Justice nominee Barr 'can conceive' of jailing journalists 'as a last resort'
01:17, Jan 16, 2019
Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material can't be published, transferred, copied or redistributed.
Some Democrats are concerned about that very possibility, citing a memo Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice.
"The country needs a credible resolution of these issues", Barr said in opening remarks prepared for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The nominee told senators he was merely trying to warn Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president had obstructed justice.
Barr, an attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, also a Republican, will address his prior criticism of Mueller's probe, telling members of the committee that a memo he sent past year that called the investigation "fatally misconceived" only outlined his concerns that Mueller might be misinterpreting one aspect of the law.
Former FBI Director James Comey has said Trump asked him to pledge loyalty before firing him in May 2017.
Barr also said he believed so-called sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, were hurting law enforcement's ability to safeguard the public.
Barr said that he felt that he was in a position in life where he could do the right thing and not really care about the consequences.
"I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong".
Barr has broad support from Republicans who control the Senate, but some Democrats have questioned whether he is the best choice to serve as the top US law enforcement officer at a time when Trump faces several investigations.
Barr said his memo did not question the legitimacy of the probe as a whole, but only expressed concerns that the special counsel might be improperly interpreting one aspect of the law. Democrats will do their best to lock Mr Barr into supporting the Russian Federation probe, but the only remaining question is how many will eventually vote for him.
Barr's views of presidential power could be important as prosecutors and Democrats in the House of Representatives, where they hold the majority, intensify investigations of Trump's personal business practices and his presidency. "If confirmed, there's little doubt that William Barr would continue the Trump Administration's objective of erasing LGBTQ Americans from the fabric of this nation".
He said he would consult ethics officials on whether he would need to recuse himself because of the memo, but made clear the final decision would be his. Lindsey Graham of SC. Barr said he gave Trump his phone number and didn't hear from him again about joining the private team.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec has said Barr wrote the memo on his own initiative and relying only on publicly available information.
Barr told Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar last week that he would recuse himself from the Justice Department's efforts to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner Inc.
On Saturday, Trump was asked by a Fox News host whether he had ever worked for Russian Federation and said: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", but did not give a yes or no answer.
"I will follow the Special Counsel regulations scrupulously and in good faith, and on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work", Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He has come under criticism from Democrats for the memo, which he sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The ABC reported one New Zealand consulate worker had said the packages in question were envelopes labelled "asbestos". Embassies in Canberra have also been hit, but it is not known which ones have been affected, according to AAP.
He added that Chelsea will need to sign a replacement if former Spain midfielder Fabregas leaves in the January transfer window. Sarri said the Spaniard, whose Chelsea deal expires at the end of this season, has received a two-year contract offer.
The New York City skyline lit up electric blue Thursday night, a spectacle that could be seen from as far as 25 miles away. InsideEdition.com's Lisa Voyticki reports. "Mayor Bill de Blasio 's spokesman Eric Philips tweeted: "*Not* aliens .
It was simply a way of standing up for women who have voiced the abuse they endured at the behest of a far more powerful man. R Kelly, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, is heard saying: 'Right now I'm producing a very talented young lady, she's 14.
The US announced tariffs on United States dollars 250 billion worth of Chinese goods, while China countered with its own. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC that the United States and China are "making progress" on trade.
Lampert, who is Sears' largest creditor, said his plan would keep 425 stores open, rather than the 500 stores he proposed earlier. Sears received a reprieve from liquidation after chairman Edward Lampert made a $4.4 billion bid to buy it at the last minute.
Gabbard moved to Hawaii when she was two and embraced Hinduism as a teenager and is well-versed in the scriptures, PTI reported. If elected in 2020, she could be the youngest and first woman to be elected as the United States president.
Lady Gaga wore an ice blue dress with a train so magnificent people had to walk behind her and carry it. Sunday's awards were spread far and wide, with few movies or TV series winning a couple of times .
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said that early goal was a heavy blow: "When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot". In this country all the people are going to watch the game, but I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.
In recent years, Netflix has spent billions each year to produce original content and acquire the rights for existing content. Consumers on the basic plan, which offers SD streaming on just one device, now costs $9 per month rather than $8.
Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing since October 31. Such events are extremely rare in the Scandinavian country, which enjoys a generally low crime rate.
President Trump has said he expects a second summit to take place as early as February but there has been no confirmation yet. After months of bitter acrimony and public name-calling between the two leaders, Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June .
National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown
Picking up the trash is about more than keeping the park clean, Ellis anxious it could be risky if a pile of trash attracts bears. In Yoshua Tree national Park in California the camping sites close, because there was bickering and not simply ends Ranger.
John Kelly says Trump abandoned wall plan months ago
He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the US illegally. Donald Trump has 5 more days to spin his border wall story into a spaghetti bowl of cultural and racial falsehoods.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Wednesday in secret ceremony
Hemsworth, 28, previously shared a striking photo of their burned-down house that showed the letters "L-O-V-E" left in the ashes. You can always rebuild a physical structure, but that love that can't be destroyed is always there and always stays strong.
Wall Street stocks surge with Dow Jones setting one-day record
KeyCorp declined 3.7 percent to $14.16 as the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.74 percent from 2.79 percent late Wednesday. The market remains on track for its worst December since 1931 and could finish 2018 with its steepest losses in a decade.