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William Barr defends President Trump

It's the question that has dominated politics for more than two years -- what exactly happened with counterintelligence activities conducted during the 2016 election and the Russia probe. Now, in his first interview since joining the Trump administration, Attorney General Bill Barr detailed how he plans to get to the bottom of the origins of the probe, his thoughts on James Comey, Robert Mueller and other issues related to the special counsel's investigation. While in El Salvador, Attorney General Barr told the Wall Street Journal that it wasn’t that he was trying to protect President Trump himsself, but rather the presidency: POLITICAL WIRE  – Attorney General William Barr told the Wall Street Journal that “his long-held belief in executive power is more about protecting the presidency than the current officeholder.” Said Barr: “I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul.” He added: “

BREAKING: AG Bill Barr will not testify tomorrow in front of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) tells Chuck Todd, “After his performance today, I’m not surprised [Barr] doesn’t want to repeat it again tomorrow,” and calls Barr testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, a “pretty sorry performance.” The Attorney General has now informed the House Judiciary Committee that he will NOT be in attendance for tomorrow’s scheduled hearing: A House Judiciary Committee side says the committee has been informed by DOJ that Barr will NOT be coming for his scheduled 9 am appearance before the committee tomorrow. There has been an ongoing dispute about whether staff could question him during the hearing. — Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) May 1, 2019 BREAKING: Per a congressional source, the House Judiciary Committee has been notified by the DOJ that Attorney General Barr is NOT coming to testify tomorrow. DOJ has told the committee to expect a letter officially stating that shortly, according to my source. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yami

Jerry Nadler: AG William Barr won't testify because he is 'terrified' to answer our questions

AG William Barr has opted not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler says the panel would "start a process" to get Barr to testify, and says the next step is a contempt citation. So Democratic Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler responded to Barr saying that he wasn’t goint to show up tomorrow. He is threatening to hold Barr in contempt:   House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says if Attorney General William Barr doesn't provide the unredacted Mueller report to Congress in the next day or two, "the next step is seeking a contempt citation against the attorney general" However, when it came to hitting Barr with a subpoena, Nadler was non-committal about it. So, it’s kind of a showdown. Will Barr back down and show up? It sounds like Nadler will give him a few days to consider. But they can then hold him in contempt, and if that doesn’t work, hit him with another subpoena. But if

Sen. John Kennedy : Barr should not recuse himself

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) says he does not think Attorney General Bill Barr should recuse himself from further Mueller-related probes. “I realize I’m biased here, I’m a Bill Barr fan,” Kennedy says. Below is a liberal narrative, or argument, that the reason Mueller didn’t indict President Trump is that he was under order by a DOJ guideline that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Watch Senator Kennedy shoot that argument down at the 1:45 minute mark: The argument then goes like this – since Mueller cannot indict, he wants Congress to impeach. But Kennedy points out that in the testimony offered by Barr that Mueller told him directly that it was “absolutely not” the reasoning why he didn’t recommend an indictment. Interesting. Now the left might poke holes in that by saying Barr is lying. Well, if Barr is lying about what Mueller told him, then it is up to Mueller to clear that up. I would like to think that if Barr straight up lied about his intention that he would make

Ted Cruz says "I believe the Department of Justice under the Obama administration was profoundly politicized"

Attorney General Bill Barr agrees with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that weaponizing the Department of Justice against a political opponent is an abuse of power no matter who does it. Ted Cruz finally got his chance to question to AG Barr in today’s judiciary hearing and while doing so he proceeded to masterfully expose the ludicrousness of Democrats obsessing over the Mueller letter to Barr than came out last night: This is classic Ted Cruz. Here’s a snippet if you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing. The “19 pages” in the quote to the executive summaries Mueller wanted Barr to release: So their entire argument is: AG Barr, you suppressed the 19 pages that are entirely public, that we have and we can read, that they know every word of it, and their complaint is it was delayed a few weeks. And that was because of your decision not to release the report piecemeal but rather to release those 19 pages along with the entire 448 pages produced by the Special Couns

Cory Booker and Eric Holder say Bill Barr wrong on Mueller

It’s bad when a political hack like Eric Holder sounds more reasonable than most Democrats when it comes to responding to the Mueller report announcement from this weekend. In an exclusive interview with MSNBC anchor Ari Melber, Former Attorney General Eric Holder makes news by saying Trump Attorney General Bill Barr is handling the Mueller report in the “wrong” way, which is troubling and departs from clear precedent. Pressed by Melber, Holder adds that Congress must get the Mueller Report and decide any obstruction case against Pres. Trump – not his handpicked A.G. Holder adds that this is the beginning or “middle” of the process, not the end. Senator and 2020 Presidential Candidate, Senator Cory Booker joins Ari Melber for a wide-ranging interview on the Mueller probe, Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of it and why he believes the war on drugs has been a “war on American people”. Booker reveals that he is “not willing to conclude anything” based on Barr’s summary of the Mu