Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

AG Barr in Favor of Making Marijuana Illegal

AG Barr in Favor of Making Marijuana Illegal

"Brennan said he had 'higher expectations" for Barr and was not happy about how he "shaped the narrative" regarding the Mueller report.

Later, Barr said he would prefer that approach "than where we are now", which he characterized as an "intolerable" situation because of the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws. While the four-page letter released by Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election, it also said Mueller had presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question and ultimately did not reach a conclusion on it.

"Moreover, Barr revealed this week that Horowitz's IG report regarding the FBI" s handling of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation could come as soon as May.

And though the attorney general was reportedly opposed to the idea of reversing course on Obamacare at first, he then expounded on his reasoning for eventually deciding that his department would step back from defending the law, doing so in a way that drew more questions. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction. He noted that he was unaware that the statement he and other Democrats put out had ever been "contested by anyone on either side of the aisle".

Opposition Democrats reacted with anger to Barr's comments.

Asked if Schiff would seek another briefing from the Justice Department on Barr's latest claim, Schiff said: "We'll certainly try to get to the bottom of numerous things he has been saying over the last two days - his references to investigation into the president's political opponents". "All I can make of it is that he wanted to say something pleasing to the boss, and did so at the cost of our institutions". "The Trump precedent after only two years is that you can fire the FBI director who is running an investigation in which you may be implicated as president". The attorney general's testimony on Wednesday confirmed they have an ally at the Justice Department who may help with reviving questions about investigators' practices now that the worst political peril from Mueller apparently has passed.

The basis for those conclusions is not yet public but Barr said Congress and Americans will be able to read much of Mueller's report for themselves when it's released next week. He says he's looking forward to explaining his reasoning after he releases a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report in the coming days.

Some have pointed out that Schiff is undertaking those redactions with Mueller's input, and that this should alleviate concerns. I've asked DOJ to brief us immediately.

Barr, a Trump appointee, said, "I want to make sure there was no unauthorised surveillance", modifying his language.

Although Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received counterintelligence briefings about the threat of infiltration by foreign spies, it isn't clear what they were told.

"This struck me like lightning that one person decide - I assume the president wants you to - made this decision and everything that was done by way of proper legislative action has been taken and signature of a president, I just don't ever recall anything like this happening in the past quarter of a century", Sen. "It doesn't seem like he is headed that way".

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