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Politics McConnell, Graham and McCarthy vow efforts to 'intimidate' Barr will 'fall woefully short'

00:20  19 february  2020
00:20  19 february  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

Barr confirms DOJ reviewing Ukraine information from Giuliani, others

  Barr confirms DOJ reviewing Ukraine information from Giuliani, others Attorney General Bill Barr confirmed Monday that the Justice Department is reviewing information about Ukraine coming to the department from President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others through an “intake process" to gauge its credibility.“The Justice Department has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” Barr told reporters. “But as I did say to Senator [Lindsey] Graham ... we have to be very careful …with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy , and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham shamed the Democrats who are trashing Bill Barr “We expect that, as always, efforts to intimidate the Attorney General will fall woefully short .”

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Top congressional Republicans issued a joint statement Tuesday in defense of Attorney General Bill Barr, who has faced renewed Democratic calls to step aside after he overruled line prosecutors' nine-year sentencing recommendation for former Trump aide Roger Stone.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., emphasized that Barr has the "highest character and unquestionable integrity" – and they said Democrats' efforts to "intimidate" him would fail spectacularly.

Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani

  Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is demanding answers from Attorney General William Barr about a Justice Department "intake process" that will review information on Ukraine from President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani.In a letter sent to the attorney general, Nadler called on Barr to provide a "complete explanation" regarding his decision to sidestep standard practice and set up another channel for information coming out of Ukraine. He asked the attorney general to answer 11 questions related to the arrangement by Feb. 25.

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“Suggestions from outside groups that the attorney general has fallen short of the responsibilities of his office are unfounded," the Republican leaders wrote, in an apparent shot at Protect Democracy – a left-wing organization that solicited signatures from more than 1,000 ex-DOJ officials to call for Barr's resignation in the guise of a nonpartisan effort.

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"The attorney general has shown that he is committed without qualification to securing equal justice under law for all Americans," the statement continued, after noting that Barr had been confirmed by the Senate "four times to positions of the utmost public trust" in his career.

McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets

  McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said President Trump should follow Attorney General William Barr's advice after the top Justice Department official said the president's tweeting was making it "impossible" to do his job. Asked during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier about Barr's comments, McConnell said that "the president should listen to his advice.

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“The American system of government is only as strong as the public servants who are willing to preserve, protect and defend it," the congressional Republicans added. "The nation is fortunate that President Trump chose such a strong and selfless public servant to lead the Department of Justice. We expect that, as always, efforts to intimidate the attorney general will fall woefully short.”

The Federal Judges Association, meanwhile, said it was holding an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the DOJ's handling of the Stone case. That group is a voluntary assembly of Article III judges.

President Trump, for his part, has insisted he stands behind Barr, even though the attorney general issued a rare rebuke of the president, saying his tweeting can make it "impossible" to do his job at the DOJ.

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Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously

  Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously For Bill Barr, Trump's tweets about the Justice Department are not themselves the problem. It's the effects of the tweets that are the problem. As Asha Rangappa, a lawyer and former FBI special agent, put it yesterday, "It definitely makes it harder to crime for the President when the President keeps making it obvious that you are criming for him.

McConnell touted the effort and applauded his caucus for making the confirmation possible. Later in the interview, McConnell reiterated the Democratic Party’s tactics failed to stop Kavanaugh, and they may helped Republicans in their efforts in the midterm elections.

But Senator Mitch McConnell , Republican of Kentucky, knows he may take the blame from President Trump and conservatives if the Senate does not confirm Democrats find Mr. McConnell ’s complaints that Judge Kavanaugh is being treated unfairly and that they are conspiring to destroy and delay an

"I have total confidence in my attorney general," Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “I do make his job harder. I do agree on that. ... We have a great attorney general and he’s working very hard.”

Trump also slammed the Stone prosecutors as "Mueller prosecutors," referring to the way that DOJ prosecutors who had been assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe stayed behind even after the special counsel's office closed to work on cases like Stone's. The president further suggested he might take legal action.

At the same time, Trump asserted that he does have the "legal right" to intervene in criminal cases and sidestep the Justice Department's historic independence. As president, Trump technically has the right to compel the Justice Department, an executive branch agency, to open investigations.

But historically, when it comes to decisions on criminal investigations and prosecutions, Justice has functioned independently, unmoved and unbound by political sway.

Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who served on Trump's impeachment defense team, backed up that idea in an interview on Sunday – but said it wouldn't be a good idea for the president to take an active role in DOJ matters. ("He shouldn't do it; it hasn't been done since Thomas Jefferson," Dershowitz said.)

Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans

  Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Marc Short said on Sunday President Trump's tweets are an "effective" way for the president to communicate with American people, pushing back on comments from Attorney General William Barr, who said Trump's tweets about the Justice Department make it "impossible" for him to do his job. "The president has been able to communicate directly with American people through social media," Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and former White House legislative affairs director, said on CNN's "State on the Union," adding that the American people "love" him for it.

Dershowitz also claimed he would soon reveal evidence that former President Barack Obama ordered an FBI probe on behalf of liberal billionaire financier George Soros. All presidents, Dershowitz said, have historically leaned on the DOJ to some extent.

DERSHOWITZ SAYS HE HAS EVIDENCE SOROS PUSHED OBAMA TO LAUNCH FBI PROBE

Last week, it was revealed that federal prosecutors have been ordered to review the criminal case of Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who faced a false statements charge – even as former Acting FBI Director Andy McCabe, who admitted to lying to federal authorities, was not charged. The U.S. attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, is working with Brandon Van Grack, a member of Mueller’s team, to review the Flynn case, a Justice Department official said.

Fox News' Jason Donner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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