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Barr Assesses Trump's 'Verbal Skills'

Former attorney general was asked whether his former boss is 'losing it'

(Newser) - Former Attorney General Bill Barr tried to explain the sometimes less-than-coherent outbursts of his old boss by saying you have to understand what Donald Trump is working with. "His verbal skills are limited," Barr said during an appearance Friday at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics....

Barr on 'Fundamentally Flawed' Trump: Prison Is a Bad Idea

Chris Christie and ex-DOD chief Mark Esper also laid into former president on Sunday news shows

(Newser) - A trio of past allies and members of former President Trump's Cabinet showed up on the Sunday news programs, and it wasn't to sing his praises. First up: erstwhile Attorney General Bill Barr, who the New York Times notes used "extraordinary language" to describe his ex-boss during...

Trump Fires Back at 'Slovenly' Bill Barr After Criticism

Barr calls former boss 'weakest of the Republican candidates'

(Newser) - Former Attorney General Bill Barr criticized Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's case against Donald Trump over the weekend—but not in a way that pleased the former president. Barr told ABC's This Week on Sunday that Bragg's case lacks merit, but others, including the federal classified records case,...

Trump Probe Into Russia Investigation Yields Little

'NYT' finds investigation relied on dubious intelligence, as critics claimed of the Russia probe

(Newser) - Then-attorney general Bill Barr ordered an investigation into the handling of the Trump-Russia investigation in 2019, saying he wanted to know if "officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale" in pursuing what critics called a "witch hunt." A year later, he stated "...

Bill Barr: Special Master Decision Was 'Deeply Flawed'

Former attorney general says government should appeal it

(Newser) - Bill Barr, already the subject of Donald Trump's ire because the Trump-era attorney general doesn't think the 2020 election was rigged, is now making no secret of his disagreement with a judge's decision to grant Trump's request to appoint a special master to review the documents...

Barr: I Thought Trump Was 'Detached From Reality'

AG was 'demoralized' by former president's embrace of conspiracy theories

(Newser) - One of the biggest lines in Day Two of the Jan. 6 committee hearings came in video testimony from former Attorney General William Barr, who said he thought then-President Donald Trump had become "detached from reality" as he continued to push election conspiracy theories despite having been assured that...

Barr: I Don't Want to Vote for Trump, but I Would

Former attorney general says he can't imagine not voting for whoever the GOP nominee is

(Newser) - William Barr has lots of unflattering things to say about Donald Trump in his new memoir, but that doesn't mean the former attorney general wouldn't vote for Trump should he run again. In an appearance on the Today show Monday, Barr first made clear that he doesn't...

William Barr to GOP: Time to Let Trump Go

Former attorney general slams his former boss in new memoir as unfit to lead

(Newser) - The latest book on the presidency of Donald Trump comes from an inside source, and it surely won't please Trump. Former Attorney General William Barr's soon-to-be-released memoir is called One Damn Thing After Another , and various outlets are highlighting passages in which Barr lays into his former boss...

Order Invoking Insurrection Act Was Prepared for Trump

Former president denies wanting to use active-duty troops against protesters

(Newser) - As protesters near the White House demonstrated against the killing of George Floyd last summer, aides were preparing a proclamation allowing President Trump to put active-duty US troops on the streets of the capital. The document was drafted after an angry Trump told the attorney general and military leaders he...

Garland Tosses Asylum Opinions by Barr, Sessions

Immigration judge should drop the old rules, attorney general says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland moved Wednesday to undo a pair of immigration decisions by Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. The opinions by Garland's predecessors put limits on who could qualify for asylum by claiming to be a persecuted member of a "particular social group," the Hill reports,...

Emails Show Trump's Big Push to Overturn Election

Former president pressured top Justice Department officials to hold up results

(Newser) - A newly released batch of emails show that former President Trump and top aides were using all the leverage of the White House in their late-hour push to block the results of the 2020 election. Specifically, Trump and chief of staff Mark Meadows pleaded with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen—...

Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House

Justice Department subpoenaed data from at least 2 prominent Democrats

(Newser) - "Leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!" So declared then-President Trump in 2018, notes Matt Stieb at New York . Now, a scoop by the New York Times reveals the unusual lengths to which the Trump White House went to make good on...

Judge Orders Trump Obstruction Memo Released

Justice Department has until May 17 to file any motion to stay the order

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that then-President Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation, the AP reports. The Justice Department had refused to give the March 24,...

For Barr, Lockerbie Charges End a 30-Year Mission

Attorney general announces charges against Libyan bombmaker

(Newser) - The Justice Department announced new charges Monday against a Libyan bombmaker in the 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, an attack that killed 259 people in the air and 11 on the ground, per the AP . The charges were announced on the 32nd anniversary of the...

New Statements by Outgoing Barr Won't Please Trump

Attorney general says no need for special counsels on election fraud or Hunter Biden

(Newser) - William Barr's last day as attorney general is Wednesday, and he's going out in a way that surely won't please President Trump. In a news conference Monday, Barr said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate claims of election fraud or the business...

32 Years Later, New Charges to Come in Lockerbie Attack

Abu Agila Mohammad Masud is the suspected bombmaker

(Newser) - New charges are expected to be unsealed in coming days in connection to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the New York Times reports. US prosecutors are expected to seek the extradition of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, a Libyan suspected of making the explosive that...

Trump Says Barr Has Resigned
Trump Says Barr Has Resigned

Trump Says Barr Has Resigned

'He has done an outstanding job!'

(Newser) - Minutes after California's Electoral College votes made President-elect Joe Biden's victory official , President Trump made a big announcement—but it wasn't a concession. Trump said Attorney General William Barr has resigned and will be leaving his administration as of Dec. 23, reports Reuters . "Just had a...

Report Won't Help Relations Between Trump, Barr

AG resisted pressure to reveal Hunter Biden investigations before election: WSJ

(Newser) - This isn't likely to make President Trump any friendlier toward his attorney general: The Wall Street Journal reports William Barr knew about multiple investigations into Hunter Biden's finances since at least spring "and worked to avoid their public disclosure during the heated election campaign." Trump again...

Trump May Have One More Attorney General This Term

3 outlets say William Barr is considering resigning before Jan. 20

(Newser) - It's looking more and more likely that William Barr will not serve out the end of President Trump's term as attorney general. Last week, reports emerged that Trump was "livid" with Barr after the attorney general announced he had found no evidence of widespread election fraud. On...

With 48 Days Left, Trump May Still Fire Barr
Bill Barr May Be Out Sooner
Than the Inauguration
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Bill Barr May Be Out Sooner Than the Inauguration

Reports say president is furious with AG over inaction in John Durham's investigation

(Newser) - William Barr's days as attorney general may be numbered, and not just because Inauguration Day approaches. Multiple outlets are reporting that President Trump is furious with Barr, one of his most loyal Cabinet officials, and may fire him before leaving office. Coverage:
  • What Trump says: The president could have

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