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Barr seeks to assure senators he won't be a Trump loyalist

Jan. 16, 2019 8:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch...

Takeaways: AG nominee assures, frustrates Mueller defenders

Jan. 16, 2019 6:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General nominee William Barr made one thing clear during his Senate confirmation hearing : He may want the job, but he doesn't need it. The 68-year-old Barr, who has already served once before as attorney general, said Tuesday he's in a position in life where he "can do the right...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Jan. 16, 2019 12:50 AM EST

A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president...

Trump's attorney general nominee: 'I will not be bullied'

Jan. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is...

The Latest: Graham says Barr will 'do well' in Senate vote

Jan. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate. Republican Sen. Lindsey...

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

Jan. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a 277-page...

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Jan. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8, appearing as one of the new Democratic majority's first witnesses as they seek to provide more stringent oversight of President Donald Trump. In a letter sent to Whitaker Tuesday, House...

Trump's AG pick vows not to target marijuana businesses

Jan. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to become the next attorney general said Tuesday that he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,...

Trump's AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe

Jan. 15, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

Things to watch at William Barr's AG confirmation hearing

Jan. 15, 2019 9:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...