Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Trump’s Pick for Attorney General Faces Heat Over Opposition to Whistle-Blower Law Supported by ByRobert Pear Jan. 14, 2019 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, has expressed extreme hostility to whistle-blower protections in federal law that allow private citizens to win financial rewards for exposing fraud in federal programs. Mr. Barr’s views on executive power and the investigation of President Trump by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will hold much of the spotlight Tuesday, but he will also come under sharp pressure to renounce his position on whistle-blower protections at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. That is because the whistle-blower law is strongly supported by a Republican whose … [Read more...] about Trump’s Pick for Attorney General Faces Heat Over Opposition to Whistle-Blower Law
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WASHINGTON — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America's biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The "Age of Aquarius," he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor. The rhetoric reflected Barr's deep-seated personal beliefs and was typical talk for a conservative Republican at a time when family values and tough-on-crime stances defined the party. Now, as President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Barr is poised to return to the same job in a dramatically different Washington. Republicans just pushed through the biggest criminal justice overhaul in a generation, easing prison sentences. Family-values are seldom discussed while Trump, twice-divorced and accused of affairs and sexual misconduct, sits in the White House. Serving Trump, who faces intensifying investigations from the department Barr would lead, is unlikely to compare with his … [Read more...] about Barr as attorney general: old job, very different Washington
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general is expected to tell a Senate panel next week that he supports a new law easing prison sentences for some criminals, even though he advocated for decades for just the opposite. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr attends a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young William Barr for much of his career championed a get-tough approach to crime that has recently lost favor, culminating last month in Trump signing into law the biggest overhaul of the criminal justice system in a generation. The First Step Act, enacted with strong bipartisan support in Congress, reduces mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent, low-level offenders and makes it easier for prisoners to qualify for early release to halfway houses or home confinement. Trump signed it into law just weeks after he nominated Barr, who issued a report during an earlier stint … [Read more...] about Tough-on-crime record trails U.S. attorney general nominee into…
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 31, 2018 / 6:16 PM GMT By Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as "overkill." Barr was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush when he was asked in a Feb. 24, 1992, interview whether he supported a proposal from Republican presidential challenger Pat Buchanan to erect a barrier of ditches and fences along the border to stop illegal immigration. "I don't think it's necessary. I think that's overkill to put a barrier from one side of the border to the other," Barr replied on "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS. "In fact, the problem with illegal immigration across the border is really confined to major metropolitan areas. Illegal … [Read more...] about Trump’s own pick for attorney general once doubted need for border barrier
Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post Published 3:14 am PST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 He's from Queens; she's from Brooklyn. He was a millionaire at age 8; she shared one television with seven siblings. He came from a family of landlords; she spent years suing their kind. He's the most powerful man in the country, and she says she's ready to fight him. Two New Yorkers, vastly different but both aggressive in their own way. She, Letitia "Tish" James, blasted through social barriers by becoming the first black woman to be elected New York's attorney general. Soon, she will have the power of her office to become one of President Donald Trump's main legal nemeses, to go after him where it could hurt the most: in his hometown. During the campaign, James, a Democrat, said she intends to aggressively investigate Trump's businesses and finances. On the night of her victory, she stood in front of supporters in Brooklyn and all but declared a war against Trump: "I will be … [Read more...] about New York’s next attorney general targeted slumlords. Now she’s going after Trump.