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William Barr, Trump's Pick For DOJ, Ran 'HIV Camps' At Guantanamo

William Barr, Trump's Pick For DOJ, Ran 'HIV Camps' At Guantanamo

If confirmed, Barr would take over supervision of the probe from the No. 2 Justice Department official, Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the effort since the previous attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself, a decision Trump repeatedly criticized. "Trump is circling the wagons and, obviously, considers the US Attorney General to be his get-out-of-jail-free card", explains Fredrickson.

"We're all in the dark", Barr said of the inquiry. With the party's 53 seats in the Senate, four Republicans would have to join all Democrats to block him.

"The memo did not address - or in any way question - the special counsel's core investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election", Barr said.

Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, also provided some subtle reassurance in the tenor of his remarks, referring to Mueller as "Bob" and conveying their professional relationship. He insisted that Trump never sought any promises, assurances or commitments before selecting him for the job and said he had never asked him to fire Mueller or interfere with the investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference to announce a criminal law enforcement action involving China, at the Department of Justice in Washington, Nov. 1, 2018.

Democrats also grilled Barr on the expansive view of presidential power he's displayed at the Justice Department and in the years since.

"I will follow the Special Counsel regulations scrupulously and in good faith, and on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work", Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Women Who Were Harassed on His 2016 Campaign
He projected more contrition on Thursday, saying that "our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate". Todd noted that other accusations had drawn a sense of a "pervasive culture of toxic masculinity" on the 2016 campaign.

Congress and the public should be "be informed of the results of the special counsel's work", he will say.

William Barr should face intense scrutiny when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, about whether his long history of work with Verizon Communications Inc., GTE Corp., Time Warner Inc., and the hedge-fund firm Och-Ziff Capital Management Group shouldn't raise great big red flags regarding a nominee to oversee antitrust, monopoly, and merger issues.

"I will diligently enforce the False Claims Act", Barr told Republican Senator Charles Grassley, marking a reversal from prior comments he made in which he declared the law was an abomination and unconstitutional. He has even said that Trump made the "right call" when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, in a move that was criticized not just by Democrats but also by Republicans. Lawmakers are questioning his views on the Special Counsel's Russian Federation investigation, whether a sitting president can be indicted, and other matters.

Barr as a private citizen penned a June memo that went after the Mueller probe.

Barr also sent the memo to White House lawyers and discussed it with Trump's personal attorneys and a lawyer who represents Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among others.

But Barr's comments are unlikely to satisfy Democratic demands for what Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday called "ironclad, rock-bottom assurances" that Barr wouldn't interfere with Mueller's work. Barr said he would not let Trump modify the report and would make public as many of Mueller's findings as possible. Barr stopped short of directly pledging to release Mueller's report, but he expressed general support for disclosing the findings.

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