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Barr blasts his own DOJ prosecutors, equates them to preschoolers and 'headhunters'

September 17, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
In scathing remarks criticizing his own staff, Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that the Justice Department has recently acted "more like a trade association for federal prosecutors than the administrator of a fair system of justice" and equated some prosecutors to preschoolers and "headhunters."
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Attorney General Barr defends DOJ’s move to represent Trump in defamation suit in new interview

September 10, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
Attorney General William Barr said a federal law allows the Justice Department to defend President Trump in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll
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Barr says he won’t wait until after election to reveal Durham’s findings. Democrats fear a campaign-altering surprise.

July 30, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Matt Zapotosky | The Washington Post
Attorney General William P. Barr reiterated this week that he will not wait until after November’s election to release whatever U.S. Attorney John Durham finds in his examination of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into President Trump’s campaign, raising fears among Democrats that Barr and Durham could upend the presidential race with a late revelation.
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Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Lemire, Gillian Flaccus | AP
Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.
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Democrats seek to shame Barr over politics at the Justice Department

July 29, 2020
Devlin Barrett, Karoun Demirjian, Matt Zapotosky, Felicia Sonmez | The Washington Post
Democrats clashed with Attorney General William P. Barr on Tuesday at a congressional hearing marked by angry recriminations over racial justice protests in Portland, Ore., and around the country, as the nation’s top law enforcement official said additional agents were needed to subdue aggressive, violent crowds.
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Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus

July 29, 2020
Jake Sherman | POLITICO
Rep. Louie Gohmert — a Texas Republican who has been walking around the Capitol without a mask — has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple sources.
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Barr plans to mount a defiant defense of Trump in showdown with House Democrats

July 28, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Matt Zapotosky | The Washington Post
Attorney General William P. Barr will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that President Trump has not inappropriately intervened in Justice Department business — even though Barr has more than once moved in criminal cases to help the president’s allies — and he will defend the administration’s response to civil unrest in the country, according to a copy of his opening statement.
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Trump defends use of federal agents as mayors push back

July 23, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
President Trump said he will send hundreds of federal agents to Chicago to curb the surge of violence as part of a new anti-crime initiative called Operation Legend. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she won't let federal troops terrorize her city.
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Sessions Pays the Price for Incurring Trump’s Wrath, Losing Alabama Senate Race

July 15, 2020
Jonathan Martin, Elaina Plott | The New York Times
Jeff Sessions did nothing less than legitimize Donald. J. Trump as a credible Republican candidate for president, endorsing him when no other big names did and championing him to conservative voters. As Mr. Trump’s star rose, Mr. Sessions’s rose, too. But on Tuesday night, as he sought once again to become a senator from Alabama, a job he loved, Mr. Sessions came crashing to the ground.
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