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Who Is John Durham and Why Is He Investigating the CIA?

Who Is John Durham and Why Is He Investigating the CIA?

John Durham’s name floats in and out of news cycle, a phantom figure who presence is fleeting but significant. Durham is the career Justice Department attorney, assigned by Attorney General William Barr, to investigate the origins of the FBI”s investigation of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian state agents.  In right-wing media Durham is...

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DOJ Alumni Call on Judge to Ignore Barr and Sentence  Flynn

DOJ Alumni Call on Judge to Ignore Barr and Sentence Flynn

Two thousand former employees of the Justice Department and FBI have signed an open letter protesting the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. They urge Judge Amy Sullivan to ignore the dismissal. We urge Judge Sullivan to closely examine the Department’s stated rationale for dismissing the charges —...

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Barr Says Investigation into CIA’s Russia Findings Continues

Barr Says Investigation into CIA’s Russia Findings Continues

Even a global plague won’t stop Attorney General Bill Barr from pursuing former CIA director John Brennan. The latest on the investigation of U.S Attorney John Durham comes from the Washington Examiner: Durham was appointed last year by Barr to review possible misconduct by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials in the Russia investigation. The...

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Justice Department Seeks to Empower Judges to Detain People Indefinitely

Justice Department Seeks to Empower Judges to Detain People Indefinitely

CNN reported over the weekend that the Justice Department is seeking new powers in the wake of the COVID19 plague and Politico added some valuable detail New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Utah Republican Michael Lee have criticized the proposal. One provision is scary, according to civil liberties lawyers. The proposal would also grant those...

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The Republicans’ Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Explained

The Republicans’ Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Explained

Trump’s Ukraine story is a constellation of factoids that amount to a fantasy. Which isn’t to say it won’t be politically effective. One important reason Democrats must be better prepared to fend off Ukraine-related conspiracy mongering is that Attorney General Barr is preparing some kind of ginned-up report that will line up neatly with Republican...