Update: Senate panel approves Barr, Trump’s AG pick

Politics 02/07/19, 13:01

The Latest on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general (all times local): 1 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. William Barr's nomination was approved along party lines Thursday. It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed. Barr, who served ...

House panel OKs subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/07/19, 12:04

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a tentative subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an effort to ensure he appears at a hearing Friday and answers questions. The vote Thursday doesn't issue a subpoena to Whitaker but allows House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to do so if Whitaker ...

Senate panel set to approve Trump’s attorney general nominee

Politics 02/07/19, 04:14

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general Thursday in a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes. Once the committee approves the nomination, ...

House panel to vote on subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/05/19, 11:04

The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an abundance of ...

Trump AG pick says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence

Politics 01/28/19, 14:05

President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, says Vice President Mike Pence is among the officials with whom he's discussed the special counsel's Russia's investigation. Barr said in written responses to Senate questions made available Monday that he and Pence have had occasional conversations since the spring of 2017. ...

Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail

Politics 01/16/19, 15:40

Robert Mueller's Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed. Attorney General nominee William Barr, who will oversee the investigation after an ...

Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe

Politics 01/15/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president ...

Things to watch at William Barr’s AG confirmation hearing

Politics 01/15/19, 09:44

As he did almost 30 years ago, William Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and has been nominated by President Donald Trump to do the job again. His confirmation ...

Trump’s AG pick to steer through Dem, GOP queries at hearing

Politics 01/15/19, 05:11

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for President Donald Trump's policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won't interfere with the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr will face questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his relationship ...

Update: Barr says Trump asked him for no promises

Politics 01/14/19, 10:14

The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general (all times local): 10:12 a.m. President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators that Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him. That's according to William Barr's prepared remarks, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of his confirmation hearing ...

Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment

Politics 01/14/19, 09:48

The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal in a case dealing with gun rights that also included a challenge to President Donald Trump's appointment of Whitaker to temporarily ...

AG pick to reassure senators he backs sentencing overhaul

Politics 01/11/19, 12:43

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will assure lawmakers he supports a sweeping criminal justice law that eases federal sentencing rules, even though he pushed tough-on-crime policies for decades. A person familiar with the confirmation process tells The Associated Press that William Barr will tell members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ...

Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

Politics 01/09/19, 13:24

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that ...

Update: White House says Rosenstein departure his choice

Politics 01/09/19, 08:53

The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's expected departure from the Justice Department (all times local): 8:47 a.m. The White House is casting the expected departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in coming weeks as Rosenstein's choice alone. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosenstein had always planned to stay around two ...

Source: Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks

Politics 01/09/19, 07:22

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general. That's according to a person familiar with the plans who wasn't authorized to discuss them publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Barr has a confirmation hearing before ...

Trump’s AG pick has argued presidents have robust powers

Politics 01/08/19, 13:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, once advised that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq, that the U.S. could arrest a foreign dictator and capture suspects abroad without that country’s permission. It’s an expansive view of presidential power and an unsettling one ...

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