William Barr

Citing Fears of a Defeated Trump Who Won’t Go Willingly, Warren Calls on Cabinet Officials to End Deployment of Federal Agents Against Protests

Specifically citing President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to leaving office if he is defeated in November as a potential flashpoint for nationwide demonstrations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday sent a letter to four senior Cabinet officials asking them to commit to not deploying any more federal agents to quell domestic protests either before or …

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Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters

An exchange about government spying powers between Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Attorney General William Barr during a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing prompted calls for an immediate explanation from the Trump administration about the legal basis for using advanced surveillance techniques on protesters nationwide. Lofgren, a California Democrat, explained in a series of tweets that …

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Watchdog Group Lays Out Case for William Barr’s Impeachment Ahead of Testimony Before Congress

The same day William Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday laid out guidelines for a formal impeachment inquiry into the attorney general to consider possible abuses of the powers of his office. The government watchdog group in a new report suggests Congress draw …

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Trump Threat to Unleash Secret Police in Other US Cities Slammed as Scheme to ‘Steal the November Election’

Amid mounting criticism over the deployment of unidentified federal agents to Portland, Oregon—where they have been driving around in unmarked vehicles and snatching people off the streets—civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump will similarly send “secret police” to other Democrat-led cites across the country as part of a 2020 campaign strategy …

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‘The Suspect Can’t Be the Investigator’: ACLU Demands Special Counsel Probe Into Barr Over Police Assault on Protesters

The ACLU is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a violent police assault last month on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators near the White House—a crackdown reportedly ordered by Attorney General William Barr. “A full, independent investigation now is necessary to hold him and any other officials who may be responsible for …

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‘Trump At His Most Corrupt’: President Commutes 40-Month Sentence of Longtime Ally Roger Stone

Government ethics watchdogs and congressional Democrats were among those outraged late Friday after President Donald Trump announced his commutation of his longtime associate Roger Stone’s 40-month sentence, in what Democratic leaders called a “transparently corrupt” move.  Trump announced Stone would not be reporting to prison four days before he was set to begin his sentence, …

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‘Most Corrupt President in Our Lifetimes’: At Barr’s Request, Trump Fires US Attorney Geoffrey Berman

At the request of Attorney General William Barr, President Donald Trump fired U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in Manhattan on Saturday, less than a day after the top prosecutor publicly disputed claims from Barr that he had resigned voluntarily. “The DOJ is not meant to be a political tool of the president. Trump and Barr …

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‘I Have Not Resigned,’ Says Federal Attorney After AG Barr Tries to Oust Him

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York whose tenure included investigations into a number of allies of President Donald Trump, said Friday night that he has “no intention of resigning” after he said he learned of his attempted ousting in a press release from Attorney General William Barr. The federal …

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‘I Have Not Resigned,’ Says Federal Judge After AG Barr Tries to Oust Him

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York whose tenure included investigations into a number of allies of President Donald Trump, said Friday night that he has “no intention of resigning” after he said he learned of his attempted ousting in a press release from Attorney General William Barr. The federal …

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‘He Must Resign’: Attorney General Barr Personally Ordered Police Assault on Peaceful DC Protesters, Report Says

Attorney General William Barr is facing demands to step down after the Washington Post reported Tuesday that the nation’s top law enforcement official personally ordered police to beat back peaceful protesters gathered near the White House Monday evening to clear the path for President Donald Trump’s walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Two anonymous federal …

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‘No Excuse’: Senate Slammed for Reauthorizing Government Spy Powers Without Crucial Privacy Protections

The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate were lambasted by rights groups Thursday for an 80-16 vote to reauthorize sweeping government surveillance powers until December 2023 without key amendments to improve privacy protections. “It should still be unthinkable to extend these spying powers to the same agencies that have so …

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If This ‘Doesn’t Give You Chills I Don’t Know What Will’: McConnell Patriot Act Expansion Would Hand AG Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers

Sen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general’s surveillance powers under FISA. McConnell’s amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the …

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House Democrats Call on Inspector General to Investigate “Improper Political Interference” of Barr’s DOJ

Amid growing public calls by outside watchdogs and other lawmakers for the resignation or possible impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, members of the House Judiciary Committee late Friday afternoon called on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to open an official probe into the politicization of the DOJ under Barr’s leadership. In a …

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‘A Cancer on Justice in This Nation’: Fresh Demand for Barr’s Resignation—or Impeachment—After Flynn Charges Dropped

Fresh demands for the resignation or impeachment of U.S. Attorney General William Barr have started stacking up since the Department of Justice on Thursday dropped its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which critics have condemned as a decision designed to politically benefit President Donald Trump. “We are a nation of laws yet …

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