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

Trump's attorney general nominee: 'I will not be bullied'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 not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe.



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Trump's Attorney General pick raises alarms with comments on probing Clinton foundation and uranium conspiracy

Trump's Attorney General pick raises alarms with comments on probing Clinton foundation and uranium conspiracyNew questions have been raised surrounding Donald Trump’s pick to become the next attorney general and his views on investigating the Clinton Foundation and a uranium mining company. William Barr began two days of confirmation hearings on Tuesday to become the next head of the Justice Department, fielding questions from senators about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian impact on the 2016 election and other legal issues he would oversee if confirmed. The Republican — who served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 — was confronted with comments he provided to the New York Times in 2017 during his first day of hearings, in which he suggested the Justice Department had more of a legal basis to investigate the Clinton Foundation and a longstanding conspiracy theory surrounding a uranium deal under Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state than it did probing Mr Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice.



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William Barr: Trump’s attorney general nominee to defend Mueller probe in testimony after attacking it in Justice Department memos

William Barr: Trump’s attorney general nominee to defend Mueller probe in testimony after attacking it in Justice Department memosDonald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell Senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation. William Barr is scheduled to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, which will include his views on the special counsel’s probe into Russian election medlling and potential coordination between Moscow and the president’s 2016 campaign. Mr Barr will say he has known Mr Mueller for decades, respects him and believes he should be allowed to complete his work, according to the transcript.



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Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won't allow improper interference

Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won't allow improper interferenceWilliam Barr, nominated by President Donald Trump as attorney general, said Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be made public and vowed to let the special prosecutor to complete his work.



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Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general says he will not 'be bullied' by anybody

Trump's pick for U.S. attorney general says he will not 'be bullied' by anybody“I will not be bullied into doing anything that I think is wrong – by anybody, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president,” Barr said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’m going to do what I think is right.” Barr is expected to win confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate to serve as the top law enforcement officer in the United States, which would put him in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s campaign. Democrats worry that Trump’s administration may try to undercut the investigation, which has clouded Trump’s two years in office and has been a frequent target of the president and his allies.



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William Barr: Democrats to question attorney general nominee about criticism of Robert Mueller inquiry

William Barr: Democrats to question attorney general nominee about criticism of Robert Mueller inquirySenate Democrats plan to interrogate William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, about his critical memo on Robert Mueller.



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Acting U.S. attorney general disregards advice on Russia probe recusal

Acting U.S. attorney general disregards advice on Russia probe recusalThe decision by Whitaker, known for making comments critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe before being appointed last month by President Donald Trump, was conveyed in a letter to congressional leaders by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd. Boyd said in the three-page letter department ethics officials determined that Whitaker lacked any personal, political or business conflicts that would disqualify him from supervision of Mueller’s investigation. Boyd said the “appearance-of-impartiality” test in Whitaker’s case was deemed a “close call” in which “credible arguments could be made either way,” a finding he said Whitaker cited in his decision to retain his discretion to oversee the Mueller investigation.



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Attorney general nominee William Barr shouldn't face opposition for honest legal memo

Attorney general nominee William Barr shouldn't face opposition for honest legal memoA legal memo by William Barr raising questions about whether Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice shouldn't stand in way of nomination.



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Illinois attorney general says Catholic Church underreported abuse cases

Illinois attorney general says Catholic Church underreported abuse casesLisa Madigan, who leaves office at the end of the year, made the disclosures in a blistering report into an investigation she opened in August into sexual abuse in the state’s six Roman Catholic dioceses. “By choosing not to thoroughly investigate allegations, the Catholic Church has failed in its moral obligation to provide survivors, parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois,” Madigan said in a statement.



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UN General Assembly ratifies migrant pact

UN General Assembly ratifies migrant pactThe UN General Assembly on Wednesday formally ratified a UN deal on migration by a large majority — but without the support of the United States and a string of other countries. Twelve countries abstained while five nations voted against it — the United States, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Israel.



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