Today is the confirmation hearing on William Barr, Trumps pick for AG. I have objections. Take for example, this awful claim from Barr: “The benefits of increased incarceration would be enjoyed disproportionately by black Americans living in inner cities.” Absolutely not. ❌
Confirmation Hearing: Attorney General Nominee William Barr – LIVE on C-SPAN3, @cspanRadio & online here:
Today, President @realDonaldTrumps Attorney General nominee William Barr needs to be straightforward with the committee about his controversial views—just as he did at his previous confirmation hearing when he admitted: “I believe Roe v. Wade should be overruled.”
Attorney General nominee William Barr at his confirmation hearing says if confirmed, Bob Mueller should finish his report and it be made public, all done under the law
In letter from William Barr to @LindseyGrahamSC ahead of his confirmation hearing tomorrow, Barr says he “feel(s) strongly that that the Special Counsel must be permitted to finish his work.” Also says a President can commit obstruction of justice. Full letter here:
Barr was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the attorney general spot, which has been vacant since Jeff Sessions resigned in November.
I find myself agreeing with @JRubinBlogger about Bill Barr as of now. Those who oppose his confirmation have legitimate concerns but many confirmed opponents have greatly overstated the case.
Indeed, one of Mr. Mueller’s senior prosecutors was a primary architect o f a legal theory of obstruction that was unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court, a rebuff delivered only after the prosecution caused the collapse of a major accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.
Even Democrats are impressed by @realDonaldTrump’s nominee, William Barr. Just like last time, every Democrat should support Barr for AG.
Love watching Democrats trying to trip up the consummate professional William Barr in his confirmation hearings.
Take this extraordinary message from Barr to Peter Baker of the New York Times, which explains what Barr thinks of Trump’s demands for investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the government-approved sale of Uranium One to Russia.
Today, William Barr, Trumps nominee for Attorney General, will face the Senate Judiciary Committee. During his confirmation hearing, Senators must press him on his record and how it will affect our civil rights and civil liberties.
His critics have focused on a 19-page legal memorandum he sent over the summer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein questioning whether the special counsel, Robert Mueller, could investigate the president for violating criminal obstruction-of-justice laws.
But Barr insisted that all is fine and dandy with Trump demanding the justice department go after Clinton for the latest wingnut wackadoodle story to air on Fox News.
Barr emphasized that as attorney general he plans to act independently of Trump and won't "be bullied" into anything that violates the law.
Dianne Feinstein says that she wont vote for attorney general nominee William Barr unless he promises to release Mueller report.
In other words, you’re going to have to impeach Trump because a Barr justice department won’t prosecute its chief law enforcement officer.
A more dispassionate review of Mr. Barr’s memo shows that he was trying to prevent an unprecedented expansion of a federal criminal statute intended to prevent crimes such as destroying evidence, bribing prospective jurors, intimidating witnesses and the like.
Just seven months ago, around the time Trump was publicly flogging his attorney general, Barr wrote an unsolicited memo to the justice department explaining in detail why he thought Mueller should not be allowed to question Trump about firing James Comey as FBI director in order to halt the Russia investigation.
Sen. @maziehirono says she “wants to get a very firm commitment from Mr. Barr that he will not interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way, shape or form” during the Senate confirmation hearing questioning of Trump AG nominee William Barr today.
Donald Trumps day so far: - William Barr confirmation hearings are a freak show - Barr doesnt know what the Presidential Records Act and the Emoluments Clause are - Sorry, Trump, too late, this guy cant stop Robert Mueller now - Trump is going to prison - Its still only 7pm
Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Attorney General nominee William Barr will likely face questions about his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, the unitary executive theory and upholding the Voting Rights Act when the Senate judiciary committee resumes his nomination hearing.
Former Attorney General Michael R. Mukasey, who served under President George W. Bush, also said presidents can be removed if they abuse their power.
Barr was writing in late 2017, and the Grassley “investigation” was one of those other radioactive rightwing ruses about the Obama administration FBI spying on the Trump campaign under the guise of all this Russia stuff.
After the stormy tenure of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the likely return of William Barr to the job — which he held with distinction under President George H.W. Bush — has been greeted with sighs of reliefs at the Justice Department.
For someone who has all of this experience William Barr seems stuck in the 1990s. This confirmation hearing is so weird. He doesnt know anything about any of the controversies weve been debating since like 2000.