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This just in from our Michigander in space 👩‍🚀🚀

Senator Gary Peters
‏Verified account @SenGaryPeters

Senator Gary Peters Retweeted Christina H Koch

This just in from our Michigander in space 👩‍🚀🚀

Christina H Koch
‏Verified account @Astro_Christina

Waving to the mitten! Greetings to my friends and family in Michigan. The Great Lakes are as stunning from space as they are in person.


Sen. Mazie Hirono to Barr: "You knew you lied" (full exchange)

Here is the complete exchange, via CSPAN, between Kamala Harris and Bill Barr --

Here is the complete exchange, via CSPAN, between Kamala Harris and Bill Barr — including the part where Barr couldn't say whether Trump or anyone in the White House has ever suggested that he open an investigation into anyone. It's worth a watch.


Harris and Booker waiting in the wings:

Klobuchar did a great job illustrating that it is not the separate incidences of obstruction, but the pattern.


Natasha Bertrand: Barr just said that the FBI did not give a defensive briefing to the Trump campaig

Barr just said that the FBI did not give a defensive briefing to the Trump campaign warning that the Russians would try to infiltrate it in 2016. ...but they did, according to NBC.



James Comey: How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr

Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive this president.

People have been asking me hard questions. What happened to the leaders in the Trump administration, especially the attorney general, Bill Barr, who I have said was due the benefit of the doubt?

How could Mr. Barr, a bright and accomplished lawyer, start channeling the president in using words like “no collusion” and F.B.I. “spying”? And downplaying acts of obstruction of justice as products of the president’s being “frustrated and angry,” something he would never say to justify the thousands of crimes prosecuted every day that are the product of frustration and anger?

How could he write and say things about the report by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, that were apparently so misleading that they prompted written protest from the special counsel himself?

How could Mr. Barr go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and downplay President Trump’s attempt to fire Mr. Mueller before he completed his work?

And how could Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, after the release of Mr. Mueller’s report that detailed Mr. Trump’s determined efforts to obstruct justice, give a speech quoting the president on the importance of the rule of law? Or on resigning, thank a president who relentlessly attacked both him and the Department of Justice he led for “the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations”?

What happened to these people?


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Barr on McGhan testimony: 'We haven't waived his privilege'

Source: The Hill

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said it wasn’t clear that former White House counsel Don McGahn would testify to Congress, saying, “we haven’t waived his privilege.”

Barr’s use of the word “we” immediately created a storm on social media, with critics of Barr saying it highlighted how has used his office as an extension of the White House.

The remarks took place during an exchange between Barr and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) during high-profile Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.

Barr told lawmakers that McGahn was a “close adviser to the president" when asked whether he objected to him testifying before Congress.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/441592-barr-on-mcghan-testimony-we-havent-waived-his-privilege

Maya Wiley on MSNBC remarked that since McGahn already testified (30 hours), executive privilege cannot be invoked.

Barr takes shots at Mueller during tense Senate hearing

Source: Politico

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday offered pointed critiques of Robert Mueller’s investigation after it was revealed that the special counsel had twice pressed Barr to speed the release of his report's summaries and introductions to Congress and the public.

In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr repeatedly questioned Mueller's investigation, suggesting he wasn't sure why the special counsel investigated numerous instances of potential obstruction of justice if he decided he couldn't charge President Donald Trump with a crime under Justice Department restrictions.

"The other thing that was confusing to me was that the investigation carried on for a while as additional episodes [of obstruction] were looked into," Barr said. "The question is, or was, why were those investigated at the end of the day if you weren’t going to reach a decision?"

Barr also said that if Mueller had found enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction, he would have noted it in his report.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/01/barr-hearing-mueller-report-1295274

Barr on Trump asking aide to change account to Mueller: 'That's not a crime'

Source: The Hill

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday asserted that it's "not a crime" for President Trump to ask an aide to lie for him, and argued there is a difference between asking someone to fire special counsel Robert Mueller versus having him removed based on a conflict of interest.

At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) questioned Barr over whether Trump obstructed justice.

"You still have a situation where a president essentially tries to change the lawyer's account in order to prevent further criticism of himself," Feinstein said, referencing an episode detailed in Mueller's report involving former White House counsel Don McGahn.

"Well that’s not a crime," Barr responded.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/441586-barr-on-trump-asking-aide-to-change-account-to-mueller-thats-not-a?__twitter_impression=true

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