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Kamala Harris launches 2020 White House bid

“The former California state attorney general has become popular with liberal activists for her tough questioning of Trump administration appointees and officials, including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during Senate hearings” writes Andrew Lilico for telegraph.co.uk. First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, a rising party star and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, launched her 2020 campaign for the White House on Monday in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”. Her campaign will focus on reducing the high cost of living with…

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R. Kelly attorney: ‘Spurious’ allegations debunked in city warehouse inspection

“Also, city attorneys said, a recording studio inside was illegal and was built without a permit” writes Sam Charles for suntimes.com. Last week, city attorneys filed an emergency motion in Cook County Circuit Court, asking a judge to grant them access to the building.Given the inspectors’ findings, attorneys for the city are expected to file an amended complaint next Tuesday. Source: suntimes.com

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Colleagues, legal experts to testify at hearing for attorney general nominee

“Also set to appear before the committee are NAACP president Derrick Johnson and former deputy attorney general Larry D. Thompson” writes Reporter Focusing On for washingtonpost.com. Barr, who previously served as attorney general to President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990’s, pledged to let Mueller finish his work and release as much information about his findings as possible, but cautioned that Justice Department regulations may prevent any report written by Mueller from being made public. Source: washingtonpost.com

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James Baker under criminal investigation for media leaks

“Former FBI general counsel James Baker is under criminal investigation for unauthorized leaks to the media” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The revelation of Durham’s investigation marks the latest confirmation of a leak investigation into former FBI officials.Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans,” Jordan and Meadows wrote. He was also the special attorney in Massachusetts overseeing criminal conduct by FBI and other law enforcement corruption in Boston and their ties with the mafia. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Trump’s AG pick to steer through Dem, GOP queries at hearing

“It would be his second stint as attorney general, a position he held from 1991 to 1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. He has insisted that the memo was not to influence public opinion about Mueller’s investigation.Mueller headed the department’s criminal division when Barr served as attorney general. Source: seattletimes.com

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Things to watch at William Barr’s AG confirmation hearing Tuesday

“As deputy attorney general, Barr advised then-President George H.W. Bush that he did not need congressional approval to attack Iraq” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. As attorney general in 1992, he endorsed Bush’s pardons of Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra scandal.During his first stint as attorney general, Barr advocated building more prisons, making penalties more severe and swift and using laws to keep criminals behind bars longer.Barr insisted Monday that the president never sought any promises, commitments or assurances from him before naming him attorney general. Source: seattletimes.com

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