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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 »

Report: Probe of Mueller Probe Is Now a Criminal Investigation

Democrats say move raises 'profound concerns'

(Newser) - The Justice Department's investigation of itself is now a criminal investigation, though it's not clear what crimes are suspected, sources say. An insider tells Politico that the investigation of the probe into Russian election interference in 2016—which became the Robert Mueller investigation—has been "escalated" from... More »

Trump Pushed a PM to Help Mueller Probe

Italy, other nations are being asked to assist with Barr's inquiry

(Newser) - In May, Attorney General William Barr asked a US attorney to run an inquiry into the roots of the Russia election interference investigation. Sometime later, NBC reports, Barr decided other countries might be able to help, and he suggested that President Trump call Australia, US officials say. So the president... More »

In the Hot Seat: William Barr

Barr was 'surprised and angry' that President Trump had dragged him into this

(Newser) - As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress, the AP reports. Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in... More »

Here's What Trump Said to Ukraine's President

White House has released a 5-page memo summarizing the call

(Newser) - The White House on Wednesday released a five-page memo summarizing the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The AP shies away from using the word "transcript," and the Washington Post explains that what was released "is a memorandum of a telephone conversation... More »

Attorney General Is Holding $30K Party at Trump Hotel

DoJ says he's not getting a discount

(Newser) - Justice Department ethics officials have decided it's OK for their boss to have a party at a hotel owned by his boss. Attorney General William Barr has booked a holiday party in December at President Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, reports the Washington Post . The party, which Barr... More »

Barr Doesn't Mention Epstein, but Reassigns Prisons Chief

Attorney General Bill Barr announced the move Monday

(Newser) - Attorney General Bill Barr has made another staff-related move in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein's suicide. Barr on Monday announced that federal Bureau of Prisons Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz would be removed from that role. Hurwitz will remain a part of BOP as assistant director of its Reentry Services... More »

Attorney General 'Appalled' at Epstein's Death

Justice Department and FBI are investigating apparent suicide

(Newser) - Among those stunned by Saturday morning's news that Jeffrey Epstein is dead is the attorney general of the US. In a statement, William Barr said he was "appalled" at news of the apparent suicide, reports the Washington Post . “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must... More »

First Federal Executions in 16 Years Are Set

'We owe it to the victims,' says AG Barr

(Newser) - Federal executions will resume later this year after a 16-year hiatus, on the orders of Attorney General William Barr. The Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five men convicted of murdering children for December and January at Indiana's US Penitentiary Terre Haute, reports CNBC . "We owe... More »

House Votes on Impeachment, Criminal Contempt Charges

The impeachment vote may signal future division

(Newser) - To impeach or not to impeach? That's been the question for House Democrats, and Wednesday they tried it—and it died. But the 332-95 vote against impeaching Trump for his racist tweets Sunday did rally 95 Democratic yeas vs 137 Democratic nays, confirming a divide in the party that... 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 »

Barr: We Found a Way to Ask Census Question

'The president is right on the legal grounds'

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr says the administration has found "a pathway" for adding a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census despite a Supreme Court ruling against it. Barr said Monday that people will "see what approach we're taking" in the next day or two, the... More »

Contempt Vote Delayed After Trump Asserts Privilege

At issue are subpoenaed census documents

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday warned of the move, and on Wednesday it came to pass. President Trump has exerted executive privilege over documents related to his administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Hill reports those documents include drafts of a letter penned by... More »

House Panel Can Now Sue Barr, Other Officials If Needed

To force compliance with congressional subpoenas

(Newser) - Brushing back calls for impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday "it's not even close" to having enough support in the House, while Democrats pushed forward on other fronts to investigate President Trump, the AP reports. The House voted 229-191 Tuesday to approve a resolution that will allow Democrats... More »

Justice Department Will Turn Over Mueller Evidence

House panel will not hold attorney general in contempt, for now

(Newser) - A House panel will get to see some of Robert Mueller's most crucial files after all. The Justice Department has struck a deal to turn over to the House Judiciary Committee "key evidence" used in the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice, reports the Washington Post . “... More »

House Panel Moves to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt

Over census question

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the AP reports. Rep. Elijah... More »

Barr Speaks Out on Treason, Spying, Mueller

He says Obama-era officials didn't commit treason 'as a legal matter'

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr doesn't believe that Obama-era officials committed treason—at least not technically. In an CBS interview due to air in full Friday, Barr said "not as a legal matter, no" when asked if treason had been committed. But he added that he had concerns about... More »

Barr Wins Unusual Power for His Own Investigation

Attorney general will be able to declassify documents

(Newser) - President Trump has given Attorney General Bill Barr the tools to "investigate the investigators"—by granting him sweeping powers to declassify documents and directing intelligence officials to cooperate with Barr. The attorney general has launched his own probe into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in... 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 »

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