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

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from political pressure, stressing he would bring independence to the job and not shy away from breaking ranks with the administration. | Video

Asylum seekers should wait outside U.S., AG nominee tells Senate panel

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr signaled Tuesday he is likely to align with the administration's push to make it harder for people to seek asylum, telling a Senate panel he supports the idea of making people wait outside U.S. borders while their asylum claims are processed.

Asylum seekers should wait outside U.S., AG nominee tells Senate panel

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr signalled Tuesday he is likely to align with the administration's push to make it harder for people to seek asylum, telling a Senate panel he supports the idea of making people wait outside U.S. borders while their asylum claims are processed.

U.S. attorney general nominee will not target law-abiding marijuana businesses

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday he disagreed with a decision by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse a policy that eased federal enforcement of marijuana laws, saying it sowed confusion in the marketplace and harmed businesses that had invested money.

Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and stress his own independence from the White House, according to prepared testimony released on Monday. | Video

Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

13 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump had been working on Russia's behalf, suggesting the agency may have gone too far.

Law enforcement agencies squeezed by U.S. government shutdown

11 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON Federal law enforcement agencies that keep Americans safe are starting to feel the strain of the U.S. government shutdown, in its 21st day, with agents working for no pay and investigations delayed, law enforcement officials said.

Trump's attorney general nominee to recuse from AT&T-Time Warner appeal

11 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON William Barr, nominated by President Donald Trump to become U.S. attorney general, plans to recuse himself from a major antitrust case, according to people who spoke with him on Thursday, as he navigates possible conflicts of interest presented by about $37 million in assets he amassed as a private-sector lawyer.

Tough-on-crime record trails U.S. attorney general nominee into Senate hearings

11 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general is expected to tell a Senate panel next week that he supports a new law easing prison sentences for some criminals, even though he advocated for decades for just the opposite.

U.S. House Democrats tussle with acting AG Whitaker over testimony date

10 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are locked in a dispute with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over scheduling a date for him to testify to lawmakers amid concerns about his appointment by President Donald Trump.

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