Tag: Barr, William P

Trump’s Cabinet From Hell

If you run into Attorney General William Barr over the weekend, be sure to congratulate him. The readers have spoken! Barr was the runaway winner of our vote for Worst Trump Cabinet Member. He swept the field last fall, too. What we need now is a Worst Museum where we can put Barr’s portrait looming […]

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Vote for Trump’s Worst!

OK, people, I know you’re feeling a little wan and helpless these days. Sure does seem like a long time until November. So let’s take an early vote and pick Donald Trump’s Worst Cabinet Member. The competition is intense this year. Some days it feels as if everybody in the administration is trying to grab […]

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Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?

Today, Wednesday, marks 90 days before the presidential election, a date in the calendar that is supposed to be of special note to the Justice Department. That’s because of two department guidelines, one a written policy that no action be influenced in any way by politics. Another, unwritten norm urges officials to defer publicly charging […]

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Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy

For a man who votes by mail himself, Donald Trump is strangely obsessed with the idea that it is the most dangerous method of casting a ballot. The president was at it again this week. “Rigged Election,” he tweeted of New York’s well-publicized struggles with counting mail-in votes. “Same thing would happen, but on massive […]

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Voting by Mail Could Save Lives and American Democracy

For a man who votes by mail himself, Donald Trump is strangely obsessed with the idea that it is the most dangerous method of casting a ballot. The president was at it again this week. “Rigged Election,” he tweeted of New York’s well-publicized struggles with counting mail-in votes. “Same thing would happen, but on massive […]

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Trump Officials Reconsider Prosecuting ISIS ‘Beatles’ Without Death Penalty

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is trying again to find a way to resolve the cases of two British Islamic State detainees who are notorious for their roles in the torture and killing of Western hostages, and who have been held in indefinite wartime detention by the American military in Iraq since October, according to […]

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Trump and Nixon, Law and Disorder

President Trump has been comparing himself to Richard Nixon, tweeting “LAW & ORDER,” and claiming he learned a lot from Nixon. Others have been comparing Mr. Trump’s handling of civil disorder to Nixon’s. No one will ever tag me a Nixon apologist, but in Nixon’s defense these claims are hooey. I worked for our last […]

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4 Guards Charged in Inmate’s Beating at Alabama Prison

Four men who worked as corrections officers in Alabama have been charged by the Justice Department with crimes including civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the beating of an inmate in 2018, according to a newly-unsealed indictment. The criminal case was announced less than a week after federal investigators released a highly critical […]

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Full Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Request to End Michael Flynn Case

WASHINGTON — The entire Federal Appeals Court in Washington said on Thursday that it would take up a case involving Attorney General William P. Barr’s decision to drop the prosecution of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, erasing a split decision by a three-judge panel in June ordering an immediate end to […]

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Why Barr’s Pick for Brooklyn Prosecutor Faces Scrutiny From All Sides

When Attorney General William P. Barr announced a new top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn this month, it was a promotion for one of his closest advisers in Washington. His choice, Seth D. DuCharme, was not a purely political appointee. Mr. DuCharme spent most of his career in Brooklyn prosecuting terrorists and violent gangs, earning a […]

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Barr Repeats Trump Falsehoods in Congressional Testimony

Attorney General William P. Barr, in a contentious congressional hearing on Tuesday, defended President Trump and the Justice Department on a variety of matters. Here is a fact-check. What Mr. Barr SAID “The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects […]

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Fact Checking the Portland Protests: How Violent Are They?

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorney General William P. Barr forcefully defended the federal response to long-running protests in Portland on Tuesday, telling the House Judiciary Committee that the protests had become violent. The federal intervention has been condemned by state and city officials, but Mr. Barr argued it was necessary to prevent violence from spreading to […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats in Testimony, Defending Protests Response

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Fact Check: How Violent Are the Portland Protests?

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorney General William P. Barr forcefully defended the federal response to long-running protests in Portland on Tuesday, telling the House Judiciary Committee that the protests had become violent. The federal intervention has been condemned by state and city officials, but Mr. Barr argued it was necessary to prevent violence from spreading to […]

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Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr will travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for his first congressional testimony in more than a year, and lawmakers are prepared to press for explanations on the federal response to nationwide protests of police killings of Black Americans and the handling of criminal cases involving President Trump’s allies. […]

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Barr Defends Protest Response and Criticizes Russia Inquiry Ahead of Testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr defended the federal response to the protests and unrest around the nation in recent weeks, declaring in comments released late Monday that the rule of law must be upheld as “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction” in places like Portland, […]

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The Trump administration denied on Wednesday that it had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison in retaliation for his decision to publish a jailhouse tell-all book about his former boss, the president. The government said in newly filed court papers that the decision to send Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer and lawyer, back to […]

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Painting Bleak Portrait of Urban Crime, Trump Sends More Agents to Chicago and Other Cities

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department would send hundreds of additional federal agents into cities to confront a rise in shootings and other crime, escalating his dark rhetoric about urban crime and bashing local elected officials who have been wary of intervention by his administration. Mr. Trump, who has sought […]

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

Early on Tuesday morning, while much of the country was still asleep, the federal government executed its first death-row prisoner in 17 years. We are among the lawyers who represented the prisoner who was killed, Daniel Lee. Make no mistake: The circumstances of Mr. Lee’s execution are a vivid illustration of the serious problems with […]

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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We Can Still Get the Truth From Roger Stone

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly opposed President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence for seven felonies — the latest act by this administration to undermine the rule of law. If Mr. Barr’s resistance is to be believed, the Department of Justice still has a path to vindicate the rule of law by putting Mr. […]

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Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone?

In 1972, I served as an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, which investigated the connection between the White House and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, the subsequent cover-up and other crimes connected with the White House under Richard Nixon. And nothing that I saw then — even during […]

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How May Google Fight an Antitrust Case? Look at This Little-Noticed Paper

WASHINGTON — Google has largely stayed quiet about its conversations with federal investigators as the Justice Department has looked into whether the company abused its dominance of the online advertising market. But a little-noticed 67-page document sent to Australian regulators in May by Google’s advisers may provide clues to how the Silicon Valley titan intends […]

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Trump’s Clemency Came After Displays of Loyalty by Stone

Months before F.B.I. agents arrived in darkness at his Florida home to take him into custody, Roger J. Stone Jr. promised that he would remain loyal to his longtime friend. “I will never roll on Donald Trump,” he said. He did not, and Mr. Stone is now a free man. The president’s decision on Friday […]

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