Barr’s reviews/re-investigations feed resentment within Justice Dept.

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Barr's Justice Dept. is a complete mess under his "leadership."

Take a look at this WashPost article on the subject:

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"The Justice Department in the Trump era has repeatedly tasked U.S. attorneys from far-flung offices to parachute into politically explosive cases in Washington, raising concerns among current and former officials that agency leaders are trying to please the president by reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which he is personally or politically invested.

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On Friday, prosecutors said they would no longer pursue a criminal case against Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI director who has long been a target of Trump’s vitriol.

The decision infuriated the president, according to a senior White House official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail internal discussions. . . .

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Shortly after the McCabe announcement on Friday, officials said that Barr had assigned Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney in St. Louis, to review and “assist” prosecutors currently handling the case of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is still awaiting sentencing after having pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Jensen appointment marks the latest iteration of an unusual trend inside the Justice Department of tasking outside U.S. attorneys with reviewing, managing, or reinvestigating work that would otherwise not be in their portfolio.Much of the effort seems aimed at re-examining the work of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. . . .

In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Utah’s U.S. attorney, John Huber, to investigate old corruption allegations against Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Trump’s opponent in the 2016 campaign, on issues that had been covered previously by other federal prosecutors. . . .

The next year, the Justice Department tasked the U.S. attorney in Chicago, John Lausch, to oversee the turnover to Congress of internal FBI documents about Clinton.

Last year, Barr tapped Connecticut’s U.S. attorney, John Durham, to investigate how U.S. intelligence agencies investigated Russian interference in the last presidential election.

More recently, Barr assigned Scott W. Brady, the U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh, to take information from Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who wants to provide the Justice Department with material alleging wrongdoing related to former vice president Joe Biden and his family.

And now, the top federal prosecutor from St. Louis is working on the Flynn case that has long been handled by federal prosecutors in D.C.

Taken together, the moves have fueled suspicion inside and outside the department.

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“If this Justice Department had done it once, you might understand, but they have done it over and over, and it’s only ever to re-examine an outcome that the president didn’t like,” said Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for Holder. . . . “When you are constantly launching politically motivated probes, the public can’t tell which investigations are legitimate and which are political, and ultimately they question everything. And that is clearly part of the goal.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/barrs-internal-reviews-and-re-investigations-feed-resentment-suspicion-inside-justice-dept/2020/02/15/7007695a-5029-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html

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Re-review and re-investigate--until they get a result that satisfies the president. That is our current justice system?

Shop around the various states to find U.S. attorneys eager to please the president by investigating (again) to a conclusion that the president desires. That is justice?

I guess we understand now how Benghazi got investigated 33 times? Surely the next one would yield d@ming info. on Hillary, right? If not, maybe the next one after that . . . .

So discouraging.

Kate

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

“When you are constantly launching politically motivated probes, the public can’t tell which investigations are legitimate and which are political, and ultimately they question everything. And that is clearly part of the goal.”

Definitely the goal; when there is no much contradicting information, the tendency is to tune out.

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adoptedbyhounds

"The Justice Department in the Trump era has repeatedly tasked U.S. attorneys from far-flung offices to parachute into politically explosive cases in Washington, raising concerns among current and former officials that agency leaders are trying to please the president by reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which he is personally or politically invested."

Supervision has not always been adequate at some of our agencies.

Reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which the prosecutors may have been "personally or politically invested" is an excellent idea. We learned that the FBI has not always lived up to its reputation. We know John Durham wants to chat with Mr. Brennan, formerly at the CIA.

Nothing wrong with moving people around and having fresh eyes take a look at how these powerful agencies have been conducting investigations against American citizens. President Trump is the head of the Executive Branch. It's his duty to seek information about systemic dysfunction so that it can be corrected. Good for him.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Supervision has not always been adequate at some of our agencies.

Inadequate means not realizing that Trump's interests take precedence -- to Hades with good government. Government priorities should be Trump's priorities.


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dublinbay z6 (KS)

"Reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which the prosecutors may have been 'personally or politically invested' is an excellent idea"

And questionable prosecutors are limited to Democratic ones? Repub. prosecutors never are 'personally or politically invested' in cases?

How about Repub. presidents? They never have personal/political/investments in outcomes? Does that mean Democratic presidents always do?

Very large blind spots in your argument, ABH.

Kate

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Izzy Mn(4)

Randy Rainbow does it again.

With Barr in the hot seat, of course, Trump too.

https://youtu.be/XvbWKIqj6lA

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adoptedbyhounds

"And questionable prosecutors are limited to Democratic ones? Repub. prosecutors never are 'personally or politically invested' in cases?"

Responding to an argument nobody made is no substitute for a well thought out argument.

Reviewing and reinvestigating cases in which the prosecutors may have been "personally or politically invested" is an excellent idea. We learned that the FBI has not always lived up to its reputation. We know John Durham wants to chat with Mr. Brennan, formerly at the CIA.

Nothing wrong with moving people around and having fresh eyes take a look at how these powerful agencies have been conducting investigations against American citizens. President Trump is the head of the Executive Branch. It's his duty to seek information about systemic dysfunction so that it can be corrected. Good for him.

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Nana H

"Nothing wrong with moving people around and having fresh eyes take a look "

There is it those "fresh eyes" have a political bias. There is as much information to support the suggestion that there was political bias on the part of the original investigators as there is to support the fact the new investigators have no political bias.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

abh--Trump has no "personal or political investment" as he searches only for biased Dems. who don't support Trump's policies and viewpoint?

You don't see the blindness in your "view"? Trump must clean out all the Dems. creating systemic dysfunction in the agencies under Trump's supervision?

You really can't see what is missing in such a statement?

Is it possible that Trump (and his supporters) is/are (to paraphrase) busy finding the spec in Democrats' eyes while ignoring the log in his/their own eyes?

Someone wiser than we are thought that was entirely possible.

Kate

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Ziemia(6a)

Apparently, all Dems are dishonest (in the eyes of some). If they were honest, they'd have become Pubs. Or at least get some distance from the Dems. (According to some....)

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