A Justice Department veteran testified last week that attorneys in the Antitrust Division were ordered to open unfounded investigations targeted at companies Attorney General Barr dislikes. If true, this is deeply troubling.
Attorney General William Barr’s recent four-page letter to Congress, quoting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, stated that Mueller’s “investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” But Mueller purportedly did not determine whether President Trump obstructed justice.
A review of Preet Bharara, "Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and The Rule of Law" (Knopf, 2019)
Roger Stone says that more than two dozen FBI agents executed a search warrant at his house. That’s generally consistent with the bureau’s standard operating procedure.
A Lawfare post from Friday—“Get Me Roger Stone”—well and thoroughly explained the most recent indictment from the Mueller team. The authors also defended the decision to arrest Stone rather than to issue to him a summons compelling his voluntary appearance in court:
The special counsel’s office made this [rationale] very clear in its motion to seal the indictment and related warrants and motions, filed the day before Stone’s arrest:
The two of us tend to agree on most things. Perhaps it is a result of our similar backgrounds, as career federal prosecutors who worked in the field and came up through the ranks to be United States attorneys. We often compare notes in our current roles as MSNBC analysts, trying to digest and explain complicated news in a thoughtful way.
Let’s start with a few modest propositions: