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  • Attorney General Barr Won't Recuse Himself From New York Case Against Epstein: Official

    07/09/2019 8:38:57 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    USNews ^ | 7-9-2019 | Sarah Lynch
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new indictment unveiled this week by federal prosecutors in Manhattan charging financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. The official added, however, that Barr has been and will remain recused from overseeing the department's review into how federal prosecutors in Florida, including now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, previously reached a plea deal with Epstein that has since come under scrutiny as being too lenient.
  • Justice Department shifting census case to new team of lawyers

    07/07/2019 7:56:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/07/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    The Justice Department (DOJ) is shifting matters involving efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census to a new team of lawyers. “As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward," DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec told The Hill in a statement on Sunday. "Since these cases began, the lawyers representing the United States in these cases have given countless hours to defending the Commerce Department and have consistently demonstrated the highest professionalism, integrity, and skill inside and outside...
  • Justice Department shaking up legal team on census case

    07/08/2019 1:09:13 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2019
    The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made. The change announced Sunday comes days after the department vowed to continue to try to find a legal path forward to include the question on the census. The Trump administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including a ruling from the Supreme Court that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily. President Donald Trump said last week that he was “very seriously” considering an executive order to...
  • Jeffrey Epstein Became a Government *Informant* as Part of Sweetheart Plea Deal

    07/07/2019 9:27:58 AM PDT · by gaijin · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11-28-2018 | Rick Friedman
    (snip)"... The pair struck a deal that only required Epstein to serve 13 months in a county jail and shuttered an FBI probe into his alleged crimes. But as part of that deal, according to records cited by the Herald, Epstein provided “valuable consideration”—in other words, critical information—to federal investigators. There’s no direct evidence of what that information was, but records show.." (more at link)
  • Jeffrey Epstein Arrested For Sex Trafficking of Minors: Sources

    07/06/2019 5:49:04 PM PDT · by numberonepal · 223 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.06.19 7:53PM ET | Pervaiz Shallwani, Kate Briquelet, Harry Siegel
    Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly arrested on Saturday and will appear in New York court on Monday to be charged with sex trafficking, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, according to three law enforcement sources. The arrest, by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force, comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida.
  • Rep. Ratcliffe: DoJ IG Horowitz has completed his probe into alleged FISA abuses

    07/02/2019 6:45:24 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 49 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 7/2/19 | Jon Dougherty
    In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, Rep. John Ratcliffe said he met last week with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz who said his office’s probe into alleged abuses of the FISA court by the Obama-era DoJ and FBI is complete. In addition, Ratcliffe said, the IG’s office is currently drafting its report, though it’s not clear when it will actually be presented to Attorney General William Barr.
  • Justice Department sues former Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman failing to file ..

    06/26/2019 7:58:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2019 | Dan Mangan
    Justice Department sues former Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman failing to file financial disclosure after White House firing The Justice Department on Tuesday sued former Trump senior WH advisor Omarosa for allegedly failing to file required financial disclosures after the notorious “The Apprentice” contestant left her job. The department claims Manigault Newman, a once-fierce defender of President Donald Trump, was told after she was fired in December 2017 that she had to file a financial disclosure form. In 2018, she released a book entitled “Unhinged,” which accused Trump of being a “racist.” The department, in its suit filed in federal...
  • Trump refuses to say if he has faith in FBI Director Wray: 'We'll see how it turns out'

    06/24/2019 7:35:47 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 June 2019 | Liam Quinn
    President Trump on Monday refused to say whether he had confidence in FBI Director Christopher Wray, while acknowledging the two officials have disagreed on some key issues, including whether the president’s campaign was a victim of spying. In an interview, Trump was quizzed on his level of confidence in the FBI boss. “Well, we’ll see how it turns out,” he told The Hill, before discussing Wray’s previous claim that he would not use the word “spying” to describe the bureau's surveillance of figures linked to the Trump campaign in 2016. “I mean, I disagree with him on that and I...
  • diGenova and Toensing Discuss Scope Memos, Rosenstein and Joe Biden…

    06/21/2019 5:21:28 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 63 replies ^ | 6/21/19 | sundance
    Joe diGenova has a great deal of confidence in AG William Barr. After the interview last night (w/ Hannity) where President Trump outlined the lack of investigative information from the DOJ and FBI to the executive office of the president, I’m not sure that confidence is deserved. In this interview with Lou Dobbs, diGenova and Victoria Toensing discuss the currently suppressed Rosenstein scope memos issued to allow Weissmann and Mueller to expand their targeting of Trump; while simultaneously retaining optimism toward Bill Barr. Additionally, both Toensing and diGenova discuss presidential candidate Joe Biden.
  • Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.

    06/18/2019 8:37:28 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    New York Times via MSN ^ | June 18, 2019 | William K. Rashbaum & Katie Benner
    Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a federal prison sentence, had been expected to be transferred to the notorious Rikers Island jail complex this month to await trial on a separate state case. But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York. And then, on Monday, federal prison officials weighed in,...
  • US Attorney Durham 'very dialed in' as he launches Russia probe review, met with Barr 'multiple

    06/07/2019 10:11:22 AM PDT · by bitt · 50 replies ^ | 6/7/2019 | Catherine Herridge, Gregg Re, Cyd Upson
    The Connecticut U.S. attorney assigned by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe is “very dialed in” and “asking all the right questions,” according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Separately, sources within the Justice Department confirmed to Fox News that Barr has met “on multiple occasions in recent weeks” with Durham, who was in Washington, D.C., this month. DEMS UNVEIL CONTEMPT RESOLUTION FOR BARR, MCGAHN Fox News has learned that Durham has been getting briefed on the “four corners” of the investigations into the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants,...
  • Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Comey In The “Fight Of Their Lives”

    05/31/2019 12:02:25 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 38 replies
    Sara Carter ^ | 05-31-2019 | Jennie Taer
    Attorney General William Barr said Special Counsel Robert Mueller “could’ve reached a decision” on obstruction in an interview with CBS airing Friday. When asked about Mueller’s Wednesday statement, Barr said he wasn’t sure what Mueller was “suggesting.” Mueller cited 11 instances where President Trump ‘possibly’ obstructed justice. Now, Barr says he’s looking into potential wrongdoing by the U.S. intelligence community. It’s an argument investigative reporter Sara Carter has been making for nearly three years. Carter said former CIA director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and his boss, former...
  • Confirmed: U.S. Attorney John Huber never started the ‘Spygate’ probe Sessions assigned to him

    05/31/2019 11:30:28 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 119 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 5/31/19 | Jon Dougherty
    You may recall that about a year into failed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tenure with the Trump administration he rebuffed several calls from members of Congress to appoint a U.S. attorney ‘outside the Beltway’ to investigate abuses by the Obama regime and the 2016 Clinton campaign regarding “Spygate.” That attorney, John Huber of Utah, was supposedly a ‘special prosecutor in all but name,’ Sessions said at the time. He claimed Huber will be using all of “his prosecutorial powers” to conduct a wide-ranging investigation into alleged abuses that extend well beyond suspected FISA court improprieties. “I am confident that Mr....
  • AG Barr Discloses Huber NEVER EVEN STARTED His Investigation — John Durham Took Over His Work

    05/31/2019 9:05:31 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 212 replies ^ | May 31 2019 | J Hoft
    Today on CBS Attorney General William Barr disclosed that the Huber investigation is over. Huber did not even start his investigation. He didn’t do a damn thing! AG Barr said this morning on CBS News that Huber did nothing and his work was taken over by the team he set up under US Attorney John Durham. WILLIAM BARR: Right, so Huber had originally been asked to take a look at the FISA applications and the electronic surveillance but then he stood back and put that on hold while the Office of Inspector General was conducting its review, which would’ve been...
  • William Barr interview: Read the full transcript

    05/31/2019 7:34:12 AM PDT · by billorites · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2019
    In an exclusive interview with "CBS This Morning," Attorney General William Barr said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller could have reached a decision on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice, regardless of long-standing Justice Department policy that prohibits the indictment of a sitting president.  During a nearly hour-long interview in Anchorage, Alaska, CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford pressed the attorney general on a number of issues from obstruction to his new review of the Russia investigation.Below is the full transcript of the interview: JAN CRAWFORD: Mr. Attorney General, thank you very much for sitting down...
  • Barr: FBI approached to create group to 'make sure we're totally prepared for elections'

    05/31/2019 5:02:57 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/31/19 | John Bowden
    Attorney General William Barr in an interview that aired Friday morning said he has approached the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, about forming a group of officials to deal with election security issues for the 2020 election and beyond. In an interview with "CBS This Morning," Barr said that the U.S. efforts to counter efforts by Russia and other governments to meddle in U.S. affairs was becoming "increasingly robust." "Yes, we do have, I think, an increasingly robust program that is focusing on foreign influence in our election process," Barr told CBS. "I talked recently to the director of...
  • Byron York: As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics

    05/28/2019 10:12:18 AM PDT · by billorites · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2019 | Byron York
    In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee's then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI's reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited allegations that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 election. Specifically, it revealed that the FBI included unverified material from the dossier in applications to a secret spy court to win a warrant to wiretap Trump foreign policy volunteer adviser Carter Page. All that was classified. To release it, the committee appealed to President...
  • Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice

    05/22/2019 7:46:28 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    the hill ^ | 05/22/19 | BY KEVIN R. BROCK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
    Things seem to be moving quickly now. It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history. Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually a political operation, fostered at the highest levels of government, masquerading as an FBI counterintelligence investigation. Attorney General William Barr has signaled that his interest in examining the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign extends beyond whether the FBI operated “by the book,” as former FBI Director James Comey asserts. Barr also wants to understand the role that the larger intelligence community, or...
  • Scarborough Begs Billionaire Tom Steyer: Get Bill Barr Disbarred!

    05/21/2019 5:43:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    More evidence that Joe Scarborough has descended deep into the liberal fever swamp. Now he's calling on a leftist billionaire with a fixation on impeaching President Trump to shell out for a phalanx of lawyers to get Attorney General Bill Barr disbarred. Tom Steyer is the left-wing billionaire in question. He has poured tens of millions of dollars into TV ads demanding that President Trump be impeached. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough called on Steyer to direct his efforts toward having Attorney General Bill Barr disbarred. Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • DOJ reveals name of ex-US Attorney accused of sexual misconduct after Buzzfeed lawsuit

    05/20/2019 12:46:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/20/19 | Zack Budryk
    The Justice Department has revealed the name of a former U.S. attorney accused of misconduct after Buzzfeed News successfully sued for disclosure of his identity. The Justice Department announced in May 2017 that the since-retired attorney had an affair with a subordinate, created a hostile work environment and possibly violated department policy on sexual harassment. A federal judge ruled in March that public interest superseded government officials’ right to privacy, forcing the Justice Department to disclose last week the attorney in question was Stephen Wigginton, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 2010 to 2015....