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Impeachment Inquiry closes in: Trump may have lied under oath in written responses to Mueller

Apparently Trump authorized Barr’s contacts with foreign countries just after he lied to Mueller. So many problems at DoJ now that it seems that Barr authorized investigations to discredit Russian connections to the 2016 Trump campaign as well as trying to investigate information relevant to 2020.

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— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 30, 2019

Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter.
Barr’s personal involvement is likely to stoke further criticism from Democrats pursuing impeachment that he is helping the Trump administration use executive branch powers to augment investigations aimed primarily at the president’s adversaries.

State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton’s former aides

But the high level Justice Department focus on intelligence operatives’ conduct will likely cheer Trump and other conservatives for whom “investigate the investigators” has become a rallying cry. Barr has voiced his own concerns, telling lawmakers in April that he believed “spying did occur” when it came to the U.S. investigation of the Trump campaign.

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David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who was involved in the early stages of the Russia probe, said it was “fairly unorthodox for the attorney general personally to be flying around the world as a point person to further evidence-gathering for a specific Justice Department investigation,” and especially so in Barr’s case.

“Even if one questions, as a threshold matter, the propriety of conducting a re-investigation of the Justice Department’s own prior investigation of Russia’s interference, the appointment of John Durham — a seasoned, nonpartisan prosecutor — provided some reason to believe that it would be handled in a professional, nonpartisan manner,” Laufman said. “But if the attorney general is essentially running this investigation, that entire premise is out the window.”

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— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 30, 2019

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— Eric Umansky (@ericuman) September 30, 2019

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— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) September 30, 2019

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— The Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter) September 30, 2019

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— Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) September 30, 2019

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— Brad Heath (@bradheath) September 30, 2019

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— Brad Heath (@bradheath) September 30, 2019

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