(Dallas, TX-AP) — Attorney General William Barr says details of the Justice Department’s investigation into Jeffrey Epstein will be available soon.
Speaking today in Dallas, Barr says nothing so far in their findings “undercuts” the medical examiner’s ruling that Epstein died by suicide. Barr says Epstein’s death brought to light irregularities at the Bureau of Prisons and that’s why a new director was appointed.
The 66-year-old Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell earlier this month as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking conspiracy.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Washington, DC-AP) — In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr is planning to say he did exactly what he told Senators he would do during his confirmation hearing.
Barr does not mention in his prepared remarks the Robert Mueller letter that was disclosed Tuesday in which the Special Counsel criticizes the way he characterized the report. He does say that he promised not to interfere with the investigation, and that he kept that promise.
He also said he would release as much of the report as he could, and pointed out only eight percent was redacted in the public version, and less than two percent in the version Congressional leaders could read. He admits he allowed the White House Counsel and President Trump’s personal attorneys to see the public redacted report prior to its release.
He claims it was so the Counsel could advise the president on executive privilege. He concludes by saying it is vital that the Department of Justice stand apart from the political process.
(Washington, DC) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to hold a private conference call with other Democrats today to discuss, among other things, the possible impeachment of President Trump. Democrats are divided on the issue.
More progressive members of the party want to see the President impeached while others are worried about the possible political backlash headed into the 2020 election.
The idea has gained some traction since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference. Some Democrats feel the report shows that Trump obstructed justice, contrary to the findings of Attorney General William Barr
(Burbank, CA-AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing Attorney General William Barr of misrepresenting key parts of the Mueller report. Talking with reporters in Burbank today, California Democrat Adam Schiff that Barr is not President Trump’s personal lawyer.
He said the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller raises legitimate questions about whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice. Schiff called parts of the Mueller report “damning.”
(Washington, DC-AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is again blocking a resolution demanding the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. The resolution recently cleared the House in a unanimous vote. McConnell called the Democratic resolution unnecessary because Attorney General William Barr is currently working with Mueller to determine what in the report should or should not be released. A Justice Department official expects it will take Barr “weeks not months” to prepare a public version of the confidential report. There will likely be redactions involving any classified data or confidential Grand Jury material.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein said many people are rushing to judgment without having access to the full report. Barr summarized Mueller’s findings Sunday, noting that the Special Counsel found no evidence of collusion or conspiracy between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He noted that Mueller did not exonerate Trump on the question of obstruction of justice. Barr also announced that the Justice Department would not embark on a broader investigation of obstruction.