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'Straight Shooter' Garland Is Our New Attorney General

McConnell was among the Republicans who voted to confirm Biden nominee

(Newser) - There's a new attorney general in town—and a new vacancy on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Merrick Garland, the court's chief judge, was confirmed as attorney general in a 70-30 Senate vote Wednesday, CBS reports. The confirmation comes almost five years to the day after former...

Pedestrian's Glasses Found in State AG's Car After Fatal Crash

Jason Ravnsborg now facing possible impeachment in South Dakota

(Newser) - "His face was in your windshield, Jason." That was among the commentary that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had to contend with during two interviews with law enforcement days after the Sept. 12 crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian. Gov. Kristi Noem released videos...

Garland to Senators: 'I Am Not the President's Lawyer'

in Senate confirmation hearing, he says Capitol riot inquiry would be his top priority

(Newser) - Five years after Barack Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland is finally getting a Senate confirmation hearing—for a different role. Garland, nominated to be President Biden's attorney general , told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday that his first priority would be the investigation of the...

State AG Hit With Charges in Deadly Crash

Jason Ravnsborg charged with 3 misdemeanors after hitting pedestrian Joseph Boever

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will see three misdemeanor charges, not felony ones, after he hit and killed pedestrian Joseph Boever, 55, in September. Ravnsborg said he initially thought he'd hit a deer on a dark rural road, but he didn't find one in a search; when...

Report: Merrick Garland Will Be Biden's Attorney General
Biden Confirms He's
Going With Merrick Garland

Biden Confirms He's Going With Merrick Garland

Says his pick for attorney general will 'restore the independence of the department'

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden has announced Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general, saying the federal appeals court judge and three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions will "restore the independence of the department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency" and...

State AG's Fate Could Hinge on Unusual Piece of Debris

Jason Ravnsborg was involved in a fatal crash on Sept. 12

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck and killed a pedestrian while driving on Sept. 12—and 3 1/2 months later, prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge Ravnsborg in the matter, to the displeasure of Gov. Kristi Noem. "To have more than 100 days go by without...

New Statements by Outgoing Barr Won't Please Trump

Attorney general says no need for special counsels on election fraud or Hunter Biden

(Newser) - William Barr's last day as attorney general is Wednesday, and he's going out in a way that surely won't please President Trump. In a news conference Monday, Barr said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate claims of election fraud or the business...

10 States Make a Big Accusation Against 'Goliath'

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lines up a lawsuit

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday announced a multistate lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of "anti-competitive conduct" in the online advertising industry, the AP reports. Paxton said Google is using its "monopolistic power" to control pricing of online advertisements, fixing the market in its favor...

Trump Says Barr Has Resigned
Trump Says Barr Has Resigned

Trump Says Barr Has Resigned

'He has done an outstanding job!'

(Newser) - Minutes after California's Electoral College votes made President-elect Joe Biden's victory official , President Trump made a big announcement—but it wasn't a concession. Trump said Attorney General William Barr has resigned and will be leaving his administration as of Dec. 23, reports Reuters . "Just had a...

Hunter Biden Says He Is Facing Federal Investigation

US Attorney's office in Delaware is looking into his tax affairs

(Newser) - Hunter Biden, son of President-elect Joe Biden, confirmed Wednesday that his tax affairs are under federal investigation. "I learned yesterday for the first time that the US Attorney's Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs," he said in...

Trump May Have One More Attorney General This Term

3 outlets say William Barr is considering resigning before Jan. 20

(Newser) - It's looking more and more likely that William Barr will not serve out the end of President Trump's term as attorney general. Last week, reports emerged that Trump was "livid" with Barr after the attorney general announced he had found no evidence of widespread election fraud. On...

With 48 Days Left, Trump May Still Fire Barr
Bill Barr May Be Out Sooner
Than the Inauguration
the rundown

Bill Barr May Be Out Sooner Than the Inauguration

Reports say president is furious with AG over inaction in John Durham's investigation

(Newser) - William Barr's days as attorney general may be numbered, and not just because Inauguration Day approaches. Multiple outlets are reporting that President Trump is furious with Barr, one of his most loyal Cabinet officials, and may fire him before leaving office. Coverage:
  • What Trump says: The president could have

Barr Breaks With Trump on Election Fraud Claims

'We have not seen fraud on a scale' that would change the outcome, he says

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr is known for his loyalty to President Trump—but he's not backing the president up on his claims of widespread election fraud. Barr says FBI agents and US attorneys have been following up allegations of irregularities, but they haven't uncovered anything that would change...

Barr Reportedly Isn't Happy With New Trump Pressure

President wants report on Russia investigation released before election, which looks unlikely

(Newser) - President Trump is making it very clear that he wants his attorney general to take action before the election against top Democrats such as former President Obama and Joe Biden over the origins of the Russia investigation. Trump's public pressure is reportedly causing new friction with William Barr, though...

7 Aides to State AG Say He's Breaking the Law

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has a new problem on his plate

(Newser) - Bad news for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Several of his top aides are asking the feds to investigate him for alleged crimes including abuse of office and bribery, KVUE reports. "We have a good faith belief that the Attorney General is violating federal and/or state law, including prohibitions...

AG Wants Delay in Release of Breonna Taylor Proceedings

Grand jury recordings were to come out today

(Newser) - Kentucky's attorney general is seeking to delay the release of secret grand-jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case just as audio recordings were set to be released to the public. Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office filed a motion asking for a week's delay to enable the redaction...

Barr Likens COVID Shutdowns to Slavery
Barr Floats Idea of Sedition
Charges Against Protesters
the rundown

Barr Floats Idea of Sedition Charges Against Protesters

Attorney general also says shutdowns are biggest intrusion on civil liberties since slavery

(Newser) - The attorney general is making all kinds of headlines this week as he slams COVID-19 shutdowns, considers a big charge against protesters, and faults prosecutors in his own Justice Department. Coverage about William Barr:
  • Volatile words: During a Q&A at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Wednesday, Barr was asked

Family of Man Killed by SD AG: 'A Deer Doesn't Look Like a Human'

Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer, but 'I didn't see what I hit'

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he only learned he'd killed a man when he came upon the body several hours after reporting a collision late Saturday. Joe Boever, 55, was struck and killed while walking along Highway 14 west of Highmore around 10:30pm. Ravnsborg, who was...

After 550 'G-Rated' Texts to Colleague, Alaska AG Steps Down

A married Kevin Clarkson sent the messages to much younger female worker's personal phone

(Newser) - Alaska's attorney general is stepping down after a joint investigation by the Alaska Daily News and ProPublica revealed a series of "uncomfortable" texts he'd sent to a much younger female colleague. Per the ADN , Gov. Mike Dunleavy said on Tuesday that Kevin Clarkson had resigned, after first...

Nadler: 'Shame On You, Mr. Barr'
Nadler to Barr:
'Shame on You'

Nadler to Barr: 'Shame on You'

AG appears at combative House hearing

(Newser) - After 18 months in office, Attorney General William Barr made his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday—and he clashed with Democrats, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler, right from the start. In his opening remarks, Nadler, the committee chairman, said the Trump administration had "twisted the Department of...

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