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A Pardon for Trump? Not From Joe Biden

Former VP says he wouldn't try to stop any potential investigation into Trump after he leaves office

(Newser) - When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, it was seen as a way for the United States to heal and move on from Watergate. So, if Joe Biden became president and Donald Trump faced any charges, would he do the same? That would be a no, as would any attempt to... More »

2K Former DOJ Employees to AG Bill Barr: Resign Now

This is the second time since February

(Newser) - Once again, thousands of former Justice Department employees are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign. This time, they're peeved at the DOJ's dismissal of the Michael Flynn case , CNN and the Washington Post report. The nonprofit Protect Democracy, which previously organized an open letter signed by... More »

Judge Has 'Grave Concerns' About Mueller Report

He slams Barr's handling of the report last year

(Newser) - A federal judge says he has "grave concerns" about how Attorney General William Barr handled the release of Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation last year—and he's not convinced all the redactions were made for legitimate reasons. US District Court Judge Reggie Walton has demanded... More »

Heat on Barr Grows as Judges Call Special Meeting

National association of federal judges is worried about intervention in political cases

(Newser) - The pressure continues to be turned up on Attorney General William Barr. The independent Federal Judges Association is convening an emergency meeting Tuesday to address concerns about how the Justice Department and President Trump have intervened in high-profile political cases, reports USA Today . (Two recent examples were the cases of... More »

Barr Makes 'Highly Unusual' Legal Move

Attorney general orders review of sensitive cases, including Michael Flynn's

(Newser) - The news involving Attorney General William Barr and his Justice Department just keeps coming. The latest is a front-page story in the New York Times saying that Barr has appointed an outside prosecutor to review sensitive cases, including that of Michael Flynn. "The review is highly unusual and could... More »

Trump Responds After Barr's Surprise Criticism

President declares the legal right to direct attorney general how to handle cases

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr made big headlines Thursday when he slammed President Trump for tweeting so much about the Justice Department. Barr said those tweets—including the president's criticism of the department over the sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone—made it "impossible" for him to do... More »

Barr Has a Problem With Trump Tweets

'I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases'

(Newser) - President Trump tweeted "congratulations" to Attorney General William Barr Wednesday after the Justice Department got involved with the Roger Stone case , causing many to wonder whether Barr was acting at Trump's request on behalf of the president's longtime confidant. Now, Barr himself tells ABC News he was... More »

Former AG Holder on Bill Barr: 'Unfit' to Serve

Holder calls Barr's conduct 'nakedly partisan,' 'deeply inappropriate' in 'WaPo' op-ed

(Newser) - Past administration officials are often reluctant to take swipes at their successors, and Eric Holder is no exception—but the former attorney general is now speaking up. In a Wednesday op-ed in the Washington Post , Holder blasts AG Bill Barr for "a series of public statements and taken actions... More »

Big Clash Looms Over Upcoming Report

Attorney general disagrees with finding that FBI probe of Trump campaign was justified

(Newser) - It looks like Attorney General William Barr is going to disagree with a fundamental finding of his department's inspector general on a hot-button issue. Next week, the inspector general is expected to release a report in which he'll state that the FBI had enough information to justify opening... More »

WaPo: Barr Turned Down Trump Press Conference Request

Sources say president asked Barr to declare no laws were broken in Ukraine call

(Newser) - As the controversy over President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president deepened, Trump found out that there was something Attorney General William Barr wouldn't do for him, insiders say. The Washington Post , citing "people familiar with the matter," reports that Trump asked Barr to hold... More »

Barr: DOJ Is 'All In' on Releasing 2.2K Inmates

It marks a big policy turnaround for the AG

(Newser) - Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. But what has become a decades-long routine for Nolan behind the barbed wire, steel gates, and concrete walls of FCI Edgefield, a prison in rural South Carolina, will all change on Friday... More »

First, Comey Took on Rosenstein. Now, a New Target

Comey accuses AG Bill Barr of 'sliming' the DOJ

(Newser) - James Comey has been embroiled in a very public feud with ex-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Now the former FBI director is adding the current AG into the mix. Business Insider reports that Barr appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning and repeated his assertion that there may have been... More »

Barr: Government May Have Put 'Thumb on the Scale'

Attorney general repeats 'spying' allegation in regard to Trump campaign

(Newser) - The attorney general took flak from Democrats last month when he asserted that "spying" on the Trump campaign occurred in 2016. On Friday, William Barr made clear that he meant exactly what he said. “Government power was used to spy on American citizens,” Barr told the Wall ... More »

Attorney General Had Quite a Question for Nancy Pelosi

'Did you bring your handcuffs?'

(Newser) - Attorney General Bill Barr ran into Nancy Pelosi at a DC function Wednesday, and their overhead remarks are, in the words of the Law & Crime blog, "really something." Hard to argue with that: Barr approached Pelosi at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service and asked, "... More »

Democrats Prepare Contempt Vote

House panel to vote Wednesday on rebuking Attorney General William Barr

(Newser) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House and President Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Nadler is proposing to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department... More »

Democrat Taunts Attorney General With Chicken

Rep. Steve Cohen mocks William Barr's decision not to appear before House panel

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr opted not to appear Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, after his lengthy testimony before a Senate panel on Wednesday. As a result, Democrats are now taunting him as a chicken. Toward that end, Rep. Steve Cohen not only placed a toy chicken by Barr's... More »

Asked If He's 'Spinning,' Barr Has Succinct Answer

'No,' responds attorney general as his press conference wraps up

(Newser) - When the attorney general spoke Thursday before the release of the Mueller report, he gave what the New York Times characterized as a "vigorous defense" of President Trump. That was a similar theme, with the Hill using the phrase "robust defense." At the press conference, reporters flat... More »

Barr: 'I've Said What I'm Going to Say About the Report Today'

Attorney general says redacted version of Mueller report will be out within a week

(Newser) - The attorney general appeared before a House panel Tuesday ostensibly to talk about a mundane issue—the Justice Department's budget. Democrats, however, had a much different topic in mind— the Mueller report . So far, William Barr hasn't divulged much new information, however. He said he's still on... More »

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Full Mueller Report

Rep. Nadler said he would issue them if AG Barr doesn't change his position

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas Wednesday for special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report as Democrats pressure the Justice Department to release the document without redactions. The committee voted 24-17 to give Democratic Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler permission to issue subpoenas to the Justice Department for the final... More »

For OxyContin Maker: $270M Settlement, Potential Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma settles suit with Oklahoma for $270M

(Newser) - The maker of OxyContin has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve claims in Oklahoma that it helped fuel the opioid crisis and thereby contributed to thousands of overdose deaths, multiple news outlets are reporting. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who sued 13 opioid manufacturers for promoting opioids as safe... More »

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