After a tense congressional hearing where Democrats excoriated the US Attorney General for deploying federal agents to cities like Portland, Bill Barr announced an expansion of a program to tackle rising violent crime in the US.
The FBI, US Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have all been directed to “significantly increase resources” in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee – three cities newly added as part of an expansion of Operation Legend, which launched on July 8.
Operation Legend – named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was killed last month in Kansas City – is an initiative meant to combat rising crime by deploying federal agencies to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr slammed America’s tech and entertainment giants for allowing themselves to become “pawns” of China’s Communist Party.
Barr warned that U.S. firms’ shortsightedness was enabling China’s rise during his Thursday speech at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan.
“The Chinese Communist Party thinks in terms of decades and centuries, while we tend to focus on the next quarterly earnings report,” said Barr. “America’s big tech companies have also allowed themselves to become pawns of Chinese influence.”
“Corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple have shown themselves all too willing to collaborate with the [Chinese Communist party].”
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House Democrats introduced a resolution on Tuesday to impeach DOJ Attorney General William Barr for “perverting the rule of law.”
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by 35 other Democrats, announces that the House will “investigate and consider” impeaching Barr over a number of non-issues, such as “violating” the constitutional rights of the Black Lives Matter rioters who tried to storm the White House, and dismissing the bogus charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“In the past few weeks alone, Barr has ordered the attack on peaceful protestors in Lafayette Park, in violation of their constitutional rights, and moved to drop charges against Michael Flynn, the President’s former campaign advisor, despite his guilty pleas,” the resolution states.
The Department of Justice announced a set of proposals to remove legal protections enjoyed by Big Tech that allows them to behave as both a platform and a publisher.
The department said in a statement Wednesday that its proposals would update Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to include accountability for antitrust violations made by tech companies against users.
“When it comes to issues of public safety, the government is the one who must act on behalf of society at large. Law enforcement cannot delegate our obligations to protect the safety of the American people purely to the judgment of profit-seeking private firms. We must shape the incentives for companies to create a safer environment, which is what Section 230 was originally intended to do,” said Attorney General William Barr in a statement.
A few months ago, a Washington Post report noted that Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department “has repeatedly tasked U.S. attorneys from far-flung offices to parachute into politically explosive cases,” which has raised “concerns among current and former officials that agency leaders are trying to please the president by reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which he is personally or politically invested.”
As regular readers know, the evidence to bolster the observation is overwhelming, with the Republican AG repeatedly intervening in cases of direct interest to Donald Trump.
But it’s best not to think of these efforts as developments from the recent past. On the contrary, they appear to be ongoing.
Over 2,000 former Justice Department officials signed a letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his intervention in Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s case by the FBI.
Flynn’s case was dropped last week after court documents were released revealing the FBI entrapped Trump’s former National Security Adviser in an ambush interview and doctored his 302 interview forms in 2017.
The letter, organized by leftist group “Protect Democracy” and publicly signed mostly by career officials within the department, accused Barr of “political interference in the Department’s law enforcement decisions.”
A two-year standoff over a top counterintelligence nomination ended this week after a Senate Republican said the nation’s spy chief and attorney general provided long-sought transparency for congressional investigations.
William Evanina, a former FBI special agent, has led the National Counterintelligence and Security Center since 2014 and in February 2018 was nominated by President Trump to be the first Senate-confirmed director of the center. But since June of that year, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has blocked the nomination as a form of protest against Department of Justice leadership and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for not providing Congress documents related to the government’s investigation into Russian election interference and Trump’s presidential campaign.
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The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said late Tuesday that panel Chairman Jerry Nadler will move forward with a scheduled Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress.
Rep. Doug Collins, Georgia Republican, said talks between the committee and the Justice Department broke down after failing to reach an accord.
Democrats have issued a subpoena for all of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings along with the underlying evidence. The Justice Department says releasing that material to Congress would violate the law.