Tag: Barr, William P

D.C. Prosecutors’ Tensions With Justice Dept. Began Long Before Stone Sentencing

WASHINGTON — In the days before they filed the sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s friend Roger J. Stone Jr. that helped plunge the Justice Department into turmoil, the prosecutors on the case felt under siege. A new boss, Timothy Shea, had just arrived and had told them on his first day that he wanted a […]

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Trump Renews Attack on Justice System, Raising Pressure on William Barr

WASHINGTON — President Trump once again berated the “dirty cops” of the law enforcement establishment on Thursday, accusing the Justice Department of going after his friends but not his enemies in a public outburst that flouted Attorney General William P. Barr’s pleas to stop publicly intervening in individual prosecutions where he had a personal interest. […]

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The Stone Sentence Was Fair. What Barr Did Was Still Wrong.

After much sound and fury, Roger Stone — Trump ally, Nixon devotee and longtime political mischief-maker — was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in federal prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. Despite what President Trump has claimed, both the career prosecutors and the judge in the case ensured justice was served. Attorney […]

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Roger Stone Is Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison

WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., the Republican political consultant who for years portrayed himself as the dirty trickster of American politics, was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for obstructing a congressional inquiry in a bid to protect President Trump. The case against Mr. Stone, 67, a longtime friend of Mr. […]

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Roger Stone Is Set to Be Sentenced in Case That Has Drawn Scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., the Republican political consultant who for years portrayed himself as the dirty trickster of American politics, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning for obstructing a congressional inquiry in a bid to protect President Trump. The case against Mr. Stone, 67, a longtime friend of Mr. Trump’s, has become […]

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Imagine That Donald Trump Has Almost No Control Over Justice

In view of the intensifying controversy over the politicization of the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr and its potential weaponization at the hands of President Trump, it is worth reviving a proposal that has not been seriously discussed since the Watergate era: Congress should transform the Justice Department into an independent agency, […]

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When Donald Trump Is the Law

“I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country,” President Trump said on Tuesday. The alarming thing is that he’s right. The nation’s founders put the president in charge of the executive branch, which is tasked with enforcing the law. That is a remarkably broad power, and it can be easily abused. […]

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Trump’s Interventions in the Justice System

To the Editor: Re “Trump Exerts His Power With a Spree of Pardons” (front page, Feb. 19): In my eyes, President Trump’s commutation of the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, is the last straw in a long line of abhorrent transgressions. For years, I have given Mr. Trump the benefit of the […]

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Roger Stone Sentencing Will Go On as Planned, Judge Says

WASHINGTON — The sentencing of President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. will go on as planned on Thursday despite last-ditch motions by his defense attorneys for a new trial, a judge said on Tuesday. The judge, Amy Berman Jackson of Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, told lawyers in the case that […]

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Who Will Turn Out the Lights at Trump’s White House?

Bret Stephens: Katie Barr the door, Gail! That was quite a public rebuke of Donald Trump from Attorney General Bill Barr, who said the president’s incessant tweeting was making his job “impossible.” Do you think this means Barr has finally drawn a line in the sand with his boss? Or was it just political theater […]

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Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down

WASHINGTON — More than 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. They also urged current government employees to report any signs […]

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Fearful of Trump’s Attacks, Justice Dept. Lawyers Worry Barr Will Leave Them Exposed

WASHINGTON — In an email a few days ago to the 270 lawyers he oversees, Nicola T. Hanna, the United States attorney in Los Angeles, offered a message of reassurance: I am proud of the work you do, he wrote. Other U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department’s far-flung 93 field offices relayed similar messages of […]

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Andrew McCabe Escapes Charges While Barr Tightens Control on Flynn Case

WASHINGTON — While Attorney General William P. Barr asserted his independence from the White House this week, he has also been quietly intervening in a series of politically charged cases, including against Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Mr. Barr installed a phalanx of […]

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Barr’s Rebuke of President Trump: Genuine or Feigned?

To the Editor: Re “Barr Says Attacks From Trump Make Work ‘Impossible’” (front page, Feb. 14): Attorney General William Barr would have us believe that among the tens of thousands of criminal cases prosecuted annually in the United States, his reaching down to modify the sentencing recommendations in only one case, that of the president’s […]

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Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter. The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work […]

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-F.B.I. Official, Will Not Be Charged in Lying Case

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director and a frequent target of President Trump, will not face charges in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak, his defense team said on Friday. The decision by prosecutors in Washington ends a case that had left Mr. McCabe in […]

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Trump Claims ‘Legal Right’ to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases

WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Friday that he had the legal right to intervene in federal criminal cases, a day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly rebuked him for attacks on Justice Department prosecutors and others involved in the case of Roger J. Stone Jr., the president’s longtime friend. In a morning tweet, Mr. […]

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Did William Barr Throw Down the Gauntlet?

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. There are two plausible explanations for William Barr’s surprising criticism of President Trump yesterday. The first is the literal one. Barr, the attorney general, lashed out at Trump, — for “a constant background commentary that undercuts” the […]

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Key Excerpts From Barr’s Interview With ABC

Attorney General William P. Barr delivered a sharp reproach on Thursday to President Trump, defending the role of the Justice Department in the face of the president’s persistent attacks. In an interview with ABC News, Mr. Barr addressed the fallout this week over a case involving a longtime friend of Mr. Trump’s, Roger J. Stone […]

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After Trump’s Attacks on Justice Dept., Barr Says He Will Not ‘Be Bullied’

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary rebuke of President Trump, Attorney General William P. Barr said on Thursday that Mr. Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department had made it “impossible for me to do my job” and asserted that “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.” Mr. Barr has been among the president’s […]

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Trump Claims Roger Stone’s Jury Was Tainted by Bias

WASHINGTON — Citing a report from Fox News, President Trump said Thursday the jury that convicted his friend Roger J. Stone Jr. had a biased member — a claim by the defense team that had been dismissed by a federal judge a day earlier. Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in […]

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Are We Headed for a Bernie Sweep?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Bernie Sanders on an unstoppable path to the Democratic nomination — and if so, can he defeat President Trump in November? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the results of the […]

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