Bill Barr Will Not Recuse from Mueller Oversight

During his Senate confirmation hearings William Barr refused to say whether he would recuse himself from any role in Robert Mueller's probe but noted he would allow Mueller to complete his investigation

Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government, a Justice Department spokeswoman said Monday.

They cited a memo Barr sent to the Justice Department and White House lawyers before his nomination that criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice.

Barr downplayed the memo during his confirmation hearing, saying it was narrowly focused and shouldn't be read that he has prejudged the investigation.

"P$3 ast departmental practices suggest he can release far more details than many people may now realize", Comey writes. He said that he would consult with career Justice Department officials on the recusal matter, but the decision would ultimately be his to make.

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Comey added that he believed previous high-profile cases meant the Justice Department can share vital information with the public.

The "public interest" of the Clinton-related probe "required that we speak", Comey said. Barr has said that he will be as transparent as possible under Justice Department regulations, noting that regulations call for the report to be confidential, requiring only that the report explains the decisions to pursue or to decline prosecutions.

"Following General Barr's confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that General Barr should not recuse himself from the Special Counsel's investigation", Kupec said.

"I don't know what-at the end of the day, what will be releasable".

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Critics questioned Barr's ability to be in charge of Mueller because he sent an unsolicited memo to White House lawyers previous year criticising the special counsel for looking into Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey as possible obstruction of justice.

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of Trump on Monday, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler sending out 81 document requests to the president's family, companies and associates linked to him.

In October 2015, the Justice Department again shared information about a case involving corrosive doubts.

The 2014 case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen captured in the Chicago and held by a presidential order as an enemy combatant in a Navy brig for plotting a "dirty" bomb attack on the United States, was used by Comey. "Sometimes transparency is not a hard call". Subsequently, there was no report produced for Congress.

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Whitaker first joined the Justice Department as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions's chief of staff in the autumn of 2017.

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