Joel, who has served as the civil liberties protection officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for 14 years, is stepping down.
While certain aspects of Attorney General Bill Barr’s behavior could be defensible if they stood alone, taken as a whole his course of conduct shows that Barr is defending not merely the presidency, but this particular president.
The attorney general’s letter suggests the possibility that, rather than “no evidence” of collusion, Special Counsel Robert Mueller did find such evidence—but did not conclude it warranted a criminal prosecution.
Some have suggested that a leak investigation conducted by the U.S. attorney in Connecticut is related to the FBI’s probe into Russian election interference. Let’s put that speculation to rest.
The departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the designation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, is a crucial moment for the integrity of the Justice Department.
Former CIA director John Brennan would have little difficulty persuading a court that his clearance was revoked in retaliation for his exercise of his First Amendment rights.
Much attention is being paid to a news report headlined “Mueller Weighs Putting Off Trump Obstruction Decision.” But there’s no reason to believe that the article reports what Mueller is actually thinking.