India  

Tumultuous week at Justice Department

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 02:28s - Published
Tumultuous week at Justice Department

Tumultuous week at Justice Department

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has "the legal right" to interfere in criminal cases, capping a tumultuous week that raised questions about whether he is eroding the independence of the U.S. legal system.

This report produced by Jillian Kitchener

Capping off an extraordinary week at the Justice Department… U.S. Attorney General William Barr has appointed the top federal prosecutor in St.

Louis to review the criminal case against Michael Flynn - former national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

A Justice Department official, on Friday, stressed that the federal prosecutor’s role was not to oversee career prosecutors' work on the Flynn case, but to work alongside them.

The move - coming a month after Flynn told the court he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea on charges he lied to the FBI about interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in the weeks before Trump took office.

Barr’s move also comes as Trump, on Friday, claimed to have the ‘legal right’ to ask him to act on criminal cases.

Trump appeared to quote remarks Barr made in an interview with ABC News, in which the Attorney General said, “The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” Trump tweeted, "This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!" Barr appeared to push back against Trump in the ABC interview, saying, "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases." On Tuesday, the DOJ lightened its sentencing recommendation for Trump’s convicted friend and adviser Roger Stone… after Trump criticized DOJ lawyers for recommending Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in jail.

The move prompted all four career prosecutors on the case to withdraw and one of them to quit the government entirely.

It raised questions among critics about whether Trump is eroding the independence of the U.S legal system.

On Friday - prosecutors revealed they would not be pressing charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a frequent punching bag of Trump’s.

McCabe was a deputy director who oversaw two of the bureau’s highest-profile and most politically volatile cases: the 2016 probe into then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server, and an investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election.

That investigation landed McCabe in Trump’s crosshairs.

A source close to the White House said Trump was irked by the DOJ’s decision to drop its criminal investigation of McCabe.




You Might Like


💡 newsR Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump Donald Trump 45th president of the United States

Pete Buttigieg Worried About SCOTUS Power Grab by Senate Republicans

Pete Buttigieg believes there may be immediate consequences for the LGBTQ community -- as well as people with preexisting conditions -- if President Trump..
TMZ.com

President Trump Suggests RBG's Dying Wish Made Up by Democrats

President Trump's suggesting Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish to not be replaced until after the election isn't real, but rather a political ploy whipped up by..
TMZ.com
Biden's False Claims [Video]

Biden's False Claims

CNN reports Joe Biden made false claims in a Sunday speech. In the speech, Biden urged Senate Republicans to let the winner of the presidential election fill the new Supreme Court vacancy. CNN reports that Biden made several false / inaccurate claims. Biden argued that it would be inappropriate for him to release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees, as Trump did in the past.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:47Published
Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads Starting Sunday [Video]

Trump to Block TikTok, WeChat App Downloads Starting Sunday

The Trump administration's Commerce Department announced it would ban the apps on Friday.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO    Duration: 01:04Published

William Barr William Barr 77th and 85th United States Attorney General

US Attorney General William Barr Compares COVID-19 Lockdowns to Slavery [Video]

US Attorney General William Barr Compares COVID-19 Lockdowns to Slavery

Attorney General William Barr made the comments on Wednesday while onstage for an event at Hillsdale College.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO    Duration: 01:09Published
Seattle Mayor Says AG Barr's Call To Charge Her A 'Chilling' Abuse of Power [Video]

Seattle Mayor Says AG Barr's Call To Charge Her A 'Chilling' Abuse of Power

For months, Seattle has dealt with nightly protests. Some have become violent. Some have become deadly. Some protesters camped out and occupied the area outside Seattle police's East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Protesters dubbed it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. And according to CNN, US Attorney General William Barr was not happy about it. Despite White House threats, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan refused to allow federal troops to move the protesters out.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:40Published
Barr compares coronavirus lockdowns to slavery [Video]

Barr compares coronavirus lockdowns to slavery

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday argued that coronavirus-related lockdown orders were the "greatest intrusion on civil liberties" in U.S. history "other than slavery."

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 00:17Published

Attorney General Bill Barr Compares Coronavirus Lockdowns to Slavery

Attorney General Bill Barr believes the calls for nationwide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the "greatest intrusion on..
TMZ.com
DOJ moves to defend Trump in defamation lawsuit [Video]

DOJ moves to defend Trump in defamation lawsuit

[NFA] U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his office's intervention in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused President Donald Trump of raping her, when it moved the case to federal court and sought to install its own lawyers to replace Trump's private legal team. This report produced by Jonah Green.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:54Published

Michael Flynn Michael Flynn US Army general and former US National Security Advisor

Flynn case to be reheard by appeals court [Video]

Flynn case to be reheard by appeals court

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday agreed to rehear arguments that could potentially lead to the reopening of the case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser. Gavino Garay has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 01:33Published

United States Department of Justice United States Department of Justice U.S. federal executive department in charge of law enforcement

5 Chinese nationals charged in mega hacking scheme, Indian govt networks hit: US

The US Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacking over a 100 companies and institutions in America and abroad, including the Indian..
IndiaTimes
DOJ: Al Jazeera's Online Platform AJ+ Is 'Foreign Agent' Of Qatari Government [Video]

DOJ: Al Jazeera's Online Platform AJ+ Is 'Foreign Agent' Of Qatari Government

The Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, was created to prevent foreign propaganda, from individuals or companies, from swaying the American public. Those working on behalf of a foreign government in the US must register with the US Department of Justice, which then publishes the information online. Registering under FARA does not prohibit a news outlet from operating and publishing.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:45Published
DOJ says $175 million stolen in PPP fraud [Video]

DOJ says $175 million stolen in PPP fraud

57 people have been charged since May with trying to steal from the Paycheck Protection Program designed to help Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:41Published
DOJ to file Google lawsuit in weeks -sources [Video]

DOJ to file Google lawsuit in weeks -sources

The Justice Department, which has been conducting an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc's Google, plans to bring a lawsuit against Google as soon as this month, according to two sources familiar with the probe, who said the focus remains on search and advertising. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 01:40Published

Roger Stone Roger Stone American right wing political consultant, lobbyist

Rep. Swalwell grills Barr on Stone commutation [Video]

Rep. Swalwell grills Barr on Stone commutation

When asked by Democrat Eric Swalwell about possibly investigating U.S. President Donald Trump for commuting Roger Stone, U.S. Attorney General William Barr responded, "why should I?"

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:46Published

Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton 67th U.S. Secretary of State, former New York senator and First Lady

Trump ally offered to arrange Assange pardon -lawyer [Video]

Trump ally offered to arrange Assange pardon -lawyer

[NFA] A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would "benefit President Trump politically." Conway G. Gittens has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 02:15Published
Foreign hackers targeting Biden, Trump: Microsoft [Video]

Foreign hackers targeting Biden, Trump: Microsoft

Hackers linked to Russia, China, and Iran are trying to spy on people tied to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Microsoft Corp said on Thursday. Gloria Tso reports

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 02:04Published
Why Is Biden's Lead Slipping? [Video]

Why Is Biden's Lead Slipping?

Joe Biden's poll numbers are slipping. The former Vice President is currently leading Pres. Donald Trump in the polls. He led by double digits over the summer. Now, his lead has dropped to low single digits - in some polls Trump is within the margin of error. In Wisconsin Biden is up by 3.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average. At this time in 2016 Hillary Clinton led Trump by 11.5 points.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:49Published
DIssident Disses Obama At RNC, Even Though Obama Brought Him To The US [Video]

DIssident Disses Obama At RNC, Even Though Obama Brought Him To The US

Chen Guangcheng is a Chinese human rights activist known for his work fighting against state-sponsored forced abortions. Harassed for years by authorities, he fled to the US Embassy in Beijing in April 2012, ahead of a visit by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After a tense month of negotiations, he was brought to the US by the Obama administration. At the time, he expressed his gratitude.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:38Published
Hillary Clinton Warns Joe Biden [Video]

Hillary Clinton Warns Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton has a bit of advice for Joe Biden come November 3rd... "Don't even think about conceding if the election is at all close," she says. Joe Biden should not concede because many believe the election will drag out for some time. "Eventually I do believe he will win if we don't give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is." Clinton Joe Biden and Donald Trump will face off for the presidency this coming November.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:33Published

Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation Governmental agency belonging to the United States Department of Justice

'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Arrested on Child Pornography Charges [Video]

'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The reality TV star was under investigation by the FBI earlier this week for allegedly soliciting sex from minors

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO    Duration: 01:11Published
Lev Parnas Faces Felony Charges. Again. [Video]

Lev Parnas Faces Felony Charges. Again.

Once again, Lev Parnas is facing federal charges. This time, Newser reports it's for allegedly defrauding investors with his company Fraud Guarantee. We couldn't say it better ourselves—the behavior alleged today is indeed fraudulent—guaranteed. FBI Assistant Director Bill Sweeney. Newser reports New York prosecutors said Thursday that Parnas and business partner David Correia lured investors into putting over $2 million in the company.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:40Published
Russia trying to 'denigrate' Biden campaign -Wray [Video]

Russia trying to 'denigrate' Biden campaign -Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday warned that Russia is interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential election with a steady stream of misinformation aimed at Democrat Joe Biden as well as sapping Americans' confidence in the election process.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:26Published

Tweets about this


Related videos from verified sources

Over 1,100 Justice Department Alumni Call For A.G. Bill Barr To Resign [Video]

Over 1,100 Justice Department Alumni Call For A.G. Bill Barr To Resign

The letter comes after Barr intervened in Roger Stone's case last week.

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 01:15Published
Former DOJ Workers To AG Barr: Resign. Now. [Video]

Former DOJ Workers To AG Barr: Resign. Now.

More than 1,100 former Justice Department employees have signed an online petition. Politico reports the letter urges Attorney General Bill Barr to resign. It also commends the four prosecutors who..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:40Published
Trump defends 'legal right' to interfere in criminal cases [Video]

Trump defends 'legal right' to interfere in criminal cases

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has "the legal right" to interfere in criminal cases, capping a tumultuous week that raised questions about whether he is eroding the independence of the..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:23Published