The deputy director of the federal law enforcement agency currently deployed to American cities appears not to know where the essential legal lines are that mark the bounds of lawful police authority. That’s a huge problem.
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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking for an explanation of reports that components of DHS have engaged in "'expanded' intelligence and related activities" in response to events linked to domestic protests. The letter also requests that the department share internal materials related to the behavior in question.
A document provided to Lawfare indicates that the intelligence community is being tasked with monitoring and collecting information on some protest activities.
The former U.S attorney wouldn’t discuss active cases or speculate on the motivations of Main Justice. But he did offer a detailed timeline of the frenzied 30 hour period during which he was dismissed.
Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired last month, today told Congress that Barr pushed him to resign prior to his dismissal.
The investigation as it developed should not have been conducted by a federal prosecutor, and Attorney General Barr’s public commentary has seriously (and somewhat mysteriously) damaged the credibility of whatever Durham uncovers.
BuzzFeed News successfully sued for the release of a version of the Mueller report with many fewer redactions. The unsealed material is a mixed bag of information that was already public and facts that are genuinely new.
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.
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer will testify on June 24 alongside Justice Department attorneys Aaron Zelinsky and John Elias, as well as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department politicization. In his prepared statement, available here and below, Ayer argues that Attorney General William Barr "has ...