Tag: Barr, William P

God Is Now Trump’s Co-Conspirator

Listening to the speech William Barr, the attorney general, gave last week at the University of Notre Dame Law School, I found myself thinking of the title of an old movie: “God Is My Co-Pilot.” What I realized is that Donald Trump’s minions have now gone that title one better: If Barr’s speech is any […]

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Trump Taxes: Justice Dept. Asks Judges to Block Subpoena

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Friday to stop the release of President Trump’s tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, arguing that local prosecutors should have to meet a very high legal bar before investigating a sitting president. The filing meant Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department was lending support to […]

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Trump Lashes Out at Fox News Poll as Barr Meets With Murdoch

Recently, Fox News personalities have questioned the validity of efforts by House Democrats to impeach the president. They have also helped draw attention to the debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election to aid Democrats, a theory favored by Mr. Trump but which contradicts the findings of American intelligence communities and the Mueller […]

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Barr Meets With Murdoch as Trump Steps Up His Criticism of Fox News

Recently, Fox News personalities have questioned the validity of efforts by House Democrats to impeach the president. They have also helped draw attention to the debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election to aid Democrats, a theory favored by Mr. Trump but which contradicts the findings of American intelligence communities and the Mueller […]

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As White House Counsel, Pat Cipollone Builds Case for Defiance on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — As a lawyer in private practice, Pat A. Cipollone, now President Trump’s White House counsel, told colleagues that there were two approaches to legal fights. One, he said, was like the Department of State, when the two sides would try to work out a deal to avoid painful and expensive litigation. The other, […]

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Trump Ordered to Turn Over 8 Years of Tax Returns to the Manhattan D.A.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns. Lawyers for Mr. Trump quickly told the court they would appeal the ruling from Judge Victor Marrero […]

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Why America Needs Whistle-Blowers

In accusing the intelligence community whistle-blower of partisanship and treason, President Trump has redefined whistle-blowing to serve his private interests rather than the rule of law. In the American tradition, whistle-blowers expose illegal or unconstitutional acts that the powerful want to keep secret. That the current game-changing official intelligence community whistle-blower complaint has reached the […]

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Will the G.O.P. Turn Against Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher As evidence mounts that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency, could members of his own party start to turn against him? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate Republicans’ response to […]

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Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention. The tension is part of a growing debate over privacy […]

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Trump’s Justice Department Asks Judge to Block Subpoena for His Tax Returns

The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to temporarily block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney that would require President Trump to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. Mr. Trump has been fighting off an attempt by the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance […]

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Was There Another Cover-Up In Response to the Whistle-Blower?

One of the first things new prosecutors at the Justice Department learn is that cover-ups are rarely singular. There is often a cover-up of the cover-up. Allegations of one cover-up, then another, emerged last week. Officials in the Trump administration tried to “lock down” the phone call memo between President Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky of […]

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The House’s Giuliani Subpoena Was No Surprise, Trevor Noah Says

[embedded content]CreditCreditVideo by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah “He was mentioned 30 times in the whistle-blower’s report. That’s 29 times too many. I mean, you know you’re in trouble if you control-F your name in a whistle-blower’s report and the screen lights up like a motel bed under a black light.” — TREVOR NOAH […]

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41, 42 …

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The president of the United States accused one of his congressional critics of treason yesterday morning and said that the critic should be arrested. And yet it might not even have been the most outrageous thing that […]

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Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins

WASHINGTON — President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call. The White House restricted access to the call’s […]

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How the Whistle-Blower Complaint Almost Didn’t Happen

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher It took just days for a whistle-blower complaint to prompt an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. But it took weeks for the concerns detailed in the complaint to come to light — and they nearly never […]

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Note to the Impeachment Investigators: Trump Rarely Acts Alone

President Trump’s assaults on democracy are rarely solo endeavors. His schemes often entangle, by chance or by choice, an array of accomplices, enablers, observers and victims — many of whom will need to be heard from as House members begin investigating the Ukraine scandal as part of the impeachment inquiry announced last week. “There is […]

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House Democrats Plan Hearing as Early as Next Week in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — House Democrats pushed ahead Friday with a rapidly unfurling impeachment inquiry into President Trump, planning subpoenas and plotting out a witness list for a proceeding that could yield its first hearing as early as next week. “Everything is real time,” Representative Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois and a member of the Intelligence Committee. […]

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Pelosi Says Barr Has ‘Gone Rogue’

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said that Attorney General William P. Barr had “gone rogue,” and questioned whether he could objectively make decisions about legal action in response to an explosive whistle-blower complaint accusing President Trump of misconduct, because Mr. Barr himself was mentioned in the document. “I do think the attorney general […]

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