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Judge Orders Justice Dept. To Release Trump Obstruction Memo
"Hi Mike Rossi are reporting a judge orders the justice department to release the trump obstruction memo a federal judge has ordered the release of the trump era justice department legal memorandum prepared for then Attorney General William Barr prior to announcing his conclusion that president Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation the group citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington filed a freedom of information act request seeking communications about the obstruction decision in her order U. S. district judge Amy Berman Jackson said the justice department obscured the true purpose of the memorandum when it withheld the document she said the memo from the justice department's office of legal counsel contained strategic as opposed to legal advice the judge gave the justice department until may seventeenth to file any motion to stay her order might cross see Washington
Show Us the Memo! Says Judge Amy Berman Jackson
"A federal judge in Washington, D. C ordered the release of a legal memorandum, the Trump Justice Department wrote. Before then Attorney General William Barr announced no obstruction charges in the Russia probe. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said former Attorney General William Barr was disingenuous when he explained to the public why the Justice Department filed no obstruction charges against former President Trump after the release of the Mueller report at the time, Bar said the special Counsel investigation was insufficient. But in an internal memo, the judge said Bar had made clear it was a given. Trump would not be prosecuted A be Caesar and Qatar ski Facebook's
Biden administration withdraws from transgender athlete case
"Biden administration withdrawing support for a federal lawsuit in Connecticut seeking to ban transgender athletes from competing and girls high school sports. The move is a reversal of former Attorney General William Barr support of a lawsuit filed by female runners who claim they've been robbed of state titles by transgender athletes. In court documents, the Justice Department said the government has reconsidered the matter. And hereby notifies the court that it withdraws his statement of interest. Backers of lawsuits argue trance female athletes have a natural and unfair advantage over competitors who were born female. The White House has referred the matter to university, saying trance rights are
Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results
"A new report claims President Trump spent his last weeks in office, pressuring the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to rule against Joe Biden's election win The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump's plan also included firing, then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Former Attorney General William Barr and Rosen said there was no basis to challenge the election results.
Trump supporters show up to DC for election protest
"Of President Trump's air protest Ng this evening in Washington ahead of tomorrow's congressional vote to certify Joe Biden's electoral college victory. The crowd. Actually, Trump's already discredited claim that the election was stolen from him still Trump and his supporters have lost numerous court challenges on local, state and federal levels, including before the Supreme Court election officials from both political parties, governors in key battleground states and Trump's former attorney general William Barr, have all said there was no widespread fraud in the election.
Cruz leads 11 GOP senators challenging Biden win over Trump
"Eleven Republican senators say they will challenge the outcome of the presidential election when Congress meets next week to certify the electoral college results that confirmed president elect Joe Biden won the eleven senators led by Ted Cruz of Texas say they will vote against certain state electors unless Congress appoints an electoral commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results Mahler knowledge and they are unlikely to change the results the group says they will reject electors from what they describe as disputed states has not regularly given unlawfully certified election officials from both parties in president trump's now former Attorney General William Barr had said there was no evidence of widespread fraud and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans against efforts to overturn the election Ben Thomas Washington
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"Approval just minutes before the midnight deadline in Washington's vote. The ayes are 91 the knees or seven boxes. Jill Dado. It's a package worth about $900 billion to pay for small business relief and extension of federal unemployment benefits and a second stimulus check of $600 for Americans making less than 75 grand a year. But is it enough? Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer? Anyone who thinks this bill is enough? Doesn't know what's going on in America. Some Republicans aren't sure like Senator John Kennedy. Will it be enough? I think it will be, But we're just gonna have to wait and see. The measure does not include liability protection for corporations, which the GOP wanted and it doesn't have funding for state governments, which dims wanted. President Trump is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. 2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, with the deaths from all causes exceeding three million for the first time ever. That would be about 400,000 more deaths than were reported in 2019 President elect Biden receiving his first dose of the Corona virus vaccine Monday. Trying to convince Americans that it's safe. No special counsel to look into charges of fraud in the 2020 election, at least not from outgoing Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't believe one is necessary. Nor will he give special counsel status to a probe of Hunter Biden's taxes. I think to the extent that There's an investigation. I think that it's being handled responsibly and professionally. Uh, currently within the department. And to this point, I have not seen a reason to point to Special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave Wednesday, is scheduled to be bars last day on the job as attorney General America is listening to Fox News,.
Attorney General Barr: Cyberattack "certainly appears" to be linked to Russia
"The job. Attorney General William Barr disputed President Trump on several counts, including the need to appoint special counsels on election fraud, and President elect Joe Biden. On Hunter and who's behind a recent hack of U. S government agencies from the information I have, You know, I agree with Secretary Pompeo owes Assessment. It's certainly appears to be the Russians, but I'm not going to discuss it. Beyond that. President Trump blames China. This is CBS News,
William Barr Sees ‘No Reason’ for Special Counsels for Hunter Biden, Election
"With President Donald Trump. Outgoing Attorney General William Barr said today he saw no reason. To appoint a special counsel to look into the president's claims of election front or attacks and the tax investigation into the son of President elect Joe Biden things that Trump has really been looking forward to try to prove by the way, because let's face it. The sad reality of this. I don't care what you think about whether or not There was any election fraud or anything when it came to the coverage of the election. The media. Was if you don't believe that the mainstream media is now in Kohut when it comes to what they will and will not report You're kidding yourself. You're a fool. That's all there is to it. They bent over backwards not to report anything that hunter Biden did. I mean, there was a lad, Can you imagine? ALF. I will eventually finish a sentence. Yes. Can you imagine? If Donald Trump Jr or Ivanka Trump or any of the trump Children, even Tiffany If any of them had left the laptop. At a repair shop forgot about it. And then the information that was on one about that was on it about Hunter. Biden came out about one of the trump kids, can you there would have been wall to wall coverage. They would have. They would have preempted the mast singer just to talk about the trump Children like that, But because it was hunter Biden. Not only did they not talk about it, they full on hit it. I mean, when you're not when it's when you've got something like that, right in your face when you've got a practically a full on admission that he is using his father's influence in order to financially benefit himself when there's pictures of him using drugs on a laptop. And you don't do anything about it when there's absolutely no reporting about that. Anywhere but fringe news organizations. I mean, come on. I don't even care what you think about it because you know that if it was one of the trump Children, and that was out there, there would have been like I said, Wall to wall coverage. There would have been exposes. They would have taken off regular programming and gone news wall. The wall there would have been. I mean, you would have been able to avoid it. As it stands unless you had a particular political bent. You would have had to go out of your way to find the actual information about Hunter Biden, So it's It's really kind of disgusting now in its final press conference Mar also broke with Trump in reinforcing that federal officials believe Russia was behind the cyber espionage operation targeting the U. S government government. Trump has suggested without evidence that China could be responsible Bar said the investigation and 100 Biden's financial dealings with being handled responsibly and professionally. He said. I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave. The reason that Trump wants a special counsel is because if there's a special counsel in investigating it It would make it more difficult for Biden to shut it down the way the investigation is right now, if when a Democratic age comes in, they can. They can shut it down and given the fact that pretty easily by the way, given the fact that what I was just saying that the mainstream media would wouldn't even touch the story with a 10 FT pole. If they shut the investigation down. If Biden the points is a ghee and gets in there, and the first thing they do is shut the investigation down. Odds are pretty good. You won't hear about it.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Electors president belief for Donald Trump rather than the slate that has been approved certified for Joe Biden today, Attorney General William Barr asked whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the president's claims of fraud. Wasn't enough. If you need to make the case that they fraud in the election. You've already made your statement on that in an interview. Do you believe there's enough evidence to warrant appointing a special counsel to look into it to something that he appears to be to be thinking about Sidney Powell? Do you believe that there was any reason to do that? Have you already given your opinion on this to the president and the White House? Askew said. I've already commented on, uh, fraud. Let me just say that. You know there are fraud and unfortunately in most elections, I think we're too tolerant of it. And I'm sure there was fraud in this election. But I was commenting on the extent to which we had looked at, uh suggestions or allegations of systemic or broad based fraud that would affect the outcome of the Action, and I already spoke to that. And I stand by that statement running a special counsel, would you? Would you answer a question about whether you believe there's enough there even with your what you've already said. You believe there's enough evidence to warrant a special counsel to investigate that perhaps killing powers someone else If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool on was appropriate, I would do I would name one, but I haven't and I'm not going to Attorney General William Barr. He also said there's no reason for a special counsel to deal with the tax investigation of president like Joe Biden son Hunter, saying that investigation was being handled responsibly and professionally. And the attorney general. Asked about the hacking campaign against numerous U. S government agencies, private businesses and utilities believed to be the work of Russian operatives. I went back. And if you would be with the conclusion that the Russians were responsible and what responses we might be crushed in a day or two get diet gold from the information I have, you know, I agree with Secretary Pompeo owes assessment. It's certainly appears to be the Russians, but I'm not going to discuss it beyond that. Attorney General William Barr. President Trump Tweeted on Saturday that the cyber hack is far greater in the fake news media than in actuality and the president suggesting that China and not Russia Maybe behind it turned General Bar will be stepping down from his post on Wednesday. Actually, the primary purpose of this news conference was to announce criminal charges against the Libyan suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270, including 190. American citizens. Today is the 32nd anniversary of that attack. And the BBC writing about this note. The new charges bring Mr Bar's role in this lengthy terrorism investigation full circle as he held the same post when charges were first announced against two Libyan suspects in 1991. You can find the full news conference with the attorney general at C span dot org's Our video library. Just over two weeks until the duel. Georgia U S Senate runoff elections to Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Leffler, facing Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff's and Raphael Warnock for the Republicans in Milton, Georgia. Here is Ivanka Trump Advisor to and daughter to President Donald Trump..
AG: 'No reason' for special counsel on election, Biden's son
"Outgoing Attorney General William Barr says he sees no reason for special counsel to investigate the presidential election and president elect Joe Biden's son by repeated an earlier statement to the AP he sees no evidence of president trump's claim of widespread voting fraud I see no basis now for seizing machines by the federal government sources tell the AP the president has consulted special counsels on the investigation of hunter Biden I think that it's being handled responsibly and professionally that involves the financial dealings of the president-elect's son to this point I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave Baru also broke with the president in reinforcing the belief Russia was behind the cyber espionage operation targeting the U. S. government at Donahue Washington
Trump asking about special prosecutor for Hunter Biden
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting president Donald Trump is considering asking for a special prosecutor probe of hunter Biden president Donald Trump is considering pushing for a special counsel probe of hunter Biden the son of president elect to Joe Biden several trump administration officials and Republicans close to the White House speaking on condition of anonymity tell the Associated Press trump is also considering pushing to have a second special counsel appointed to look into his claims of election fraud Attorney General William Barr is set to step down next week trump has said deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will be acting Attorney General Barr angered trump because he did not publicly disclose a justice department tax investigation of hunter Biden before the election Mike Rossio Washington
Attorney General William Barr resigns
"Attorney. General bill barr is formally resigned. He leaves office next week. A move that shows. How far differed from so many republican veterans in washington who did find themselves ultimately fire by tweet in the trump era sources around bar have been leaking his departure plans for weeks. They're now trying to cast some kind of independent figure who left clashing with trump over issues like voter fraud and keeping that newly revealed hunter biden probe secret before the election. Now let me tell you having covered this throughout the whole period of the trump. doj this is classic bar. It's not unlike the gap between bars letter that offer a muller book report and the actual report which is one of the many misleading and political acts that led so many. Doj veterans across both parties. Demand bar resign long before he did this week. And in addition to that meddling in the mueller probe you had meddling in cases regarding trump allies while bars own resignation letter doubles down on this problem. He falsely described tump trump. doj's own russia probe as an effort to cripple or oust the trump administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion. He adds his salute to trump's quote unprecedented achievements for the american people joined now by a former federal prosecutor who has been a keen observer of the bar justice department. John flannery council. Good to see you good to see you days. Well we have the recency effect. Every lawyer knows it in trial you want to leave the jury with that last thought in their mind and it's probably going to be more effective than what you talked about on the first day. Right bar is nothing. If not an effective at times canny lawyer he leaves pointing and sources pointing to his clashes with donald trump. Do you think that's the way to remember him or was it a lot more of that earlier loyalty loyalty. I don't think is the key word for him. I think the words for him is that he's always believed does a federalist and somewhat of a christian cult this that the people really don't know what's best for them and so he really does believe in a monarchical government although it's striking to read his december fourteenth letter of resignation which reads a little bit like a hostage letter. I mean he's talking about how great this guy was abused them in the end because perhaps he couldn't go as far in their bromance in crime as trump was prepared to go. And like you said there's a whole series of things this man has done right after. He assured america he was going to be a great attorney general. Well he's probably the most erupt act of armor attorney general's throughout the history of the united states. That's his mark that's his legacy and he did it because he was not a law enforcement officer he was about his or trump. He did what trump needed to do for that policy. Which i suggest which. I think the embrace which is A government by fiat. I don't have to listen to you. Even congress Supported trump usurping usurping. The court Analyzing and investigating the investigations. That he then misrepresented as you. I said in. The mueller investigation. He has been every place. And i'm among those those thousands of prosecutors who said he should resign while he has belatedly but not for the reasons we said. He's he's obviously said something else but as he's going out the door. He was compromising those convictions. He was compromising are free and fair elections by these bogus statements he made about. We've found this fraud and somewhere along the line. it seems like there must have been an intervention. Somebody maybe a good criminal defense lawyer or someone who's concerned about ethics by which he could retain his bar license said. You have any idea what you're doing. Do you wanna be standing next to this guy. When he's flying to florida on the day of the inauguration or whatever crazy thing he does between now and january fifth or january six or january twentieth and trump He trump inhales the souls of people and guess them to do things that are their worst possible performances. And he's done that with bar. I don't know where bhargava would you like to have his resume he he. He came to this job because he was going to burnish his reputation and his re what could be his retirement years. Well now he's retired and he's done a lot of time in ford at hearings judicial proceedings. That had nothing to do with him. Running the show
Attorney General William Barr resigns
"Bill barr has resigned. Attorney general is out. It was his choice. He was not pushed out by the president. The president says as much bill barr says as much. It's amazing how many people in the media assume that they know more It's not actually true He decided Weeks ago that once. The electoral college was set old and other avenues for ligation pursued. would be preempted by that that he would step
Attorney General William Barr to resign before Christmas
"Attorney General William Barr will be gone before Christmas as resigning. His post will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen. Now rose and served. His deputy attorney general, hey was confirmed in May so he'll step into the role. Um so President, Trump quoted saying Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen outstanding person, he said he will become, um, become acting attorney general, highly respected Richard Donahue. We'll be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you all.
Attorney General William Barr will step down Dec. 23
"Crazy about William Barr. Hey, it's not going to be the attorney general anymore. No replacement has been named. On the very day electors were gathering and 50 States and the District of Columbia to formally vote for the next president. The current president announced a major change in the closing days of his administration on Twitter, President Donald Trump said Attorney General William Barr submitted his letter of resignation with his last day December. 23rd Bar had angered Trump after telling The Associated Press earlier this month. Justice Department found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome. On Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham was asked if Barr had been disloyal to Trump. No, I think it was very involved with President for good as every attorney General administration should, but he also Didn't cross lands in the shipment across, Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney General Mike Cross yet Washington. All right, there you go. A lot of people upset with Bill Bar because
Attorney General William Barr to resign before Christmas
"President trump announced via tweet monday. That attorney general william bar was resigning. He wrote in part quote. Our relationship has been a very good one. he's done an outstanding job. As per letter. Bill will be leaving just before christmas to spend the holidays with his family. Trump tweeted deputy attorney. General jeff rosen will take bars place bar announced. He was stepping down in a resignation letter released shortly after he briefed trump about the justice department's review into voter fraud claims in the twenty twenty election. He wrote in the letter. Allegations of fraud. Continue to be pursued earlier. This month bar told the associated press quote to date. We have not seen fraud on a scale that could've affected a different outcome in the election. News of fars resignation comes after it was reported that he knew earlier this year about an investigation into the president elect joe biden's son hunter and his tax affairs. This prompted trump to lash out at bar on twitter over the weekend calling him. A big disappointment but bar has been one of donald trump's staunchest allies this summer. The washington post reported bar personally ordered police. To beat and tear-gas peaceful protesters who gathered near the white house. In order to clear a path for president. Donald trump to walk to nearby saint. John's episcopal church where the president posed for photos holding a bible var denied using tear-gas during an interview on cbs's face the nation and the methods. They used you think were appropriate existence. Yes they announced three times. They didn't move by the way. There was no tear gas used. The tear. Gas was used sunday when they had to clear. H streak to allow the fire department to come into saint john's church. That's when tear gas was used. There were chemical irritants. The partner there were not irritants. Pepper sprays a chemical chemical pepper spray. Your same suzy's pepper balls attorney. General william bar also defended the administration's blaming the anti-fascist movement known as antifa for instigating violence during the protest. Instead of police. We have evidence that antifa and other similar extremist groups as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity in fact the nation magazine has reported an internal f. b. i. Document shows the agency had quote no intelligence indicating and teeth involvement presence at the protest though it did cite the presence of far right provocateurs unquote.
Trump: Attorney General William Barr will step down Dec. 23
"U. S. Attorney General William Barr will step down next week Bars resignation comes after President Trump criticized him for announcing that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud. His departure letter Bar expressed gratitude for having served Trump who tweeted that the two had a very nice meeting yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will serve as acting attorney general. Until divide administration takes control on January 20th.
Attorney General William Barr resigns, effective Dec. 23
"General William Barr is resign. Attorney General William Barr is resigning amid lingering tension with President Donald Trump over the president's claims of election fraud and the investigation of President elect Joe Biden. Sun Bar went to the White House Monday where he submitted his letter of resignation, according to a tweet from Trump Mars last day will be December 23rd. Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general. Trump publicly expressed anger after bar statement to The Associated Press this month that the Justice Department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Might
William Barr Is Out as Attorney General
"William Barr will be out of the Trump administration before Christmas. Here's the AP is Mike Rossia with more on the very day electors were gathering in 50 States and the District of Columbia to formally vote for the next president. The current president announced a major change in the closing days of his administration on Twitter President Donald Trump said Attorney General William Barr submitted his letter of resignation with his last day December. 23rd Bar had angered Trump after telling The Associated Press earlier this month. Justice Department found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome. On Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham was asked if Barr had been disloyal to Trump. No. I think it was very involved with the president for you good as every Attorney General administration should, but you also there cross lines you shouldn't cross, Trump said. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney General Mike
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on 1170 The Answer
"President's claim of election fraud and the investigation into Joe Biden, son Hunter. Our went to the White House on Monday, where Mr Trump said he submitted his letter of resignation. The president has publicly expressed his anger about bar statement to The Associated Press earlier this month. The Justice Department had found no widespread election fraud that would change the outcome of the election. Mr Trump says Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become acting attorney general. Are will leave before Christmas. Once again, Attorney General William Barr has resigned. Health officials are urging people to get the new Corona virus vaccine that is rolling out today. Operation Warp Speed, chief science adviser Doctor Monster have slowly says it's crucial that the American people be educated about the vaccine. Safety is very important that we Increase in number of Americans that except to be vaccinated Based on facts and data and reality because vaccines on shelf are useless, and unless the majority the large majority of escorts vaccinated Would not be able to control this pandemic. California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a possible recall election as the nation's most populous state struggles to emerge from the Corona virus crisis. Organizers say they collected over half of the nearly 1.5 million petition signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot recall organizers have until mid March to gather signatures. California's last recall was in 2003. When voters installed Arnold Schwarzenegger's governor after ousting me, unpopular Democrat Gray Davis. Correspondent Jeremy House reporting once again the top story at this hour, Attorney General William Barr has resigned more on these stories at town Hall, calm Wild fire hazards can be deadly serious. That's why yard cleanup and maintenance is so.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"I just had one other point that I think it is important underscored separate issue and that is Countries that are trying to interfere as we speak with the election process that we're in right now. The fact that he said that he believes based on the intelligence that he says, he's seen it is China. That is much more aggressive. Now than Russia that flies in the face of CNN's reporting and others that it is actually Russia's still just like in two thousand sixteen that is far more aggressive and we know that China is the country that the trump administration and more. Importantly, the trump campaign is trying to use as a campaign issue against Joe, Biden and to use it. As against really the corona virus and against everything that they hand to show the ills of this country. That is not Donald Trump's fault. But another entity or countries fault and I thought that was very fascinating that he leaned so far into that all you have to do wolf is look at the statement that was issued by bill, Evans who's the top? Official of the Director National Intelligence who's handling the election security and he said that the Russians are actively interfering to hurt the Biden campaign what he said about what the Chinese and the Iranians are doing is that they are they have a preference for president trump to lose the election So if you listen to that, if you read that statement, what you see is that there's one country that is actively interfering in. The current election according to that public statement from the deny and that is Russia. Now, look the Chinese are serious threat and I think the attorney general was trying to portray that without divulging intelligence. But you know I think it is an issue that you know he's trying to draw distinction that Bill Evans is not making your voice sort of kind of downplayed it. Right? He was talking about this idea of you kind of. Hack something, hacking email, and dump information, and then social media. We obviously know from what we saw in twenty sixteen. This can be can be very complex a million dollar operations, all sorts of people out of Russia and so that was interesting but again, I, think this is. Donald Trump Gothi attorney general he wanted in bill bar he was obviously dissatisfied with Jeff Sessions..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"It's going to be fraudulent won't go out that your job go out and make it so that that's not the case even though the accusation that it's based on that it's going to be John is based on nothing that we've seen with regard to evidence where we've seen Mellon voting in the states that you talked about especially at a time of Corona virus pat other. Killing. Almost two thousand Americans, every single day and people are understandably. Nervous about going to polling places and waiting in long lines and in order to vote when they could much more safely just doing it by mailing in a ballot. That's right and he was really animated frustrated agitated during this section of the interview in really kind of floating all sorts of theories about. Well, what if a foreign country tries to counterfeit The mail in ballots? He at one point said other they're very large investigations going on in multiple states about. He really to Evans Point tried to make this idea true that this could be open to widespread fraud. Again, mail in ballot has been going on in several states for for many many years and obviously this president, he's nervous about it. So he is really. Trying to attack it in many ways successfully attacking a lot of Democrats at this point. In Republicans don't necessarily want to vote by mail because of the ways that this administration have gone after vote in both I mean what? What else struck? Me was the passages in the sections he he talked about race and racism and really wanted to avoid this idea that there was any racism at all or systemic racism involved at all in terms of the way police officers engage with and interact with African. Americans he said, well, maybe their interactions are different because it's based on stereotypes officers are interacting with African Americans based. On stereotypes I imagine they're interacting based on stereotypes that are race based stereotypes, rights, I. It's not a stereotype based on height or weight. It's it's based on race. So he was sort of all over the place in that instance, but really trying to land where the president lands, which is squarely on the side of police and squarely on the side of this idea that there is no systemic racism in this country in particular, not any systemic racism when it comes to police worse wolf if if I can just interrupt real quick..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"Just heard from the Attorney General William Borrow my exclusive one on one interview our correspondents and analysts are with us. Evan Perez you cover the Justice Department for us what jumped out at you. Wolf. Look I've known the Attorney General for for many years and one of the things that we've noticed this time around he's serving as the attorney general in the president trump is that we often have the president goes out and says sometimes outlandish things and then the attorney general tries to figure out a way to make that true and we've seen that repeatedly. In the last few months, the president went out and talked about how ANTIFA was responsible for all of violence. What we've seen in the intervening months, we've seen a number of cases involving some right wing groups of Google movement that Dave been carrying out attempted terrorist attacks including in. Las Vegas have been a number of cases we've seen very few people associated with ANTIFA. The attorney. General Go. Focuses on the ANTIFA of violence or anything related to it, and we've also seen you know the president talk recently in the last few days about. People clad in black trying to fly into Kenosha in other localities to carry out violence and I was stunned to see the attorney general sort of try to hang some measure of truth to what the President seemed to be passing on, which was a conspiracy theory that has been living on facebook I don't know that even inside the Justice Department or at the FBI people have the evidence to back this up the attorney general. Sort of was trying to grasp at straws to try to make that true and that's part of the problem wolf with the attorney general why he's perceived in the way he is. He's very defensive when people accuse him of trying defend the president being there simply for for the sake of the president and it's incidents like what we just saw today that make people make that accusation and I think that's one of the problems for this attorney general. Jeffrey Toobin was interesting that he seemed to. Defend what the president was suggesting over these past couple of days were these groups of individuals flying into Washington and they were plotting to violence at the.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"I asked the question because US intelligence officials have said they've seen no information or intelligence that foreign countries where the Russia or Galilee asked the question. But I have answered that question several times says, no, I don't have any information because this is the first time we tried such a thing. During your tenure as Attorney General of the United States, how many indictments you brought against people committing voter fraud I couldn't tell you off the top of my head, but several I know a handful. I can't I don't know several. Does it sound like too many? I don't know I. Don't know how many we have. I know there are a number of investigations right now. Some very big ones in states. The president also has said and I'm. Quoting. Him directly that he's ready to send sheriff's law enforcement and US attorneys to polling places on election day you're the attorney general can the president do that legally? I it depends if he's responding to a particular criminal threat. He says he's just wants to do it as a I I didn't hear him say that. The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf set on CNN we don't have any authority to do that right? That's what he specifically said. Well if there was no, there was A. Specific investigative danger that we that we detected some problem and risk as you raise that possibility with you to send justice and law enforcement to polling places on election day. November third now as a precaution now but sometimes, they have been in the past to enforce civil rights because he said we're GONNA send share. We, we've done so in the past and for civil rights to make sure that people were not being. Harassed and and there was no suppression of vote against African Americans. Let's talk a little bit about foreign interference Russia's specifically the top. Elections official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Our Office of National Intelligence revealed publicly last month that Russia is working to help president trump get elected while both China and Iran prefer Joe Biden to win. First of all, do accept that Russia is once again interfering in the US presidential election. I accept that there. There are some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again. What does that mean? But that's all I'm saying. You think that Russia is the you see you've seen intelligent it wouldn't surprise. It wouldn't surprise me if Russia tries something again. Of the same General John Roth before I mean this influence basically is two kinds of things. It's hacking dumb. You get into someone's mail system then try to disclose embarrassing documents wouldn't surprise me if they try something like that or any other country tries it. The other way is you know social media and putting things add on social because the intelligence community says Russia China and Iran are seeking to interfere in the US presidential for various reasons but mostly they want so descent in our country exacerbate racial tensions, etc. that of those three countries that the intelligence community has pointed to Russia China and Iran, which is the most the sort of the most aggressive in this area..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"Okay because that kind of thing happens with male and and everyone knows that there are individuals cases but as far as widespread fraud, we haven't seen that since. So we have we haven't had the kind of widespread use of mail in ballots is being proposed we've had. Ballots from people who request them from specific address. Now, what we're talking about is mailing them to everyone on the voter lists. When everyone knows those voter lists are accurate people who should get them don't get them, which was what has been one of the major complaints in states that have tried this in municipal elections and people who get them are not the right people. There are people who have replaced the occupy the previous occupant, and they can make them out and sometimes multiple ballots come to the same address with a whole generate several generations of occupants. You think that's the way to run a vote. The only thing I'm saying is that so far we haven't seen widespread fraud, but far, we haven't tried it. Well, the point is that a lot of st there are several states that only have mayland voting including republic fish with fire. This is playing with fire. We're very closely divided country here, and if people have to have confidence in the results of the election and the legitimacy of the government and people. Trying to change the rules to this to this methodology, which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion is reckless and dangerous and the people are playing with fire. I will point out there are five states that only have mayland voting including Utah, Colorado, Washington State Oregon Hawaii, and they've they've reported over the years. They've had virtually no problems but WHO's trying to change the rules right now? Say The people who want to go to mass mail in ballots. But. You understand why there is a corona virus pandemic and a lot of people potentially if they waited long lines when they go to the polls they could get they could get sick especially older people or people with underlying conditions. As a result, a lot of people WANNA change the rules so they don't have to go on. Well, you don't have to touch all the appropriate way to deal with that is number one arrangements at the polls that protect people which can be done and number. Two people who are have pre existing conditions are particularly vulnerable can get an absentee ballot. I have no problem with I voted by absentee about not by mail I actually went to the office to cast my vote, but absentee ballots are flying. Let's move on and talk a little bit about another suggestion you've said, you were worried that a foreign country could send thousands of fake ballots, thousands of fake balanced people and it might be impossible to detect. What are you basing that on I'm basing as I've said, repeatedly basing that on logic. Logic. But have you seen any evidence that a foreign country is trying to intervention saying? No I'm saying people are creating about foreign influence. If we use a ballot system with the system that some you know that states are just now in trying to adopt it does leave open the possibility of counterfeiting counterfeiting ballots by someone here or Country could do that. I. Think anyone could do it. Have you seen any evidence that they're trying to do? The most things can be counterfeited? That's why we go to the trouble of key. Count of making our money the way we make it now you know. Should. We have Minnesota print up our money on on regular parchment paper..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"My message to them would be what it would be to all Americans, which is in cases where it's possible or there's concern over excessive force we have a process in this country to make that determination and involves initially the state looking at it, and also the federal government, and we are investigating it and That should follow due process and be fair to everybody including the police officer. And violence is not appropriate. Our justice system has to respond to Analysis reason. US Not mob violence. So you testified that you think you understand the conversations. This is when you were testifying before Congress that black parents have with their children about racism in this country how do you think African American parents around the country explain to their kids what exactly happened to Jacob Blake, for example, and why police officer had his knee on George. Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. I'm not GonNa Talk About Blake the Blake case or not because I think it's different than the floyd. Case different well, floyd was already subdued incapacitated in handcuffs and was not armed in the in the Jacob case, he was in the midst of committing a felony and he was armed. So That's a big difference. His plan for family says he was an armed. Well I think there may have been a knife in the car, but he was an armed when he was shot well, the that's what his family and his lawyers. I stated what I believe is to be the difference and that's why I don't want. I don't want I. Don't want I don't want I don't want to talk about if they're interchangeable. Okay. Now I I did say that I think that there appears to be a phenomenon in the country where African Americans feel that they're treated when. They're stopped by police frequently as suspect before they are treated as citizens I don't think that that necessarily reflect some deep-seated racism in police departments or most police officers. I think the same kind of behavior is done by African American police officers I. Think There are stereotypes I think people operate very frequently according to stereotypes and I think it takes extra precaution and the on the part of law enforcement. To make sure we don't reduce people to stereotypes we treat them as individuals. Because on this program Jacob Lake senior the father said there were two justice systems in our country..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"This is CNN breaking news at welcome to our viewers here in the United States and around the World Wolf. In the situation room, we're joined this hour by the Attorney General of the United States William Bar Attorney General thank you so much. Well coming in I. Know You're incredibly busy. We have a lot to talk about I wanNA talk about Wisconsin in Oregon but I wanNa Start and get your reaction to what we heard from the president of the United. States. About you last night listen to this. Bill. Bar. Can Down as the greatest attorney general in the history of country. or he can go down it's just another guy it depends. Is it appropriate for the president of the United States to be putting pressure on you In in the way he clearly did. I don't feel any pressure from that. You don't think he's trying to pressure you into going forward with the indictments in criminal charges and stuff like that. No. That's you know when we talk in private, he doesn't talk like that. So. He doesn't talk like that you privately, but publicly he is but is it appropriate for president of the United States to be speaking like that publicly about the? What's what do you think is inappropriate that what he let me play another clip this is what he said three weeks ago or so elaborate listen to this. I. Hope they're not going to be politically correct and I hope they do because the fact is this was president. Obama. Knew everything Vice President Biden as dumb as he may be he knew everything and everybody else do everything they spied. On my campaign, which is treason they spied both before and after I won Bill Bach and go down as the greatest attorney general, the history of our country or he can go down as just an average guy it depends on what's going to happen I. See smiling. But I I sort of responded to that by saying that you know if I was really concerned about being politically correct that wouldn't joined the administration and also I held a press conference and said that neither President Obama or Vice President Biden were under investigation, but that's hopefully that's. Appropriate, you've worked for another President President George H W Bush is it appropriate for a president to be urging you to launch criminal investigations against his political opponents? Well, we he has. I didn't take that as launching a criminal investigation. We're we're reviewing the Russia gate thing and I think he's interested in the results of it but I didn't think it was appropriate for either Vice President Biden, or Camila Harris to call for the charging of a police officer before that matters reviewed and all the facts..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on WTMJ 620
"Different name December of 2019. Attorney General William Barr. Identified in Milwaukee and six other cities that had high violent crime rates compared to the national average. Krieger says 25 to 30 federal investigators will be involved in Milwaukee. Jane Matt Merrick, WDM Jane, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin says she's supportive of Operation Legend, as described by the U. S attorney W team James Toney Bedrock live in the breaking news center Lissa, the senator says the messaging should have been more clear but isn't against efforts to combat violent crime during a Milwaukee press club event this afternoon, Senator Baldwin says Policing as a whole, however, needs to be reexamined. I do not support defunding the police. I think that we place a lot of responsibilities and burdens on the shoulders of police officers that really go beyond promoting public safety and fighting crash. He says. However, healthcare models should be used when dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. Milwaukee Police are still searching for a suspect in a homicide that occurred late Monday, as well as the rash of shootings in the city. Times Force. Ryan Jenkins has more to say eight people were shot. One person was killed overnight. Here in Milwaukee, 33 year old man died after being shot just after 10 30 last night. This is near 24th and Maple. A 24 year old woman was also shot and taken to the hospital daily still with several other shootings as well last night, including one that left four men with non life threatening wounds near 26 in Atkinson, coming up schools in Waukesha County are on the same page. Double DT ingenues time. 403 This portion of the news is sponsored by citing unlimited. It's siding and a whole lot more online at sighting in limited dot com. Wait. When we can see 2020 in hindsight will be tempted to cancel it just to get even. But with all the things that 2020 did cancel, it has not and cannot.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on Verdict with Ted Cruz
"If they can silence the president if they can silence media outlets. What hope does an ordinary citizen have? May Look the president at least has a pretty big megaphone. Even if they do silence him true, he doesn't have difficulty being heard. How about the rest of us, and and and and the absolute brazenness of it. another example from this week, Google. When after the FEDERALISTS, conservative media outlet, call them up and said okay our problem. It's actually not with your content. They said we're GONNA to monetize you. Because, there's some comments on your comments. Section that objectionable I don't know if they identified the comment, so they're gonNA. They're gonNA. Take this news organization off of the advertising platform which. The advertising would allows the news organization to exist. If you kick them off your bankrupting the news, it is doing exactly that is sucking the oxygen out, and you know a quick perusal of liberal website show a bunch of them have comment sites, and you can find all sorts of obnoxious and offensive comments on on the liberal websites. They're not imposing that on them. And here's this is an interesting development actually for the DOJ investigation. One place you find comments. Youtube now youtube is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google. It's an incredibly profitable subsidiary of Google. I guarantee you can go right now. Today on you to take a look at the comments and you will find racist. You will find profane. You will find offensive comment all over Youtube, and that's just what they write to us. This is what they say about us. Imagine all the other, and Google is not imposing those terms on its wholly owned youtube, but is instead using it, and this is where the censorship and free speech issues intersect with antitrust laws because their monopoly power, imposing differential standards on their competitors, than they are on their own wholly owned subsidiary. And and. Also just think of the hypocrisy. The point that these big companies are saying is look. We shouldn't be held responsible for third party content on our website, so youtube says if people say things that are defamatory on our website. We shouldn't be held accountable for that because it. It's good to have this kind of form for people to come in. And yet when someone comes in on their website. They're saying the rules that we want apply to us. Don't apply to you. You're responsible for what's on your comments. Section, right? It's hard to have those both that shirt time. Senator you mentioned the autonomous zone before Mr. Attorney General I would like to ask you about that, but perhaps I should instead ask the secretary of state because the zones in Seattle in Washington DC. They've declared themselves fully autonomous separate from the United States as a legal matter. How does the DOJ look at such a claim? Obviously they're not separate from the United States. There are a bunch of agitators who have planted themselves in the middle of Seattle and our bullying the people who live there in the businesses that are there and the Seattle. Government is not protecting its people. It's not enforcing. It's not it's not protecting the federal rights of the citizens. and. The police do not seem to be enforcing the law there, but of course this is another question that has come up on the show quite a bit this matter of police reform. It's talked about from the question of police on the ground I'd like to talk about it from a higher level particularly in your role when people talk about corruption in the DOJ. I am reminded of your predecessor Loretta. Lynch who sat on the.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on Verdict with Ted Cruz
"As riots, vandalism, and even all out autonomous zones combined with calls to defend the police. We sit down with the nation's top cop attorney. General William Barr this verdict with Ted Cruz? Welcome back verdict with Ted. Cruz I'm Michael, Knowles we get to the attorney general and just one second, but first I want to thank all of you who have listened and watched the show. We've now hit over ten million views. That is more than I think. We thought was going to happen. So thank you so much. If you haven't already please go over to apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Leave a five star review. Review and subscribe now wherein a new location today not our usual studio senator. You have brought a friend. Thank you, Mr Attorney General for being here, you know. The news broke just moments ago that you will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month, so we are honored that you would sit down with us I and very much appreciated I wanna get right into this. Obviously, there's so much going on, and it occurs to me. We have a man who writes the laws. We have the man who enforces the laws, and we have popular calls for utter lawlessness in the country. How do we restore order? Well it's going to. It's going to take both state and local government as well as federal government. Federal Government is best positioned to address this kind of violence and lawlessness after it occurs because we don't have FBI agents walking the beat. and in fact when when the real violent started around may twenty fifth six and so forth. we started using our joint terrorist task forces around the country and there thirty five of them around the country it involves all state and local jurisdictions all the federal agencies and it's the system we designed to follow terrorists, and now they are starting to go full bore cranking out investigations indictments against the people who are involved in this violence so we've had scores of indictments already from for such things as arson destruction of federal property, things like that and we. We have right now about five hundred investigations underway, so it's picking up pace, and we are committed to holding accountable. The people engaged in this, but we still have to try to stop it before it happens, and that's where the burden is right now on state and local and in many places. They're not stepping up to the plate there. They're not doing their job, so I know it's early, but but how much indications are y'all saying of coordination planning rather than spontaneous acts of violence, right? We are we are seeing Strong evidence of of coordination and many of these violent. Episodes. From the mentally what you have here is you have demonstrators. Some of them go there with the intent of demonstrating, but you have a group of provocateurs agitators, sometimes a significant group that tried to convert those into violent activity and They seem to be very well coordinated when they show up a number of Moore associated with the movement called Antiga, but they go by various names, but frequently anarchistic. They WANNA tear down..
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify to the house Judiciary Committee about the agency's decision to reduce its sentencing recommendation for Roger stone a former political adviser to the president the reduction came after the president tweeted criticism of the initial suggested sentence of nine years two senators are now calling for bars resignation others in Congress calling for an investigation into what role the president may have played in that change former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie of all of it telling the institute for the study of diplomacy of diplomacy at Georgetown University the trump administration is holding up the state department we need a bigger S. department of state but right now the state department is in trouble senior leaders lacked policy vision moral clarity and leadership skills a lot of it was recalled from her posted kia by the trump administration and later told a house committee hearing there was a concerted campaign waged against her a verdict handed down yesterday in the case of an intruder arrested last spring at the president's resort in Florida a jury in west Palm Beach Florida rules that a fifty six year old Chinese woman is not guilty of trespassing at Mar a Lago president trump's private club in a state the jury did staging Lou was guilty of resisting arrest however Lou testified she paid a Chinese guide to drop her off at various South Florida locations and that a language barrier prevented her from understanding the security officers orders to leave the property lose case was the second in twenty nineteen to involve a Chinese national caught trying to enter Mar a Lago she now faces deportation Evan brown fox news attorneys for the man accused of killing twenty two people at an el Paso Texas Walmart last year of entered a not guilty plea on his behalf be half the federal hate crimes charges gunfire inside a Walmart store last night in mobile Alabama police say two men shot.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on KOMO
"Attorney General William Barr under scrutiny by lawmakers today Democrats and some Republicans questioning what led barge override DOJ prosecutors and lower the recommended sentence against president trump's friend Roger stone it happened after tweets where the president called the sentence a miscarriage of justice democratic senator Richard Blumenthal blasting Attorney General William Barr Attorney General William Barr ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign after Roger stone sentence was reduced to president trump wrote on Twitter quote congratulations to Attorney General bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought in as the liquid terror ABC news Washington also on Capitol Hill resolution to limit president trump's ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval expected to pass the Senate tomorrow with bipartisan support senator Susan Collins of Maine joined senators from both sides of the aisle to say that only Congress has the authority to declare war although the president as commander in chief has the power to lead and defend our armed forces and to respond to imminent attacks no president has the authority to command our military to is sustained conflict lawmakers have been pushing to rein in the president's war powers after U. S. drone strike in itself be running a general nearly sparked a major conflict well even after New Hampshire Iowa is still counting votes the campaigns of senator Bernie Sanders and former south bend mayor Pete booted judge requested a re canvas of eighty five I will precincts sites the I. would Democratic Party says the re campus will begin Sunday and take about two days with one hundred percent of the precincts reporting booted judge has fourteen estimated national delegates compared to twelve for Sanders Ribeiro ABC news you're listening to ABC news stay informed como mid day good afternoon come on whose time one oh two until the fansites with our top stories from the couple twenty four seven news center a legal victory for Tim Eyman and his thirty dollar card tabs initiative come was Jeff postal is live with more on today's ruling well the decision came from king county judge Marshall Ferguson whom I am and repeatedly said was incapable of giving him a fair hearing because Ferguson was appointed by Jay Inslee and works for it the county that is challenging initiative nine seven six but today Ferguson sided with I am in rejecting all but two of those legal challenges the preliminary injunction though remains in effect is the two arguments continue to be heard voters approved thirty dollar card tabs last November but several cities and counties sued saying it would get transportation budgets today's ruling of course came from a lower court and ultimately it is likely the state Supreme Court that's going to have the final say at the update does Jeff postal accompanies the latest proposal to tax Seattle's biggest companies to pay for housing would raise an estimated three hundred million dollars a year couples Ryan Harris tells us it's sponsor claims it's a small price to pay for wealthy corporations council member Kshama so once a she's keeping a promise to her socialist movement with this tax which he says will be just.
"attorney general william barr" Discussed on Fresh Air
"He's talked about the executive branches the most effective branch of the government and that when the United States has has faced you know major threats even existential threats from the civil war to the Great Depression. Two World War Two. He feels that the executive branch is what has responded most cost-effectively and and really saved The United States Many people disagree with that view. But you know he he feels that you need a decisive Individual with a democratic mandate you know elected by the people the United States that can act decisively that the legislative branch is sort of two divided and judicial additional branches to to slow To kind of respond in a decisive ways that are needed to defend the country right. That's an argument for efficacy. Is there a constitutional institutional argument as well. I mean is this what the founders intended. Well this is this great debate and we'll talk about what's happening today but many people say no You know Donald IRA who was a you know a deputy attorney general Also in the Bush administration you know told me that Bars views on presidential power are chilling and deeply really disturbing Laurence tribe a Harvard professor. Some would say left leaning. You know he said that if bars views of executive power you know take hold old will have a chief executive who is more powerful than king billboard grew up Catholic. He's remained a committed Catholic all his life. A man of faith. Is there evidence that this has affected his judgements or justice department policies or his religious convictions reflected in policy moves made made by the department. I think it's very important that you know to let his faith private and and it's hard for me to say it's impossible to say you know whether it's impacts impacts His thinking he does Support and the Justice Department filed briefs pushing for government tuition reimbursements to go to religious schools. There's a couple of states those have been filed and He supports that in his speech at Notre Dame he talked about religious education being a really important in cure for social ills. He felt that religion was more effective at ending though social ills than government intervention and. You know there's divides in the Catholic Church. You know there are liberal Catholics. WHO disagree with that they're conservative Catholics? Who supported and so? It's hard to say but he does back taxpayer funding being of of religious schools. And he's a very strong opponent of abortion. Rights see supports the overturning Roe V. Wade you also noted that when he was attorney any general under George Herbert Walker Bush that he had some strong views on the nature of crime and the criminal justice system and there was a religious element to that too wasn't wasn't there Bartok's publicly about morality and the need for religion is in his speech at Notre Dame he said that for democracy to survive many he people needed to be Observant that religion would cause people to follow a moral order and the law and act properly and uphold democracy. Many eight people were offended by that. They said that you know the founding fathers talked about separation in charge that you don't need to be religious to participate in democracy you you can be an atheist and then there was a separate Statement he gave a nineteen ninety-five symposium where he spoke about violent crime and he argued that the root cause of crime was not poverty but immorality morality He said violent crimes caused not by physical factors such as not enough food stamps in stamp program but ultimately by moral factors and again and liberals sort of find this offensive they find it sort of preaching and worries them that there's this sort of message. They contend that you have to be religious to sort of be a you know properly functioning member of society or that that there's sort of a a a message being sent That violates the bedrock doc American separation of church and state. The you should be free to follow any religion you wish and free to follow no religion. bars ars defenders. Say He's he's just expressing. His views and liberals are overreacting to what he has said. We're GONNA bar came into the trump administration After the president fired jeff sessions but before he was appointed. He sent this pretty. Well publicized. Now Nineteen Page legal memo to Rod Rosenstein Rosenstein the Deputy Attorney General about the Muller Investigation. What did it say it said that the president can only be guilty of obstructing directing justice if he does a handful of a very severe things such as destroying evidence or clearly and openly pressuring a witness to lie and many people feel that the message of the memo which he submitted before he was nominated was that he would defend trump and trump was furious? Jeff sessions because because he felt he wasn't kind of reining in the Mueller investigation and trump famously. Said where is my Roy. Cohn I want my Roy Cohn and that's a reference to this very famous Amos New York lawyer who was in a senator McCarthy during McCarthyism in the sixties when many people were questioned unfairly about being communists. But it's this kind of no olds bar You know fight for your client attack your opponent's approach that law that Roy Cohn embodied that trump was sort of looking for he wants an attorney general who functions as his fighter his advocate. And you know the story says you know he wants an attorney general. That's going to be his his sword and shield right. Did trump have much of a relationship relationship with Barbie for this was the bar supporter or contributor to trump He wasn't he actually barmaid. Many donations to mainstream Republicans bar back act Jeb Bush in the primaries but he quickly turned around on trump. He you know bar felt that the media was critical of trump. that the left sort of overreacted to trump's chiefs win and so there's a sense that bar kind of Goes into this job. Because he sees the presidency being weakened he sees the Mueller investigation in as like deluding presidential power and again he believes it's critical for the country to have a strong president He also believes the Justice Department is sort of Being weak and so so I I got the sense from people close to bar that he's you know more loyal to the presidency And these beliefs he has and I think he's a clear supporter president trump. But but he is. He's working for his view of of what the constitutional system should be rather than you know solely out of personal loyalty to Donald Trump. I was Gonna ask what you heard from people who know bar about this memo. I mean it's no small thing to write this nineteen page memo that. Nobody asked for did people's see this as I dunno driven by ambition or is it his principal belief that things were going the wrong direction so his friends said it was his principal belief that things are going in the wrong direction and he had to you know step in and he was at the end of his career and he could. Do you know what he felt was right. And and then there's others it said it was. He wanted to get back in the game that it was a clear signal to the president and the trump administration That he would defend the president from anything Muller IT WAS GONNA do trump points William bar think. He says he was my top choice from day. One or words to that effect When Bart takes over the Justice Department you write that morale was low in part because president trump had required the justice department to defend contorted legal positions like what the trump legal agenda is farther right than the Reagan administration are sort of any Or the George W Bush administration has taken and One of the striking things is that the Justice Department under president trump and under bar There was several automakers that made an agreement to to reduce their emissions with the state of California. The trump bar justice department immediately announced an antitrust investigation against those automakers because because privately White House officials saw this agreement as a PR stunt that was you know out to embarrass the administration. And that's just one example of this extraordinary use of the justice this department to sort of attack companies corporations that are seen as enemies by the White House and this is very different from a private sector that the Reagan administration you know believed in unfettered capitalism. You you wouldn't create an antitrust investigation to attack company. You know you let it do its business yes And that's what's so different about the trump era David Road story about William Bars in the January twentieth edition of The New Yorker and at New Yorker Kerr Dot com after a break. He'll talk about bars. Handling of the mother. Report and the whistleblower complaint about President Trump's phone call to the president of Ukraine also so TV critic David B. and Cooley Reviews Star Trek Picard starring. Sir Patrick Stewart I'm Dave Davies and this is fresh air support for this podcast and the following message come from University of Maryland Global Campus Make Twenty twenty the year. 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"attorney general william barr" Discussed on Fresh Air
"From whyy in Philadelphia. This is fresh air. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Today a look at president trump's controversial attorney general. William Bar veteran journalist. David Road says bar is trump's most feared criticized and effective cabinet member in a piece in the New Yorker Road explores bars long held conservative Riveta values and is longstanding commitment to expanding presidential power a principal now being tested as the impeachment trial unfolds in the Senate yet again. We're having this great debate. About how much power should the president have. How much power should congress have to investigate? The president's conduct and bar isn't directly involved in the trial but his is broad support. His philosophical support for a stronger presidency is clearly helping trump also TV critic. David Bean Cooley reviews star. Trek Picard. Starring Sir Patrick Stewart it premieres tonight on CBS. All access support for this podcast comes from the Neubauer family foundation supporting. WHYY's wise fresh air and its commitment to sharing ideas and encouraging meaningful conversation. President trump fired his first attorney. General Jeff sessions after complaining. Planning sessions had failed to protect him from a special council investigation in his replacement current attorney. General William Bar. Trump has a fierce advocate an article for the New Yorker magazine. Our guest veteran journalist. David Road says bar has acted as trump's political sword and shield presenting sanitized. Summary of special counsel Robert Muller's findings to the public and launching his own investigation into the FBI's probe of the trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. And the the intelligence community assessment that Russia intervened and the two thousand sixteen election in his Article Road Explores the roots of bars conservative values and his longstanding longstanding commitment to expanding the powers of the Presidency David wrote is a longtime investigative journalist. He's now executive editor for news at New Yorker worker DOT com. He's written a book in deep the FBI the CIA and the truth about America's deep state which will be published in April his his article about William Bar Appears in the January twentieth edition of the magazine and is available on New Yorker Dot Com. Well David Road welcome back to fresh air. You say in this piece. That William Bar is the most feared criticized at effective member of trump's cabinet. But it's clear from your piece that his fervent advocacy on a lot of these issues isn't new that he has firm convictions about law and politics that date back decades you write about an address he gave at Notre Dame last fall which you say was a case for ideological warfare What was his message his message as you know there are various ones but the key one was that he felt that organized religion in the United States was under assault? And I think you know there are many Americans Who are our religious that feel this way he talked about sort of the? There's a combination of the Hollywood elite In the mass media Sort of attacking jacking people. That are of faith I you know many Americans would disagree with that and say that that point was exaggerated. But it's a it was a sort of a of a A theme Trumpian theme of kind of being under siege That conservatives are under siege and under assault and a theme of also so of Grievance so it was more a decorous than you know frankly. President trump speaks but he was sort of hitting the same The same points and pushing the same buttons. It's clear that bars convictions. Our long-held they go way back tell us a bit about his family life. So bar grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan Hatton. Both of his parents taught at Columbia different points in their career His mom was also an editor at redbook magazine and his father was a headmaster of Dalton. Sort of an elite private school school He went to Horace Mann which was a an elite private school as well in New York and this was in the middle of the Vietnam era and he was then at that point is life absolutely convinced in one thing and that is at the present. United States should have total authority to respond to threats to the United States and he debated I talked it to some of his high school classmates. The balance of power you know Congress versus the president and their dishes airy and even at that point as a teenager bill bar was like the president needs the authority to act unilaterally and foreign affairs he supported the war in Vietnam and he believed that passionately then and to this day. He is a an aggressive arrested supporter of presidential power. He went to a parochial school as a kid the family were were were deeply committed Catholics. Right they were and he's an observant Catholic today and I you know. I don't think that's a major issue that sets his personal life and it's fine but he was very political even In in the parochial school. you know He. He told none That he wanted to vote for Richard Nixon when he was in elementary school and The non replied. You know I'll Apprai- for you then But that to his credit is the kind of courage of his convictions. He's always been willing to sort of speak out You know stand up for what he believes then. And he's been very very consistent throughout his life about what he's fighting for. He Goes College at Columbia. which must have been at the height of the student? Protest Movement did did his thinking drift left at all from that experience. I know from again. We heard his. He was sort of repulsed by this according to folks in him at the time time when Columbia students that have famously took over the main administration building He saw this as sort of chaotic and so while you know everyone else of his generation or many of the people of his generation are protesting the war he actually did internships at the CIA his father had served in the precursor to the CIA in World War. Two and you know young Bill Barr of graduates from Columbia. Doesn't internship at the CIA to Graduate School at Columbia as well in you know does is Chinese studies but his first job out of graduate school is actually at the CIA as an analyst about China so he becomes an analyst at the CIA. Okay then goes to law school and then find himself at the CIA as office of Legal Counsel and this is when George Herbert Walker Bush was director of the CIA. What kind kind of issues was the CIA confronting at that time? So they were. You know watching an classic power struggle on full between Congress and the President This is after Watergate of but there had been a congressional investigation of famous Senate Committee called Church Committee that had found decades of abuses by the CIA and the FBI. I where both organizations had spied on Americans they spied on Martin Luther King You know the FBI sent king false letters of the C. I. A. Spied Spied on John Lennon so there was an effort by Congress to enact all these laws restrict what the CIA was doing and they're sort of a great anecdote Where George TURBOT Walker Bush then the CIA director is testifying before Congress to congresswoman from New York famous one Bella Abzug Her male had been opened by the CIA for decades Geico because she had represented various people. Accuse them McCarthyism and so there was a law that Congress wanted to enact whereas would apologized. Every American who's letter had been an open by the agency. Bush testified against that at one point in the hearing he turns around and ask Bar this sort of young age in his late twenties for advice. How to answer a question question Bush takes bars advice. You know delivers the answer bar. Recommends and bars really struck by George H W Bush and impressed by him right he he. He then moves into the government in the Reagan White House. Reagan is elected Ronald Reagan in nineteen eighty. He becomes a White House. Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy Z.. And over the course of the Reagan administration the there were big issues about independent counsel investigations into government misconduct in-duct in part because of this huge scandal the Iran Contra scandal. You WanNa remind us what that was about and bars view of these issues Yeah it's the mid nineteen eighties the continuation of this same debate from the seventies about the balance of power between Congress and the President Congress had passed a law specifically banning the Reagan administration from aiding anti-communist rebels the contras in Nicaragua and the White House. began a secret effort to funnel money to those was guerrilla groups in Central America. They sold weapons to Iran. Partly in a way to try to get some American hostages free that were being held in Lebanon and then they use is the proceeds from the arm sales to fund the contras that became the Iran. Contra scandal it was completely illegal You know William Casey the CIA. I director ran this. He violated again. A law passed by Congress. Barring this aid there's a huge inquiry There's a you know a joint congressional committee that looks into it and there's these famous scenes of Oliver North Testifying he had you know. Run this this secret program that was illegal and north defiantly finally said the president and myself as his aid. We have to act unilaterally to defend the country and it's the same argument went over and over again after the Reagan administration. William Bar is actually appointed attorney general by George Herbert Walker Bush who wins the nineteen eighty eight election and this issue of special counsel investigations into this scandal. The secret arms sales the Iran Contra scandal affected a lot of people's lives What role did did borough play? What happened so near the end of the Bush administration and there was a lot of complaints that the special counsel who've been appointed to investigate iran-contra Lawrence Walsh was was overzealous and about a half dozen? People have been convicted acted or were awaiting trial and after Bush lost the nineteen ninety-two election to bill. Clinton Bush personally sort of blamed the special counsel and the Continuing Shadow Veron on Contra for hurting his re-election effort and Bush then pardoned about a half dozen of these former administration officials who've been convicted or awaiting trial under the Iran Contre Special Prosecutor bill very much supported that Ignoring special counsels fit his philosophy of executive power. He felt that the creation of a special process which came out of Watergate was dilution and a weakening of presidential power. He felt that inspectors general which are also these independent and Investigators that look for waste fraud and abuse created by Congress. They you know are as well. So bar supported these pardons But they are very controversial. It was seen as the major blow to Congress's power in essence these half dozen officials could violate a law Lied to Congress and get pardoned for it and and if there's going to be a sort of balance of power you know it's good for administration officials to fear lying to Congress into fear breaking laws. Yeah this this is. This is an interesting dispute here. And before he was attorney. General for President Bush. He headed the justice. Department's Office of Legal Counsel. You mentioned that he wrote a memo Komo on executive in congressional power that gives us a sense of what his logic here was. I mean doesn't the executive need some check on on its actions in speeches over the years..