Tag: William Barr

William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield

Mary Barr, an observant Catholic, sent William and his three brothers to Corpus Christi elementary school. Even there, Barr was an outlier. In the first grade, he delivered a speech in favor of Dwight Eisenhower’s Presidential campaign. Later, he declared his support for Richard Nixon, and a nun promised to pray for him. In high school, at Horace Mann, Barr—known then as Billy—presented fellow-students with a line-by-line exegesis of the Constitution. One classmate told me that Barr delighted in intellectual combat: “That smug, low-key demeanor—he really loved to push people’s buttons.” Garrick Beck, another classmate, disliked Barr’s politics but admired ... Read more

Pensacola shooting was ‘act of terrorism,’ attorney general says

Jan. 13 (UPI) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday a criminal investigation has found the Pensacola shooting last month that killed three U.S. sailors and injured eight other Americans at the Navy base was “an act of terrorism.” Barr said at a news conference investigators found evidence that “jihadist ideology,” motivated gunman Lt. Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani, who was killed in gunfire deputies exchanged with him in the attack. The Royal Saudi Air Force member training at the base had “anti-American, anti-Israeli and jihadi” posts on social media two hours before the Dec. 6 attack. Earlier posts also contributed to ... Read more

Barr presses Facebook to create backdoor to encrypted messages

Oct. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that if he is going to encrypt the messages of his services’ users, he must allow law enforcement access to their content in order to protect the public. Barr said Facebook needs to find a balance between protecting user information and allowing investigators lawful access to their messages during the course of investigations into terrorism and child pornography cases, among others. “Not doing so hinders our law enforcement agencies’ ability to stop criminals and abusers in their tracks,” Barr said in a letter Thursday addressed to ... Read more

Ukraine scandal: Pelosi says Barr ‘rogue’; former U.S. officials back investigation

Sept. 27 (UPI) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused U.S. Attorney General William Barr Friday of going “rogue” to protect President Donald Trump over his controversial phone call with Ukraine’s leader, which has led to an impeachment inquiry. The California Democrat’s words follow a release of the complaint Thursday, which was submitted by an unidentified intelligence official to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Atkinson turned it over to national intelligence director Joseph Maguire. Barr is mentioned several times in the July 25 phone call, as is Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani. The complaint says White House officials were concerned enough ... Read more

ACLU lawsuit: U.S. government setting up migrants for deportation

July 12 (UPI) — Advocates for immigrants living in the United States have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, saying the Trump administration is unlawfully setting up migrants for deportation. The American Civil Liberties Union of New York filed the suit Thursday. The 44-page complaint names U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan and two others as defendants. The ACLU said the suit is a preemptive measure against raids the administration is planning this weekend, as reported by CNN, The New York Times and others. Last weekend, acting Citizenship ... Read more

9th Circuit rules in favor of aid to non-sanctuary cities

July 13 (UPI) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Department of Justice giving preference in awarding policing grants to non-sanctuary cities. The suit stems from the City of Los Angeles, a sanctuary city, which sued the Department of Justice because it was denied a $3 million grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services grant program because illegal immigration wasn’t its focus. Los Angeles had instead chosen “building trust and respect” between communities and law enforcement agencies as its focus area. The panel of judges ruled 2-1 in favor of Attorney General William ... Read more

House Democrats to empower committee leaders to enforce subpoenas

June 6 (UPI) — The House is preparing to vote on a resolution that would strengthen the ability of committees to enforce their subpoenas. The resolution will empower the chairs of all House committees to hold officials in contempt without having to take the matter to the House floor, beginning legal action as soon as a subpoena is defied. Subpoenas that have not yet been issued would also be included in the legislation, which Democrats said is intended to prevent contempt citations from taking up House floor time. Under the legislation, committee leaders would be able to bypass a floor ... Read more

Trump’s Charges Against Julian Assange Would Effectively Criminalize Investigative Journalism

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on May 19, 2017. (Reuters / Neil Hall) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the ... Read more

Robert Mueller on Russia probe: Charging Trump ‘not an option’

May 29 (UPI) — In his first public remarks about his two-year Russia investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday the inquiry has been closed and he is leaving his role and returning to civilian life. Speaking at the Justice Department, Mueller reiterated his report’s findings — that there was no evidence to indicate collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign before the 2016 election, and there were several “episodes” in which President Donald Trump may have obstructed justice with attempts to disrupt the investigation. The report did not clear him on that issue. “If we’d had confidence the president ... Read more

Trump orders intelligence agencies to cooperate with Barr’s investigation

May 23 (UPI) — President Donald Trump directed the U.S. intelligence community Thursday to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr‘s investigation into the origin’s of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to the White House. According to a statement by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump also gave Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify information about the investigation. “Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will ... Read more