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The Daily BeastJan 15, 2019
William Barr Defends Mueller, But Won't ‘Surrender' If Told to Recuse From Trump-Russia Probe
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPresident Donald Trump's relationships with his attorneys general have turned on their willingness to protect him against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump's latest nominee, William Barr, indicated to a crucial Senate panel that he and Trump won't be in lockstep on the issue that threatens Trump's presidency.

Barr, who was George H.W. Bush's attorney general, attempted to set a tone of measured independence before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. He sharply defended his friend Mueller, and defused much Democratic criticism by scaling back an extensive legal memo he wrote in June 2018 that seemed to criticize Mueller for going beyond the special counsel's mandate in investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

At the same time, Barr said he wouldn't necessarily recuse himself from direct oversight of the  Mueller probe in the event career ethics officials at the Justice Department advise him to step aside. Jeff Sessions followed internal recusal guidelines at the expense of his bond with Trump, who castigated him for it and forced him out after the midterm elections. Sessions' successor, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, ignored ethics officials' advice to step away from Mueller.

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New York Times PoliticsJan 15, 2019
Who Is Kirsten Gillibrand? | 2020 Presidential Candidate
The senator from New York announced on Stephen Colbert's show Tuesday night that she's running for president in 2020. Ms. Gillibrand is the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary. Here's what you need to know about her.

New York Times PoliticsJan 15, 2019
William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

New York Times PoliticsJan 15, 2019
The Government Shutdown: Here's Where Things Stand
Now into its fourth week, the partial shutdown has had wide-ranging effects. The news is too much to fit into one article, so here's a guide to our latest reporting.

Politics - U.S. SenateJan 15, 2019
Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity
William P. Barr, a once and likely future attorney general, testified at his confirmation hearing at a time of constitutional tumult.

Reuters PoliticsJan 15, 2019
U.S. acting attorney general to testify before House panel on February 8
U.S. acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose unorthodox appointment by President Donald Trump has raised concerns among Democrats about the future of the U.S.-Russia probe, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, the panel said on Tuesday.

The Daily BeastJan 15, 2019
The Democratic Party Drops It's Sponsorship of The Women's March Amid Farrakhan Blow-up
Paul Morigi/GettyThe Democratic National Committee has become the latest group to removed its name from the list of sponsors of the Women's March less than 24 hours after one of the March's leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised interview.

The committee's name no longer appears on the Women's March partner list on Monday, after march co-presidents Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland appeared on The View to address the criticism of their leadership and allegations of anti-semitism that have been levied against them by former members of their leadership team.

As recently as the morning of January 13, 2019, the committee was listed among the "2019 Women's March Sponsors," according to an Internet archive search, and it is not longer on the website as of Tuesday. A DNC official declined to comment on the timing of the removal of their name from the list but the committee offered the following about its decision for dropping out of the march.

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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