The attorney general’s comments on supposed FBI “spying on a political campaign” were reckless and will feed gross conspiracy theories.
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Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the transcript of House Judiciary and Oversight committees' interviews with former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker from October 3 and October 18, 2018. The full transcripts are available below.
Part One (October 3)
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, finding that courts have no inherent authority to release grand jury material, may be a roadblock for Congress’s efforts to obtain the Mueller report—but it will also harm other efforts to comb through archives.
The opinion, which holds that a district court lacks inherent authority to disclose the grand jury records, may make it more difficult for Congress to obtain Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full and unredacted findings.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled in McKeever v. Barr, a case concerning whether federal courts have the inherent authority to release grand jury information protected under Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. A divided panel found that courts do not have this inherent power, with Judge Sri Srinivasan dissenting. The decision is available in full here and below.
A stated Justice Department policy of protecting the privacy of terrorism defendants is inconsistent with its practice of releasing materials naming Muslim Americans prosecuted in international terrorism-related cases—while rarely publicizing the identities of non-Muslims prosecuted for right-wing extremism.
On April 3, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York charged Thomas Alonzo Bolin with making false statements about his possession of firearms to FBI agents in the course of an investigation into possible violations of federal civil rights and firearms laws.
Now that many members of Congress are demanding the instant delivery of Robert Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence, the events leading up to the transfer of the Watergate Road Map are worth revisiting.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Secret Service agents at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida arrested a woman who allegedly attempted to enter the resort carrying two Chinese passports along with four cell phones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive containing malware. The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, was charged with making false statements and trespassing.
Attorney General William Barr’s letter summarizing the Mueller report raises a number of questions—among them why Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose not to make a recommendation on obstruction of justice, and why Barr felt the need to step in.