Jan 16 2019
Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general has contradicted the USA president by saying Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling, is not involved in a "witch hunt".
In his prepared testimony, Barr says his memo "was narrow in scope", regarding "a specific obstruction-of-justice theory under a single statute that I thought, based on media reports, the special counsel might be considering".
William Barr, who will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the first of two days of confirmation hearings, will also say it's "very important" for Mueller's report be made public.
"Mr. Barr has expressed some very broad views of executive authority and he's also expressed a very strong view that a president can not be criminally charged", Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at American University, told Cheddar on Monday.
Since his nomination last month, Democrats have demanded an explanation for a memo he authored questioning Mr. Mueller's authority and lambasting the probe for looking into obstruction of justice allegations. Barr said he wrote it himself "as a former Attorney General who has often weighed in on legal issues of public importance".
While Barr committed to seeking the advice of career Justice Department ethics officials on whether he should recuse himself from the Mueller probe because of his past comments, Barr said he would make the decision himself "in good faith", based on the laws and facts. "I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based exclusively on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decisions". He said he would not fire Mueller even if Trump asked him to do it and called it "unimaginable" that Mueller would do anything to require his termination.
Barr stated without hesitation that it was in the public interest for Mueller to finish his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to sway the election.
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"I don't believe Mr Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", he said when asked by the Republican chairman of the committee, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC.
Barr - who refers to Mueller as "Bob" and describes their longtime friendship - can expect a host of questions from Democrats who have said they will press him under oath to commit to not shrinking Mueller's budget, limiting his authority or impairing his ability to seek subpoenas or bring charges.
As top United States law officer, Mr Barr would lead the Department of Justice, which is meant to be politically independent.
Barr will tell senators the Justice Department can not allow people to flout America's legal system by "crashing in through the back door". Barr will answer to questions from Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. White House officials have contended that Barr would be swiftly appointed to the post by a GOP-controlled Senate. He said presidents can not be criminally investigated for actions they are permitted to take under the Constitution, such as firing officials who work for them, just because of a subjective determination that they may have had a corrupt state of mind. If and when he becomes the attorney general, Barr will assume oversight of the probe from Whitaker.
Barr will note that his memo to the Justice Department did not address the core focus of Mueller's investigation.
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Additionally, they are said to be hiring lawyers to try and stop their parents from trying to reclaim them and get them out of R. Griggs said the Fulton County district attorney's office reached out to him on Monday seeking contact information for witnesses.
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Vice, which lead with six nominations, only managed to go home with a best actor in a musical or comedy, for Christian Bale . Jeff Bridges , an ardent environmentalist, connected with everyone when receiving the prestigious Cecil B.
Jan 15 2019
Suspect in kidnapping, homicides due in court
For the past couple of months the community of Barron and beyond has been praying for a safe return of 13-year-old Jayme Closs . On the night she was abducted, Jayme told police , she was asleep in her room when the family dog started barking.
Jan 14 2019
Israel Confirms Syria Strike, Ends Mission on Lebanon Border
Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00pm (2100 GMT), the source said. Israel also insists that Iran uses Syria as a bridge to supply missiles and other weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Jan 14 2019
'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues
They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since December 22. Democrats have said they would support $1.6 billion for more general border security, but not specifically for a wall.
Jan 12 2019
Wisconsin teen missing for 3 months was targeted by suspect
Authorities also dismiss a tip placing Jayme's whereabouts in Miami as "not credible", and say they believe the girl is in danger. Another of Jayme's aunts, Jennifer Smith, pleaded with those who knew where the girl was to contact the sheriff's department.
Jan 10 2019
Bayern Raise Offer To Chelsea For Callum Hudson-Odoi To $44.6M
Hudson-Odoi has refused to discuss a new contract with Chelsea , having been offered a five-year deal last summer. The manager's said that he wants him to stay, and there's a position there.
Jan 10 2019
Kidnappers demand €9 million cryptocurrency ransom for wealthy Norwegian woman
Investigators refused to confirm that amount but said they advised the family not to pay the purported kidnappers. Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Swedish border.
Jan 09 2019
Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote
Britain is due to quit the body in March, but the UK Prime Minister's deal with Brussels needs to be passed by the UK Parliament. Moves so far would be only the "tip of the iceberg" if there is a no-deal Brexit , EY said.
Jan 07 2019
U.S. airstrike in Yemen targeted suspect in attack on USS Cole
The results of the New Year's day attack are still being assessed, including whether Jamal Al-badawi was killed. Al-Badawi was on the FBI Most Wanted list and was the subject of a $ 5 million reward from the U.S.
Jan 06 2019
India hits back after President Trump's jibe on Afghanistan
India has pledged more than $3 billion in aid and is now implementing several high-impact development projects across Afghanistan. For India, these developments may appear discouraging, but a more pragmatic view is necessary to deal with all possible outcomes.
Jan 06 2019
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