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"Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989"
Posted by: $tevie
Date: April 15, 2019 12:25PM
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On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The headline also noted the implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time. It appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar? In March 2019, when Attorney General Barr was handed Robert Mueller’s final report, he wrote that he would “summarize the principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s report for the public.

When Barr withheld the full OLC opinion in 1989 and said to trust his summary of the principal conclusions, Yale law school professor Harold Koh wrote that Barr’s position was “particularly egregious.” Congress also had no appetite for Barr’s stance, and eventually issued a subpoena to successfully wrench the full OLC opinion out of the Department.

What’s different from that struggle and the current struggle over the Mueller report is that we know how the one in 1989 eventually turned out.
[www.justsecurity.org]



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Re: "Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989"
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 15, 2019 04:00PM
Trump hires only the best.
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Re: "Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989"
Posted by: wave rider
Date: April 15, 2019 04:14PM
[www.newsweek.com]

Newsweek reports on Barr’s potential conflicts of interest with Russia. I think he arranged pardons for the Iran Contra crowd.

Barr is a political hack, I do not trust him a bit.



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Re: "Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989"
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 16, 2019 11:14AM
The Mueller report, redacted or not, will not save us.



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