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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:34 PM

Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser

Source: New York Times

Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

The review is highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors.

Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, the people said. The team includes at least one prosecutor from the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, who is handling the Flynn matter, as well as prosecutors from the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen.

Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases -- some public, some not -- including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal deliberations.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/us/politics/michael-flynn-prosecutors-barr.html



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Reply Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser (Original post)
Calista241 Feb 2020 OP
Botany Feb 2020 #1
KPN Feb 2020 #2
MaineBlueBear Feb 2020 #18
Squinch Feb 2020 #3
ashredux Feb 2020 #4
madaboutharry Feb 2020 #5
cstanleytech Feb 2020 #6
COLGATE4 Feb 2020 #13
cstanleytech Feb 2020 #16
COLGATE4 Feb 2020 #21
cstanleytech Feb 2020 #22
COLGATE4 Feb 2020 #23
NotHardly Feb 2020 #7
forgotmylogin Feb 2020 #8
Renew Deal Feb 2020 #9
hamsterjill Feb 2020 #10
dalton99a Feb 2020 #11
plcdude Feb 2020 #12
patphil Feb 2020 #14
Pepsidog Feb 2020 #15
BlueJac Feb 2020 #17
PSPS Feb 2020 #19
Lars39 Feb 2020 #26
NoMoreRepugs Feb 2020 #20
LudwigPastorius Feb 2020 #24
ck4829 Feb 2020 #25

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:40 PM

1. Barr is not the A.G. but Trump's consigliere

The installation of Trump as President with Russian & mob help is the biggest crime
in our history and Barr is working to cover it up and let the conspirators off the hook
for their crimes.

Flynn was in negotiations with the Russians before and after the election.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:41 PM

2. And tRump's making it hard for him to do his job with all those tweets. These assholes are so

fucking transparent, and the deplorables actually love that. They love the transparency. To them it's like, "there take that you mf'ing libruls, stick that up your ass" and then guffaw. They're a bunch of wanna be bullies who eat this "get in their face" shit up. Why? Because they are so frigging weak and frightened by their own shadows. The world scares them. Fuck them ... every one of them.

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Response to KPN (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:46 PM

18. Deplorable doesn't

seem to cut it anymore. I have no doubt this ends in a similar fashion as the McCabe investigation.

No evidence of a crime just the appearance of wrongdoing.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:42 PM

3. Executive branch lost, Justice Department lost. Courts lost. Not a lot of fallback positions left.

We really better pick ourselves a SURE winner this primary. There is no room for error in this election.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:43 PM

4. It Just Gets Worse....thanks GOP Senators

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:43 PM

5. This is beyond a 5 alarm fire.

Bringing in "outside" prosecutors to question the decision making and judgement of DOJ attorneys is designed to do one thing: undermine the integrity of the process within the DOJ. And who are these "outside" prosecutors? No doubt they are right wing Trump loyalist with the very agenda just described.

One of the first things to occur in a fascist takeover is to kick the legs out from under the Judicial System. Once that is gone there is no democracy.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:52 PM

6. Where the hell is the American Bar Association? They need to get the fuck off their asses.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:03 PM

13. The ABA has nothing to do with it. Complaints would need to

be filed with the State Bar Association(s) where Barr is a member. The ABA is simply a lobbying organization which has noting to do with lawyer complaints/discipline.

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:30 PM

16. Fine then has anyone filed any complaints? I mean surely the state

bars have to have some basic ethics rules he has already broken?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:20 PM

21. Hard to know since ethics investigations are conducted

under very tight reserve. It's possible that one or more complaints have been filed with the DC Bar but we won't know for a while.

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:23 PM

22. It would be nice if he loses his law license everywhere and he deserves it.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:26 PM

23. He should have been disbarred because of his role in

covering up Iran Contra, never mind his new role as being a fluffer for Trump.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:53 PM

7. Well, all of this is a Reichstag fire of the 21st Century...self-immulation with metaphorial flames

...still, burnt to a crisp is still burnt to a crisp

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:56 PM

8. Trying to amalgamate power in the Executive Branch.

What's next, a "Supreme Supreme Court"?

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:15 PM

9. In the end, it will be Barr that will be investigated

Trump will not be president forever.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:22 PM

10. We need a "Star Chamber"

For anyone who isn't familiar, google the movie staring Michael Douglas.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:31 PM

11. Kick

The moves amounted to imposing a secondary layer of monitoring and control over what career prosecutors have been doing in the Washington office. They are part of a broader turmoil in that office coinciding with Mr. Barr’s recent installation of a close aide, Timothy Shea, as interim United States attorney in the District of Columbia, after Mr. Barr maneuvered out the Senate-confirmed former top prosecutor in the office, Jessie K. Liu.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:53 PM

12. So the media

Is all talking about the “fake fight” between the AG and Impotus and AG is trying to slip outside and probably biased prosecutors by us. There needs to be an investigation on this matter as well.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:14 PM

14. It's all part of Barr's plan to intimidate prosecutors into toeing the line.

The intent is obvious. Go after one of Trump's people and you will be investigated.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:25 PM

15. Mother F'er

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:32 PM

17. This is so criminal,

You don't get the verdict you want, find someone who will!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:13 PM

19. So barr has now installed "minders" throughout what used to be the justice department

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Response to PSPS (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 08:16 AM

26. There are already minders in other departments

They’ve been there quite a while.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:14 PM

20. WHEN, not IF, Democrats, when in control of the 3 branches at some point start the Era of

Retribution, it is going to be something to behold. For the pearl clutchers and move forward don't look back crowd - step away - the ADULTS will handle this.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:30 PM

24. Banana republic...

We are one.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 07:05 AM

25. Why?

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