who later reflected on how the former FBI director didn't live up to expectations. "Later, Barr’s team noted that Mueller looked tired and old. Because Mueller had been the focus of so much public attention for nearly two years and said so little in public, he had taken on an almost mythic status, even among people who once knew him well, like Barr. To see him after this exhausting enterprise was startling. He was an old seventy-four," Toobin wrote in the book that is set for release in August. They weren't the only...
    The US Justice Department has scheduled the executions of four federal inmates for the first time since 2003 after months of legal challenges. Attorney General William Barr has ordered the executions to begin in July of the men on death-row, who were all convicted of killing children. The inmates had accused the government of trying to hasten their execution and of not following proper methods. Mr Barr on Monday said they had "received full and fair proceedings". "The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death," Mr Barr said. "We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system." Last July, Mr Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to revise the government's execution protocol to use a single drug in order to resume the federal death penalty. Executions were scheduled for last December, but the inmates issued legal challenges. ...
    Daniel Lewis Lee, 47-year-old avowed white supremacist, was scheduled to be put to death on Monday for the 1996 murder of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl in Arkansas Four death-row inmates, including a white supremacist, have been scheduled for execution by the Justice Department, and will be the first prisoners to be put to death since 2003. The Justice Department set new dates for executing the four men starting in mid-July following a months-long legal battle that held back the plan.  The inmates who will be executed include among them Daniel Lewis Lee, 48, an avowed white supremacist, convicted for the 1996 murder of a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl in Arkansas. Wesley Ira Purkey, 68, of Kansas, will be executed for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. A third man scheduled for death is Dustin Lee Honken, 52, who killed five people in Iowa, including two children.  Also to be executed is Keith Dwayne Nelson, 45, who kidnapped a 10-year-old girl who was rollerblading in front of her Kansas...
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