Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Barr Blasted for Saying Communities Disrespecting Cops May Lose Protection

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr in September Erin Scott Reuters President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr in September
Deanna Wagner | 05 December, 2019, 00:29

Barr's issue with the report is said to center on Horowitz's conclusion that the FBI had enough information to open an investigation into Trump campaign members in July 2016.

'Ah, so the attorney general of the united states believes police are not sworn officers of the law, civil servants bound by an oath, but a gang running a protection racket, ' Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, tweeted. The inspector general's office is independent of Justice Department leadership, the Post notes, "so Barr can not order Horowitz to change his findings".

Barr made the comments, which have drawn criticism from some liberal groups and commentators, at an award ceremony Tuesday honoring officers and deputies for "distinguished service in policing". It's not clear where he obtained that information.

Horowitz's jurisdiction extends only to the Justice Department and its agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the inspector general investigators didn't speak to intelligence agency employees.

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While Horowitz noted in his 2018 report that there is no available evidence that political considerations directly impacted investigative decisions in the Clinton probe and that Strzok was not the "sole" decision-maker on any key investigative actions, he concluded the officials' behavior was still highly inappropriate. Durham's work is expected to continue into next year. But the attorney general could express his disagreement in a few different ways, ranging from public remarks to a formal letter of disagreement amended to the report. "And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves - and if communities don't give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need".

On "Your World", Hemingway told host Neil Cavuto that CT U.S. Attorney John Durham's ongoing and more expansive probe into the origins of the Russian Federation probe should be more "interesting".

Still, next week's release of the Horowitz report will likely present an awkward split-screen moment for the Justice Department: the internal watchdog presenting findings that provide backing of the Justice Department's handling of a high-profile investigation, with the attorney general refusing to embrace those findings and instead promising there's more to come.